Tag: Twitter

Twitter challenges US order for anti-Trump user records

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter defied a U.S. government request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump, and is challenging that order in court. The company filed its lawsuit Thursday in a San Francisco federal court against the federal Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection office, charging that their efforts to “unmask” the people behind the account violate the First Amendment. Twitter said its users have a constitutional right to disseminate such “anonymous and pseudonymous political speech.” It declined to comment beyond the lawsuit. DHS...

Read More

Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind Snapchat closed on a high note in its Wall Street debut, proof, at least for a day, that there’s investor demand for young but still unproven tech companies. Shares of Snap Inc. jumped $7.58, or 44 percent, to close at $24.48 on Thursday. The company had priced its initial public offering of 200 million shares at $17 each on Wednesday. That was above the expected range of $14 to $16. Snap’s IPO was one of the most anticipated for a technology company since Twitter’s in 2013. That, in turn, had created the...

Read More

Snapchat parent passes big test: IPO above expectation

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY AND MICHAEL LIEDTKE – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITERS NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat parent Snap Inc. started its official bid to go public last Halloween. Now investors get to learn whether they’re in for a trick or a treat. Snap passed its first major test on Wall Street on Wednesday, when the company priced its initial public offering of 200 million non-voting shares at $17 each. That’s above the expected range of $14 to $16. Snap is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday under the symbol "SNAP." Snap’s IPO is one...

Read More

Do football fans prefer Chicken wings or pizza? Adobe discusses Super Bowl insights

NEW YORK (AP) — Adobe mined its data on mobile ads, social sentiment and consumer purchasing to see what trends are bubbling up ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl pitting the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots. Among the findings: exciting matchups engage fans more, and chicken wings are favored over pizza. Becky Tasker, managing analyst for Adobe, discussed the findings with The Associated Press recently. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length. — Q: Your data found that people watch fewer mobile ads in their entirety during bigger games like the Super Bowl, and even...

Read More

Lady Gaga follows up Super Bowl show with tour announcement

HOUSTON (AP) — Fresh off a high-wire, crowd-pleasing halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced plans for a world tour kicking off this summer. Gaga posted news of the tour on Twitter late Sunday night. The 48-date tour includes stops in North America, Europe and Brazil. Several of her U.S. dates include performances at baseball stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park. The tour begins on Aug. 1 in Vancouver and wraps up on Dec. 14 in Salt Lake...

Read More