‘Can you hear me now?’ Edward Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

The whistleblower acquired over 160,000 followers in less than an hour after he published his very first tweet, which referenced a snarky take on an old Verizon Wireless advertising campaign.

As the news of the latest ‘big-name’ Twitter handle goes viral, Snowden’s follower count skyrockets by thousands every time the page is refreshed.

However, the reclusive privacy advocate has only followed one other handle on Twitter. Who, you might ask?

The NSA, of course.

Eminent astrophysicist and TV star Neil deGrasse Tyson, welcomed Snowden onto Twitter. The scientist “geeked out” over getting to talk to the Moscow-based whistleblower online.

And Twitter exploded like a supernova.

When contacted by Mashable, Twitter confirmed the account really belongs to Edward Snowden.

The @Snowden handle was already taken by another user, who agreed to give it up to the whistleblower after a request from Twitter administration, the Intercept reported.

I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,” Snowden wrote in his account description.

According to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, Snowden will personally control his Twitter account.

The former NSA contractor has been living in exile in Russia since 2013, after he leaked thousands of secret NSA files to the press.

The US has revoked Snowden’s passport, and the 32-year-old whistleblower was charged with three felony violations of the Espionage Act.

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Just another accident? False East Coast tsunami warning broadcast for NY, CT, and MA


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By Susan Duclos | All News Pipeline

Newsrooms in NY, CT and MA issued a Tsunami warning for the east coast of the United States on the morning of September 24, 2015 and, after much confusion and a flurry of Twitter messages, the official explanation was that the alert was an accident.

While reports talk about the NY and CT warnings, videographer Professor Doom was notified by a viewer that stated the same alert was issued in Massachusetts as well.

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The explanation for the confusion as reported by  NBC Connecticut, shown below:

“As part of a routine monthly test issued by the National Weather Service/NWS National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer Alaska…the NWS New York NY office sent a tsunami test warning message over NOAA weather radio all hazards.

This transmission was sent to local emergency alert systems for possible redistribution,” a statement from The National Weather service says. “There is no tsunami threat at this time.”

According to New Haven Register, the Tsunami warning triggered confusion and chuckles, but I would bet the people living in those areas weren’t chuckling very much when they were informed a tsunami was going to hit them!

The alert mentioned Fairfield County; Long Island Sound, east of New Haven; New Haven County; Middlesex County and New London County.

This is reminiscent of other similar mistakes, such as one in early October 2014, where a Tsunami warning was issued for the west coast, again by mistake and called a false alarm, causing people to “freak out” according to USA Today at the time.

A tsunami warning — which turned out to be only a test message — caused a bit of a stir along the West Coast Thursday morning. Here is the message that Seth Wayne, a meteorologist from KOMO-TV in Seattle, saw on his AccuWeather app at 9:37 a.m. PT:

“Tsunami warning in effect for Tacoma, WA until 10:30 AM PDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service.”

Not surprisingly, Wayne tweeted, “We’ve got a few folks calling in and freaking out about this message.”

The alert was a mistake: Shortly thereafter, the National Weather Service in Seattle tweeted, “A test message for a Tsunami Information statement is showing on our website. This is only a test. There is no tsunami threat.”

Then there is an incident mentioned in the commentary below where an accidental alert went out on July 10th stating that a massive 9.0 earthquake had hit the Bay Area in California.

These types of accidents can cause a lot of stress and panic and they do seem to be happening more and more.

This article originally appeared on All News Pipeline.

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Brief Facebook outage prompts flurry on Twitter

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Instagram now at more than 400 million users

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Instagram now has more than 400 million users, the company announced Tuesday, making it far larger than rival Twitter Inc with 100 million more users.

The photo-sharing app has grown rapidly over the past three years, faster than many of its social app competitors, including Twitter and Snapchat. The Facebook unit has rolled out a number of products and features this year aimed at getting users to spend more time in the app.

