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iePlexus Social Media News Brief: April 28, 2010

iePlexus has the latest headlines in the social media world in today’s Social Media News Brief…

Blippy’s Security Breach

Last week more than 125 Blippy users’ credit card numbers were exposed in Google search results. Blippy addressed security concerns with the following statement on its website:

“Blippy is very concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.”

Blippy immediately attempted to fix the issue, but Mashable.com reported that at least one other user had their information posted on a Google search. Online security experts have suggested that Blippy users revoke access from the site to their bank account and credit card information. 

Hugo Chavez Joins Twitter

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joined Twitter late Tuesday night. The news was a bit shocking to most since, just a few months ago, Chavez openly announced he was against the use of social media and called it “a tool of terrorism.”  In March, he told Sky News that he will use Twitter as a way to share information and respond to his enemies. Today, fellow tweeters can find Chavez under the name @Chavezcandanga; so far, he has obtained more than 63,000 followers within the first 12 hours of creating an account.

Floppy Disk Sales Come to an End

Sony announced this week that they no longer produce floppy disks in the United States begining in March 2011. It seems the use of this old-school technology has come to an end as they were the only remaining manufacturer of the disks in the U.S.  

The first floppy disk was created in 1969 and had an 8-inch diameter. Over the years, the disk shrunk to the 3-and-a-half-inch diameter we are use to today. In March, Europe stopped selling floppy disks; however, they are the most popular way of transferring data in India and Japan.

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