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Beyonce, Bruno Mars heat up Coldplay's Super Bowl halftime show
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:50:32 -0500

Beyonce, Martin and Mars perform during the half-time show at the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Santa ClaraBy Deborah M. Todd and Rory Carroll SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Coldplay headlined at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but it was R&B super stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars who delivered the sizzle with a lively, upbeat production that paid homage to previous halftime performers. After Coldplay crowd-pleasers "Paradise" and "Adventure of a Lifetime," a black-leather-clad Mars, who headlined the halftime show in 2014, bounced through "Uptown Funk!," with producer Mark Ronson on DJ decks on stage. Prior to the game, some fans speculated on social media that Beyonce would deliver a politically charged performance.


India's Zomato breaks even at home, in key markets abroad
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:06:20 -0500

By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian restaurant search and food delivery service Zomato, one of only a handful of Indian start-ups to succeed abroad, said on Monday it had broken even in key markets including India and is on track to make a profit as early as June next year. The result comes as Zomato seeks $200 million in funding, a source close to the group said, in an increasingly tough environment for start-ups. Zomato, which makes money through advertising and its delivery service, said it had hit operational break-even in India, the UAE, Indonesia and three other markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:04:30 -0500

Former telephone company employee Tony Marano is seen at a speaking engagement in ToykoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Somewhere in the Dallas area, a retired man sitting in a home office is making social media videos backing Japanese right-wing views that have made him a celebrity among hawks in the Asian country. Hardly known in the United States, Tony Marano, 66, is called the "Texas Daddy" in Japan, where he has spawned a small industry that includes books, speaking tours, T-shirts emblazoned with his cartoon likeness and scores of videos, some of which have been viewed more than 300,000 times. Marano, who often wears T-shirts in videos and suits for speeches, unexpectedly grabbed attention in Japan about seven years ago when he began criticizing Sea Shepherd, a U.S.-based marine conservation group, in its aggressive campaigns to halt Japanese whaling.


Malaysia's new Twitter police target critics of PM Najib
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:22:44 -0500

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announces revisions to the fiscal budget in PutrajayaBy A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Digitally savvy Malaysian police have been taking to social media to issue warnings to critics of scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unusual online campaign that critics say is unlikely to work. Najib is facing the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and over deposits of $681 million in his private bank account. Najib, chairman of the 1MDB advisory board, has denied any wrongdoing and says he did not take any money for personal gain.


Rubio, Christie and Kasich get more debate traction on social media
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:08:54 -0500

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks at a campaign event in BedfordBy Anjali Athavaley and Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump lost his social media dominance for the first time during the Republican presidential debates as the candidates made their eighth showing Saturday night in New Hampshire. Instead, many on Twitter took to mocking contender Senator Marco Rubio, who came under heavy attack on Saturday from rivals. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also saw a big bump in his share of the social conversation.


Twitter users decry reported plan to prioritize tweets
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:27:12 -0500

A 3D printed Twitter logo is seen in this illustration picture made in ZenicaBy Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending U.S. item on Twitter on Saturday, after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets. The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.


German competition watchdog wants 'big data' hoards considered in merger probes: paper
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:16:02 -0500

Illustration photo shows Whatsapp App logos on a mobile phone in Sao PauloThe vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinized in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust watchdog told a newspaper. Collections of "big data" - covering billions of internet searches, messages and other online interactions - hand Internet companies huge power they can exercise in marketing and commerce and which potentially makes it difficult for smaller businesses to compete in those areas. Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp in 2014 almost escaped scrutiny from cartel authorities as the messaging service hardly had any revenues at the time, Mundt said, adding that it was apparently still of great strategic importance to Facebook.


Sanders supporters banned from Tinder after campaigning on dating app
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:57:00 -0500

haley-tattooStumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tinder is getting some women banned from the online dating app after sending campaign messages to prospective matches. Two women - one from Iowa and the other from New Jersey - confirmed to Reuters on Friday that they received notices from Tinder in the previous 24 hours that their accounts were locked because they had been reported too many times for peppering men on the site with messages promoting Sanders' candidacy. Robyn Gedrich, 23, said she sent messages to 60 people a day for the past two weeks trying to convince them to support the U.S. senator from Vermont in his race for the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts'
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:50:45 -0500

A 3D printed Twitter logo is seen in this illustration picture made in ZenicaBy Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring and responding to reports and has decreased its response time "significantly." (http://bit.ly/1KvrmZ5) Twitter's announcement comes as many tech companies – led by Facebook – have taken stronger steps to police controversial content online in the face of threats from legislators to force the companies to report "terrorist activity" on their sites to law enforcement.


