As tipped late last month, Twitter has begun rolling out two-factor authentication. This will allow users to require both a password and a verification code that gets sent to them via SMS on their mobile phone. The feature is disabled by default, so you'll need to go into your account settings in order to enable it.
Twitter announced today that they have been granted a patent for the popular pull-to-refresh gesture that you see in many mobile apps. However, as a part of the company's new Innovator's Patent Agreement, Twitter agrees only to use the patent for "defensive purposes." Otherwise, the company will need Loren Brichter's permission, the man who invented the gesture.
Another day, another cyberattack by the Syrian Electronic Army. This time the hacktivist collective targeted The Financial Times, making a nuisance of itself by taking over several of the company's Twitter accounts, as well as changing the titles of posts on The Financial Times' blog posts to "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army." While the actions themselves are annoying, one message in particular crossed the line when it sent readers to a video of an execution.
Google has just announced a slew of new apps that are coming to Google Glass. In an effort to expand Glass's abilities, a handful of different apps will become available to users, including Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, CNN, Tumblr, and Elle. Previously, only Path and The New York Times were available as apps on Google Glass.
Software engineer Moxie Marlinspike over at Thought Crime says he's no stranger to unsolicited emails from individuals seeking help with surveillance efforts, due to some of the software he has created. While the programmer says he ignores most of them, one he received earlier this month caught his eye, and a short while later he discovered that Saudi Arabia telecom Mobily is working on a project to intercept mobile traffic.
Twitter is no stranger to buying up other companies, having officially announced back in April, for example, its acquisition of We Are Hunted. In October, the social network bought Vine, and earlier last year it bought Posterous, Summify, and Dansient. The service has gobbled up another company, this one Lucky Sort, a data analysis company, which made the announcement earlier today.
Twitter, at its most base level, is merely a means for individuals to share small snippets, links, and pictures with a wider audience, helping sort them via the judicial use of hashtags. It has many applications, however, because of the vast amounts of data it presents. Trends, for example, offer an immediate auto-updating way to get a feel for how those around you feel about a specific topic, whether it is a breaking news story or the latest meme. On the broader level, the information can be compiled to draw certain conclusions, such as the case with Humboldt State University's latest project - mapping national racism via geotagged tweets.
We've already seen a Twitter for Glass app, though it isn't available for any Glass owner to use and has not been officially announced (there's GlassTweet, though). Following not too long after, there's now an unofficial Glass to Facebook app available to the public, allowing those who've scored a pair of Google's frames to upload photos directly to their Facebook page.
The White House has hired its first ever chief privacy officer, and the the person to take the helm for the first time is Twitter's legal director Nicole Wong, who has over a decade of experience dealing with both copyright and privacy law. The appointment of a chief privacy officer comes at a curious time, when a handful of privacy bills are trying to make their way through Congress.
The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again, and this time, their target was both E! Online and Justin Bieber. In a series of tweets, the SEA stated that Justin Bieber was coming out of the closet and admitting to his homosexuality in an E! Online exclusive. The group provided links following those tweets, presumably to malware infested sites. The SEA finished up their practical joke with the tweet, "The Syrian Electronic Army was here! Fans of @justinbieber, you have been trolled."