Still using BlackBerry for personal phone, new account designed to be passed on
US President Barack Obama, still well known for using a specially locked-down BlackBerry as his personal smartphone, used a White House Executive Office-registered iPhone to post the first tweet on Twitter from his own @POTUS account. Improvements in security made to the iPhone starting with iOS 8 have apparently made the device worthy of being used by the President. Unlike other official presidential Twitter channel, Obama himself will tweet from the @POTUS account.
Requires users to register with real names, follow Chinese law
China's biggest microblogging service, the Twitter-like Weibo, has mandated a new "user's code of conduct" for its estimated 300 million members. The new rules on user interactions restrict the type of messages that can be posted compared to previous guidelines. Prohibitions include revealing national secrets, threatening China's honor, promotions of cults or superstitions, calls for illegal protests or flash mobs, rumor distribution, or personal attacks. The move comes after the Chinese government ordered Weibo and its competitors to ensure all members registered their real identities by March.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion adds iMessage, Reminders
In a surprise step, Apple on Thursday gave developers a preview version of OS X Mountain Lion, the next significant update to the core OS. The new version is directly influenced by iOS 5 and includes Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, and Twitter integration, with iCloud syncing where it's relevant. AirPlay Mirroring is also new to the Mac and shares exactly what's on screen through an Apple TV.