Florida 'Facebook killer' gets life in prison for wife's murder
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:37:57 -0500

Miami-Dade Police Department handout photo of Derek MedinaA Florida man convicted of second-degree murder after killing his wife and posting a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. "You foretold your future," said Florida circuit court Judge Yvonne Colodny before handing down the sentence. A jury late last year rejected his contention that he was acting in self-defense when he killed his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence.


U.S., Britain eye letting spy agencies, police seek email, chat data from companies
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:19:22 -0500

An illustration picture shows a projection of text on the face of a woman in BerlinBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and UK spy agencies and police may soon be allowed to directly ask media companies in each others' countries for email and online chat data for people being investigated, under a tentative bilateral deal, officials said on Friday. As governments worldwide and online companies struggle to strike a balance between privacy rights and law enforcement imperatives, three U.S. officials confirmed a pact is in the works, although it would require congressional approval. First reported by The Washington Post, the talks were focused on letting UK agencies, such as counter-intelligence unit MI5, serve "production orders" on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens.


LinkedIn shares dive more than 40 pct, $11 bln wiped out
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:00:40 -0500

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking website for people in professional occupations, is pictured in Mountain ViewLinkedIn Corp's shares plunged as much as 43 percent on Friday, wiping out nearly $11 billion of market value, after the social network for professionals shocked Wall Street with a revenue forecast that fell far short of expectations. The stock sank to a three-year low of $109.50, registering its sharpest decline since the company's high-profile public listing in 2011. At least seven brokerages downgraded the stock from "buy" to "hold" or their equivalents, saying the company's lofty valuation was no longer justified.


Twitter users cool toward mellow Coldplay ahead of Super Bowl
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:25:01 -0500

NFL: Super Bowl 50-Halftime Show Press ConferenceBy Anjali Athavaley and Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - British rock band Coldplay may have won several Grammy awards for its music, but it has yet to convince Twitter users that its mellow ballads are suited for the normally peppy Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. On Friday, many on the social media platform poked fun at the band, known for brooding songs that are starkly different from the bubbly hits of last year's performer, Katy Perry. The jokes came in response to a push to popularize the hashtag #BetterHalftimeShows by the late-night show "Midnight," which airs on the Comedy Central network.


Showdown in Europe over privacy has U.S. firms ducking for cover
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:29:33 -0500

Illustration picture of application icons of Facebook Twitter and Google on iPhone next to earphone set in BerlinBy Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The free flow of data across the Atlantic, the lifeblood of modern business dealings, faces an uncertain future, despite a belated, high-level deal between European and U.S. officials this week. Restive regulators in Europe are gearing up to enforce tough privacy laws and further court challenges await, activists say. The breakdown of the main framework for providing legal cover for cross-border data transfers has companies large and small racing to find workable alternatives.


China calls for crackdown on illegal fundraising platforms
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:34:44 -0500

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in SingaporeBeijing has called on local authorities to crack down on illegal fundraising platforms after China's largest online peer-to-peer (P2P) lender was found to have collected more than 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion) for fake investment projects. The State Council said on its website late on Thursday that strict precautions must be taken to prevent future illegal fundraising cases, and that the government would work to educate the public better about such financial risks. Detained executives from the parent company of Ezubao, once China's biggest P2P lending platform, have said the firm was a Ponzi scheme that advertised products promising annual returns of up to 14 percent, attracting 50 billion yuan from more than 900,000 investors.


