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84 percent of tweets about Pope Francis are positive, Pew study finds

Pope Francis is among admirers on Twitter where positive comments about him outweigh negative ones by a ratio of five to one, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday. The Washington-based think tank, in a statement, said it analyzed eight million tweets that made reference to the pope.…

‘WhatsApp’ co-founder goes from SNAP beneficiary to social media mogul

Jan Koum, an immigrant from Ukraine, was so poor as a teenager that he used saved old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Brian Acton lost a small fortune in the dot-com bust and was rejected for jobs at Twitter and Facebook. Now, the…

Twitter says Venezuelan authorities are blocking pictures amid new protests

Twitter said Friday that Venezuela was apparently blocking pictures from being shared in tweets as people took to streets to protest inflation and shortages amid sometimes violent unrest. The one-to-many messaging service based in San Francisco provided a tip on how to sidestep the block, by having tweets delivered to…

British teen’s 1914 diary from Paris brought to life on Twitter

She’s a 16-year-old British girl like any other – hates Mondays, likes cakes, tea and shopping, finds French lessons dull but Paris beautiful. But the story of Olive Higgins, told through the diary she wrote as she set off to school in Paris in January 1914, is no ordinary one.…

Twitter faces critical earnings test

Twitter releases its first earnings report since a wildly successful stock offering on Wednesday, in what is being seen as a critical test for the popular messaging platform. Shares in Twitter have soared from the offering price last November of $26, and analysts say that to sustain that momentum Twitter…

Australian sharks take to Twitter to warn surfers and swimmers of their presence

Australian scientists have outfitted almost 400 sharks with transmitters that send automatic warnings, via Twitter, to Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) Twitter feed. For example, this morning, when a shark ventured into the waters between Floreat and City Beach in the western Australian city of Perth, subscribers to SLSWA’s…

George Zimmerman vents on Twitter after freelancer shoots video of him picking up guns

George Zimmerman got his guns back after police dropped domestic violence charges against him. TMZ posted video of Zimmerman, who gained notoriety after shooting and killing an unarmed teen in his Florida neighborhood, picking up weapons with the girlfriend who told police that he’d pointed a gun at her face…

Sonic apologizes for racist sign in front of Kansas City area restaurant

A sign outside a Belton, Missouri Sonic Drive-in that went viral on Twitter has forced the company to issue a string of apologies. Here is the original tweet: Everyone please look at this pic and tell @sonicdrive_in what you think of it. Please RT! pic.twitter.com/gvtik9lYMo — Delores Schilling (@DelSchilling) December…

Westerners fighting in Syria use social media to encourage others to join them

Western Muslims fighting in Syria are emerging from the shadows and using social media to share their experiences of the conflict and encourage others to join them. On sites including Twitter, blogging platform Tumblr and the question-and-answer site Ask.fm, the young men are providing an unusual insight into one aspect…

Scott Walker aide behind ‘Black Friday’ fundraiser fired for racist tweets

In the second misstep by his re-election campaign within 24 hours, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) fired a top staffer on Tuesday for a series of offensive online remarks targeting Latinos. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Walker’s campaign terminated 23-year-old deputy finance director Taylor Palmisano after the Journal-Sentinel brought to…

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