LinkedIn reaches 200 million members worldwide | Brabham family name wins EU legal protection | Vigilante brawls with thief after using app to track down iPhone | Five Things Facebook Could Announce Next Week | Twitter flirting – online romances can be fun until the cheeky turns to creepy | Manchester City top Twitter league table
Business focused social networking site LinkedIn has reached the 200 million member mark. This follows on from a long overdue but widely criticised new look that was introduced in late 2012 that led to the loss of a number of popular apps including box.net integration. Meanwhile Facebook has organised a large-scale press conference for early next week while speculation mounts as to exactly what they will announce. Will it be the advent of charging to use the service in an attempt to monetise the 1 billion users? Or will it be the introduction of new buttons like “want”?
In other News, the family of 1960s 3 time F1 Grand Prix World Champion Sir Jack Brabham have won a case in Germany allowing them continued rights to use the Brabham name after a German businessman had appropriated it in 2010 in seeking to set up a new F1 team. The most worrying aspect of this case is not that the family have won, which should be applauded as a common sense result, but that it has taken 3 years and untold legal fees to come to a decision that should have been obvious from the outset.
Footage has also emerged online of a vigilante who wanted to retrieve his stolen iphone and used an App to locate it and track it. Once the owner of the phone caught up with the offender, he resolved to retrieve the phone, and the owners friend recorded the subsequent 18 minute scuffle and posted the footage on You Tube.
The Independent looks at stories of relationships formed over Twitter, and while it covers some success stories its general tone suggests that finding a partner over Twitter is somewhat hit and miss with some rather edgy direct messages detailed, all of which were sadly sent by men.
Manchester City have followed up their 2012 English Premier League title with being placed at the top of the 2013 Twitter football table. Their erstwhile rivals Manchester United are only ranked 11th. The rankings are based on how well each club engages with its supporters over Twitter.
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