Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Breaking news and headlines from here and there.

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Browser-based Jailbreak Available for All iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at JailbreakMe.com

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"JailbreakMe" quickly jumped into the trending topics on Twitter after the announcement on tech news site Redmond Pie. This is possibly the first browser-based jailbreak. In the past, users would jailbreak their phones by downloading an app onto their computers and connecting to the device they wanted to jailbreak.

And the crowd goes wild: A hacker has created a website that will jailbreak iPods, iPads and iPhones running almost any version of iOS, freeing the devices from software restrictions placed on them by Apple.Users who want to access unauthorized apps or use their phones in multiple countries, for example, can surf to http://jailbreakme.com/ to hack their devices. Jailbreaking will void the warranty on a device, Apple says. However, the action is easy to undo by resetting a device to factory settings (and will be undone by downloading any new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS).

TIRED OF FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ET AL? HERE’S HOW TO END IT ALL

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From their site … SuicideMachine.org:
Faster, Safer, Smarter, BetterTired of your Social Network?Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our services currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!
But then, do you REALLY want a web service from the Netherlands having access to your login info?So … if you really want to END IT ALL, GO HERE

THIS ROCKS: One Twitter Script to Rule Them All

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ReadWriteWeb reports on the “kitchen sink” Twitter script … very niceOver the past year, all the major tech blogs have done round-up articles of great Greasemonkey scripts to use with Twitter (including us). What this says about Twitter’s native functionality we aren’t sure, but we know we’ve had upwards of 10 separate scripts installed and active at different times.All that is going to end, at least for the next little while, as we have just found the GM script that does everything (and we mean everything).

Why Google should want Twitter: Currency

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Why Google should want Twitter: Currency
Here’s a good clue as to why Google should be interested in Twitter. It’s not just search. It’s currency. Google isn’t good at currency. It needs content to ferment; it needs links and clicks to collect so PageRank can determine its value.But in this report, Google chief economist Hal Varian and analyst Hyunyoung Choi demonstrate that Google search trends are good at predicting the present. That is, rather than waiting weeks or even a month to get aggregated figures on auto, retail, home, or travel sales to be collected and analyzed and released, Google search patterns can give a good indication of sales now.Note that to do that, Google’s value is not in its analysis of content but in its collection of our behavior, which is faster.Of course, Twitter is even faster, even more immediate. It collects what we’re doing and talking and thinking of doing right now.
George Orwell should be rolling over in his grave about now!

No … REALLY! Harvard Economist Blames Twitter for Down Economy

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This is, like, SO SERIOUS … DUDE, Obama should, like, DO SOMETHING!
A new study suggests that Twitter is the root cause of the current economic malaise. Policy experts predict a Twitter moratorium may be declared for Summer 2009 as part of an effort to stimulate economic production and reverse GDP declines.Professor Martin Schmeldon of Harvard Business School recently released research findings that suggest excessive Twitter use may have caused the current economic downturn.
I’m having a case of “Spoof Envy.” Very nice!!

Twitter my subscription … how newspapers are embracing microblogging

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Twitter me thisWith so much talk about the newspaper industry being on life support, this article about embracing emerging technologies is a refreshing change of pace.
From nary a peep 18 months ago, Twitter is gaining significant traction among newspapers.The microblogging technology has become a favorite conduit through which newspapers are reaching readers and expanding their brands.Twitter, launched in 2006, allows users to transmit updates in real time. The posts, known as tweets, are limited in length to 140 characters. They can also provide links that direct followers to visit specific Web pages to obtain further information.
Here’s what they’re doing in the Windy City:
Newspaper Association of America: Twitter users have described Twitter as "addictive". Newsweek's technology writer Steven Levy called it the "viral craze du jour". Presidential candidates are "tweeting" or "twittering". And now newspapers are getting in on the trend, too, by using Twitter to send news headlines.

Newspaper Association of America: ... now newspapers are getting in on the trend, too, by using Twitter to send news headlines.

The Chicago Tribune, meantime, is promoting a variety of Twitter feeds on its Web site, including one run by Amanda Maurer, the paper’s social media producer.Maurer started her feed last August after she joined the paper. She was encouraged to start a feed since several other Tribune staff were already experimenting with their own Twitter posts.“We’ve found Twitter to be a very powerful tool when it comes to networking and getting news out,” she said. “That could mean anything from sharing breaking news to talking about our next Tweetup.”Twitter also provides readers with another platform to discuss news, suggest stories and strike a dialogue with news staff.“I think our goals change daily, but our mission stays the same — to provide timely, accurate, interesting information to the public,” said Maurer. “We constantly want to engage our community, and Twitter allows that.”
To discover what “COMMUNITY” is really all about is to find a new mission as a media company.
“A majority of my tweets include content we have on chicagotribune.com; however, it is by no means limited to that,” she said. “I chat about Chicago and national news and I also like to tweet a healthy amount about our feature stories.”While Twitter does drive some traffic to chicagotribune.com, it isn’t one of the site’s biggest referral generators.Instead, Maurer said Twitter’s value comes from the community it builds.
And there, ladies and gentlemen is one more clue for finding the “Silver Bullet.”RELATED: NAA.org … Twittering the News