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Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev’s Twitter account was hacked on Thursday with the infiltrators posting a message claiming the premier had resigned.

The Russian-language feed, which has more than 2.5 million followers, was also filled with tweets denouncing President Vladimir Putin.

The impersonator wrote that Dmitry Medvedev would be pursuing a new career as a freelance photographer.

A Russian hacking collective has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hackers wrote on Dmitry Medvedev’s Twitter account that he had resign and would be pursuing a new career as a freelance photographer

Hackers wrote on Dmitry Medvedev’s Twitter account that he had resign and would be pursuing a new career as a freelance photographer (photo Twitter)

The government quickly confirmed the account had been hacked.

“I resign. I am ashamed of the government’s actions. I’m sorry,” the infiltrators initially wrote, following it up with tweets saying that electricity would be banned, and that Vladimir Putin was “wrong”.

Shaltay-Boltay, a Russian hacking collective, has said it carried out the attack.

The group, whose name is Russian for Humpty Dumpty, also claimed it had infiltrated the Gmail account and iPhones of Dmitry Medvedev.

Shaltay-Boltay tweeted: “Several mail accounts – including the Gmail – and the content of three iPhones of a certain prime minister have randomly fallen into our hands on the internet. Details later.”

Dmitry Medvedev’s English-language Twitter account did not appear to be affected by the attack.

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Zelda Williams has announced that she is leaving Twitter because of social media abuse after her father Robin Williams’ death.

The 25-year-old actress posted that she was deleting Twitter account from her devices “maybe forever”.

It appears at least two people sent her “photoshopped” images claiming to show Robin Williams’ body.

Robin Williams was found dead at his California home on Monday after taking his own life at the age of 63.

Zelda Williams is leaving Twitter because of social media abuse after Robin Williams' death

Zelda Williams is leaving Twitter because of social media abuse after Robin Williams’ death (photo Getty Images)

Police said Robin Williams had been treated for depression and killed himself by hanging.

Zelda Williams initially posted a tribute to her father on Twitter saying: “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”

Later, she asked for two Twitter users to be reported for abuse, before deleting her message.

Zelda Williams said on Tuesday she had now decided to leave the site.

Earlier she posted a statement on Tumbl thanking people for support but also sending a message to “those sending negativity”.

“Know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed,” Zelda Williams said.

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Twitter reported a loss of $145 million during Q2 2014.

That is more than triple the loss Twitter reported during the same period a year ago.

The social networking service said it had 271 million monthly users – up 24% from a year ago – allaying investor fears that the service is not growing fast enough.

Shares in the company soared over 35% in after-hours trading.

Twitter reported a loss of $145 million during Q2 2014

Twitter reported a loss of $145 million during Q2 2014

“Our strong financial and operating results for the second quarter show the continued momentum of our business,” said Twitter CEO Dick Costolo in a statement, noting the company’s strong user figures during the World Cup.

However, in an interview with CNBC, Dick Costolo said that it was not just the World Cup that drove user growth, in an effort to allay fears that the company would not be able to keep the users it gained during the sporting event.

Twitter said it added 16 million new users during the March to June period – 13 million internationally and 3 million in the US.

Advertising revenue grew 129% from the same period a year earlier to $277 million. Crucially for investors worried about shifting user habits, a majority of that advertising revenue came from mobile advertising.

Twitter said more than 78% of its users access the service on their mobile devices.

Scammers are using Malaysia Airlines plane crash in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned.

Links to different websites disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash were posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim.

Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but actually included spam links.

One expert said the social networks should take more responsibility for removing them.

Scammers are using Malaysia Airlines plane crash in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links

Scammers are using Malaysia Airlines plane crash in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links

A Facebook community page dedicated to Liam Sweeney, one of the 298 people victims, uses his name and picture.

Its sole post is a link entitled: “Video Camera Caught the moment plane MH17 Crash over Ukraine”.

Twitter’s rules state: “User abuse and technical abuse are not tolerated on Twitter.com, and may result in permanent suspension.

“Any accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be subject to permanent suspension: If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #, trending or popular topic, or promoted trend.”

Many previous disasters had been exploited in a similar way and that it expected to see further exploitation of the MH17 crash.

India’s new PM Narendra Modi has overtaken the White House on Twitter, a study of political use of the social network has found.

