Posts Tagged ‘Sunday’

App Developer Says Facebook Stole Idea for “Find Friends Nearby”

June 25th, 2012 06:00 admin View Comments

The CEO of has threatened to sue Facebook less than 24 hours after the first reports surfaced that the social network was testing an app that allowed people to connect with users who were physically near them.

Charles Sankowich claimed in an email sent to media outlets that he first approached Facebook with the idea in February, only to learn on Sunday that the company had quietly launched and was testing an app called Find Friends Nearby that allowed people to locate other users and connect with them using a smartphone’s GPS signal.

Facebook engineer Ryan Patterson maintains that he developed the app during a hackathon.

ReadWriteWeb has asked Facebook for comment and will update this post when we hear back from the company.

“Even their language is similar to what has been on our website for years now,” said Sankowich, who claimed to have pioneered his app two years ago. He is consulting with attorneys about possible legal action. “One would think Facebook would have learned to play fair after being through the mud previously with legal difficulties, but now they are doing it again.”

The introduction of Friendshake was hailed in reports on Sunday as a step forward in the company’s efforts to improve its mobile offerings. The company also appeared to make a pre-emptive move against privacy complaints by making the feature an opt-in service.

Source: App Developer Says Facebook Stole Idea for “Find Friends Nearby”

Twitter Stands Up to Pakistan

May 21st, 2012 05:00 admin View Comments

Twitter was blocked in Pakistan for much of Sunday because it would not remove tweets that were considered “offensive to Islam.” The tweets were encouraging the Draw Muhammad Day (#DrawMuhammadDay) competition, which prompted users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad to Facebook. Even though some of the images posted were favorable, many Muslims regard any depictions of the prophet as blasphemous.    

There were conflicting reports of what was blocked and when. Despite the outages, Pakistan’s Minister of Interior, Rehman Malik, tweeted that Twitter and Facebook were not going to be blocked in the country, and asked citizens to “please ignore the rumors.

Twitter spokesman Gabriel Stricker said Twitter had not taken down tweets or made changes before Pakistan stopped blocking the site.

The ministry restored access to Twitter on Sunday evening.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would be “blocking certain tweets in certain countries,” yet it did not go into explicit detail about what types of tweets it was referring to.

Pakistan went ahead and banned many curse words from texts in November 2011. Many of the words appear to be made up.

Flag image via Shutterstock.

Source: Twitter Stands Up to Pakistan

Do Tweets-Per-Second Records Matter?

January 10th, 2012 01:00 admin View Comments

There has been a lot of noise in tech circles about the upset Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos pulled off over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Tebow’s 80-yard pass on the first play of overtime ended up generating 9,420 tweets per second — the most ever for a sporting event and the third most of all-time.

People tend to get excited every time one of these records fall – already in 2012, the second and third most tweeted about events of all time have been recorded (the start of the New Year in Japan weighed in at 16,127 tweets per second and crashed Twitter’s servers). But as I watch stories about each record falling, I can hear the words of my very first editor at the very first newspaper I worked at.

“So what?”


Because that editor was the kind of guy who didn’t like to waste readers’ times with non-news stories. When someone told us something was a story, he questioned it. And the Twitter record stories, which happen every few months or even every few weeks, are worth questioning.

The oldest event on the Top 10 list was in May 2011 — Barcelona defeating Manchester United is still holding in at number nine. No Japanese Earthquake, no Arab Spring, and no death of Osama bin Laden. Even the death of Steve Jobs, now at number 10, is one big event away from falling off the top 10 list.

And here’s why: Twitter is still growing, and more people using Twitter means more people tweeting about the big (and not-so-big) events that tie us together. We all know this, yet we all seem to collectively forget that when we rush to read or cover the latest X-number of tweets per second event.

Last March, as the company marked its fifth anniversary, Twitter said it had about 100 million active users logging in each month. Twitter users were sending about a billion tweets per week; compare that to the the three years, two months and one day it took Twitter to record its first billion tweets.

At some point Twitter will hit a critical mass and its growth will level off. And the current marker of a once-in-a-lifetime event – the “I remember where I was when I first heard about…” factor may very well be replaced someday with the “I remember what I tweeted when I first heard about….”

Until then, however, these tweets-per-second records are going to continue be interesting side notes. But are they really worth the more than 5,000 news stories and blog posts that have been written about Tebow’s record-breaking performance since Sunday night?

Photo by Jeffrey Beall.

Source: Do Tweets-Per-Second Records Matter?

North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

December 12th, 2011 12:20 admin View Comments

Christmas Cheer

K7DAN writes “North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of ‘unexpected consequences’ if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to retaliate for what it called ‘psychological warfare.’ From the article: ‘The tree-shaped, 30 metre-high steel structure on Aegibong hill – some 3km (2 miles) from the border – was illuminated by thousands of small light bulbs last year. It could be seen from the North’s major city of Kaesong across the border, according to media reports. Pyongyang has previously accused Seoul of using the tree to spread the Christian message to people inside the secular state.’”

