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ZunZuneo Cuban Twitter Launched by US Government Intelligence Revealed

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Cuba, Twitter, ZunZuneo by LALATE

ZunZuneo Cuban Twitter Launched by US Government Intelligence Revealedl


ST LOUIS (LALATE) – ZunZuneo or ZunZuneo.com a Cuban Twitter launched by US Government Intelligence has been uncovered today. Joe McSpedon led a team to launch a dubbed “Cuban Twitter” with the ZunZuneo website as an attempt to create “smart mobs”. The site became so popular, however, that government funding was not able to keep its operations growing. Eventually, ZunZuneo was shut down.

The ZunZuneo Cuban Twitter investigation revealed today exclusively by AP has prompted no comment by US intelligence officials. But the ZunZuneo effort was reportedly launched in 2011 as a social media website in Cuba. The plan was to launch the website with mainstream news stories. But, once the website and mobile platform got popular, ZunZuneo would push far different type of news stories, namely “content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize ‘smart mobs’”.

And what does “ZunZuneo” mean? ZunZuneo was chosen as the name of the effort because ” ZunZuneo” is Cuban slang for a hummingbird’s tweet, reports Time.com.

Quickly, ZunZuneo grew in popularity. It attracted 40,000 Cuban Twitter users. And its funding was handled by companies set up in the Cayman Islands. But the entire effort was paid and managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

One agency document claimed that the Cuban Twitter sought to “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.” Eventually the company reportedly grew too fast without enough funding, the report claims. Intelligence reportedly started a company named MovilChat to pay for the operation. Funding was reportedly paid out of the Cayman Islands’ Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd.



Tweeter Twitter Stock Confusion Prompts TWTRQ Halt Today

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Twitter by LALATE

Tweeter Twitter Stock Confusion Prompts TWTRQ Halt Today


LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Tweeter Twitter stock confusion prompted a trading halt today of the stock “TWTRQ”. Tweeter Home Entertainment is not Twitter. But confused buyers were purchasing a bankrupt home video company instead of Twitter.com today. Regulators quickly stepped in and halted trading.

CNBC was alerted viewers all today about the confusion. But it wasn’t until much later that the confusion prompted a trading halt. After news of a Twitter IPO was announced, people started buying the stock TWTRQ. How did they get so confused?

Twitter’s stock will be listed at “TWTRQ”. But confused consumers believed that Twitter was already trading today, apparently very cheaply, and began to buy up the wrong stock at less than a dollar. Instead of buying the growing new media company of Twitter (TWTRQ), they bought a bankrupt old media company Tweeter (TWTRQ). “Trading [of Tweeter Home Entertainment] is halted because FINRA has determined that an extraordinary event has occurred or is ongoing that has had a material effect on the market” regulators told news.

Tweeter Home Electronics grew one thousand percent today on the news. Regulators claim that some consumers wanting to buy into Twitter’s IPO early didn’t get the stock symbol right, didn’t know that Twitter has even chosen an exchange to trade on yet, and didn’t comprehend that Twitter’s IPO price certainly won’t be under a dollar.



Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Twitter Account @J_tsar Identified as Real

Posted: April 19th, 2013 in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Twitter by LALATE

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Twitter Account @J_tsar Identified as Real



LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Twitter account of @J_tsar is real, claims NBC News. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on his real Twitter account of @J_tsar shared Jay-Z and Eminem lyrics after the Boston Marathon bombing. He last shared tweets by Muslim scholar Mufti Ismail Menk.

NBC News is reporting that the account of Twitter.com/J_tsar does belong to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His Twitter feed has not been active since Wednesday. NBC provided no insight how it determined the account to be that of suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombings.

After Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took to Twitter to share a lyric from the Jay-Z song “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”, claims NBC. He wrote “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people”. He later wrote “There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s last message was a retweet by Menk on April 17. It read “Attitude can take away your beauty no matter how good looking you are or it could enhance your beauty, making you adorable.” He also wrote this week “There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority”.

On his Amazon.com wishlist from 2006, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shared his desire for books about committed fraud, changing one’s identification, and forging documents. This week he wrote “I’ve been looking for those, there is a shortage on the black market if you wanna make a quick buck, nuff said.”

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Several tweets by him were to protected accounts. Those protected tweets came in since Monday. He also wrote to the account “ImRealTed” the peculiar statement “fake story”. He gave no further explanation for his message.

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Mufti Ismail Menk has yet to comment about he matter. He is believed to be in Zimbabwe and is a Saudi educated, Muslim scholar. Earlier today, police scanners allegedly said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a laptop with him and has been communicating on social media since last night.