Narendra Modi’s account @NarendraModi has 4.99 million followers, ahead of the @WhiteHouse account which has 4.98 million followers.

His huge victory in the recent general election was partly credited to a well-organized social media campaign.

Narendra Modi has overtaken the White House on Twitter

Narendra Modi has overtaken the White House on Twitter

Narendra Modi, leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is also the most followed Indian leader on Twitter.

“Mr. Modi’s seen a stratospheric rise,” said Matthias Luefkens, who heads the annual Twiplomacy, a study conducted by global public relations and communications firm Burson-Marsteller.

Although Narendra Modi speaks mostly in Hindi, his tweets are always in English, preferred for business in a nation with 22 official languages.

Narendra Modi, who was elected in May, scored 24,000 re-tweets for his own “India has won!” victory message.

“I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world,” Narendra Modi has said in a message on his new website.

The five most followed world leaders were President Barack Obama (@BarackObama) with 43 million followers of his campaign account, Pope Francis (@Pontifex) with 14 million followers on his nine different language accounts, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (@SBYudhoyono) with 5 million followers, with @WhiteHouse and @NarendraModi in fourth and fifth places.

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After skipping Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding on May 24, Rob Kardashian exhibited some strange behavior online.

On May 26, Kim Kardashian’s brother tweeted “good morning from Los Angeles” before deleting all of his tweets, changing his Twitter avatar and starting new.

After skipping Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding in Florence, Rob Kardashian exhibited some strange behavior online

After skipping Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding in Florence, Rob Kardashian exhibited some strange behavior online

Rob Kardashian, who has close to 5 million followers, then began tweeting out positive messages to members of the service for Memorial Day.

“Happy memorial day,” the sock designer began.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Psalm 33:12. Lord Jesus, protect those who protect me- police, firefighters, and those in the military. Teach me to pray for them and to honor them for their service. Amen.”

Rob Kardashian wrapped up his message, writing: “GOD BLESS AMERICA.”

Though he flew to Paris prior to Kim’s wedding, Rob Kardashian kept a low profile throughout the highly-publicized celebrations. He was spotted flying out of Paris on Saturday, May 24, a few hours before Kim Kardashian’s Florence wedding ceremony, and arrived in Los Angeles shortly after the couple exchanged vows at the Forte di Belvedere.

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Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag.

Twitter users can do so by replying to tweets containing a link to an Amazon product with #amazoncart in the US and #amazonbasket in the UK.

Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag

Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag

They will still need to go to Amazon to pay and complete the purchase.

The move comes as companies are looking at ways to use social media platforms as tools to attract customers.

The move also comes just days after Twitter reported a net loss of $132 million for the first quarter of 2014.

The number of active users on Twitter reached 255 million in 2014 Q1, up 5.8% on the previous quarter. However, that growth was below analysts’ expectations.

There have been concerns that the pace of growth the Twitter has seen in the past years may be slowing, which may hurt its revenues.

Meanwhile, Amazon said the partnership would make it easier for users to purchase products they saw on their Twitter timeline.

“No more switching apps, typing passwords, or trying to remember items you saw on Twitter,” Amazon said in a video it posted about the tie-up.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie has become the most re-tweeted image in Twitter’s history, even briefly crashing the service.

Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres posted a selfie including: Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

It took less than 40 minutes to beat the previous record for most tweeted image – a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama, posted on his re-election in 2012.

Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie has become the most re-tweeted image in Twitter's history

Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie has become the most re-tweeted image in Twitter’s history

By the end of the Oscars ceremony, the celebrity selfie had been re-tweeted more than two million times.

Ellen DeGeneres encouraged those watching the Oscars – about one billion people – to make the image the most re-tweeted in history, and less than an hour later announced the target had been met.

“We crashed Twitter!” she joked, adding that the service was up again shortly after.

There have been more than seven million tweets using the hashtags #oscars and #oscars2014.

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Courtney Love did not defame her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes in a 2010 Twitter post, a jury said on Friday.

The verdict comes after an eight-day trial that centered on Courtney Love’s statements against San Diego-based lawyer Rhonda Holmes.

Courtney Love, 49, hired Rhonda Holmes to pursue a case against the estate of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The case was never filed and Rhonda Holmes said Courtney Love fired her.

Courtney Love did not defame her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes in a 2010 Twitter post

Courtney Love did not defame her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes in a 2010 Twitter post

Courtney Love’s tweet suggested that Rhonda Holmes had been “bought off”.

