Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen hasn’t said much since he took the reins of the once-great smartphone pioneer. But a recent C-suite shakeup and focus on emerging markets indicate that a new strategy is afoot . In a major talent grab, Facebook exec and Instagram advertising guru Emily White is leaving to become COO of Snapchat . While the Internet was abuzz when Jeff Bezos teased the idea of delivery by drone , the Amazon CEO also addressed something much more immediate in his “60 Minutes” interview last week: Small businesses that can’t compete . In its first two and a half weeks, Sony’s sold 2.1 million units of its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Microsoft, meanwhile, hasn’t disclosed a current sales number, but also reports record-breaking sales for its rival Xbox One, which has had one fewer week on store shelves

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DiGiorno Pizza Live-Tweeted The Sound of Music, and It Was Glorious

December 6, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Thursday night, as millions tuned in to see Carrie Underwood ambitiously take on the role of Maria von Trapp, croon about the hills being alive, and make children's clothing out of drapes in NBC's The Sound of Music Live, DiGiorno Pizza was also watching—and live-tweeted the whole thing. The Nestl

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Paul Walker: Biz Mourns on Twitter

December 1, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Friends and associates of actor Paul Walker, who died Saturday in a car crash in Valencia, Calif., took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the “Fast and Furious” actor. Among the entertainment bizzers expressing their sorrow over his death were Ludacris, who appeared in “Fast & Furious 6,” Walker’s “Flags of Our Fathers” co-star... Read more

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Bitcoin, Schmitcoin — Tech Stocks Also on a Frothy Run

November 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While the stock market was only open a half-day today, it was still a solid one for Internet stocks as the market enters its final month of 2013. Most showed gains yesterday, with Apple, Amazon and Twitter all up almost two percent. But that does not tell the story of how well shares of tech companies have been doing throughout the year — most are up significantly, seeing big jumps. For the year-to-date, most well-known issues are up, including: LinkedIn, up more that 95 percent; Facebook, up over 76.5 percent; Yahoo, up 83 percent; Amazon, up 57 percent; Google, up close to 50 percent; and even perpetually stagnant Microsoft, up close to 43 percent. Apple lagged, up only 4.5 percent, and Twitter remains below its November IPO price, down 7.4 percent. Even suffering Groupon and Zynga did well, up more than 86 percent and 84 percent respectively. The past three months have not been as strong, though, with Amazon leading the pack with a 38.6 percent rise. It was followed by Yahoo, up 35.3 percent; Google, up close to 34 percent; Facebook and Microsoft, up close to 14 percent; and Apple, up just over 13 percent. LinkedIn declined just over seven percent in the period, not a surprise, given its spectacular rise since it went public in mid-2011. What the rest of the year and 2014 will bring is anyone’s guess, of course, but there are expected to be a spate of IPOs in the first half of the new year, most notably China’s Alibaba Group, whose stellar performance should continue to boost Yahoo’s stock.

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Bogus Accounts Dog Twitter

November 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One day earlier this month, Jim Vidmar bought 1,000 fake Twitter accounts for $58 from an online vendor in Pakistan. He then programmed the accounts to “follow” the Twitter account of rapper Dave Murrell, who calls himself Fyrare and pays Mr. Vidmar to boost his standing on the social network. Mr. Vidmar’s fake accounts also rebroadcast Mr. Murrell’s tweets, amplifying his Twitter voice. Mr. Murrell says he sometimes buys Twitter ads to raise his profile, “but you’ll get more with Jim.” He says many Twitter users try to make their followings look bigger than they are. “If you’re not padding your numbers, you’re not doing it right,” he says. “It’s part of the game.” Mr. Vidmar offers a window into the shadowy world of false accounts and computerized robots on Twitter, one of the world’s largest social networks. Surrounded by a dozen computers at his home overlooking a golf course near the Las Vegas Strip, Mr. Vidmar has been buying fake accounts and unleashing them on Twitter for six years. Today, he says he manages 10,000 robots for roughly 50 clients, who pay Mr. Vidmar to make them appear more popular and influential. His are among millions of fake accounts on Twitter. Mr. Vidmar and other owners manage them to simulate Twitter users: they tweet; retweet, or forward, other tweets; send and reply to messages; and follow and unfollow other Twitter accounts, among other actions