LinkedIn forecasts weak first-quarter profit, shares plunge
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:46:56 -0500

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking networking website for people in professional occupations, is shown in Mountain ViewLinkedIn Corp forecast first-quarter revenue and profit below Wall Street estimates as growth slows in its ads business and its hiring services face pressure outside North America, dragging its shares down 28 percent after the bell. Online ad revenue growth slowed to 20 percent in the fourth quarter from 56 percent a year earlier as automated ads offered by Alphabet Inc's Google make its traditional ad displays less attractive to advertisers. LinkedIn has been spending heavily on expansion by buying companies, hiring sales personnel and growing its presence in China and other markets outside the United States as it tries to strengthen its core recruitment services business.


Si or no? U.S. states debate swapping computer coding for languages
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:52:09 -0500

Two students study computer game design at Middleton High School in Tampa FloridaFlorida high school student Brooke Stewart would gladly swap two required foreign language classes to become fluent in JavaScript or Python, the coding languages she uses to design computer games. A measure championed by a former Yahoo executive, who is now a Florida legislator, would allow students to substitute traditional foreign language studies for immersion in coding, the lingua franca of the technology era. Enthusiasm for teaching coding to American students is widespread, with President Barack Obama in his latest weekly radio address calling for computer science to join the "three R's" - reading, writing and arithmetic.


IRS resumes processing tax returns Thursday after system outage
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:45:25 -0500

Koskinen waits to testify before a Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearingThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Thursday it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. EST on Thursday after a system outage. The IRS said on Wednesday it was experiencing computer failure across several systems and temporarily could not accept many taxpayer returns. "IRS teams worked throughout the night and around the clock on this system outage,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.


Rice aides, Powell got classified info on personal email accounts
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:17:07 -0500

Former U.S. Secretary of State Powell salutes the audience as he takes the stage at the Washington Ideas Forum in WashingtonBy Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and aides to his successor, Condoleezza Rice, both received classified information a handful of times via personal email accounts, the top Democrat on a congressional oversight panel said on Thursday. The findings come after nearly a year of controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's decision to set up a private email server for her work as secretary of state. Representative Elijah Cummings said the disclosures about Powell's and Rice's aides' emails were made by the State Department's inspector general, who is reviewing the email practices of the last five secretaries of state.


Amazon renews credit card deal with JPMorgan
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:04:41 -0500

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, the world's No. 1 online retailer, has renewed its long-running credit card relationship with JPMorgan Chase & Co, a spokesman for Amazon said on Thursday. The Amazon Chase credit card, which runs on Visa Inc's payment network service, provides shoppers on Amazon.com with instant savings of 3 percent, amongst other benefits.


Virginia Tech students plotted to kidnap and kill girl: reports
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:10:06 -0500

Natalie Marie Keepers is pictured in this undated handout booking photoThe details emerged during a bail hearing for one of the students jailed in the death of Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Virginia, the town where the university is located. Natalie Keepers, 19, is charged with being an accessory before and after the fact of the murder, as well as with concealing a dead body. David Eisenhauer, 18, a fellow first-year engineering student, is charged with murder and abduction.


Shkreli insults Congress on Twitter after refusing to testify
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:01:34 -0500

"Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government," said Shkreli, using his @MartinShkreli Twitter handle. Earlier, Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions from lawmakers about drug price increases he engineered such as hiking the price of 62-year-old Daraprim to $750 a pill from $13.50. During the hearing, Shkreli, whose youth and attitude have prompted some critics to label him "Pharmabro," responded to questions by continuing to laugh, twirling a pencil and yawning.

EU watchdog says needs time to study data deal with United States
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 02:25:15 -0500

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An EU watchdog said on Wednesday it needed time to study a new EU-U.S. agreement on data transfers to determine whether the United States was committed to limiting intelligence surveillance of Europeans. Negotiators from the European Union and the United States agreed the data pact on Tuesday. It will replace the Safe Harbour framework, which a top EU court ruled illegal last year amid concerns over mass U.S. government snooping.


U.S. House panel subpoenas hacked federal agency for documents
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:35:32 -0500

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in WarsawThe U.S. House of Representatives has subpoenaed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for documents related to the hacking of the agency’s files that compromised sensitive information of roughly 22 million people, Representative Jason Chaffetz said on Wednesday. Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who heads the House’s oversight panel, said that Office of Personnel Management acting director Beth Cobert was not cooperating with his committee’s investigation by failing to produce unredacted versions of network security guides that were stolen in the data breach. The files, which Chaffetz has requested for several months, were “outdated security documents” seized during the hack, according to June 2015 testimony by Donna Seymour, the agency’s chief information officer.