Attorneys for Courtney Love maintained that she meant for the post to be a private message and few people saw it.

Rhonda Holmes’ lawyers sought $8 million in damages.

Courtney Love attended and testified at the trial but was not present when the verdict was read.

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Justin Bieber claimed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night that he is supposedly retiring.

“My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring,” Justin Bieber, 19, tweeted.

As of Wednesday morning, the tweet had more than 261,000 retweets and close to 200,000 favorites.

Justin Bieber claimed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night that he is supposedly retiring

Justin Bieber claimed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night that he is supposedly retiring

Forty-two minutes after the retirement tweet, Justin Bieber blamed the media for his apparent career-ending decision: “The media talks a lot about me. They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.”

Last week, Justin Bieber told radio station Power 106 that his album, Journals, would be his last, and that he planned to retire.

Later, Justin Bieber’s reps claimed he was just joking, but suggested that the pop star take some time off after the movie release.

Justin Bieber’s Believe hits theaters Wednesday.

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Twitter apologized for mistakenly blocking IStandWithPhil.com and restored pro-Phil Robertson users’ ability to link to the website.

Phil Robertson’s supporters had accused Twitter of censoring the site, which hosts a petition for reinstating him in Duck Dynasty show that has received 200,000 signatures.

Those who tried to link to IStandWithPhil.com on Monday received a message saying: “Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.”

Twitter later lifted the block.

Twitter apologized for mistakenly blocking IStandWithPhil.com and restored pro-Phil Robertson users' ability to link to the website

Twitter apologized for mistakenly blocking IStandWithPhil.com and restored pro-Phil Robertson users’ ability to link to the website

“The URL IStandWithPhil.com was mistakenly flagged as spam tonight, by an outside organization that tracks spam sources. We have restored access and apologize for the error,” Twitter said in a statement to news site Marketing Land.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson was suspended from his A&E show last week after making anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ magazine.

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People tweeting IStandWithPhil.com, the website created in support  Duck Dynasty ’s Phil Robertson, have been blocked by Twitter.

It appears that those who type IStandWithPhil.com receive the following message: “Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content.”

The Christian group Faith Driven Consumer, which is behind the IStandWithPhil.com page, said a petition at the site has yielded 200,000 signatures in less than four days.

The group said Twitter has also shut down two other pro-Phil Robertson social media accounts.

Twitter has blocked people from tweeting IStandWithPhil

Twitter has blocked people from tweeting IStandWithPhil

“Despite Twitter’s shut down of iStandWithPhil.com, we are surging through 200,000 supporters. In recent days, iStandWithPhil.com is among the top trending hash tags on Twitter,” said Chris Stone, founder of the group.

“We’re encouraging supporters to be heard, Tweet the @support or @twitter account, and use their other means of communication to get iStandWithPhil.com back online.”

The group notes that a Google page diagnostic of the site indicates it “is not currently listed as suspicious” and that “this has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days”.

When it complained to Twitter, the group said, it received a boilerplate message saying Twitter “has systems that blocks [sic] the posting of suspected harmful URLs in order to make Twitter safer and more secure for our users. … Even if Google’s diagnostic report of the URL is clean, we may decide to continue blocking the URL on Twitter as potentially harmful”.

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A collection of pictures censored on Chinese Twitter-like service Sina Weibo has been revealed.

Analysis from US investigative journalism group ProPublica logged 100 users on the service, discovering a total of 527 images removed by censors.

The sample data – which was collected over two weeks – contained dissidents, a yawning politician, and archive shots from the Korean War.

Sina Weibo has some 500 million users in China, but is closely monitored.

ProPublica selected a group of users that had previously had material removed from the site, with a focus on journalists, lawyers and other figures with significant numbers of followers.

Sina Weibo has some 500 million users in China, but is closely monitored

Sina Weibo has some 500 million users in China, but is closely monitored

The site – with help from the University of Hong Kong – wrote some software that would store posts from the users, and then check on an hourly basis to see if the posts had been removed.

What they found was a wide ranging selection of images deemed not suitable for dissemination on the site.

The collection included images of Bo Xilai, the former high-ranking Chinese politician, who was jailed in October for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

One deleted post had called for the trial to be broadcast live, while another showed Bo Xilai with former US national security adviser Henry Kissinger.

