Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House. The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists. The AP said Tuesday that its Twitter account had been suspended following a hack and said it was working to correct the issue. The cyberattack is the latest in a string targeting international media organizations. The tweet put out by hackers briefly sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply lower.
Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is tweeting again. His inaugural tweet Monday comes nearly two years after he accidentally posted a famous tweet that ushered in his downfall. Weiner's new Twitter account is fueling speculation that he may be planning a run for New York City Mayor. Weiner stepped down from his office in congress in June 2011 after he was caught sending lewd photos and messages to multiple women through social media.
Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that is threatening the broadcast and cable TV industries, is expanding to Boston on May 15. With prices starting at $8 a month, Aereo will offer 28 broadcast channels, plus the cable channel Bloomberg TV. Service will be available in Boston and surrounding areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Aereo announced in January that it plans to expand beyond New York to 22 additional markets. Boston represents the first metropolitan area outside New York. Others expected in the coming months include Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. Aereo converts television signals into computer data and sends them over the Internet to subscribers' computers and mobile devices. So far, a federal appeals court has ruled against broadcasters claims that Aereo's service constitutes copyright infringement.
Here's what happened to the S&P 500 when @AP's Twitter account was hacked and falsely reported White House blasts. http://t.co/sFkhQQqHo6
The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status.
AP Twitter account hacked, makes false claim of explosions at White House http://t.co/gxRDh0GjXx
Anthony Weiner is back on Twitter, two years after the social networking site played a key role in his downfall. http://t.co/92rapsmvvf
CBS Rep on Aereo's Boston Expansion: 'We Will Be There to Sue Them' http://t.co/WFvZ6N3Kra
Aereo is officially coming to Boston in May http://t.co/xCWeihL65l
Aereo Brings Free Over-The-Air TV And Cloud DVR To Boston May 15 http://t.co/aWJpuDbLbc
Aereo will launch its controversial antenna and Internet-based TV service in Boston on May 15 http://t.co/tpxqQLUzpp