February 10, 2016

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Twitter disruption silences parts of U.S., Europe

The icon for the Twitter app is shown on an iPhone in San Jose, Calif. AP FILE

Some Twitter users had to do without early Tuesday after sporadic outages knocked the social media site offline in the U.S. and Europe. Reports of malfunctions began to appear in the U.S. as well, but it was unclear how widespread the outages were. By mid-morning on the East Coast, desktop and mobile versions of Twitter Read More…

The Morning Hit–12/15/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. We need some new Christmas music. Seriously. Read More…

10 things to know, Monday, Dec. 7

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What Obama offers in high-profile terror speech The president’s rare prime time address delivers no new policy prescriptions and no fresh military strategies, but it comes with one major message: It’s going to be OK. 2. San Read More…

One Direction upstages Obama on list of year’s top tweets

SAN FRANCISCO — Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter’s charts this year, eclipsing President Barack Obama’s celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage. One Direction members accounted for half of the 10 most recirculated tweets, including the three most popular. All the One Direction tweets were either Read More…

10 things to know, Monday, Oct. 5

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Storm brings historic flooding to South Carolina Much of Columbia and a surrounding chunk of the state are in disarray after more than 18 inches of rain fell in spots and hundreds had to be rescued. 2. Read More…

The politics of Twitter: Many presidential candidates follow like-minded people

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush follows Donald Trump on Twitter but that’s a one-way street: Trump mainly follows people with a connection to himself. Ted Cruz’s follow list is a big tea party, though he keeps an eye on President Barack Obama, too. Marco Rubio seems open to following everyone under the sun — Democrats, Read More…

Government pushing idea that social media can stop terrorism

WASHINGTON — Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials. In private meetings on Capitol Hill, industry officials have told lawmakers and congressional staff that they already ban grisly content Read More…

World Cup, guacamole and the Black Keys: Obama taking to Twitter with opinions

WASHINGTON — After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings. Although the White House has used Twitter throughout Obama’s presidency, until recently it’s been a Read More…

MARRIAGE RULING: A flurry of rainbows hits social media

When the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday its ruling on gay marriage, social media exploded with both supporters and opponents sharing opinions on the history-making decision. It’s not unusual for folks to flood to sites like Facebook and Twitter to express personal views or to let photographs speak for them via Instagram. But Friday, those Read More…

Social media finds new use: California #droughtshaming

LOS ANGELES — Pssst. Ready to water that beautiful lush lawn of yours? The one that’s the envy of the entire neighborhood. If you live in Southern California, you’d better wait until after midnight. Preferably on a cloudy, new-moon night during a power outage when it’s so dark even night-vision goggles won’t give away your Read More…