Pictures of other public figures, such as human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong and activist singer Wu Hongfei, were also removed.

A large number of the censored posts monitored were of long passages of text, ProPublica reported.

A service called Long Weibo – comparable to TwitLonger – allows for posts that go beyond the service’s 140-character limit by creating an image showing Chinese characters.

The popularity of Long Weibo has created a censorship headache for authorities as it means banned words are not automatically flagged.

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Twitter’s shares opened at $45.10 each in the first minutes of trading on the NYSE.

That is a 73% jump from the initial asking price of $26 a share, and it means the company is now valued at a little over $31 billion.

More than 13 million shares were traded once they became available an hour after the stock exchange opened.

It is the biggest technology listing since Facebook in 2012.

Twitter floated on the NYSE and not, as some initially expected, the technology-rich Nasdaq exchange, where the likes of Facebook are listed.

It was a big win for the NYSE, which decorated its exterior with banners promoting the offering on Thursday.

Twitter has more than 230 million users, but is yet to make a profit.

Shares in newly-listed companies are often volatile on their first day of trading.

Twitter’s shares opened at $45.10 each in the first minutes of trading on the NYSE

Twitter’s shares opened at $45.10 each in the first minutes of trading on the NYSE

Within minutes, Twitter’s stock price soared more than 80% before falling below its opening price by midday.

When Facebook launched on Nasdaq, its shares were priced initially at $38 each. The stock soared within hours of its debut to a high of $45. But its price later slumped.

It only recovered those losses by September 11, 2013, when shares again touched $45.

Its initial public offering (IPO) was also marred by technological glitches and delays.

To prevent Twitter’s stock sale from having a similar fate, the NYSE ran tests on October 26 using larger-than-normal share volumes.

Twitter is selling 70 million shares, which will raise more than $1.82 billion.

The company, which invites users to send tweets in 140 characters or less, has 232 million active users. According to its IPO documents, these users send 500 million tweets a day.

Twitter’s financials have been under greater scrutiny since it announced its plan to float, especially given that the company is still loss-making.

It lost $69 million in the first six months of 2013, on revenues of $254 million. About 85% of revenues come from advertising on its site, and more than 75% of Twitter users access the site from their mobile phone.

Mary Jo White, head of US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission, recently warned investors to be cautious of the metrics used by technology companies like Twitter, nothing that investors have become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of data.

“In the absence of a clear description, it can be hard not to think that these big numbers will inevitably translate into big profits for the company,” Mary Jo White said in a speech.

“But the connection may not necessarily be there.”

Twitter’s founders saw their paper wealth soar to $4 billion in the wake of the stock surge early this morning, although boss Dick Costolo said that none of the founders would immediately be selling their shares.

The company’s co-founder Evan Williams has a 10% stake in Twitter, making him its biggest shareholder. That stake is now worth a little over $2 billion.

Jack Dorsey, another co-founder, also stands to make a fortune from the IPO. His 4% stake is worth more than a billion dollars.

Another co-founder, Biz Stone, is thought to have made millions of dollars by selling share stakes over the last few years.

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Twitter shares have been priced at $26 each, ahead of its debut on the NYSE on Thursday.

That is above the $23 to $25 range announced on Monday and values the short messaging service at more than $18 billion.

That makes it the biggest market debut for a technology firm since Facebook went public in May 2012.

Twitter has attracted 230 million users since starting seven years ago, but is yet to make a profit.

Its losses for Q3 2013 increased to $64.6 million, from $21.6 million a year earlier and a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos showed that more than a third of registered users do not use the service at all.

Nevertheless there was strong demand for the shares and the company was able to raise the offering price twice.

Twitter has posted an increase in its sales, which more than doubled in Q3 to $168.6 million, and it is looking to raise even more revenue from advertisers outside the US.

Its $18 billion valuation includes the value of shares in compensation schemes for employees and other share awards.

Twitter shares have been priced at $26 each, ahead of its debut on the NYSE on Thursday

Twitter shares have been priced at $26 each, ahead of its debut on the NYSE on Thursday

Co-founder Evan Williams is the biggest shareholder in the firm with a stake of more than 10% worth more than a billion dollars.

Another of the founders, Jack Dorsey, will also become a very rich man. His 4% stake is worth more than half a billion dollars.

Biz Stone, another co-founder, is thought to have made millions by selling holdings over the last few years.

