Turkish citizens fight back against Twitter ban

#twitter blocked in #turkey tonight. folks are painting #google dns numbers onto the posters of the governing party.

— Engin Onder (@enginonder) March 21, 2014

The people of Turkey are still finding their way into the Twittersphere despite a government ban of the site.

On Thursday, Turkish courts took Twitter offline for the country's 76 million citizens following actions by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. An unabashed critic of social networks, Erdogan has threatened to "wipe out" the site in the wake of a political corruption scandal that has embarrassed the government through news, videos, … Read more

'Say hello to my e-go': 10 funny first tweets we love

Twitter is the open mic at The Improv of the Internet, so unless you're a funny person who wants to be heckled, you might want to make your first tweet chuckle-worthy. To celebrate turning 8, Twitter on Thursday opened its archive, making it easy to look up anyone's first tweets. Yeah, we confess; we fell down the first-tweets rabbit hole fast. But at least you get to share in the adventure with a sample of our favorites funnies. See any we missed? Let us know in the comments.

I hope the 17 fans on my Geocities page follow … Read more

Twitter dark in Turkey after PM's threat to 'wipe out' the service

Twitter reportedly went offline in Turkey on Thursday, just hours after the country's prime minister threatened to eradicate the social network from the country in the wake of allegations of corruption spread across social networks.

"We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the international community says," premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday during an election rally in the western province of Bursa.

"They will see the Turkish republic's strength," he added, according to the AFP news agency.

Twitter said Thursday that it was looking into reports that its microblogging service had … Read more

Twitter reportedly nixes plan to secure messages from snooping

Twitter has reportedly put the kibosh on a project that would have protected your personal data from hackers and government snoops.

Purportedly dropping the project earlier this year, Twitter had initiated it as a way to secure direct messages, protected accounts, and personal information, The Verge said on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. The aim was to make it more difficult for the government to gain hold of such information without a court order.

Twitter has been an outspoken critic of the methods used by the National Security Agency to vacuum up user data. Last month, the company revealed that it … Read more

Twitter CEO heads to China to meet with officials

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is heading to Shanghai on a tour of China, but there could be more to his visit, a new report claims.

Costolo will land in China on Monday and meet with government officials over a period of three days, Reuters reported Monday. According to Twitter, Costolo is simply heading to China to "learn more about Chinese culture," but the fact that he's meeting with government officials perhaps tells a different story.

Twitter has been banned in China since 2009 and has been seen by the government as potentially hostile to its longstanding assault … Read more

Web inventor's biggest surprise about the Internet? 'Kittens'

Chalk it up to deliciously dry Brit humor or perhaps he really couldn't imagine all of the ways people would come to use the Internet -- hey, the guy is human -- but World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee caught his interlocutors off guard Wednesday during a session on Reddit with this exchange.

"What was one of the things you never thought the Internet would be used for, but has actually become one of the main reasons people use the Internet?" a questioner wrote.

"Kittens," came back the one-word reply.

For a more substantive look … Read more

Twitter crashes for 'most users'

Twitter went down for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning for "most users" on both the Web and on mobile apps, according to the company's status blog.

CNET first noticed the site down just after 11 a.m. PT. Though Twitter came back intermittently for some, it remained on the fritz until about 11:45 a.m. PT.

Update, 11:59 a.m. PT: Twitter is back up for CNET employees.

Update, 12:17 p.m. PT: Twitter updated its status blog at 12:12 p.m. PT explaining the cause and timing of the outage:

During a … Read more

Twitter prohibits posting of sexually explicit videos on Vine

Twitter announced a new policy Thursday that prohibits sexually explicit content from being posted on its video-sharing app, Vine.

The microblogging service announced the update to its terms of service in a company blog post that said that the vast majority of its users would not be affected by the change.

"For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything," the post reads. "For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet -- we just prefer not to be the source of it."

The … Read more

DeGeneres' Oscar tweet leads to $3M Samsung donation

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

A woman on a mission, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was determined to set Twitter retweet records during the awards show on Sunday. She snapped a selfie with her Samsung smartphone, posted it to Twitter, and waited for the retweets to roll in.

And roll they did. For DeGeneres, it was mission accomplished. And for Samsung, it meant a lot of eyes on its device.

Samsung was so pleased that it announced Tuesday it will donate $3 million to charities … Read more

Twitter error blamed for mass user password reset

Many Twitter users vented their concern and frustration Monday upon learning from a Twitter e-mail that their passwords had been reset due to a possible security issue with a third-party Web site -- an exercise in security triggered by accident.

"Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter," the e-mail sent to users said. "We've reset your password to prevent accessing your account."

However, a Twitter spokesperson told CNET that the password reset e-mails had been sent in error.

"We unintentionally sent some password … Read more