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Marakana Training Firm Could Be Driving Force For Twitter University
2013-08-14 07:49:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Marakana, an open-source technical training company that will become the driving force behind a new initiative dubbed Twitter University. “As Twitter has scaled, so too has our engineering organization. To help our engineers grow, it’s important for them to have access to world-class technical training, along with opportunities to teach the skills they’ve mastered. To that...

Voice Recognition, Translation Technology Acquired By Facebook
2013-08-13 09:18:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Facebook has agreed to buy Mobile Technologies, a company that makes a mobile voice recognition app. Mobile Technologies claims it has built the very first speech-to-speech translator, called Jibbigo, on a phone designed to translate languages easily. Facebook could use this technology to add voice recognition functionality to its existing products as the social media giant continues to look toward mobile solutions. Both companies...

2013-08-12 11:24:39

An Indiana University study found that the percentage of votes for Republican and Democratic candidates in 2010 and 2012 races for the U.S. House of Representatives could be predicted by the percentage of tweets that mentioned those candidates — and it didn't matter whether the tweets were positive or negative. "Think of this as a measurement of buzz," said Fabio Rojas, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. "We call this the 'all...

Twitter Can Help Predict Risk Of Foodborne Illness
2013-08-08 04:52:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Rochester have devised a new system that can tell people how likely they are to become ill when dining at a particular restaurant by "listening" to the tweets from other restaurant patrons. The system, dubbed nEmesis, can help people make more informed decisions and could potentially complement traditional public health methods for monitoring food safety, the researchers said. The system works...

TV Viewership Intricately Tied To Tweeting
2013-08-06 14:17:03

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Will a Tweet make or break a show on television? A recent report released by Nielsen Research suggests a two-way influence between Twitter activity and broadcast tune-in TV shows. The study examined Nielsen's Live TV Ratings and Tweets for 221 broadcast primetime program episodes using Nielsen's SocialGuide to come up with its findings. Nielsen finds that as many as 48 percent of the episodes it used in its sample experienced a...

2013-07-30 23:04:54

Mobile App Automates Lifelogging, Personal Analytics and Effortless Sharing With Friends, Family and Followers Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 A.R.O. Inc., the makers of Saga, the essential lifelogging app, today announced new features that allow users to effortlessly share their lifelogs with friends, family and followers. Saga automatically keeps track of where users go and what they do in a beautiful lifelog. Now Saga users can share their lifelogs effortlessly and stay in touch with...

Syrian Electronic Army Reemerges, Hacks Thomson Reuters' Twitter Feed
2013-07-30 10:41:37

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck again, this time taking control of financial information firm Thomson Reuters' Twitter feed. The group hacked into the account yesterday afternoon and began Tweeting political cartoons that showed their support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The SEA later confirmed they were responsible for the attack and the @ThomsonReuters account was suspended shortly thereafter. The financial...

Twitter Rape Threats Land Manchester Man In Hot Water
2013-07-30 04:48:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A man was arrested after using Twitter as a launching post to send a sexually abusive comment towards a female who campaigned to get a woman on British banknotes. A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 21-year-old man was arrested in Manchester after he sent a Twitter message to Caroline Criado-Perez threatening to rape and kill her. "The arrest is in connection with an allegation of malicious communications received by officers in Camden...

2013-07-27 23:02:22

Leading online marketing firm fishbat releases the latest edition of “fishbat Splash,” which details Twitter’s PR nightmare involving fake tweets and Facebook’s ad feedback feature. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) July 27, 2013 On July 27, fishbat releases the newest edition of “fishbat Splash,” which recaps the most popular digital news stories of the week, including Twitter’s advertising debacle involving fake tweets and Facebook’s potential ad feedback option. According to the...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.