Viber 4.2 features multiple photo-sending capabilities, longer video messages and a typing status indicator for desktop and Android devices.
BlackBerry has upgraded its mobile apps for Twitter and Linked, the company announced today. The updates will be ready for download in the U.S. when the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone hits the shelves later this month.
Twitter Adds Email Security to Ward Off Cybercriminals (Mashable)
To cut down on fake email scams and ploys to steal your passwords, Twitter has added an email authentication security measure to prevent malicious attacks on user accounts. The company announced on Thursday it has started using a new technology DMARC, which aims to prevent cybercriminals from sending emails to users with a fake Twitter.com address.
Twitter Enhances Viewing Options for Photos, Videos and Related Tweets (AllTwitter)
Twitter is kicking that photo/video train into high gear, with its announcement of new photo and video features that are rolling out, starting today. Steamrolling out, rather.
In a move to compete with Apple and Android, Research in Motion has BlackBerry has introduced a new operating system for BlackBerry along with two new phones — a touchscreen model Z10 and the Q10 a new BlackBerry with a QWERTY keyboard.
Like other smartphones popular today, the new BlackBerry Z10 has a touchscreen and offers access to third party apps through the BlackBerry App World. The BlackBerry Z10 is a touchscreen phone with a high-resolution 1280 x 768, 4.2-inch screen. It has 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with MicroSD cards up to 32 GB. It is Wi-Fi enabled and has an 8 megapixel camera. The Q10, on the other hand, incorporates the new operating system while providing a phone with a QWERTY keyboard for loyal keyboard enthusiasts. Both devices will be available in the U.S. in March. Read more
Facebook Test Makes Comments on Page Posts More Like Web Plug-in (Inside Facebook)
Facebook has given us an update on its latest test for page post comments: in addition to a new option to reply to specific comments, the entire thread will be sorted by an algorithm to put the most engaging comments higher. Page administrators are also able to reply directly to comments via a “reply” option.
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Brazilian Judge Orders Arrest of Google Executive Over YouTube Videos (The Daily Dot)
A judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of a Google executive after the company refused to remove two YouTube videos last week allegedly slandering a mayoral candidate in the city of Campo Grande. Judge Flavio Peren placed the order on Fabio Jose Silva Coehlo, Google’s president of operations in Brazil. AP The videos on YouTube make incendiary comments about an alleged paternity suit aimed at Alcides Bernal, who is running for mayor of the city of Campo Grande. Google said in a Tuesday statement that it rejected the decision by Peren, which included an order for a statewide, 24-hour suspension of Google and YouTube. The Financial Times The order, which Google is appealing, is the second time this month that an electoral court in Brazil has tried to arrest a top executive at the company for failing to delete YouTube videos attacking a mayoral candidate. While Google frequently faces challenges worldwide over videos or images uploaded to its websites, especially in the Middle East, Brazil is among the top sources of requests for content removal. Reuters In the second half of last year, Google removed four Orkut social network profiles after an electoral court order, the company said on a portion of its website called the Transparency Report. The Verge The controversy over these ads echoes that over the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” an anti-Islam piece that has sparked protests worldwide. If popular outcry exists in this case, it’s much more muted, and the video below has gotten only about 8,000 views since late August. Read more
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Exclusive: Microsoft Tie-Up, Network Sale Among RIM Options: Sources (Reuters)
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation. RIM said the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been postponed to early 2013 — more than a year later than initially promised — because the development of its new operating system had “proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated.” CNN Money The company reported a first-quarter loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share. Overall sales came in at $2.8 billion, down 43 percent from $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago and considerably lower than analysts’ expected first-quarter revenue of $3.1 billion. Gizmodo The worse news: It’s now letting 5,000 employees go, on top of the 2,000 cuts that had been previously announced. Wall Street Journal According to interviews with more than a dozen former RIM executives and industry executives who worked closely with the company, it was a blinding confidence in the basic BlackBerry product that was at the root of RIM’s current troubles. Read more