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Menshn 'Twitter-killer' launches in the US

Two weeks ago saw the launch of a new social networking site — Menshn — that sought to change the way conversations work online. At the time, the site's co-founder, British Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, told TechCrunch's UK editor Mike Butcher that she had decided to found the site in a bid to create a better system for debate than Twitter. The self-described "obsessive user of social media" (she currently has over 60,000 Twitter followers herself) was sick of the off-topic tweets she saw, and wanted a better way to follow the topics she wanted than the chaos of hashtags.

Man sued over Twitter followers in landmark case

Noah Kravitz is being sued for keeping his Twitter followers after leaving his job at PhoneDog, a US cell phone news website.
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Noah Kravitz is being sued for keeping his Twitter followers when he left his job at Phonedog, a US mobile news website. (Screengrab)

Twitter users, take heed: a California man is being sued for keeping his Twitter followers after leaving his job at a US cell phone news website.

Noah Kravitz (@noahkravitz), a writer who worked at PhoneDog, tweeted for four years as @Phonedog_Noah, amassing 17,000 followers. When he left the company in October 2010, he changed his Twitter name, but kept his followers.

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Apple posts video of Steve Jobs employee memorial

Apple Inc. posted a video of the Steve Jobs employee memorial on its website Sunday.
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Apple Inc. posted a video of the Steve Jobs employee memorial on its website Sunday.
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Cameron proposes social media ban

The British government has been criticized for raising the idea of censoring social media sites in the wake of the recent riots. Prime Minister David Cameron, with the support of the opposing Labour party, is demanding restrictions on sites that transmit messages pertaining to violence.

U.S. law enforcement uses Facebook searches as tool, without users' knowledge

There have been no challenges of any of the warrants on the grounds that they were a violation of a user's Fourth Amendment rights regarding unlawful search and seizure, but that may be because the users, as well as any friends with whom they are linked on Facebook and whose pages might have been examined as part of an investigation, weren't aware of the searches

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The Top 25 most-powerful world leaders according to their number of friends, likes and followers.

Nigerians tweet to keep elections honest

LAGOS — Hip young Nigerians are using social media to take on the violence and rigging that has blighted polls in Africa’s most populous country in recent years.

Egyptian names his daughter "Facebook"

Around five million Egyptians reportedly own Facebook accounts, more than in any other country in the Middle East.

Few turn out for China's "Jasmine Revolution"

China’s rulers, nearly 22 years after Tiananmen, are well-practiced in police control of crowds and discontent.

Is Malcolm Gladwell wrong on Egypt and social media?

The pen might be mighty, but the photocopier is mightier yet, just as Facebook and Twitter dramatically outgun their predecessors.
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