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Twitter chief executive steps down after almost five years

The chief executive of social networking site Twitter will step down after almost five years, it has been announced.

According to a press release from the firm, Dick Costolo, aged 51, will sta on Twitter's board of directors, but will be replaced by chairman Jack Dorsey in the interim while the search for a new chief executive begins.

No reason has been given for his departure, which comes into effect on July 1.

Costolo, who tweeted the news from his own account, has been a director since September 2009 and became CEO in October 2010.

In a statement, he said:

I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company.

I am deeply appreciative of the confidence the board, the management team and the employees have placed in me over the years, and I look forward to supporting Twitter however I can going forward.

– Dick Costolo


US Army website taken down after hack

The US Army was forced to take down its website after it was hacked. Credit: Reuters

Hackers have forced the US Army to take down its website after it was targeted in a cyber attack.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group has claimed responsibility for the hack.

On its Twitter page the group said it had posted several propaganda messages on the site.

After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the website temporarily.

– Army Brigadier General Malcolm Frost


Apple set to unveil music service to rival Spotify

Beats Music could rival Spotify. Credit: Reuters

Apple is set to unveil a new music streaming service to rival Spotify at a world technology showcase on Monday.

The tech firm are expected to announce they will enter the streaming arena with a revamp of the Beats Music app at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

There are rumours musicians such as Drake and Pharrell Williams have curated special playlists to be included in the service, which is rumoured to cost £9.99 a month.

Marc McLaren, technology expert and online editor at, said the event will also give consumers some early hints about what the next generations of iPhone and iPad - due in the autumn - will be like.

"Every iOS release is a big deal for Apple fans and that won't change with iOS 9.

"It's likely to include some tasty new features such as vastly improved maps and a split-screen feature for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPads, while also giving us a few clues about the new hardware we'll see in September.

"We're even more excited about Apple's new Beats Music-powered Spotify rival. Apple's already changed music once with the iPod and iTunes - this might see it do so again."

Attorney General: Blatter is not under investigation

Blatter's resignation will not affect proceedings. Credit: PA

Switzerland's office of attorney general (OAG) said on Tuesday it was not investigating outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who announced he was stepping down in a hastily convened press conference shortly before.

"Joseph S. Blatter is not under investigation by the OAG. His announced resignation will have no influence on the ongoing criminal proceedings," the attorney general said in a brief statement.

The attorney general, which has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering alongside a far wider U.S. corruption investigation into FIFA, said it would release no further information.

Silk Road 'mastermind' gets life for drugs website

The mastermind behind the world's largest illegal online drugs market has been sentenced to life imprisonment for creating the website that allowed $200 million of anonymous drug trades worldwide.

Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by US District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan after a federal jury in February found him guilty of charges including distributing drugs through the Internet and conspiring to commit computer hacking and money laundering.

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