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Egypt arrests Facebook page administrators ahead of revolt anniversary

Egypt arrests Facebook page administrators ahead of revolt anniversary

Egyptian security forces have arrested two people for managing multiple Facebook pages they said were used to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and encourage protest, the Interior Ministry said. The move intensified a security crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the fifth...

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Turkey to take 'necessary' measures after Twitter fine period expires: minister

Turkey to take 'necessary' measures after Twitter fine period expires: minister

Turkey will not give up on its demand for micro-blogging site Twitter to pay a 150,000 lira ($50,000) fine for not removing content it says is "terrorist propaganda" and will take measures after the period to pay the fine expired, Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday....

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Turkish hackers block Russian minister's social network account

Turkish hackers block Russian minister's social network account

A social network account of Russia's communications minister was temporarily blocked on Sunday in a cyberattack carried out by hackers presenting themselves as a Turkish activist group and parading images of a warplane and Turkish flags. Russia's ties with Turkey suffered a severe blow when...

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Anti-ISIS group claims cyber-attack on BBC, says was only a test

Anti-ISIS group claims cyber-attack on BBC, says was only a test

A group of computer hackers that wants to target Islamic State has claimed it was behind a cyber attack on the BBC which it intended as a test of its own capabilities, according to messages sent to a reporter at the broadcaster on Saturday. "It was only a test, we didn't...

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Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets

Twitter restores access to politicians' deleted tweets

Twitter said Thursday it was restoring access to deleted tweets from politicians, saying it would help "bring more transparency to public dialogue." Earlier this year, the U.S. messaging platform had blocked access to the deleted items by a website called Politwoops, which collected...

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IS supporters using IP addresses once owned by UK government: Hackers

IS supporters using IP addresses once owned by UK government: Hackers

(Middle East Eye)- A hacking group has claimed Islamic State supporters spread propaganda on the internet using IP addresses sold by the UK government to two Saudi firms.  Four online activists calling themselves VandaSec showed the Mirror Online news site details of IP addresses used...

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Giving Away 99 Percent Of His Facebook Stock

Mark Zuckerberg Is Giving Away 99 Percent Of His Facebook Stock

(Huffington Post)- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just had a baby girl named Max, and to honor the occasion he's giving away a massive portion of his wealth. The tech leader took to the social network Tuesday to announce the birth of his first child and the formation...

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Islamic State makes Telegram messaging app a major marketing tool

Islamic State makes Telegram messaging app a major marketing tool

n">The mobile messaging service Telegram, created by the exiled founder of Russia’s most popular social network site, has emerged as an important new promotional and recruitment platform for Islamic State. The service, set up two years ago, has caught on in many corners of...

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Facebook says it froze user named Isis by mistake

Facebook says it froze user named Isis by mistake

  Facebook Inc said it erroneously disabled the personal account of a user named Isis Anchalee for about a day, an action the user claims was due to her name being spelt the same as the acronym used for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group. Anchalee, a software developer in...

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Syrians react to passport found at Paris attack scene

Syrians react to passport found at Paris attack scene

(BBC)- The Syrian passport found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks is causing a strong reaction among Syrians online, some of whom fear the consequences in Western policy. One of the seven people named by French officials as suspected perpetrators of the deadly Paris attacks is...

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Facebook to enable safety check more in disasters after criticism

Facebook to enable safety check more in disasters after criticism

(Reuters)- Facebook Inc. vowed Monday to turn on its "Safety Check" feature more often during disasters in response to growing criticism that it only enabled the function after the attacks in Paris. In the wake of the deadliest attack on Europe in over a decade that killed at least 129 people...

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In Kenya, a digital classroom in a box

In Kenya, a digital classroom in a box

At the Lighthouse Grace Academy in Nairobi's downmarket Kwangware suburb, yellow school t-shirts carry the slogan 'To Fear God is Wisdom', but in their hands pupils clutch a more worldly path to knowledge: tablet computers. The hand-sized tablets are part of the 'Kio Kit', a...

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U.N. taps crowdfunding app to tackle refugee camp food shortages

U.N. taps crowdfunding app to tackle refugee camp food shortages

The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has responded to a funding crunch by developing a mobile app that lets people around the world donate money to help feed the 4 million displaced Syrians living in neighboring countries. Developed by a start-up in Berlin, the app...

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Palestinian mashup of Adele’s ‘Hello’ and Fairouz classic goes viral

Palestinian mashup of Adele’s ‘Hello’ and Fairouz classic goes viral

(Al Arabiya)- Palestinian artist Noel Kharman added her own twist to Adele’s new hit single “Hello” by working a classic Arabic song by Lebanese diva Fairouz, garnering lots of praise on social media. British singer Adele returned to the spotlight with her single “Hello,”...

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Viral tweets show ISIS sweet-talking Texan blonde

Viral tweets show ISIS sweet-talking Texan blonde

(Al Arabiya News)- A blonde Texan woman found herself the center of unwanted attention after she recounted the story of her conversion to Islam on  Twitter, receiving marriage proposals from suspected extremists that have since gone viral. The saga started when Jennifer...

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Syrian refugee brides advertised on Facebook

Syrian refugee brides advertised on Facebook

Several Arab media outlets have reported on alleged Syrian refugee women being put up for marriage on Facebook as reports on the social media page spread. According to the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat , the initial page, created under the name “Syrian refugees for marriage,”...

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 Netizens to Michelle Obama: #BringBackYourDrones

Netizens to Michelle Obama: #BringBackYourDrones

Critics of US drones are using  #BringBackOurGirls  to send a message to US First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama posted a photo in support of the campaign to bring back the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, which received nearly  60,000  retweets. ...

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 'Saudi Liberals' website founder sentenced to 10 years jail, thousand lashes

'Saudi Liberals' website founder sentenced to 10 years jail, thousand lashes

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an Internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday. Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals"...

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