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Stories with subject: Social media
  • Costa Rica is demanding US explain 'Cuban Twitter' 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:28 am
  • SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The Costa Rican government says it's still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret "Cuban Twitter" network from inside the Central American nation's borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries' diplomatic relations.

  • Ohio woman lauded for saving neighbors from fire 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:56 am
  • EUCLID, Ohio - A suburban Cleveland fire department has taken to social media to credit a woman with saving two disabled neighbors from a fire in their apartment.

  • LAPD targeted on Twitter after NY police backlash 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:31 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Taking their cue from tweets bashing the New York Police Department, Twitter critics of Los Angeles police have been posting photos of people roughed up or injured in scuffles with officers in the nation's second-biggest city.

  • NFL players talk about race with Harvard students 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:17 pm
  • CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience.

  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:20 pm
  • MOSCOW - The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

  • Bashtag: NYPD Twitter campaign backfires 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:14 pm
  • NEW YORK - To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled.

  • No charges over fake Peoria mayor Twitter account 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:52 pm
  • PEORIA, Illinois - A prosecutor says he will not bring charges against a man accused of creating a fake Twitter account in the name of Peoria's mayor.

  • Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:17 pm
  • NEW YORK - If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection.

  • EXCHANGE: Marketing becomes important to farms 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:54 am
  • CONGERVILLE, Illinois - Congerville farmer Henry Brockman admits he doesn't understand Facebook. "I've never seen Facebook with my own eyes," said Brockman, whose business is called Henry's Farm. Yet the Henry's Farm Facebook page is updated frequently by his sister, Terra Brockman. Marketing online and in person has become more important for small farms that do everything from sell at local farmers' markets to produce for large companies, said Atina Diffley, a Minnesota organic farmer and educator who spoke during the recent Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network annual meeting last month in Bloomington. Since small farmers compete with large grocery chains, branding and marketing their farm and maintaining relationships with customers is an important part of business, she said.

  • Tennessee RB Alden Hill plans to transfer 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:53 pm
  • KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee running back Alden Hill has decided to transfer to another school.

  • Mets ace Matt Harvey off Twitter after photo flap 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 8:44 pm
  • NEW YORK - The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account.

  • IndyCar puts Castroneves on probation through June 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:03 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar has put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series' social media policy.

  • SBI got warrant for 15 accounts in photo probe 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 9:55 am
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The State Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant for user information and content for 15 Instagram accounts in its probe of nude photos of students in Wake County.

  • Charges filed in case of teen beaten in video 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 4:21 pm
  • WARREN, Michigan - A 20-year-old Detroit-area woman has been charged with assault after an online video shows her 14-year-old cousin being struck with belts.

  • Coachella's young audience a marketers paradise 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:26 am
  • INDIO, California - When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for one weekend.

  • Ky. speaker: Hacker tweeted anti-McConnell remarks 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:26 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's House speaker says someone hacked into his Twitter account to post inflammatory comments about U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  • Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:56 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

  • Weibo shares jump in market debut 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:46 pm
  • Chinese social media company Weibo Corp.'s shares soared in their U.S. market debut Thursday.

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:13 pm
  • NEW YORK - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

  • Kansas Regents stick with social media policy 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:44 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Board of Regents will consider adding language on free speech to its social media policy, but will not fundamentally change the rules, following criticism that the policy gives administrators too much power to fire or discipline employees for postings on Twitter and other outlets.

  • San Diego teen arrested in social media threats 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:04 am
  • SAN DIEGO - San Diego police say a 17-year-old student has been arrested on suspicion of making threats via social media against a charter school teacher in Point Loma and a middle school in Clairemont.

  • Fake abduction in park outrages many in Sequim 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:37 pm
  • SEQUIM, Washington - Police are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real.

  • Man sentenced to hard labor for indecent exposure 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:59 am
  • PHENIX CITY, Alabama - An eastern Alabama man accused of flashing several women in Phenix City has been sentenced to 30 days of hard labor, but must serve seven years of hard labor if he gets in trouble in the next two years.

  • Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:07 pm
  • NEW YORK - Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day - to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.

  • Police probe who set up bogus Twitter account 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:43 am
  • ROYAL OAK, Michigan - Royal Oak police investigators are trying to determine who set up a fake account in the department's name on Twitter.