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Twitter hands over Occupy protester's tweets. Twitter caved to a court order and handed over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester rather than face a stiff fine.

Twitter hands over Occupy protester's tweets

Twitter reportedly surrendered to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino tweets sent out last year by protester Malcolm Harris. Twitter had long resisted a prosecution subpoena demanding the data. Reuters was first to report on the news. Harris was arrested during an October Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. He argues that the protesters were led to the bridge by police, so they could be arrested on charges of obstructing traffic. Twitter had until today to hand over Harris' tweets . How Cops Use Social Media, SMS to Fight Crime. A limited study of 50 convicted burglars in the U.K. reveals what most of us knew already: if you tweet or post a Facebook status about your vacation in Cancun, a criminal in your hometown may target your house for a break-in.

How Cops Use Social Media, SMS to Fight Crime

He or she may even use Google Street View to case the joint. But law enforcement is fighting back, solving crimes using the same social media that makes it easy for people to become victims. 7 Ways Universities Are Using Facebook as a Marketing Tool. Social media use by universities has become ubiquitous.

7 Ways Universities Are Using Facebook as a Marketing Tool

When earlier this year, researchers from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth asked a representative sample of U.S. schools whether they use some social media, 100% of them said they did. Four years ago, just 61% of them said the same. Facebook is the most prevalent social media tool in higher education — 98% of the universities in the study said they had a presence there. "Prospective students, parents, current students, alumni — one common area in which they are all present in one way or another is on Facebook," says Kevin Morrow, the executive director of public affairs at Syracuse University.

For this and other reasons, schools are pretty much unanimous in their use of Facebook. "The book hasn’t been written," says Michael Kaltenmark, director of web marketing and communications at Butler. Here are seven ways schools are leveraging Facebook. Hoo-ah: How the US Army Has Become a Social Media Leader. Over the past several years, the US Army has developed an exemplary program in exploiting numerous social media methods, and done so without a lot of flash, expense, or personnel.

Hoo-ah: How the US Army Has Become a Social Media Leader

They have an engaged audience, numerous followers, and maintained a multi-pronged campaign into all of the major social media networks, including recent beach-heads in Pinterest and Google+. All this, and with a five-person team based in the Pentagon and without spending much in the way of budget too. They are a worthy case study for organizations that are trying to make their own assaults on social media and haven't been as effective. Just look at this slide showing the numbers.

Granted, with a potential audience of millions, it shouldn't be all that unusual that they have the number of Facebook and Twitter followers that they do. Croatia’s iSTUDIO wants to revolutionize the way we monitor social media. A few years back, Facebook was just a procrastination tool where people would spend their whole days logged in and buying friends on Friends for Sale.

Croatia’s iSTUDIO wants to revolutionize the way we monitor social media

Why the Geeks are Ruining Politics. U.S. Appoints New Chief Technology Officer. President Obama has appointed Todd Park as the new U.S.

U.S. Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) on Friday. How To Unite Nations With Social Media. The United Nations is a huge organization: 193 member states and six major organs.

How To Unite Nations With Social Media

As you can imagine, running the UN's social media networks is no walk in the park. But the international organization is incredibly active on social media, using it as a tool to spread knowledge and information about its mission, goals and accomplishments. So how does the UN, a very complex organization, manage such an active online presence? Sweden Lets Citizens Run Its Twitter account. With Twitter now a well-established as part of the Internet landscape, it’s increasingly difficult to make a splash with a truly innovative marketing campaign using the service.

Sweden Lets Citizens Run Its Twitter account

The country of Sweden may have managed that with a new project that sees a different citizen take over its official Twitter account every week. Municipal Wi-Fi: Let them browse while they eat cake. SINCE Wi-Fi's birth over a decade ago in a forgotten corner of the radio spectrum many municipalities have tried to create city-wide networks for public use.

Municipal Wi-Fi: Let them browse while they eat cake

Some have notched up limited successes. Google famously covers its hometown of Mountain View, California, with freely accessible hotspots. Much of Estonia, particularly the capital, Tallinn, is famous for having near ubiquitous free-access points not just in most hotels, bars and cafés, but also in supermarkets and hospitals. However, many bigger urban areas with more ambitious plans, like Philadelphia, Chicago and Taipei have not done nearly as well. Earlier this week the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, went a step further. Mr Ismail added that a survey is currently under way to find out which of the capital's innumerable eateries already offer Wi-Fi. Kuala Lumpur's municipal leaders may have been inspired by Solomon Passy, Bulgaria's former foreign minister. The Diplomat. What Social Media Users Think of U.S. Politics.

Two-thirds (67%) of adult social media users in the U.S. voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, although only half (51%) would vote the same way if they knew what they know now.

What Social Media Users Think of U.S. Politics

Market researcher Lab42 polled 500 social media users on all things politics. The findings, presented in the infographic below, reveal top issues, candidates and news sources for social media users. When it comes to the 2012 election, almost half (46%) of respondents didn't think it would be bad if most members of congress were defeated in the upcoming election. Why Uncle Sam might be ready for Hadoop in the cloud — Cloud Computing News. How Political Campaigns Can Turn Social Media Support Into Votes. During the last presidential election, the use of social media in political campaigns was revolutionized.

The Obama campaign gathered followers through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Today, all candidates have learned the organizing power of social media. However, a “Like” on Facebook, a YouTube view or a re-blog on Tumblr may not directly affect the ballot box. Each campaign must answer an important question: How do we turn a digital following into real-world volunteers? The Supreme Court, big data and 1984 — Cloud Computing News. The CIA Open Source Center Tracks the Pulse of the World Through Facebook & Twitter. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a crack group of analysts tracking the Internet, including tweets and Facebook messages, that takes the pulse of the world. Located in McLean, Virginia analysts at the CIA Open Source Center are known as the "vengeful librarians" according to a report from the Associated Press.

These librarians are tracking up to five million tweets a day from places like China, Pakistan and Egypt. Social Media: The Three Big Myths. Today, Facebook has more than half a billion active users; Twitter users send more than 140 million tweets per day; and other social media outlets boast millions more logging in every day. That's an enormous marketing forum, and organizations of all types have invested a fortune into using social media to acquire customers.

But does that approach actually work? The CIA Open Source Center Tracks the Pulse of the World Through Facebook & Twitter. Can Facebook lower unemployment. How digital media will affect the 2012 Presidential Election (infographic) The debates are rolling out and rumbles of the 2012 Presidential Election are growing into much bigger conversations. But where are those conversations occurring? “JFK is considered the first television President. Next year’s victor may well be determined by the impact of Facebook and Twitter,” said Jordan Bitterman, a Digitas senior vice president, in a statement. According to a study by Digitas, 63 percent of social media users expect candidates to have a social media presence. On top of that, 88 percent of social media users who are also registered voters have mobile phones. But it’s not just young voters who are ingesting digital content. Check out the infographic: [Photo via The White House/Flickr] Track political tweets with PolitickerUSA.

17 November '11, 11:42pm Follow. Open Government. Britain unleashes, its Google for government. More often than not, government internet projects are synonymous with low ambitions and high spending: vast, sweeping schemes that make only minor tweaks to the status quo, cost the earth and end up leaving citizens drowning in a quagmire of bureaucracy.