More than 75 percent of Instagram’s users are outside the United States, the company wrote in a blog post. More than half of the 100 million newest users living in Europe and Asia with Brazil, Japan and Indonesia adding the most users.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion and has been slow to monetize the app. It recently expanded its platform to all advertisers, rather than a select few, and is expected to make up to $2.8 billion in advertising revenue in 2017, according to eMarketer, a research firm.

Facebook now owns many of the most popular apps, including WhatsApp with 900 million users and its Messenger platform, now the second-most popular app ever – behind only Facebook – with 700 million users.

(Reporting By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Who Is Twitter-Luring Refugees To Germany?

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Content-analysis of a great number of tweets that triggered the ongoing wave of migration from Turkey to Germany since August this year suggests that these human streams were inspired and channeled from outside of continental Europe.

According to Vladimir Shalak from the Russian Academy of Science who developed the Internet  Content-Analysis System for Twitter ( Scai4Twi), his study of over 19000 refugees-related original tweets (retweets discounted) demonstrates that the vast majority of them mention Germany and Austria as the most refugee-welcoming countries in Europe:

Counties mentioned in tweets containing #Refugees hashtag, percent

Counties mentioned in tweets containing #Refugees hashtag, percent

Importantly, 93% of all tweets dedicated to Germany contained positive references to German hospitality and  its refugee policy:

• Germany Yes! Leftists spray a graffiti on a train sayin “Welcome, refugees” in Arabic

• Lovely people – video of Germans welcoming Syrian refugees to their community

• Respect! Football fans saying “Welcome Refugees” across stadiums in Germany.

• This Arabic Graffiti train is running in Dresden welcoming refugees: (ahlan wa sahlan – a warm welcome).

• ‘We love Germany!,’ cry relieved refugees at Munich railway station

• Thousands welcome refugees to Germany – Sky News Australia

• Wherever this German town is that welcomed a coach of Syrian refugees with welcome signs and flowers -thank you.

Analysis of 5704 original tweets containing #RefugeesWelcome” hashtag and a country name lead to even larger gap between Germany and the rest of Europe:

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The next step is to study the source twitter accounts where the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome + Germany originate. Next diagram shows the countries of origin of the relevant twitter accounts (where they could be idenfitied):

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As you see, only 6,4% of all tweets with “#RefugeesWelcome”+Germany came from Germany itself.Almost half of them were originated from UK, USA and Australia! Looks like your remote planetmates are blushlessly inviting guests to visit your home without inquiring your opinion beforehand!

A couple of popular samples:

Lotte Leicht, director of Human Rights Watch’s Brussels Office, August 30 (source).

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Washington Post, September 1 (source).

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Further analysis shows that it was only a beginning. A whole army of netbots has galvanized ‘hit-the-fan’ effect to the topic.

On Aug 27 forty automatic netbots @changing_news, @changing_news1,…, @changing_news39 from the United States simultaneously issued the following tweet at 8:00:33AM:

A new welcome: Activists launch home placement service for refugees in Germany and Austria #News #Change #Help

On Sept 1 the same group of netbots releases same tweets with caps on at 22:30:37:

A New Welcome: Activists Launch Home Placement Service For Refugees In Germany And Austria #News #Change #Help

On August 29 at 11.02PMa group of 80 netbots posts the following:

Thousands Welcome Refugees to Germany at Dresden Rally: Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Satu…

Another group of fifty netbots from Australia (all created on Feb 14, 2014 between 06:02:00 до 06:24:00AM) publish a post on Aug 31 at 17:26:08:

#hot Football Fans in Germany Unite with ‘Refugees Welcome’ Message #prebreak #best

On Sept 1 at 07:29AM 95 netbots owned by Media for Social and Cultural Impact, Dallas, Texas, USA publish the following tweets:

German Soccer Fans Welcome Refugees Amid Ongoing Crisis: As Europe faces the challenge of a wave of migration…

Needless to say that every original tweet was multiplied in dozens of copies and spread Twitter-wide.

