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Germany’s World Cup hammering of Brazil broke Twitter records



Sami Khedira officially bigger than Miley Cyrus as semi-final’s fifth goal set new standard of 580k tweets-per-minute

Sami Khedira's goal for Germany against Brazil set Twitter aflame. 

Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup semi-final sent shockwaves around the football world, but it was also a big deal on Twitter.

The social network says that the match became its most discussed sports game ever, with 35.6m tweets. It easily beat the previous record of 24.9m tweets set by the Super Bowl earlier in 2014.

Germany’s fifth goal, scored by Sami Khedira, also broke another Twitter record, helping the match peak at 580,166 tweets per minute (TPM).

That in itself is a sign of Twitter’s growth. In 2012, Usain Bolt’s gold-medal 200m sprint peaked at 80,000 tweets per minute, while Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention acceptance speech peaked at 52,756 tweets per minute.

Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show in 2013 peaked at 268,000 tweets per minute, while Miley Cyrus’ infamous MTV VMAs performance peaked at 360,000 tweets per minute.

The World Cup has become the latest showcase event for Twitter’s second-screen ambitions, complete with a promoted section within the company’s mobile apps when matches are playing.

Even Miley’s TV twerkfest with Robin Thicke had already been outdone during this month’s tournament, with Brazil’s victory over Chile on penalties having peaked at 388,985 tweets per minute.

The #BRA v #GER match also set a TPM record: Khedira’s 29′ goal (0-5) saw 580,166 TPM. #WorldCup

— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) July 9, 2014

Twitter has also published a “heat map” of how the Brazil / Germany game played out on the social network, tracking tweets mentioning key terms around the game, while noting that Miroslav Klose – who broke another record against Brazil with his 16th World Cup finals goal – was the most mentioned player on its network.

Twitter is engaged in fierce competition with Facebook over which is most popular for chatting about television, from global sports events like the World Cup to locally-popular shows.

“Twitter makes television better: it is in fact a force multiplier that can enhance the impact and possibilities of television,” said the company’s chief media scientist Deb Roy at the MIPTV industry conference in April.


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Yes, Facebook Dating is a real thing. And we may have just received a sneak peek.

Jane Manchun Wong — an app researcher who’s spotted Facebook features in the past, like Talent Show — posted photos from what she claims is an internal test of Facebook Dating.


The company wouldn’t say whether these pics are the real deal, although it did confirm it’s testing Facebook Dating internally.

Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app. Aspiring yenta Mark Zuckerberg explained it was “going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not hookups.”

Later, on its blog, Facebook dished out a few more details: “People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events.”

From Wong’s photos, it looks like the app will let you prevent your current Facebook friends from seeing your dating profile, thus avoiding potential embarrassment. It’ll also offer a variety of gender options, including trans man, trans woman, and non-binary.

No word on when, exactly, Facebook Dating will become available to the public. Guess you’ll just have to make do with Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Happn, Grindr, Hinge, and the thousands of other dating apps out there in the meantime.

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Security researchers have discovered that it’s possible for hackers to change both the content and the sender of a WhatsApp message after you’ve received it …

This includes the ability to change quoted messages, to make it appear you said something you didn’t.

CNET reports that the possibility was discovered by Check Point Software Technologies.

The firm] found that hackers can create a hacked version of the app and alter a quoted message (a past one that someone is replying directly one) to change the content or sender.

The hacker would, however, need to be part of the chat, so the vulnerability mostly applies to group chats.

WhatsApp told the NYT that it was not aware of the technique being used in the wild, and a cure would be worse than the problem.

One solution would be to create transcripts of every message exchange to verify the accuracy of every quote. Creating such a transcript is a significant privacy risk because those accounts of what people wrote to each other must be stored somewhere, the company said.

All WhatsApp messages are protected by end-to-end encryption, which means that only those within a chat would be able to exploit the loophole. Storing a transcript would effectively mean removing that end-to-end encryption.

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Times after Messenger launched the video call option, WhatsApp rolls out its new feature for conference video calling. The new WhatsApp feature is now available to facilitate the users around the globe on iOS and Android.

Distinctly, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time.

The functionality is pretty simple: To start the video call with one of the contacts, a button on the top right corner of the screen will let the user add another participant to call.

Once the call gets connected, an add icon appears, on the top right, above the names of the recipients. However, if the third user accepts the call their names will be separated with a comma. The feature can connect up to four people on a video call, all at the same time.

Noteworthy is the fact that this feature only works on the latest version of WhatsApp.

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