But Noah Glass, also one of the originals, is believed to have made very little from the company’s success.

Twitter is selling 70 million shares, which will raise $1.82 billion, for the company.

Unlike Facebook, Twitter has chosen to trade its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Facebook’s debut on the Nasdaq – traditionally the market of choice for technology firms – was marred by delays and problems with orders.

The NYSE has already tested trading of Twitter’s shares to try to avoid any technical hitches.

Twitter shares will trade under the symbol “TWTR”.

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Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West’s profanity-studded Twitter rant in which he went off on the late-night host in response to a bit from Jimmy Kimmel Live that poked fun at Kanye’s much-talked-about interview with BBC Radio One.

“Quick question,” Jimmy Kimmel kicked off his monologue on Thursday.

“Did anyone else get a very angry phone call from Kanye West about an hour and a half ago? Just me? OK, I didn’t know if he was mad at all of us.”

Picking up the subject again about 15 minutes later, Jimmy Kimmel described the pre-rant call he got from Kanye West.

“He told me I had two choices: apologize publicly…and that was really the only choice!” Jimmy Kimmel said.

“The other choice he gave was that my life – <<Your life>>, he said, <<is going to be much better if you apologize>>. Then he started tweeting today and I don’t even know if I’ve seen some of these tweets, because they’re happening as we speak…”

Then Jimmy Kimmel started going through Kanye’s tweets (which were all in caps), starting with the one that got the ball rolling: “Jimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years.”

The funnyman continued to parse the tweets, including the one that inquired whether Jimmy Kimmel would like it if Kanye West did a spoof about “your face or you f***ing Ben Affleck.”

“Which, by the way, was a spoof,” Jimmy Kimmel reminded everyone.

Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West's profanity-studded Twitter rant during Thursday’s monologue

Jimmy Kimmel addressed Kanye West’s profanity-studded Twitter rant during Thursday’s monologue

“I don’t know if he thought that was news.”

Noting the use of the hash tags “#nodisrespecttobenaffleck” and “#alldisrespecttojimmy kimmel,” Jimmy Kimmel cracked: “A lot of hash in those tags.”

“And he told me this on the phone, I swear,” he continued>

“He said, <<I am the most powerful voice in media. I am ‘Pac!>> He said <<I am ‘Pac>> a few times to me. He said, <<You’ll never be able to show your face at a 14-year-old’s high school football game and be cool again>>.

“He really is ‘Pac,” Jimmy Kimmel said, smiling but looking a bit baffled.

“That’s right out of the Tupac playbook, isn’t it?”

“I don’t understand it, I don’t know why he’s angry again,” Jimmy Kimmel continued.

“I thought the bit was pretty innocuous. Finally I’m in a rap feud.”

“Do you have my back?” he asked side-kick Guillermo, who promised, while munching on a snack, to watch his boss’ back.

“Right now we’re at Def-Kanye Five,” Jimmy Kimmel concluded.

“Thanks, Kanye, appreciate it.”

Jimmy Kimmel promised to keep us posted and all remains quiet on the Twitter front for now.

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Adam Levine called out Lady Gaga on Twitter for being unoriginal.

Adam Levine, 34, took to Twitter on Friday to air his grievances with the state of pop music, and slyly called out Lady Gaga for contributing to the problem.

To begin his diatribe, The Voice star and Maroon 5 frontman lamented the conventional process of recycling old ideas for new generations, and continued by explaining what he believes to be the premise of good pop music.

While it wasn’t completely clear Adam Levine was taking a shot at Lady Gaga, the 27-year-old singer felt the heat and opted to offer her own response.

If Adam Levine was going after Lady Gaga, he’ll certainly face a firestorm from her army of fans, known as the Little Monsters, some of whom have already responded.

Adam Levine called out Lady Gaga on Twitter for being unoriginal

Adam Levine called out Lady Gaga on Twitter for being unoriginal

Lady Gaga certainly tweeted a reply to one fan: “@madelinemonster thats us, changing the world. twisting the panties of one popstar at a time.”

She is not the first female pop star Adam Levine seems at odds with, more like the latest.

He’s also got an alleged beef with his Voice co-star Christina Aguilera.

Their on-screen bickering led many to believe the two disliked each other, however Christina Aguilera recently spoke out to dispel the rumor.