Source: North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

RadioShack To Offer $30 Discount On iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 From Sunday, Dec 11th Through Dec 17th

December 10th, 2011 12:05 admin View Comments

HP Reviving the $99 Touch Pad On December 11th

December 8th, 2011 12:20 admin View Comments


Frankie70 writes “Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP’s ebay store. A $79 accessory bundle will also be available, which includes a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard. The caveat with this deal is that these are refurbished TouchPads rather than the brand new models sold during the first firesale.”

Source: HP Reviving the $99 Touch Pad On December 11th

Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

December 4th, 2011 12:31 admin View Comments


theshowmecanuck submits this news from Russia, where “Websites which exposed violations in Russia’s parliamentary elections were inaccessible Sunday in a hacking attack they said was aimed at preventing them revealing the extent of election day fraud.” Further, says the linked article, “Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose United Russia party is expected to win Sunday’s polls but with a reduced majority, has denounced non-governmental organisations like Golos, comparing them to the disciple Judas who betrayed Jesus. Russia has seen an upsurge in Internet penetration since the last elections in 2007, and analysts have said the explosion of critical material on the web poses one of the biggest challenges to United Russia’s grip on power.”

Source: Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack

Google’s “The Future of JavaScript” internal memo leaked

September 15th, 2011 09:25 admin View Comments

Note: Saw this on Sunday (9/11), but waited for it to go viral before posting it here.

A leaked Google memo, The Future of JavaScript, from November 2010 is being circulated around the Internet, outlining Google’s supposed technical strategy for Web programming languages. Google plans to improve JavaScript, while also creating a competitor to JavaScript, Dart (ex-Dash), that it hopes will be the new lingua franca of the Web.

Ironically, I saw this leak via a Google Alert keyword search. It has propagated to at least Github, the Dzone social network, The Register and Information Week since Sunday.

Source: Google’s “The Future of JavaScript” internal memo leaked

Voicemail Hack Scandal Leads To Closure of UK Tabloid

July 7th, 2011 07:27 admin View Comments

The Media

Some Bitch writes “Britain’s biggest selling Sunday tabloid will close after this Sunday’s issue. The tabloid has been embroiled in a voicemail hacking controversy for some time now and the news that they compromised the voicemail of a murdered schoolgirl and paid bribes to Metropolitan police officers for stories kicked off a renewed assault on the paper. The News Corp daily counterpart to Sunday’s News of the World is the Sun; the domain was registered two days ago.”

Source: Voicemail Hack Scandal Leads To Closure of UK Tabloid

The Hackathon Is Almost Here. Come Root For Your Favorite Hackers This Sunday!

May 20th, 2011 05:38 admin View Comments

The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is taking place in NYC this weekend and is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. We’ll be hosting hundreds of hackers all weekend long. Come hang out with them. Signup now to watch their presentations in person at Pier94 in NYC on Sunday, May 22nd starting at 10:30 am! We’re thrilled to have Bradley Horowitz (Google), Amanda Peyton (MessageParty), Jeff Clavier (SoftTech), Christopher Poole (Canvas) and more helping us judge the event.  Sign up for the Sunday Demos!

Over twice the number of hackers as last year have signed up to spend the weekend prototyping new products so they can blow you away. Due to the overwhelming demand we have had to close the hacker signup form. However, if you’re a potential hacker who didn’t get a confirmation email from us and still want to hack with us this weekend just show up at Pier94 on Saturday, May 21st starting at 12:30 pm. There’s limited availability for walkup signups but we’ll do our absolute best to make sure you get in. Or you can just come to the Sunday Demos and watch the awesomeness.

Hackathon Logistics
Pier 94
Registration opens 12:30 (come fed or bring your own lunch)
Hacking opens 1:30 pm (dinner, midnight snacks, sugar and caffeine will abound)
API workshops from facebook, twitter, foursquare and others throughout the afernoon – early evening
Hacking closes 9:30 am Sunday
Hackathon presentations 10:30  am – 3 pm (Open to the community, no registration required)
Quick stats
• Hit total registered NYC 2010 numbers in 12 hours (250)
• Hit total SF registered in 24 (350)
• Over 500 hackers currently registered to participate.
We hope to be able to accommodate another 100-150 hackers with onsite registration Saturday.  Please come right @ 12:30 for onsite registration.  We’ll take as many as capacity permits.

The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is being organized by Tarikh Korula and Daniel Raffel on behalf of TechCrunch.

Photo credit: Flickr/eva meszaros

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