An exploit in popular Twitter client TweetDeck has seen the app taken offline and many users' timelines spammed with automatically retweeting code, though more dangerous exploits are also feared. The hack takes advantage of a flaw in XSS code used in several version of TweetDeck, popping up unexpected messages on users' computers, as well as triggering a retweeting storm as vulnerable machines propagated the tweet.
Twitter, a very public forum for announcing all manner of things, has drawn the favor of one of the more secretive entities on earth. The CIA have taken to the micro-blogging platform, starting things off with a very familiar tone, putting the "CIA" in "social".
Social networks pose some interesting issues related to communication: tweets and statuses persist beyond the initial sentiment, are often exposed to large groups of people, and lack cues that help determine in what way a statement is meant. As such, certain statements said in jest could land the ones who shared them in hot water.
Before we edged our way into digital music, there were the Billboard charts. Those ranking relied on album sales to rank popularity of music. since going digital, Billboard’s ranking system has diminished a bit, as we looked to iTunes sales charts to find music we wanted to try. With their partnership with Twitter, Billboard is putting themselves back on the map.
Twitter may be getting a lot more visual, and take up more of your time, with a new experiment. It seems as though the micro-blogging platform is toying with the option to suggest videos based on your tweets. By adding a hashtag, Twitter may end up suggesting you post a video of the occurrence you’re talking about.
After shuttering their Twitter Music feature, Twitter is once again said to be interested in the streaming music genre. This time, they’re reportedly eyeing an already robust offering in SoundCloud. Having recently gone public, this would be the biggest grab Twitter has ever made, if they go through with it.
Future trips to Russia could involve a bit less social access, if a recent interview with Russia's Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of the Roskomnadzor (Roscom), is any indication. Twitter in particular has drawn an unfavorable eye from the nation, which sees it as a hotbed for extremist content.
Twitter has officially rolled out Mute, a way to quiet your timeline that's synchronized over all of your Twitter clients. The new feature allows selective muting of certain people or accounts, after which their tweets and retweets won't show up in your timeline, nor come through as SMS notifications.
Amazon can't lure you into a bricks-and-mortar store, but it can chase you on Twitter, with the online retail behemoth launching #AmazonCart to make adding products to your cart as straightforward as tweeting about them. The new system - launching in the US as well as the UK, where it will be known as #AmazonBasket - keeps an eye out for Amazon product links; reply to a tweet with one, tagging #AmazonCart, and it'll automatically be added to your latest shopping spree.