In an interview with Fox News, Christina Aguilera said: “We’re both very passionate, but it isn’t personal with Adam. It never has been. We’re just very strong personalities.”

Before gearing up for the new season of The Voice, Adam Levine has been going hard on social media, sharing intimate moments with his fiancée Behati Prinsloo, and reportedly joining his bandmates in the studio to work on their fifth studio album.

According to Deadline, Adam Levine also has joined forces with his pal, Community writer Gene Hong, to create a semi-autobiographical comedy about his life for NBC.

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Miley Cyrus maintained her engagement is still on but she has now given her clearest indication yet that all is not well in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth.

Miley Cyrus, 20, has unfollowed Liam Hemsworth on Twitter, sending a powerful message in today’s social networking obsessed world.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship has been under the microscope recently with reports that the pair have split up and gotten back together numerous times in the last 12 months

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship has been under the microscope recently with reports that the pair have split up and gotten back together numerous times in the last 12 months

For Miley Cyrus, who is an active Twitter user, this is the ultimate snub and a public declaration that there could be trouble in paradise.

However, Liam Hemsworth, 23, is still following Miley Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s relationship has been under the microscope recently with reports that the pair have split up and gotten back together numerous times in the last 12 months.

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Twitter plans to join the stock market in the most hotly anticipated flotation since Facebook’s last year.

Referring to the official paperwork needed to join the market, the company tweeted: “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO [initial public offering].”

Investors value Twitter, founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, at more than $10 billion.

Twitter gave no further details as to the timing or price of the offering.

The microblogging service is on track to post $583 million in revenue in 2013, according to advertising consultancy eMarketer, up from $288 million in 2012.

Most of Twitter’s funding comes from advertising, with companies paying for “promoted tweets” that appear in users’ Twitter feeds.

Advertisers are keen to target Twitter’s 200 million active users, who send more than 500 million tweets a day.

Twitter plans to join the stock market in the most hotly anticipated flotation since Facebook's last year

Twitter plans to join the stock market in the most hotly anticipated flotation since Facebook’s last year

But some analysts believe the risk for Twitter post-flotation is that if the drive for greater advertising revenue leads to increased numbers of adverts in and around the site, they could become intrusive and unpopular with users.

Nearly two-thirds of users access Twitter via mobile devices that have traditionally been difficult for advertisers to reach.

This is one reason why Twitter has acquired MoPub, a mobile-focused advertising exchange, for a reported $350 million.

Facebook listed on the stock market in May last year. Although it initially created excitement among investors, its share price performed poorly, before recovering this summer.

The timing of the IPO is likely to be related to renewed activity in stock market flotations. There have been 131 IPOs priced so far in 2013, according to IPO tracking firm Renaissance Capital – a 44% increase on the same period last year.

Analysts say Twitter must continue to innovate under the scrutiny of public ownership.

Once a company has filed paperwork with US regulators for a planned IPO, it enters a so-called “quiet period” when it is not allowed to speak to the media.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website, a company can file a confidential prospectus for a public share sale if it is classified as an “emerging growth company” with revenue of less than $1 billion.

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Si Robertson’s character is one of the reasons Duck Dynasty has become such a phenomenal hit. Uncle Si’s love of long nonsensical tales has viewers enraptured and much of these he imparts on Twitter.

Si Robertson has some 237,000 followers on the platform, all eager to hear his missives.

Si Robertson’s character is one of the reasons Duck Dynasty has become such a phenomenal hit

Si Robertson’s character is one of the reasons Duck Dynasty has become such a phenomenal hit

Here are five of Si Robertson’s funniest Tweets:

“A dog is just like a car, a mattress…Or a tree you gotta test them out.”

“Some people say I’m a dreamer, others say, <<If you fall asleep at work again we’re going to have to let you go>>.”

 “I live by my own rules (reviewed, revised and approved by my wife)…but still my own”

 “With these corrective lenses, I can see so good; I can see into the future. Hey, I see Willie getting fatter.”

“Rule #1 bring plenty of bug spray

Rule #1 never go in the woods without a pistol

Rule #1 have your buddy’s back

Rule #1 lay down and digest”

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Vatican has announced it is offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.

However, a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Indulgences these days are granted to those who carry out certain tasks – such as climbing the Sacred Steps, in Rome (reportedly brought from Pontius Pilate’s house after Jesus scaled them before his crucifixion), a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory.

