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Twitter finally gets tougher on death and rape threats

It's been an exceedingly ugly fortnight on Twitter. Following a successful campaign orchestrated by journalist and feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to have a woman reinstated on Bank of England banknotes, she has been subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment, with rape and death threats being received by Criado-Perez at a rate of nearly one per minute on July 24, the day it was confirmed that her campaign had been a success. After being the platform for sustained threats and abuse for almost two weeks, Twitter has finally begun to act.Read More

Good Thinking

Mood Map exhibit turns tweets into art

Mood Map is an art exhibit created by New York-based E/B Office that expresses the mood of the South Korean populace by analyzing their tweets. The data is visualized through six fiber optic lights located on the roof of the Data Curation section of the Museum of Art, at Seoul National University. Read More

Space Feature

Commander Hadfield: The man who brought space down to Earth

After one hundred and forty-four days, 2,336 orbits of the Earth, and hundreds upon hundreds of posts to Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, Commander Chris Hadfield has returned from the International Space Station a household name – arguably space travel's first since the Apollo Moon landings. Gizmag takes a look back at Hadfield's 5-month mission to see how and why Hadfield inspired millions. Read More

Science

Hedonometer reads tweets to gauge social happiness

Is it possible to measure people’s levels of happiness based on the online data they produce? The team behind Hedonometer thinks so. Conceived by Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth at the University of Vermont’s Computational Story Lab, the software powering the platform, which recently went live, not only measures human happiness but does it in real time, too.Read More

Music

Twitter Music app set to launch

Compare the music industry of the 90s to the music industry of today, and you’d be hard-pressed to find many similarities. Digital distribution turned it all on its head. But just in case iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and YouTube weren’t enough of an overhaul, another familiar name is set to launch its own music app. Brace yourself for Twitter Music.Read More

Good Thinking

Hot Wheels Camaro-matic vending machine accepts tweets in lieu of loose change

Last weekend, at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto, toy car makers Hot Wheels, together with Chevrolet Canada and marketing firm TrojanOne, displayed Canada’s first Twitter-activated promotional vending machine – aptly called "The Hot Wheels Camaro-matic Trending Machine." By tweeting the correct hash-tag, it dispensed free (if small) Camaro’s to attendees.Read More

CuteCircuit's Haute Couture dress fashionably displays tweets

With celebrities attracting some of the biggest followings on Twitter, it's probably not all that surprising to see a celebrity step out in a dress that can literally display tweets in real-time. The creation of London-based fashion company CuteCircuit, the Haute Couture Twitter Dress was worn by former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger at the launch party of the EE 4G mobile network in the U.K.Read More

Telecommunications

uWhisp allows Facebook users to leave each other voice messages

It’s probably safe to say that with some of our friends, we communicate with them almost exclusively via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. While these networks are fine for sending typed messages and photos, however, there are times when the sound of someone’s voice is much more appropriate. Video is one alternative, although many people are uncomfortable appearing on camera. That’s why four graduates from the School of Informatics at Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya created uWhisp – it’s a plug-in for use on existing social networks, that lets users send prerecorded voice messages.Read More

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