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1. The world's most popular tweet was sent from an Android device
At this year's Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres et al broke the record for most retweets, smashing U.S. President Barack Obama's "Four More Years" tweet when he scored a second term in the Oval Office.
But as Danny Sullivan pointed out, the selfie photo was a marketing ploy by Samsung, which lent the chat-show host an Android device for the night. But it turns out she was using an iPhone backstage, and other scheduled tweeting tools to keep the social momentum going.
Image: Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter
2. Meetup.com thrown offline because it wouldn't pay a $300 ransom
Popular organizing website Meetup.com was downed numerous times over three days this week — the longest such downtime in its 12-year history.
It transpired that the site was being held for ransom amid heavy denial-of-service attacks for a mere $300. But the site's chief executive wouldn't bow down to criminals and refused to pay. The site recovered after the company sought help from networking specialist CloudFlare.
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