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Mario Lopez’s Dog Has a Twitter Account

November 22, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Mario Lopez Age 40 Accomplishments Host of Extra ; NuvoTV ’s Mario Lopez: One-on-One (new episodes return early 2014); Fox’s The X Factor (Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.); and Premiere Radio’s ON With Mario Lopez Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? First I turn on my local news channel because I want to see stuff like the weather and traffic, but then I go to my Twitter after that when I’m eating breakfast. Twitter to me is like Google but with feedback. I think it’s great for news but also connecting with fans. If I’m not on Twitter or watching the morning news, then I like to read the paper, usually the L.A. Times. I’m a little old school that way. What do you like most about using social media? I’m on Twitter , but that’s it. I first got into Twitter a while back because I had to for the show. At first I was like Fred Flintstone, not really into it. I was reluctant to embrace any social media, but now I really like it. It turns out that Twitter is perfect for my ADD—140 characters, quick, easy, direct. Your dog Julio also has a Twitter account, right? Yes, my dog has his own Twitter account , and a pretty good-sized, loyal following. My wife actually runs it, so when he’s being naughty—and he’s a pretty salacious little guy—she’s to blame, not me. Whose idea was it to put him on Twitter?

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Vine Goes Global With Added Language Support

November 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Vine, the six-second video-sharing app acquired by Twitter last year, announced support for 19 new languages on Thursday. The expansion is focused mostly on European and Asian countries, areas where Vine’s sister app, Twitter, is seeing some of its fastest growth.

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Salesforce Went Down for About Three Hours Today in North America and Europe

November 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A system update that went awry appears to be the cause of a failure that took Salesforce.com down across much of North America and most of Europe. In some cases, the outage lasted for as long as three hours. Salesforce acknowledged the outage on its System Status page , which shows that seven out of 17 instances in North America were affected, as were two out of four in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Two instances in the Asia Pacific region were unaffected. According to a Salesforce statement, the problem began at a little before 9 pm ET last night. If you were trying to use Salesforce.com during the next three hours or so in the affected regions, you probably had trouble signing on. The company said the preliminary findings point to planned maintenance on networking equipment that clearly didn’t go as planned. The timing could have been better. On Monday Salesforce will report quarterly earnings. And, on the same day, the company’s Dreamforce conference gets under way in San Francisco. CEO Marc Benioff is giving a big keynote address on Tuesday that will more or less set the table for Salesforce’s agenda in 2014. A lot of people took to Twitter to express their frustration. Here’s one. @salesforce is having a major outage for 2+ hours now. Many nodes down. It seems we’re at the mercy of our cloud providers. — David Friedlander (@i_am_davidf) November 15, 2013 Anyway, here’s Salesforce’s statement, referring specifically to its NA2 instance in North America, but the message was the same across all the others.

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Twitter Shares Down on Second Day Opening

November 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After a brief rise on Friday morning, shares of Twitter slipped in the second day of trading. The stock saw an early two-point slide for a four percent drop. As of mid-Friday morning, TWTR was trading at around $42.50 per share. That’s down from its Thursday debut price of $45.10 , but still up more than 70 percent from the $26 per share at which the stock was originally priced. Chatter around the company’s debut continued into Friday, with commenters dividing into two camps — those who thought Twitter’s massive stock price pop was a good thing for retail and major investors and those who argued that with the surge of nearly $20 up from its pricing, Twitter left more than $1 billion on the table . As analysts have reiterated, most of the early clamor for Twitter shares has been all on the promise of the company one day delivering big returns; as of today, Twitter is relatively small in both revenue and user numbers compared to its competitor Facebook, and continues not to turn a profit.

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QOTD: #happyholidays

November 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Had Twitter priced at $45.10 per share and used the extra proceeds to give out holiday bonuses, it would have worked out to more than $580,000 per employee. – Fortune’s Dan Primack

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