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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. 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. The Boston Globe reports in today's editions that the Boston Police Department has had "amazing" results with its use of social media and its Text-A-Tip campaigns.

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. 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. Not that it’s much different from today, but if you wanted to open a social media agency specialized in fan page management back then, people would say that you’ve lost your mind. 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. Sweden Lets Citizens Run Its Twitter account. 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. The Diplomat.

What Social Media Users Think of U.S. Politics. Why Uncle Sam might be ready for Hadoop in the cloud — Cloud Computing News. The federal government has been gung-ho over cloud computing in the past few years, but is it ready to do big data in the cloud?

Why Uncle Sam might be ready for Hadoop in the cloud — Cloud Computing News

Federal contractor GCE Federal thinks so: It’s offering a GCE Cloud service based on Hadoop and designed for federal agencies to outsource their data analytics workloads. The big obstacle for GCE is that it’s essentially asking federal agencies — a cautious bunch if ever there was one — to try two entirely new technologies at once. Cloud computing isn’t commonplace among agencies yet, and using Hadoop to try to make sense of their previously underutilized and unstructured data certainly is a new concept for many agencies. But GCE Founder and CEO Ray Muslimani has a plan. He’s hoping federal budget constraints lower inhibitions against trying out new technologies, and possibly will lead agencies to look at Hadoop as a way to save money. 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.

How Political Campaigns Can Turn Social Media Support Into Votes

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. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a case that could decide how connected the concept of big data is to constitutional expectations of privacy.

The Supreme Court, big data and 1984 — Cloud Computing News

The case, United States v. Jones, is specifically about whether police needed a search warrant to place a GPS device on a suspect’s car and monitor his movements for 28 days, but the Court’s holding could have a much broader effect. 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. 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. 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.