Twitter updates tools to combat abuse

CEO Dick Costolo has pledged to reduce the amount of abuse on Twitter. Now the company is rolling out new tools aimed at combating it. “Overall, we now review five times as many user reports as we did previously, and we have tripled the size of the support team focused on handling abuse reports,” Tina Bhatnagar, vice president of user services, wrote in a blog post.3021413_twitter-building-2013-fullwidth

Twitter is hoping changes announced Wednesday will help keep people who harass others off Twitter. In December, Twitter made it easier to report abuse and harassment. It also began allowing people who witness abuse, not just the victims of the abuse, to report it. Twitter said it’s expanding that ability to reporting impersonation, self harm and inappropriate posting of personal information.

Twitter has faced growing pressure to better shield users from abuse, especially as its user growth has stagnated. Earlier this month Costolo said he was “ashamed” at how the company has handled issues with abuse reported by users and took “full responsibility” for not tackling the problem more aggressively. According to an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Costolo responded to a story about Lindy West, a writer frequently targeted with abuse on Twitter. “We suck at dealing with abuse,” Costolo said in the memo.

Ericsson Sues to Block Apple IPhone in U.S. Amid Patent Spat

The licensing battle between Apple Inc. and Ericsson AB is escalating. Ericsson, a pioneer in mobile phones that transformed itself into the world’s largest maker of wireless networks, said Friday it’s filing seven new lawsuits in a U.S. court and is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Apple products from the U.S.

Together, the complaints accuse Apple of infringing as many as 41 patents for some of the fundamental ways mobile devices communicate and for related technology such as user interfaces, battery saving and the operating system. “We have offered them a license; they have a turned it down,” said Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief intellectual property officer. “We’re not a company that’s planning to extract more than the value we put on the table.”

Apple had been paying royalties to Stockholm-based Ericsson before a license expired in mid-January. When talks over renewal failed, the companies sued each other, seeking court rulings on whether Ericsson’s royalty demands on fundamental technology were fair and reasonable.

“We’ve always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights to standards essential patents covering technology in our products,” Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to agree with Ericsson on a fair rate for their patents so, as a last resort, we are asking the courts for help.”

Thousands march to mourn slain Boris Nemtsov

Thousands of people marched in Moscow on Sunday to mourn slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed late Friday. He was due to speak at a major anti-government rally in Marino, on the outskirts of the city, on Sunday. His supporters are honoring him by marching to the spot where he was killed. Thousands were also marching in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city.635607905558739447-AFP-538428600

Organizer Leonid Volkov said: “The march in the Marino district which we had planned — a positive march with flags and balloons — does not fit this tragic moment and the magnitude of Nemtsov’s persona, as well as the magnitude of the red line we have now crossed and which we have not yet recognized,” the Guardian reported. On Saturday, thousands of people lit candles and laid flowers on the bridge where Nemtsov was shot.

Putin has condemned the killing and took personal control of the investigation, according to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. He said it may have been intended as a provocation ahead of the march. Nemtsov, 55, who served as first deputy prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin, was shot four times in the back from a passing car in the shadow of the Kremlin as he walked with a female friend across a bridge in central Moscow about 11:40 p.m., the Interior Ministry said. At least seven shots were fired by several assailants. His companion was not hurt.

The hunt for his killer continues. His lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, said Nemtsov had told police about threats he had received on social networks, but authorities did nothing to protect him. A police source said it appeared to be a “contract killing.” Quoting an unidentified source, Interfax said authorities were looking at various theories for the murder “ranging from political activity to personal enmity.” The source also suggested that the killing could be an “act of provocation” in the run-up to the opposition rally.

Early Weekend Estimates: ‘Focus’ Eyes $18.5M Opening Frame; ‘Kingsman’ Remains Strong W/ $10.8M; ‘The Lazarus Effect’ Scares Up $9.2M

Warner Bros. reports that Focus earned an estimated $6.47 million for its opening day, easily taking first place on Friday. The Will Smith-Margot Robbie con artist flick debuted just under Limitless’ $6.6 million first day back in 2011. Unfortunately, early word of mouth appears very mixed as the film received a “B” CinemaScore and sits at a 66 percent user rating on Rotten Tomatoes this morning (where critics disapprove even more at 56 percent). Still, the film’s adult-skewing appeal could balance out some of the early complaints about the film throughout the weekend. BoxOffice is projecting an opening frame of $18.5 million.feb27

Relativity’s The Lazarus Effect debuted to $3.8 million on Friday as it claimed second place for the day, nearly 24 percent lower than last year’s Oculus. The horror pic’s early buzz isn’t heading in the right direction, though: only 33 percent of Rotten Tomatoes users approve of the film so far, while critics have given it an even lower 14 percent. Given the natural tendency for horror pics to drop off quickly, expect the same here. BoxOffice projects a $9.2 million opening weekend.

Fifty Shades of Grey slid into third place yesterday with $3.5 million, down another 56.5 percent from last Friday. The erotic drama has taken in $140.3 million domestically through 15 days of release, putting it 8 percent ahead of the original Twilight. BoxOffice projects a $9.9 million third weekend.

Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to display strong holding power as it eased 41 percent from last Friday to $3.12 million in fourth place. The graphic novel adaptation has earned an impressive $77.1 million domestically to date, putting it 1 percent ahead of Daredevil and 31 percent ahead of Jumper through their same release points. Kingsman will also surpass the latter film’s final domestic gross of $80.2 million over the weekend. Look for a weekend total around $10.8 million.

Filling out the top five yesterday was The DUFF, down just 50 percent from opening day last week to $2.14 million. The sleeper hit’s 8-day total stands at just over $15 million, putting it 15 percent ahead of the pace of That Awkward Moment. BoxOffice projects a $6.5 million weekend.

Three well-received holdovers fought for space just outside the top five yesterday. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water dropped 47.5 percent to $2.11 million, giving it a strong $131.2 total thus far and setting it on course for an $8.9 million frame.

Revealing Secrets of ASPZ: Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Empire

Energy conservation and environmental protection is regarded as one of the seven strategic emerging industries in China. This industry has rapidly become a big burgeoning capital market which is strongly supported by national policy and increasingly invested by national market.

Lots of Enterprises has noticed the rapid development of energy conservation and environmental protection industry in China. What is of particular concern is the merger between ASPZ and Rong Guang Technologies Engineering CO. Ltd.. ASPZ has a large number of investors and establishes strong partnerships with big state-owned/global enterprises.

The publication of “National ’12th Five-Year Plan’ for Environmental Protection” in China has boosted the development of Chinese energy conservation and environmental protection market. Chinese government will invest hundreds of billions of RMB in energy conservation and environmental protection industry, meanwhile, every province and city in China will positive response to the environmental protection plan to establish a sustainable social economy system. Business of environmental protection worth more than trillions of RMB is around the corner, Rong Guang Technologies Engineering CO. Ltd seized this opportunity and signed contracts which worth hundreds of billions of RMB with a dozen of provincial cities for urban waste management and wastewater treatment. Rong Guang Technologies Engineering CO. Ltd also established the biggest industrial park for resources recycling with annual value and profit of hundreds of billions of RMB. Thanks to the sharp business sense of Mr. Fan Haoran, Rong Guang Technologies Engineering CO. Ltd is now being led to a brighter future.

Under the leadership of Mr. Fan Haoran, ASPZ will integrate the environmental protection industry by increasingly investing or incorporating domestic energy conservation and environmental protection enterprises. With the help of sufficient investment and powerful marketing ability, ASPZ aims to build an empire of energy conservation and environmental protection. It also focuses on developing international business which can be equal to the environmental protection enterprises in Europe and America.

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