Twitter TweetDeck Deal Being Pursued: Report

Posted: April 18th, 2011 in Twitter by LALATE

Twitter TweetDeck Purchase Deal Being Pursued



CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Twitter is pursuing a purchase of TweetDeck claims reports Monday. The Twitter TweetDeck deal has yet to be confirmed by either company. But the WSJ is reporting that the two companies are in negotiations, adding that  Twitter is set to pay a reported $50 million for TweetDeck.

The news comes just days after another report claimed that UberMedia was set to buy TweetDeck.

Last week, Mashable reported that UberMedia was pursuing a purchase of TweetDeck after raising nearly $18 million in a new round of funding earlier this year. At the time, Mashable reported that “because TweetDeck users create a TweetDeck account in addition to a Twitter account, creating a backup network or alternative communications platform is less cumbersome for users [with TweetDeck]“.

The WSJ report indicates that TweetDeck has fifteen employees in England and is funded by industry leaders including Ron Conway and John Borthwick. Neither TweetDeck nor Twitter had any comment about the news.

Twitter Down? Twitter Outage Today Resolved

Posted: February 26th, 2011 in Twitter by LALATE

Twitter Down? Twitter Outage Today Resolved



LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Twitter outage today has been resolved. Twitter went down Saturday morning before dawn but the social networking site is back to normal. News reports state users experienced the outage starting at 3 am EST / 1 am PST today. Three hours later, the outage was still be reporting.

LALATE experienced the outage roughly one hour ago during its coverage of Shakira’s nominations for the Billboard Latin Music Awards. When trying to see if the hitmaker had tweeted the news of her thirteen nominations to fans, Shakira’s twitter account, along with twitter accounts of other nominees like Enrique Iglesias, were unresponsive.

But as of 7 am PST 10 am EST, Twitter is back to normal.

Strangely, during the time of the outage, third party application sites like Bit.ly were still fully functioning. Remote posting to Twitter through third party websites was not interrupted during the outage period Saturday.

One week ago, Twitter confirmed changes of UberMedia and other sites as to their applications: “On Sunday, Twitter reinstated access to the applications twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry (formerly UberTwitter), which were suspended on Friday for policy violations.”

Twitter added “Our initial review indicates that steps have been taken to remedy the violations for these applications. We will review these applications on an ongoing basis for compliance. We will review UberSocial for iPhone and UberCurrent, two other applications suspended on Friday, when they are provided to us.”

Ashley Kerekes – @theashes Twitter Account Brings Confusion, Notoriety

Posted: November 29th, 2010 in Twitter by LALATE

Ashley Kerekes - @theashes Twitter Account Brings Confusion, Notoriety



BOSTON (LALATE) – Ashley Kerekes in choosing @theashes as her Twitter account never thought it would bring her international notoriety. Ashley is a 22 year old from Massachusetts. She told news this weekend that, for as long as she can remember, her boyfriend referred to her as The Ashes. So when she joined Twitter, she adopted that as her account name.

On Thursday, Ashley Kerekes started her morning with her usual three hundred followers. But by Monday morning, she was already at 6100 followers. What happened?

Ashley Kerekes initially had no clue. That was until people started sending her messages about cricket overseas. “The Ashes” contest between Australia and England had begun. Tweets about the match were now being sent to Kerekes. She responded “this is not the account of the cricket match. Check profiles before you send mentions, it’s incredibly annoying and rude” and “this isn’t the cricket twitter”. “Fans” started asked Kerekes for the current score. Her response was “Sorry guys, I don’t know the cricket match score.”

With that, she followed it up with her now notable tweet “I am not a cricket match. Stop mentioning me and check profiles before you send messages. It’s really annoying.”

From there, the Brisbane Times newspaper ran an news article on her, BBC ran news coverage of the Twit-confusion. But still, fans wanted Kerekes to take a position on a sporting match in a country she had never visited. “I’m not sure who I support, England or Australia. However, I’ve been to England. I’ve never been to Australia.” Because of that tweet, Kerekes has been offered a plane flight by an Australian airline, reports BBC News.

Soon, the “annoying” situation turned into something enjoyable. The Brisbane Times says Kerekes considers the Twitter celebrity status now as “amazing”. Kerekes is now selling t-shirts. But she still doesn’t know the score. “Sorry guys, I don’t know the cricket match score” or “What … is a wicket?”

In the end, fame can be exhausting even @theashes. “Okay, this has been insane. I’m exhausted”.











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