Evidently, the logic behind this campaign is to deteriorate social situation in Germany and undermine its economic development. Another target is the social structure of German society. 1 million of refugees coming annually there and supplementing existing 31% of local families having at least one migrant parent, would definitely disbalance the voting structure and secure a loyal leadership in Germany for the decades to come. On the other hand that would instigate ultra-right sentiments within the indigenous population and cause furious clashes between migrants and German radicals. Both processes would result in weakened Germany and diminished EU.

That is the real agenda behind innocent tweeting…

Source Article from http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-twitter-luring-refugees-to-germany/5477477

CEO search delay underscores woes at Twitter

In the fast-moving world of Silicon Valley, Twitter’s search for a new chief executive is moving at a snail’s pace, raising concerns about deeper woes at the social media platform.

The San Francisco messaging platform has been searching for a new leader since Dick Costolo announced on June 12 he was stepping down, with co-founder Jack Dorsey holding the job on an interim basis since July 1.

The unusually long search has some investors and analysts worried over the future of Twitter, which has failed to ignite the kind of growth that many had anticipated when it launched its public offering in 2013.

“It’s very disconcerting for the company to not know who’s going to be the CEO,” said Lou Kerner, partner at the venture capital firm FlightVC and founder of the Social Internet Fund.

“It’s hard to retain and attract great talent if they don’t know who they’re going to be working for. Every day that ticks by, it’s a big loss for the company.”

Over the past three months, several reports had suggested that a decision was imminent, but Twitter itself has remained mum on the subject.

The wait has created frustration for some investors.

One Twitter stakeholder, Silicon Valley venture investor Chris Sacca, has on two occasions launched “tweetstorms” to voice support for making Dorsey the permanent CEO.

“Enough is enough. The board needs to act. They are running a ‘process’ yet there is only one person fit to run this company: @jack,” Sacca tweeted on September 11.

“He has the full support of the key players at Twitter and its largest investors.”

While Dorsey would appear to be a natural choice, it is unclear if he is willing to step down from his other startup, Square, or manage to lead both companies simultaneously as the online payments firm readies its initial public offering (IPO).

List of candidates

A long list of potential CEO candidates has surfaced in media reports: Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, AOL chief Tim Armstrong, Intel president Renee James and several Google executives.

Inside the company, one frequently mentioned name is Adam Bain, who is overseeing Twitter’s effort at monetization including advertising. Another is its finance chief Anthony Noto, whose Goldman Sachs background could reassure Wall Street.

Rob Enderle, a consultant and analyst at Enderle Group, said Twitter’s needs are highly specialized, making the search complicated.

“The pool they’re pulling from is relatively shallow,” Enderle told AFP.

“They need a very unique skill set likely only found in places like Google or Facebook, and both firms have circled the wagons around the executives that might take the job.”

While Twitter may be looking for fresh ideas, hiring someone without a CEO background is a big risk for the company, according to Enderle.

Enderle said Yahoo’s decision to lure Marissa Mayer from Google to be CEO has failed to deliver the results many had hoped for and that she has become “an example of what not to do.”

Kerner said some candidates may have rejected the job because of the risks.

“It’s hard to find somebody with all the right attributes and experience, and who is ready to step into the fire,” he said.

Bold steps needed

But Kerner said Twitter needs to do something bold to avoid sinking further.

“The company has been struggling for a very long time,” he said.

“I don’t think Twitter’s problem is solved by some minor enhancements. They have got to have a significant product change. The question is how do you change the product so that it’s interesting for a billion instead of a few hundred million.”

The euphoria around Twitter has faded since its November 2013 IPO. Although it has boosted revenue and engagement, its global user base has struggled to get over 300 million, and it has never made a profit.

Twitter’s share price meanwhile has been fallen from its initial rise and has been hovering at or below its IPO level.

Some argue that Twitter may not be viable as an independent company and needs to merge or be acquired, but its hefty valuation makes that a difficult task as well.

