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Justin Bieber Sics Twitter Fans on Enemy by Posting His Number

Okay, so he's not exactly a violent mob boss, but the world has now learned a valuable lesson: don't cross Justin Bieber. While it's not quite breaking someone's legs, the floppy-haired, Segway-riding teen heartthrob decided to make one boy's life a living hell when he tweeted the kid's phone number to roughly 4.5 million followers. Allegedly, Kevin Kristopik hacked the account of one of...

Danger: Facebook 'Dislike Button' Is Just Another Scam

Share Not to be party poopers or anything, but you know all those statuses you've seen on your friends' Facebook profiles, claiming to have finally installed that elusive 'Dislike Button?' Totally fake. Tragic news, we know, but, as of now, there's still no official dislike button, and anyone with a status claiming otherwise is just another victim of the latest scam to hit Facebook. As...

Crowdmap Makes Disaster Response More Accessible, We Go Hands On

Since it launched three years ago, Ushahidi has played an increasingly crucial role in natural disaster and crisis relief efforts by allowing citizens to report violent incidents as they happen. Whenever the open-source software receives a notification from a user, it uses data collected from text messages, news reports or the Internet to geographically map the incident in real-time. In recent...

Delta Booking Flights Through Facebook, iPhone App Coming Soon

Starting today, you'll be able tag where you've been (or where you will be going), update your friends on your travel plans, and actually purchase your tickets all in the same place -- as long as you plan to fly Delta. The airline has opened an online Ticket Window, which lets customers purchase tickets through Facebook. Delta is the first airline to offer such a service through the social...

Facebook Login Loophole Reveals User Names and Profile Pictures

Share A recently discovered loophole on Facebook could reveal your personal information to complete strangers. And, for the moment, there's nothing you can do about it. As CNET explains, the loophole arises from one of Facebook's quirky log-in features. Usually, if you enter your e-mail address along with an incorrect password, Facebook will automatically open an error page, where you can try...

'Play Next Level' Networks Football Coaches and Players on the Web

Niche social networking runs rampant, and the latest site to match up particular bedfellows is, according to Wired, designed to bring together college football recruiters and high school football players. Created by the son of an NFL broadcaster, Play Next Level is a place where kids who dream of playing college pigskin can create profiles to attract recruiters (and maybe earn a scholarship). So...

Twitter Tweet Buttons Launching This Week

Expect sharing links on Twitter to become a lot easier this week, with the launch of a new, "official" tweet button. The Twitter-approved button allows users to easily retweet articles, and also features a counter that keeps track of how many other users have tweeted a given URL. The button, which comes in three different versions (110×20, 55×20, 55×63), consists of a single...

Woman Quits With E-Mail Reveal of Boss's 'FarmVille' Addiction

Updated: Well it looks like the tale of our sassy quitter may be too good to be true. Peter Kafka at All Things Digital did some homework and uncovered that the guys behind theCHIVE (the site that broke the Jenny story) were also behind a prank piece about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip that tricked The New York Post and Fox News. Leo Resig, one of the site's founders refused to confirm or...

Red Cross Survey: Mixed Opinions on Value of Social Media During Disasters

In anticipation of an Emergency Social Data Summit later this week in Washington, D.C., the Red Cross has released the findings of a survey (PDF link) it conducted on social networking use during a disaster. From the 1,058 self-selected respondents, some interesting figures emerged. Try to follow along as we plow through the data. Of the respondents, 72-percent use social media sites of some...

Marriage Proposal a Success, Thanks to Twitter, Foursquare and Qik

Where many men have disappointed their girlfriends by offering casual, lackluster proposals, Digg's Matt Van Horn secured a definite "yes" from his girlfriend, Lauren, on Saturday by streaming his surprise proposal online so that their friends and family could watch. Fearing that Lauren would expect the proposal if he took her to their favorite spot overlooking San Francisco, Van Horn...

FDA Targeting Drug Pages on Facebook

Drug maker Novartis recently found itself on the receiving end of a tongue lashing from the FDA for misusing the Facebook share widget on its website. The company used the widget to promote its leukemia drug Tasigna, but, unlike traditional advertising would, the Facebook promotion "fails to communicate any risk information associated with [its] use." All marketing materials for drugs are...

Twitter Used to Catch Boston Subway Flasher

Where do you go if you want to report a flasher in a flash? Under most circumstances, you'd probably call the police. Under more pressing circumstances, though, you might want to take a page from Nay Khun's book, and go straight to Twitter. Khun, you see, was riding Boston's underground transit system on Wednesday afternoon, when he noticed a strange looking man seated near him. The man, as it...

MTV's First Twitter Jockey Is Gabi Gregg, in Case You Were Wondering

Nearly two months ago, MTV launched a nationwide contest to find the network's first-ever Twitter Jockey. The ideal 'TJ,' the network claimed back in June, would be "dynamic, engaging and energized," and wouldn't be afraid to directly engage MTV's tweener audience on Twitter. (Think Quddus, minus the face time and manorexia.) Over the course of the summer, challenges were held, tears were...

Google Shows Off How Well It Knows Your Social Circle

Google makes a big deal about transparency. The company always wants you to know how, and why, it shows certain search results or ads, and what of your personal data it has tucked away in the deep recesses of the Goog-Cave. Google Dashboard showed the information the company could gather from you via the Google services you used, and it was an interesting (if creepy) way to expose holes in your...

Google Buys Slide, Aspires to Be More 'Socially Aware'

Google and social-application developer Slide officially announced yesterday that the creator of 'Super Poke' had been purchased by the creator of our favorite e-mail and search services. Details of the partnership are scant, but we know that Google paid $182 million for the company, and it's part of a move to start "investing even more to make Google services socially aware." It's widely...