IRS says experiencing computer failure
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:42:05 -0500

A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in WashingtonThe U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Wednesday it is experiencing computer failure across several systems and temporarily cannot accept many taxpayer returns. "A number of taxpayer and tax practitioner tools are unavailable," it said.


U.S. gun traders rush to set up new sites after Facebook firearms ban
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:55:58 -0500

U.S. gun traders are setting up new websites to arrange deals after Facebook Inc barred private gun sales on its platform. With gun rights and safety registering as a hot-button issue on the U.S. presidential campaign trail after several mass shootings last year, Facebook said on Friday it would no longer allow users to arrange private gun sales via the site. Reaction was swift among some Facebook gun trader groups, hundreds of which are based in the United States.

Video of Pomeranian doing Chinese lion dance goes virtual with three million hits
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:32:06 -0500

(Reuters) - Optimus, a two-year-old Pomeranian in Thailand, has become an Internet hit after his owner posted a video on Facebook of the tiny dog doing a traditional Chinese lion dance ahead of the  Lunar New Year. Since the dog's owner, Natthakrita Brompunya, dedicated a Facebook page to Optimus and his canine friends the video has been viewed more than 3 million times. The Year of the Monkey begins on Feb. 8. 

San Francisco Fed reins in Twitter use after wayward tweet
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:29:06 -0500

A 3D printed Twitter logo is seen in this illustration picture made in ZenicaThe Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Wednesday imposed a new policy banning staff from tweeting from its official Twitter account on their personal devices, a day after the bank apologized for an employee's unauthorized tweet dismissing the Iowa caucuses as irrelevant. On Monday night, as results were coming in from the Iowa caucuses, a San Francisco Fed staffer used the bank's confirmed Twitter handle @sffed to send a tweet deriding the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest.


Zika virus a trending topic on social media platforms
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:15:13 -0500

The larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquito are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilBy Anjali Athavaley and Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Zika virus was a trending topic on several social media platforms on Wednesday, with users expressing concern over travel plans. According to social analytics firm Zoomph, there were 50 tweets per minute on Zika, with top related hashtags that included #salud, the Spanish word for health, and #who, referring to the World Health Organization. The mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to a rise in severe birth defects in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas, and WHO has declared an international health emergency over Zika.     According to Google, the Texas cities of Garland, Dallas and Grapevine topped the list for Zika searches in the past 48 hours.


PewDiePie, others set to star in YouTube's first original shows
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:33:49 -0500

YouTube star Lilly Singh unveils YouTube's new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los AngelesYouTube's viral video stars, many of whom have a fan following in the millions, are set to appear next week in original movies and a show, as the video site attempts to attract users to its paid service. Other YouTube stars such as comedian Lilly Singh and comedy producer Rooster Teeth and teen network Awesomeness TV will be involved in full-length movies that will premiere on YouTube Red on Feb. 10. The original movies and show are part of Google parent Alphabet Inc's efforts to offer more to customers on YouTube Red, the $10-a-month service that allows viewers to watch videos across YouTube without ad breaks.


Yahoo to explore strategic alternatives alongside spin-off
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:45:33 -0500

A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday it was exploring strategic alternatives in addition to the continued pursuit of the reverse spin-off of its Internet business. Yahoo said it would simplify its product portfolio and that it had begun to explore divesting non-strategic assets. The company also said it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce and close offices in five locations as it faces intense competition for ad dollars from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google.


New European, U.S. data transfer pact agreed
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:15:26 -0500

A magnifying glass is held in front of the word 'password' on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Julia Fioretti and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European and U.S. negotiators agreed a data pact on Tuesday that should prevent European Union regulators from restricting data transfers by companies such as Google and Amazon across the Atlantic. The European Union and the United States have been racing to replace the Safe Harbour framework that was outlawed by a top EU court last year over concerns about U.S. mass surveillance, leaving thousands of companies in legal limbo. The announcement of the pact, which still requires political approval, coincides with two days of talks in Brussels, where European data protection authorities were poised to restrict data transfers unless a deal was clinched.