“What they need to do is probably fold underneath another company that has a broad portfolio,” Enderle said.

“That would be the easiest fix. But it’s too expensive.”

Enderle said the only currently capable of absorbing Twitter is Google, “but it would be a crazy purchase and there’s a chance the regulators wouldn’t approve.”


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Ann Coulter: “…. Fucking Jews….”

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Ann has just made it VERY clear, she is tired of all the bent over beta males in the cuckold Republican party willing ready to get their jew raping. After Almost everyone pandering endlessly to Israel and kikes, she finally could not take at anyone. The titanic of kike power is bursting at the seams and it will go down violently soon.

 

 

Link here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.676293?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Jews on Twitter are crying another shoah is happening: https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter

 

I knew she was going this direction when she came out on Fox News with Carl Tuckerson (who interviews on Alex Jones), and overtly says MEXICANS are coming over the border, not any of the jew coin terms like ‘migrants’ or whatever garbage they want us to say.

Is Ann going full Nazi?

 

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Source Article from http://www.prothink.org/2015/09/17/ann-coulter-fucking-jews/

Facebook counters Twitter with tool for journalists

Facebook unveiled a new tool Thursday aimed at helping journalists using the social network track breaking and trending news, in a challenge to Twitter.

The service called Signal, which is available for both Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram platform, is designed for journalists who are using social media as part of their reporting efforts.

“We’ve heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their newsgathering with the ability to surface relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts on Facebook and Instagram for use in their storytelling and reporting,” Facebook’s Andy Mitchell wrote in a blog post.

“Today we’re excited to introduce Signal, for Facebook and Instagram, a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports, and more—all in one place.”

With Signal, journalists “can monitor which topics are trending and then quickly display related content that has been shared publicly.”

Journalists can also access lists of public figures ranked by who is being mentioned the most on Facebook, including “real-time conversations” involving politicians, authors, actors, musicians, athletes and others.

The tool can also be used on Instagram for visual content, according to Mitchell.

“Every Facebook post, every Instagram image or video, and every metric found in Signal can be easily saved into custom collections for later use,” he wrote.

“This is a first step in helping journalists use Facebook and Instagram more effectively and we’ll gather feedback and iterate to make Signal as useful as possible for industry professionals.”


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Source Article from http://phys.org/news/2015-09-facebook-counters-twitter-tool-journalists.html

How Twitter celebrates Corbyn victory – even Donald Trump (accidentally) retweets his picture

READ MORE: UK Labour leadership election: Anti-austerity & anti-war MP Jeremy Corbyn wins landslide victory 

Although the long-standing British MP may have had to languish on the backbenches of the House of Commons for about thirty years before taking the Labour party’s top spot, today 66-year-old Jeremy Corbin is enjoying his day in the sun, as his supporters flood Twitter with words of jubilance. 

However, some members of his party decided that it was high time they left the ranks of opposition, posting their proof online.

For online fandom, Corbyn has become an icon representing the possibility for real change in British politics. His arguments that the British people are “fed up with the injustice and the inequality” in their country have found serious political heft with the populace, as well as his calls to “fightback.”

Some commentators took umbrage at the negligible notice paid to former Labour Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and were quick enough to react.

Across the ocean, the celebration hasn’t gone unnoticed. Donald Trump, a Republican tycoon aspiring for his party’s nomination for the US presidential election in 2016, also posted a photo of Corbyn on his Twitter microblog.

Screenshot from Twitter / @realDonaldTrump

But wait! Is uber-conservative Trump really a Corbyn fan? Well, as it turns out Twitter user HamishP95 managed to dupe The Donald into retweeting the far-left Labour MP’s photo by tweeting him a picture of Corbyn, claiming it was a picture of his father, who was “thinking of voting for the first time ever for you my friend.” The real estate mogul, who has never been able to resist a compliment, fell for the ploy, retweeting Corbyn’s picture, adding “Great,” thus provoking howls of social media mirth and derision.

