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The dark side of social media

Palestinian men burn the US flag during a demonstration against a film deemed offensive to Islam, on September 12, 2012  in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City.  Photo: AFP

In 2010, Time magazine's prestigious Person of the Year title went to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. He was the choice of the magazine's editors, though its readers picked Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

Saturday, 15 September, 2012, 6:02pm 2 comments

We need to know more, watchdog tells Google

Google, the internet services giant, must explain further how it plans to use customers' personal information under its new privacy policy, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog said yesterday. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data has joined counterparts around the world in opposing the scheme Google launched in March.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Artist to run for Legco functional seat

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More Tudou staff may follow chief out the door

The resignation of Tudou's chief operating officer may trigger more people to leave the video website, industry experts say.

Tudou on Tuesday confirmed Wang Xiangyun's (pictured) departure. She is the first senior executive to leave the company since it merged with another big mainland video site, Youku, in March.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A cool place to hang out

When we think of social networking, many of us immediately think of Facebook, with its more than 800 million active users. But Google Hangouts, the video conferencing feature of Google+, may yet give Google an edge over the reigning king of the social media world.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

People Power member held over web attack

A crusader for victims of the Tiananmen crackdown was among three Hongkongers arrested yesterday on suspicion of shutting down three government websites.

Police said the suspects - two men aged 31 and 20 and a 15-year-old boy - were involved in the attempted 'distributed denial of service' attack.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Great Firewall blocks slideshow-sharing site

Mainland internet users can no longer access slideshare.net, a website where about 29 million people from around the world upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other types of documents.

Mainland users who tried to get onto the site got an error message. Access to the website from Hong Kong remained normal.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Social media the name of the Games

When Usain Bolt crosses the finishing line after the 100-metre dash this summer, he's likely to have quite a few followers - but only a tiny fraction of them will be anywhere near London's Olympic Park. Social media has come into its own in recent years, but next month's Olympic Games will see Twitter, Facebook and Google+ used to report and discuss the on-track happenings like never before.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's happening around the world

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Living Things, Linkin Park

2 PTX, Vol 1, Pentatonix

3 Believe (Deluxe Edition), Justin Bieber

4 If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, Sleeping With Sirens

5 Write Me Back (Deluxe Version), R. Kelly

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Keeping up appearances

Social media sites make sharing with friends and family anywhere in the world simple and fun. But maintaining the right image while protecting your privacy in an online domain can be problematic.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Missing HK student found alive and well in the US

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cats, apps and a digital splash

1 Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Version), Usher

2 + (Deluxe Version), Ed Sheeran

3 Clockwork Angels, Rush

4 PTX Volume 1, Pentatonix

5 The Lion the Beast the Beat (Deluxe Edition), Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

6 Punching Bag, Josh Turner

7 Synthetica, Metric

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Microblog shut down over HK photo

A mainland microblogger with more than four million followers had his microblog taken down by censors early yesterday morning after he posted a photo that some internet users linked to the candle-light vigil in Hong Kong on Monday night to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Censors fight Shanghai bourse's loaded message

'Shanghai Stock Exchange' was yesterday added to a list of sensitive phrases blocked on mainland microblog searches after Shanghai's composite index closed down 64.89 points - indicating the date of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, which was being commemorated.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sector is flourishing

Global information technology (IT) and social media companies are expanding their footprints in the Asia-Pacific region following the unprecedented growth in social media use in recent years.

Used to a more flexible way of working and looking for a quick, efficient office set-up and low-cost structure to hit the ground running, many IT firms prefer to use serviced offices.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am