Delta software outage delays boarding for two dozen flights
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:14:33 -0500

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc delayed boarding for about two dozen flights on Tuesday as a result of a brief outage in its software that powers ground operations, a spokesman said. The Atlanta-based airline does not expect further delays due to the issue, and no flights already in the air were affected, the spokesman said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York)

A low-key Trump ends social media silence
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:23:37 -0500

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges supporters as he and his wife Melania leave the stage at his caucus night rally in Des MoinesAfter what seemed like a very long silence by his standards, Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Tuesday morning, striking an uncharacteristically low-key tone. "My experience in Iowa was a great one. "Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there - a fraction of Cruz & Rubio.


Exclusive: New European, U.S. data transfer pact imminent - sources
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:00:43 -0500

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European and U.S. negotiators are on the brink of clinching a new transatlantic data transfer pact which should prevent EU regulators from restricting data transfers by firms, two people familiar with the talks said on Tuesday. The European Union and the United States have been racing to replace the previous data transfer framework called Safe Harbour. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck it down last year over concerns about U.S. mass surveillance, leaving thousands of companies in legal limbo.


EU to step up checks on Bitcoin, prepaid cards to fight terrorism
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:47:36 -0500

A woman carrying an umbrella walks towards the European Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose by the end of June stricter rules on prepaid cards and virtual currencies in a bid to reduce anonymous payments and curb the financing of terrorism, documents released on Tuesday showed. Responding to attacks in Paris last November by Islamic State militants, the Commission is also considering imposing controls on bank transfers within the EU that are currently not monitored through the controversial EU-US Terrorist Financing Tracking Programme (TFTP). "We must cut off terrorists' access to funds and enable authorities to better track financial flows to prevent devastating attacks such as those in Paris," EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in a statement.


With Cara Delevingne as muse, artist Yeo presents new portraits
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:51:47 -0500

British artist Jonathan Yeo speaks during an interview at his studios in LondonThe self-taught artist will present the portraits, which in age of constant selfies on social media also look at where the genre is headed, as part of a retrospective of his work in an exhibition opening in Denmark next month. "A lot of my work in the past has been about one painting of someone and trying to get everything about them into one image," Yeo told Reuters in an interview. "It had been in the back of my mind that it would be interesting to do the reverse and so rather than do a series of single images of people, to do the same subject over and over again." In one of the paintings seen by Reuters, Delevingne, who has carved out a successful career as the face of some of fashion's biggest names, is holding a mirror to her face.


Bernie Sanders shows strong momentum on social media
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:54:37 -0500

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raises a fist as he speaks at his caucus night rally Des MoinesBy Amy Tennery and Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - It may be too close to call between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, but the senator from Vermont was the clear winner on social media. Sanders maintained his strong social media presence during the caucuses, commanding the majority of the Twitter mentions over Clinton. Sanders was mentioned over 77,000 times on Twitter during the caucus, while Clinton was mentioned 52,000 times, according to social media sentiment analytics firm Brandwatch.


Bernie Sanders dominates social media conversation on Iowa: Facebook
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:05:50 -0500

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters in Des MoinesBy Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dominated overall conversation about the Iowa caucuses on Facebook Inc on Monday, the social network said. From midnight to noon CST (0600-1800 GMT), 42.2 percent of conversations about the caucuses was about the senator from Vermont, compared with 21.7 percent for Republican front runner Donald Trump and 13.1 percent for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to Facebook. The caucuses held on Monday night are where the first votes are cast for the U.S. presidential nominations and where Clinton is locked in a tight race with Sanders to become the Democratic nominee for the November election.


EU, U.S. fail to strike data transfer pact deal by deadline
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:48:23 -0500

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawEuropean and U.S. negotiators missed a deadline to agree a key data transfer pact, the European Union's executive said, with talks snagged over a new oversight role and options for European citizens to seek redress over data privacy violations. While talks are continuing and a deal could be clinched in coming days, national data protection regulators from across Europe are poised to begin meetings on Tuesday to start restricting trans-Atlantic flows of personal data. "There have been constructive but difficult talks over the weekend," a spokesman for the European Commission said on Monday.



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