But attendance at events such as the Catholic World Youth Day, in Rio de Janeiro, a week-long event starting on July 22, can also win an indulgence.

Vatican has announced it is offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets

Vatican has announced it is offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets

Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican’s sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

“That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers.

“But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.”

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being “truly penitent and contrite”.

Praying while following events in Rio de Janeiro online would need to be carried out with “requisite devotion”, it suggested.

Apart from the papal Twitter account, the Vatican has launched an online news portal supported by an app, a Facebook page, and it plans to use the online social networking site Pinterest.

“What really counts is that the tweets the Pope sends from Brazil or the photos of the Catholic World Youth Day that go up on Pinterest produce authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of everyone,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli.

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Just one day after eating her words against rapper Drake on Twitter, Amanda Bynes is back on the offensive.

Amanda Bynes, 27, spent much of the day calling random followers ugly, telling them she doesn’t care about them and lodging threats those she believes to be enemies, like: “If I don’t like you I don’t want you to be happy and I’ll go out of my way to hurt you” and “If you steal from me you’ll pay a price.”

However, when actor Jason Biggs finally weighed in on Amanda Bynes’ ramblings, the insults started flying again.

It all began when Amanda Bynes wrote: “If you’re not hot I don’t care about you.”

Amanda Bynes labels American Pie actor Jason Biggs ugly in her latest string of bizarre Twitter attacks

Amanda Bynes labels American Pie actor Jason Biggs ugly in her latest string of bizarre Twitter attacks

The American Pie star responded to her random tweet with: “This self-hatred really must stop, Amanda.”

To which Amanda Bynes retorted: “@JasonBiggs you’re so ugly I won’t talk to you.”

Shortly thereafter amanda Bynes ramble-tweeted: “You get turned on but what you are not by what you’re not.”

To which Jason Biggs responded again with this hilarious tweet: “Are you having a stroke?”

However, Amanda Bynes didn’t find it funny, responding both to Jason Biggs and another follower who had apparently crossed her with: “@TwitFlickR @JasonBiggs what a joke you both are good luck getting laid by anything with a vagina.”

Then celebrity therapist Dr. Drew Pinsky weighed in on Amanda Bynes’ condition: “I think it may be time to leave @AmandaBynes alone. She will get help if she wants it & if she needs it, hopefully before serious consequences.”

Not surprisingly, Amanda Bynes responded in her usual, childish way: “@drdrew WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? What kind of help are you referring to? You’re ugly and I want you to leave me alone!”

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Miley Cyrus recently celebrated her number one status on Maxim magazine’s hot 100 list and it seems that she is intent upon maintaining the coveted spot as she has made it a habit to post self portraits to Instagram and Twitter on an almost daily basis.

On Sunday Miley Cyrus, 20, was at it again, showing off her toned figure in an Instagram snap of herself bathed in golden light as she lounged in a black cocktail dress.

The caption for the indulgent snap demonstrated her self-promotional savvy: “CAN’T STOP. CARRY ON.”

The text was a reference to her upcoming single We Can’t Stop, which Miley Cyrus has been aggressively promoting online in an attempt to get the phrase “can’t stop” to become a trend on both Twitter and Instagram.

The song, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, will première on Ryan Seacrest’s syndicated radio show on June 3.

Miley Cyrus posts self portraits to Instagram and Twitter on daily basis

Miley Cyrus posts self portraits to Instagram and Twitter on daily basis

Last Sunday Miley Cyrus told Billboard that she was “so excited” about the soon-to-be released album.

Miley Cyrus explained that she believes she has grown as a singer and a songwriter, saying: “I feel like I can really be myself.

“I really have more of a connection of who I am, and I feel like I can maybe express that more in my music now.”

Of the recording process Miley Cyrus added: “Me and Mike-WiLL [Made-It] teamed up, and it really just turned out to be perfect and exactly what I wanted, and exactly what I wanted my first sound to be, and my first look to be.

“I think it’s an important message for me to tell my fans – they haven’t stopped waiting, so it’s great.”

Meanwhile, rumors of a split from her fiancé Liam Hemsworth continue to plague Miley Cyrus – perpetuated by the fact that they seem to be spending so much time apart.

InTouch magazine reported that Miley Cyrus enlisted the help of a “spiritual” marriage counselor to help the pair work out their differences.

