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Syrian Electronic Army Claim Attack on New York Times and Twitter DNS (SocialTimes)
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed hack attacks on The New York Times and Twitter, using its own Twitter account to taunt both sites. According to ars technica, the Times attack is one in a series of escalating attacks against American media. The New York Times The New York Times website was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon after an online attack on the company’s domain name registrar, Melbourne IT. The attack also forced employees of The Times to take care in sending emails. AllThingsD Eileen Murphy, vice president of corporate communications for The Times, said via Twitter that the service problems appeared to be the result of a “malicious external attack.” Shares of The New York Times Co. fell by nearly 1 percent to $11.48 in after-hours trading, following Murphy’s tweet. The Huffington Post The SEA claims to have taken Twitter’s domain name too, and Twitter’s domain registration page confirms that. It is not clear if or how the site will be impacted by the hack. A representative from Twitter told The Huffington Post that the company is “looking into it.” AllTwitter In related Twitter news, almost 19 million tweets were sent about the VMAs during the MTV pre-show and the event itself, accounting for more than 90 percent of all TV-related conversation on Twitter since Sunday, reports Social Guide. As a comparison, Breaking Bad, which went truly nuclear this weekend, made up just 1.19 percent of all Twitter TV chatter.
Facebook Report: Governments Asked for Data on 38,000 Users This Year (The Guardian)
Government agencies around the world demanded access to the information of over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, and more than half the orders came from the United States, the company said on Tuesday. Facebook’s first “global government requests report” covers the first six months of 2013, ending June 30.
Microsoft Updates SkyDrive Pro for Businesses, Now with 25GB of Space, Better File-Sharing, and More (The Next Web)
Microsoft announced Tuesday that it is giving business users more storage space and a better way to share files across multiple devices. As first reported by TechCrunch, through its SkyDrive Pro accounts, employees will now receive 25GB of storage to start out with, a sharp increase from 7GB — and even this capacity can be increased to 50GB or even 100GB. Additionally, using SkyDrive’s Shared with Me view, users can share files with their friends and co-workers securely and in real time.
California School District Paying to Monitor Students’ Public Posts on Facebook, Other Social Networks (AllFacebook)
Students in California’s Glendale Unified School District: Big Brother is watching. In this case, Big Brother is Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based Geo Listening, which is being paid $40,500 by the school district to monitor public posts on Facebook and other social networks by students.
Facebook’s Oldest User, 105, Gets a New Car from Mystery Donor (Mashable)
Not many Facebook users can claim they learned to drive on a Ford Model T, but Edythe Kirchmaier is a centenarian with millennial tendencies. These days, though, you’ll find the 105-year-old cruising around Santa Barbara, Calif., in a brand new Honda Civic. An anonymous person gave her the car upon learning that troubles with her 1997 Dodge Caravan prevented Kirchmaier from her passion — volunteering with the charity Direct Relief.
Kevin Spacey on Why TV Channels Should Give Control to Viewers (LostRemote)
A gem has emerged on the Web that everyone in the social TV industry should watch immediately. Kevin Spacey, who gave the keynote James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival, said: “Clearly the success of the Netflix model — releasing the entire season of House Of Cards at once — has proved one thing: the audience wants control. They want freedom. If they want to binge — as they’ve been doing on House Of Cards — then we should let them binge.’”
King Sues 6waves for Allegedly Copying Two Social Games (VentureBeat)
King, the highly successful maker of casual mobile and social games, is suing rival 6waves for allegedly copying significant portions of two hit King games. The litigation is rare for King, which has 225 million people playing games such as Candy Crush Saga.
Remove Yourself from the Internet with JustDelete.Me (AppNewser)
URLs got you down? Feeling like you need to divorce the Internet? JustDelete.Me does just that, but with much more ease and less finagling. Think: taking out the trash.
Twitter Hires Former Ticketmaster Executive as its First Head of Commerce (GigaOM)
As it tries to ramp up revenue in advance of a much-anticipated public offering, Twitter is looking to expand its e-commerce options, and in order to do so it has hired former Ticketmaster president Nathan Hubbard as its first head of commerce. “We’re going to go to people who have stuff to sell and help them use Twitter to sell it more effectively,” Hubbard told Bloomberg.