Associated Press

US reporters' phone records seized 'to protect lives'

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney takes questions from members of the news media during a press conference in Washington. Photo: EPA

The US government claims it was only trying to protect American lives when it took the drastic step of seizing journalists' phone records in a probe of what it calls a major security breach.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 1:17am

Twitter jitters

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

It took less than 140 typed characters to wipe US$140 billion off the value of US stocks last Tuesday. After hackers broke into Associated Press' Twitter account and tweeted that there had been two explosions at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama, the markets went into a tailspin.

29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

'News' on social media must be treated with caution

The false Twitter announcement from the hacked Associated Press account that caused US shares to tumble.

There is no denying the worth of social media in keeping us in touch and informed. In careless hands, though, it can cause panic, anguish, pain and suffering. The hacking of a news agency's Twitter account that led to a plunge in US stocks and the wrongful implication of a man in the Boston Marathon bombings put the problem sharply in focus. Users need to think twice about what they read, check where it comes from and be less compulsive about passing it on.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

False tweet that Obama was injured raises social media doubts

The false Twitter announcement from the hacked Associated Press account that caused shares to tumble

When a false report of explosions at the White House instantly wiped more than US$136 billion off the value of US stocks, Jonathan Corpina did not need a powerful computer. He used the tool favoured by traders for more than a century: a phone. Corpina, senior managing partner with Meridian Equity Partners Inc, who works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, called a client two blocks from the US president's house.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 1 comment

Cutting edge

Seasoned designers faced off with new talent on the catwalk this week in a melting pot of creativity overflowing with colours, textures and ideas at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. A glimpse of possible trends ahead for 2012 were showcased during the fours days of Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring/Summer, which featured nearly 1,300 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Go to the Young Post website, choose 'Listening' from the menu and find the sound clips for this week's exercise. Each relates to a question below

Question 1

Fill in Ting Shi's business card

Question 2

Which organisation broke the story on the lead poisoning?

a. South China Morning Post

3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Fear for death of art form

RUSSIA's ''matrioshka'' dolls may be an endangered species as the country's oldest manufacturer may soon go out of business, a victim of the country's transition to the free market.

Associated Press

26 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Icy test for the faithful

MEN pray while holding ice blocks in cold water at a Tokyo shrine. Ten people ranging in age from 31 to 85 took part in this annual event.

Associated Press

12 Jan 1993 - 12:00am