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Hackers Taunt Skype: ‘Stop Spying on People!’ (CNET)
The publicity-minded Syrian Electronic Army on Wednesday targeted the public faces of Skype, posting anti-surveillance messages to the video-chat service’s blog and to its Twitter and Facebook accounts. On Skype’s Twitter account, for instance, this message appeared: “Stop spying on people! via Syrian Electronic Army.” The Next Web A Skype spokesperson responded to TNW with a statement: “We recently became aware of a targeted cyber attack that led to access to Skype’s social media properties, but these credentials were quickly reset. No user information was compromised.” The Skype team has also taken to Twitter to acknowledge the hack and reassure users. PCMag.com Why target Skype? Rumors of Skype’s spying capabilities have been circulating since it was acquired by Microsoft. A July 2012 Slate story, for example, said that the Microsoft acquisition allowed Skype to spy on users and record their calls, but Skype denied it. Mashable Last year, the anonymous group, whose mission is to unleash pro-government propaganda on the Internet, hacked the Twitter accounts of CBS, E! Online, The Financial Times and even parody-news site The Onion. For its hackings, the Syrian Electronic Army typically publishes pro-Syrian government messages, but the Wednesday incident involving Skype seemed to focus more on privacy issues. The Wall Street Journal/Digits It’s not clear why the Syrian Electronic Army singled out Skype. The service has been criticized by some privacy groups for allowing governments ways to access users’ private video calls or messages.
Brazil’s Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws (NPR)
Social media in Brazil is booming, analysts sid, because it taps into some fundamental Brazilian traits: sociability, a love of communicating and a consumer culture that prizes anything new. All this made Brazil the obvious market for Lulu, said Deborah Singer, the company’s marketing director.
Facebook: We’re Getting Better at Measuring the 20 Percent Rule (Inside Facebook)
Facebook announced to advertisers that it has gotten better at measuring its own 20 percent rule — the guideline that an image advertisement can contain no more than 20 percent text. This has no bearing on organic or unpaid posts from a page or profile.
Reports: Millions of Snapchat Usernames, Phone Numbers Leaked (USA Today)
Several million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers were apparently leaked online late Tuesday night. Several outlets including The Verge reported that 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were posted as a downloadable database by so-far anonymous hackers.
Twitter Was 10th Most Popular App of 2013 [Stats] (AllTwitter)
Nielsen took a look at American smartphone users and their most-loved apps of the past year. Twitter made it onto the list in the 10th spot, beating out all other social network apps but one (I’ll let you guess which one that is!). Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ … none of these made the cut.
I Decided to Delete All My Facebook Activity (Slate)
On average, it took 20 to 30 minutes to purge a month’s worth of posts. After about 12 hours of hand-deleting stories, I decided it was time to automate.
Seven Predictions for Social TV in 2014 (LostRemote)
Many of our social TV predictions for 2013 came true. From Amazon’s growth as an original TV content provider, to Netflix’s impact on social TV it was a big year for TV everywhere and the seamless integration of social into the traditional television industry that we’ve known for decades.
’90s Stars Remember ‘Uncle Phil’ on Twitter (USA Today)
James Avery, who is best known as Uncle Phil from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” has died due to complications from open heart surgery. Several stars – including a few fellow ’90s sitcom actors – took to Twitter on Jan. 1 to remember the actor: “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” co-star Alfonso Ribeiro: “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”
Dangerous Australian Sharks Now Have Their Own Twitter Alerts (AppNewser)
Swimming in the shark-infested waters of Australian got a little safer thanks to Twitter and acoustic transmitters. Scientists on the Southern continent have accessorized the fishy predator with transmitters to Twitter handle, @SLSWA (Surf Life Saving WA).