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Love a click away in Indonesia’s Twitter Republic

He was a geeky kid from Yogyakarta, she a glamorous city girl in Jakarta. In a country with one of the world’s most vibrant social networking scenes they fell in love on Twitter. The storyline of “Republik Twitter,” an Indonesian romantic comedy to be released in Valentine’s week, exemplifies a growing trend of…

China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumors

China’s state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the “cancer” of online rumours, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites. The Xinhua news agency’s call for an end to online “rumour-mongering” came days after a similar warning from a…

Britons use social networking sites to expose rioters

Britons took to social networking sites on Wednesday to expose the rioters who went on the rampage for four nights, posting photos of masked gangs looting and hurling missiles. Much of the violence, which started in London but has since spread to other parts of the country, was captured on…

Britons use social networking to expose rioters

LONDON — Britons took to social networking sites on Wednesday to expose the rioters who went on the rampage for four nights, posting photos of masked gangs looting and hurling missiles. Much of the violence, which started in London but has since spread to other parts of the country, was…

Facebook exposing children to online threats: EU survey

BRUSSELS — Social networking sites such as Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by paedophiles or online bullying, European authorities said Tuesday. Of 14 websites tested on behalf of the European Commission, just two — Bebo and MySpace — ensure the required…

Poll: Facebook users have more friends, political views

WASHINGTON (AFP) – According to a poll published on Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2,255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple times…

Oklahoma tornado leaves at least eight dead

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescue teams and anguished families Wednesday were desperately trying to track down some 1,500 people listed as missing since a tornado ripped through a Missouri town, killing 125 residents. Emergency teams were also doing a fourth painstaking sweep through the devastated homes of Joplin, buoyed after two…

Obama off to ‘friend’ Facebook in person

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama heads to Facebook’s headquarters on Wednesday to tout his budget cuts to followers of the social media powerhouse, which he also hopes to use to help get reelected. Obama, whose audacious 2008 White House bid leaned heavily on social networking sites, will hype his “Shared…

Obama to launch campaign-style budget blitz

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama this week takes his 2012 reelection bid cross-country, to the airwaves and to Facebook, pushing a prescription for long-term US fiscal health that includes tax hikes on the richest Americans. Obama, whose audacious 2008 White House bid leaned heavily on social networking sites, will hype…

Feds: Woman illegally fired over Facebook remarks

Feds say woman was illegally fired after dissing boss on Facebook page A Connecticut woman who was fired after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has prompted a first-of-its-kind legal case by federal authorities who say her comments are protected speech under labor laws. The National Labor…

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