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Twitter exec Anthony Noto reveals secret company plans in direct message goof

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Don't worry, you're not the only one to ever hit "reply all" and then run through the office screaming at people to delete it. Even Twitter execs can mistakenly push out public Tweets that were supposed to be private, direct messages.

Hackers blamed for unusual tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, Colombian FARC rebels

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TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Colombian militia group FARC may not have much in common, but this week they were linked by headlines blaming hackers for potentially embarrassing Twitter messages.

How to delete your old, embarrassing, now-much-easier-to-find tweets

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Now might be a fine time to scrub your Twitter timeline to get rid of the more embarrassing tidbits - or perhaps take a fire hose to it, depending on just how messy your life and your tweeting history has been for the past 8, now fully indexed, years.

Jailed Twitter troll: 'It was disgusting what I did'

Jailed Twitter troll: 'It was disgusting what I did'

A woman who was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for sending abusive tweets to journalist Caroline Criado-Perez has spoken of her regret over the abuse she dished out on Twitter.

Twitter invites us to say goodbye to passwords, use Digits instead

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Twitter's new credentials handling scheme is called Digits, and it's hoping that mobile app developers use it to enable their users to sign in with their phone numbers as identifiers, along with one-time passwords SMSed to the phones.

How to kill a troll

How to kill a troll

A new Pew study confirms what we already know: online harassment is a widespread disease afflicting the internet. Ignoring trolls and hoping they'll go away is actually quite effective, survey respondents said.

Then again, how about fighting back, instead? Change is possible, be it enabled by troll-blocking software, societal shift that sees trolling evolve into a stigma, or, if all else fails, calling their mothers.

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

Another game developer flees her home following Gamergate death threats

US-based game developer Brianna Wu (the third woman to be driven from her home in what's being dubbed the Gamergate controversy) after a troll posted her address online and threatened to rape, kill and mutilate her.

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug bounty program

Twitter adds unlimited payouts to its bug-bounty program

The social media buzz bucket announced on Wednesday that cash will be added to the profound gratitude it's doled out since the bug-reporting program started in June.

How to improve your Twitter security and privacy

Understanding Twitter's security and privacy settings

We don't lump Twitter in the same privacy bracket as, say, Facebook. But like any social network, Twitter is vulnerable to oversharing, data leakage and unintended consequences. We take a look at Twitter's privacy settings, find out what they really mean, and tell you how fix them up right now, before it's too late.

Twitter injects favourites into newsfeeds, but is it an 'invasion of privacy'?

Twitter injects people's favourites into newsfeeds, annoying many

Twitter is taking people's favourites - what many (mistakenly) have assumed were private - and sticking them into people's newsfeeds, along with follow notifications.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

SSCC 152 - PF Chang's, TrueCrypt (still!), the Twitter worm and the cost of scammers [PODCAST]

Sophos security experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their attention on the week's security news.

As usual, they extract plenty of useful lessons during their insightful dissection of the latest issues...

59 vulns in IE, teenager versus Turing, and Twitter gets wormed - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Is 59 vulns in IE some kind of record? Did a computer really pass the Turing Test? Can a network worm ever be a joke?

Find out in one minute!

Twitter jumps to block XSS worm in Tweetdeck

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A cross-site scripting flaw was disclosed this morning affecting the popular Twitter application Tweetdeck. It has now been fixed, but not before it wormed its way through thousands of browsers.

Google and Facebook join forces to take down fake tech support scammers

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Web giants Google and Facebook are striking back against tech support scammers who use the companies' ad networks to snag victims.

Twitter glitch makes it more difficult to report abuse, while "mute" is on its way

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It's supposed to be fixed soon, but in the meantime, trolls' favorite targets are once again suffering the typical onslaught. On the plus side, Twitter on Monday also said it would be offering a "mute" function - the same thing it tried to do in December, but this time around, it seems to be doing it right.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Google reports new shenanigans in ongoing Turkish internet blockade

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Turkey recently blocked Twitter and YouTube, as well as Google's free Public DNS servers that many people used to get around the blockade.

Now Google reports another layer of "active intervention" by Turkish ISPs...

Turkey bans Twitter, citizens tweet more

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Last Friday the Turkish government slapped a ban on Twitter, saying that it had failed to comply with court orders imposed after some of its citizens used the social networking site to share allegations of corruption amongst high-level officials. But that doesn't seem to have stopped Turkish tweeters.