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Bin Laden's death and the Web response (roundup)

News that U.S. special forces had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden traveled fast via Twitter and other Web outlets.

News that U.S. special forces had killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden traveled fast via Twitter and other Web outlets.

How bin Laden evaded the NSA: Sneakernet

Reports offer details about trove of digital data found in his Pakistan hideout, like that it included a stash of "electronically recorded video" porn.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 13, 2011 1:42 PM PDT

Visualizing how Twitter spread news of bin Laden's death

A detailed visual look at how a single Tweet spread like a virus across Twitter within minutes--and scooped the president.
(Posted in Digital Media by Boonsri Dickinson)
May 7, 2011 1:28 PM PDT

Bin Laden's computers will test U.S. forensics

A secretive U.S. government agency called the National Media Exploitation Center is likely in charge of analyzing the hard drives seized from bin Laden's home in Pakistan.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 6, 2011 4:00 AM PDT

Sohaib Athar on Twitter fame after bin Laden raid (Q&A)

CNET interviews Pakistan programmer Sohaib Athar, who became an instant online celebrity after his real-time dispatches recording a rough outline of the raid on Osama bin Laden.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 4, 2011 4:43 PM PDT

WikiLeaks docs: Nuclear reprisals if bin Laden killed

Documents released nine days ago report al Qaeda's third in command promised nuclear reprisals if bin Laden were killed.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 3, 2011 1:01 PM PDT

Pakistan seen from afar: Why tech still amazes me

When technology opens a link from a quiet existence in rural England to the attack on Osama bin Laden, sometimes even hardened technophiles stop taking tech for granted.
(Posted in Deep Tech by Stephen Shankland)
May 3, 2011 4:50 AM PDT

Photos: Bin Laden's compound, seen from space

DigitalGlobe and GeoEye, two companies competing to provide customers with satellite imagery, offered views of the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was killed.
• Photos: Pictures that lie
(Posted in News by Stephen Shankland)
May 2, 2011 3:55 PM PDT

Twitter's Osama correspondent spreads his wit

Sohaib Ahtar, the man who unwittingly first tweeted news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, is providing excellent and witty commentary from the scene.
(Posted in Technically Incorrect by Chris Matyszczyk)
May 3, 2011 6:22 AM PDT

Republican's tweet first with bin Laden news

First U.S. government report of Osama bin Laden's demise came from Tea Party Republican, not the White House.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 2, 2011 4:06 PM PDT
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News agencies don't race Twitter on bin Laden

Twitter was where news of Osama bin Laden's death supposedly first appeared, but the service was also filled with false reports. CNN exec says beating Twitter is far less important than filing accurate stories.
(Posted in Media Maverick by Greg Sandoval)
May 2, 2011 5:36 PM PDT

Bin Laden, Twitter, and the frenzy of noise

There were unparalleled levels of raw emotion pouring through Twitter when it was announced that terror leader Osama bin Laden had been killed. There was also noise and confusion like never before.
(Posted in The Social by Caroline McCarthy)
May 2, 2011 12:00 PM PDT

Malware exploits bin Laden death in search, Facebook

Within hours of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, malware was found on sites optimized to show up on Web searches related to the event and in scams on Facebook.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
May 2, 2011 9:48 AM PDT

How bin Laden and 9/11 attacks shaped electronic privacy

The September 11, 2001, attacks shifted discussions from protecting electronic privacy to the Patriot Act and facilitating government surveillance.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 2, 2011 7:17 AM PDT

Bin Laden death big on Twitter--but not biggest

Twitter says about 4,000 tweets per second carried news of Osama bin Laden's death Sunday night. That's a lot, but New Year's Eve in Japan sparked more.
(Posted in Deep Tech by Stephen Shankland)
May 2, 2011 3:44 AM PDT

Pakistan Twitter users capture raid on bin Laden

As U.S. special forces moved in on Osama bin Laden, Twitter users in Pakistan recorded the first clues that something big was happening.
(Posted in Privacy Inc. by Declan McCullagh)
May 1, 2011 11:54 PM PDT

Twitter delivers news of bin Laden's death first

Sure, there was lots of erroneous speculation on Twitter, but posted to the micro-blogging site was a message from a former assistant to former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld that said: "they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn."
(Posted in Media Maverick by Greg Sandoval)
May 1, 2011 9:44 PM PDT