One would think that Trump would have learnt his lesson after being tricked into sharing a photograph of a serial-killer couple. That tweet was eventually killed.

So, who’s it gonna be next, Mr Trump? Putin, Elvis Presley or Bill Clinton?

Source Article from http://www.rt.com/uk/315183-%D1%81orbyn-victory-twitter-reaction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

GMO shill Kevin Folta throws pathetic Twitter tantrum after being exposed as a Monsanto whore



(NaturalNews) Despite being outed as an unethical lying “academic,” University of Florida Professor Kevin Folta isn’t backing down, instead posting a barrage of illogical tweets in a cringe worthy episode of attacks and apparent self-defense.

Though Folta previously denied ties to the rich and powerful agricultural and chemical industry, hundreds of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Request Act (FOIA) by the non-profit U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) group implicates him and other university faculty and staff in gross collusion with the biotech industry.

Chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Folta spent years relentlessly defending Big Ag, traveling on their dime as he engaged in lavish and frequent trips around the country promoting GMOs, leading USRTK and other clean food advocates to question his motives.

The FOIA requests delivered and confirmed what many have long suspected: Folta and other academics employed by taxpayer-funded institutions are colluding with the biotech industry to manipulate public opinion on GMOs and lobbying Congress to pass legislation favorable to Big Ag’s patented seeds and pesticides.

The emails offer a rare glimpse inside the vicious PR strategies of Big Ag, as Monsanto and other industry execs provide detailed instructions to university scientists, attempting to create game plans that they hope will ultimately dismantle the anti-GMO movement.

Their efforts focus particularly on states considering GMO-labeling laws but are also intent on pressuring Congress to prohibit states from enacting such laws through the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a.k.a. the DARK Act, or Denying Americans the Right to Know what’s in their food.

Believing that perceivably “independent scientists” are the most effective way to sway public opinion about GMOs, the biotech industry enlisted their most eager and cooperative minion, Folta, to travel to Pennsylvania to testify against a GMO-labeling bill.

An email exchange between Folta and Cathleen Enright, executive vice president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (another biotech front group), encourages Folta to stay in a nicer hotel next time while agreeing to fund all of his expenses including airfare, car rental, gas, hotel and meals. She wraps up the email thanking Folta for his “tireless voice.”

In wake of this proof, rather than try to save face by remaining silent, or apologizing, Folta’s made full use of his Twitter page refuting the evidence and viciously attacking the messengers, including New York Times journalist @EricLiptonNYT and Natural News.

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Monsanto recruited Folta to testify at an Informational Meeting at the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on October 6, 2014, in which Folta fabricated lies in an attempt to misinform the committee about GMOs.

Following testimony by GMO critics Stephanie Seneff Ph.D. and Charles Benbrook Ph.D., Folta argued: “This is a social debate and it’s fueled by misinformation.”

But Folta is the one spreading misinformation. When asked by Chairman John Maher (D-Allegheny) if everything humans eat is a GMO, he responded, “everything we consume is the result of human intervention.” However, nothing could be further from the truth.

GMOs are created through gene-splicing techniques which allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a lab, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that don’t occur naturally or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Picking an apple off a tree or consuming any other native crops has long been possible without “human intervention.”

The fabrications continued when Folta tried to assure the safety of GMOs by claiming that studies on animals fed a 100 percent GMO diet for 15 years produced no evidence of health risks. In fact, no such study has ever been completed.

Promoting the alleged benefits of GMOs per his agreement with Monsanto, Folta argued that GMOs actually lead to better consumer products and a cleaner environment. In actuality, with GMOs comes their associated pesticides, and how the dumping million of pounds of toxic glyphostate – the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – makes for a cleaner Earth, Folta failed to explain.

There are however, innumerable studies citing the deadly effects that glyphosate has on soil, water, air, plant and animal life and public health.

Stay tuned for more reporting as Natural News continues to follow the latest developments in the controversy regarding university academics selling themselves out to industry while still posing as “independent scientists.”

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