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Rupert’s changing the world, 140 characters at a time

Media types love Twitter, and octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch is certainly no stranger to the format. Freelance writer Farz Edraki asks: how powerful is Murdoch on Twitter, really?

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Media briefs: Textor’s tasteless tweet … Tele’s Rees ethics … Courier-Fail on Ashes?

Liberal Party adviser Mark Textor has hit the headlines in Indonesia over a tasteless tweet. That and other media tidbits.

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Twitter flies at $25.4b, but does it have wings?

The huge pop that greeted Twitter’s IPO would suggest the market is convinced by its business model. Another social network, LinkedIn, had a similarly charmed debut, reminds Technology Spectator’s Harrison Polites.

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Will it float? Twitter’s prospectus shows signs of growth

Twitter has confirmed its stockmarket float, and the the numbers look better than most analysts expected. Our technology expert examines the pitch to investors for clues.

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Is Twitter worth $16b? Perhaps in a multi-screen game

Ahead of Twitter’s share float analysts are valuating the social media powerhouse at more than $16 billion. Will it flop like Facebook or justify its price in a multi-screen environment?

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Media briefs: ALP ad ban … Oz twits … Murdoch affairs? …

The Australian published a story online with a quote from a fake Joe Hockey Twitter account, and the error has yet to be corrected.

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iSentia index: the age of the Twitterverse

Are the daily tabloids still relevant in this age of digital media? Kevin Rudd will be hoping not, since he is the undisputed king of the social media sphere.

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How Jane Austen would write off those nasty internet trolls

In solidarity with Caroline Criado-Perez, threatened with rape on Twitter because she suggested Jane Austen should feature on British banknotes, S.A. Jones has anti-trolling techniques from the great lady herself.

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Rape, misogyny and the triumph of the hypermasculine

Our horror at rape jokes and protestations of acceptance come about because our culture simultaneously affirms tolerance and equality, while expressing its identity through war and domination.

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Media briefs: climate correction … ‘magical Murray’ … living on a prayer …

US President Barack Obama is the most popular politician on Twitter, but no other pollies come close to the late Hugo Chavez. Plus other media snippets.

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Order in the House: online, and on message

Our MPs who use Facebook and Twitter are more productive and more engaged with locals than their offline counterparts, analysis by Bond University journalism students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme suggests. They fire up their iPhones to find out which pollies get social media.

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Tweet, tweet! A visual representation of MPs’ social media use

Which MPs are active on Facebook and Twitter? And what do they have to say on social media? Bond University students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme fire up their laptops and take a look at our pollies online.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Yawn. No sign yet of any kind of Labor revival before September’s election. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Indonesia’s social media election — for better or worse

Jakarta is the biggest “Twitter city” in the world. Henry Belot of The Citizen looks at the impact of social media on next year’s Indonesian presidential election — and it’s not all rosy.

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Who’s afraid of Facebook? Australia’s top businesses

Australia’s largest companies say they’re using social media, but they’re not using the networks most Australians use. Twitter rules, ahead of Facebook.

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White noise of history and humanity’s struggle to progress past ‘please authenticate my existence’

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Eye spy: the future of terror will be viral

You could have the box seat for the next terrorist attack — whether you like it or not. The Boston bombings and resulting social media storm were a window to the revolution online.

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Britain’s new youth champion: ‘I want to cut everyone’

The British county of Kent appointed a new youth commissioner — who turns out was acting like a bit of a youth on Twitter. The scandal is a top tabloid fodder across the nation.

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Tips and rumours

Another pointer for Murdoch on racism … this dog really did fly … Jehovah’s Witnesses still on the beat in ACT …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Too many entrants to the Daily Leadership Beat-Up Award to even choose a winner, plus other political issues of the day.

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ABC hack attack: online security is getting worse

Hacking is getting easier, and any criminal with a cause — or even without one — can now bring down companies’ websites and access users’ personal information. The latest victim is the ABC.

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Media briefs: Planet Janet … ABC Twitter gaffe … eat pineapples …

Janet Albrechtsen is joining Insiders next year, but she thinks it’s a decade too late. Also: a fruity media release and an ABC Twitter fail.

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‘Trial by Google’ the new threat to privacy, Leveson warns

Trial by media? Trial by Google is the real threat to privacy, Lord Justice Brian Leveson told a Sydney audience today — fresh from delivering his media ethics report to the UK government.

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War by social media: ‘we’re coming for you Gaza!’

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas heats up again, Crikey intern David Donaldson traces war by social media.

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@IndigeousX: using social media to connect with Aboriginal communities

Organisations looking to connect with Aboriginal communities can learn from social media activist Luke Pearson, founder of popular Twitter account @IndigenousX. Pearson speaks to Crikey’s health blog Croakey.

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