An insider told the magazine: “She’s hoping to save her relationship by enlisting a therapist. She knows that Liam has one foot out the door and that she’ll lose him if she doesn’t act fast.”

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Kendall Jenner’s tweet on Tuesday night in which she wished “things could be easier” set the Twittersphere alight, with followers blasting the 17-year-old for being ungrateful for all her good fortune.

Chief among the detractors was Frances Bean Cobain, 20, who sounded off with a series of tweets lambasting Kendall Jenner, calling her a “f***ing idiot” for being so “self-involved”.

Courtney Love’s daughter didn’t hold back with her harsh words, declaring: “I’d rather be a scumbag than a f***ing idiot. Praise high IQ’s, good taste & awareness about the state of the world.”

“Oh ya, not to mention, CANCER, famine, poverty, draught, disease, natural disasters, Death. F**k, Humans are so self involved,” Frances Bean Cobain added.

Frances Bean Cobain slams Kendall Jenner for self-pitying tweet

Frances Bean Cobain slams Kendall Jenner for self-pitying tweet

Not content to stop at that, Frances Bean Cobain wrote: “Oh shh. There are kids on earth abandoned&homeless who forcibly drink contaminated water because clean water isn’t accessible.”

The artist was obviously still stewing about the tweet, as she later wrote: “I’d like to thank my parents for providing me with a high IQ & I’d like to thank my grams for encouraging me not to be a self absorbed idiot.”

Kendall Jenner’s tweet received a slew of criticism from her followers, but she chose not to respond.

“Yeah I hate when I get lost in my closet too,” wrote someone.

Another wrote: “Did no one buy you your starbucks?”

“Just buy another range rover babes you’ll be fine x.”

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A startling number of teen girls have admitted to having a schoolgirl crush on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, proclaiming their love for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on social media.

It’s a disturbing trend on sites like Twitter and Facebook, where girls have admitted to finding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attractive, and herald him in the ranks of Justin Bieber and One Direction singer Harry Styles.

One Twitter user, a waitress who goes by the name Keepitblunted, has said she is looking to get a tattoo of a Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quote.

“If you have the knowledge and the inspiration all that’s left is to take action.”

The quote was tweeted by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 8, a week before the Boston Marathon bombings.

She has since gone back on her promise, posting that she has decided to hold off “out of respect of my family’s wishes”.

But the young woman, named Alisha, told the New York Post that she’s not among the group of women who are interested in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev because she’s in love with him.

She told the paper: “Somebody needs to stand up for him, and not the little high-school girls who just think he’s cute.”

The FreeJahar97 Twitter account was created on April 25 – 10 days after the double bombing.

The first tweet reads: “any other beliebers out there who want to see Jahar freed and believe he is innocent? feel like i’m all alone here.. #freejahar.”

Another says she is considering becoming a Muslim to better related to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“I know I didn’t know Jahar and I shouldn’t be saying this but… I miss Jahar… Is that weird? Don’t think I’m weird. I just miss him.”

Facebook group Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent sprung up shortly after the bombings and has more than 8,000 followers

Facebook group Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent sprung up shortly after the bombings and has more than 8,000 followers

Tsarnaev5ever tweeted: “Jahar is gonna go crazy in that cell alone with just a book… I wanna send money to him… Anyone have the address?”

“Poor Jahar… He’s only 19. ONLY 19… No one deserves to be in a 10×10… No one…”

Shadowlilly1993 posted: “Yall can judge me as much as you want. I’m on his side.This kid needs people behind him. I hope to meet him one day he fascinates me @J_tsar.”

A teen who goes by the Twitter handle Wildziall, says: “I wonder what jahar is thinking about right now.”

In another, she said: “My little brother just said he would cover for me if I snuck out of the house to meet up with jahar I love him.”

Meanwhile, a Facebook group that sprung up shortly after the bombings, “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent”, has more than 8,000 followers.

The group, loaded with conspiracy theories and proclamations of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s innocence, is by invitation only.

Vocal fans of the “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is Innocent” Facebook group have claimed that neither Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was responsible for the Boston bombing.

Instead, they say, a government-funded group of mercenaries from a private company staged the event and framed the Chechen pair.

The company they accuse, Craft International, trains military and police teams through tactical and combat scenarios. Its founder, retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, wrote the best-selling book American Sniper and recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history.

Chris Kyle was killed in February at a Texas gun range, by a fellow veteran struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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