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How Hashtags Work on Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, and Flickr

A hashtag is the wonder of the past decade. It was born to address the need to organize and make sense of the overwhelming social media buzz. Thanks …

Tony Abbott uses Sydney siege to justify tougher security measures

The Abbott Government is set to unveil tougher security measures in the coming week, including a crackdown on who qualifies for residency, …

Australia

12 top brand content marketing strategies analysed

In 2014, MBS averaged a 60% year-on-year increase in followers across social media. With these numbers, the MBS team was on its way to having one …

About Face: How Facebook Drove Us Away

Two weeks ago we made the decision to delete our Facebook presence.<p>Unlike some companies that have left the social network in a huff, we aren't …

Social Media

We can't afford to further politicise national security

<b>The Prime Minister must carefully and methodically make the case that the tragedy of the Sydney siege justifies further legislation, because matters</b> …

3 Business Benefits of Social Media Engagement

Photo credit: Randy Barnes<p>The debate over the importance of social media engagement continues.<p>Measuring engagement is among the most controversial …

The Impact of Dark Social in Travel Marketing

In this digital era, what would you say is the estimated percentage of word of mouth taking place online? As shocking as this may sound, recent …

Sydney siege: Hostages held in Lindt cafe

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1131000/1131656_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524728504_92d5582a87c7fc4144fc47d80c528802<p><b>A gunman is holding staff and customers hostage at a cafe in Sydney, Australia.</b><p>The Lindt cafe in the city centre is surrounded by armed police. …

Five people flee from Sydney cafe amid hostage drama

Five people have fled from a cafe in the heart of Sydney where a dramatic hostage taking is unfolding Monday.<p>But an unknown number of people remain in the cafe, held by at least one armed hostage taker.<p>Hundreds of police officers have shut down a usually bustling area in Australia's most populous …

Sky News - First For Breaking News From The UK And Around The World

Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>The Labour leader's spokesman says he attended the event in a personal capacity …

With two hostages and gunman dead, grim investigation starts in Sydney

The deadly siege of a central Sydney cafe has ended but the investigation is just beginning.<p>Australian authorities stormed the cafe where a self-styled Muslim cleric had been holding hostages early Tuesday, killing the gunman. They moved in some 16 hours after the siege began, after hearing gunfire …

Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims "I'll ride with you"

<b>As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash.</b><p>The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she'd seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently …

Sydney siege: Two hostages and gunman dead in crisis at Lindt cafe which ended in dramatic hail of gunfire

The self-styled Islamic preacher who held at least 17 people hostage in a Lindt Cafe on Sydney's Martin Place today is dead, as well as two of his …

Extremism

Police storm Lindt cafe, Sydney hostage crisis over (FULL VIDEO)

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Who was Sydney gunman Man Haron Monis?

Man Haron Monis, also known as Sheikh Haron and formerly Manteghi Boroujerdi, was named by Australian authorities as the lone-gunman who held several …

Crime

Victims of Sydney siege hailed as heroes after they die protecting hostages

Katrina Dawson, barrister and mother of three, was killed alongside Tori Johnson, Lindt manager who tried to wrestle gun from shooter's hands<p>A mother of three and a man who died trying to save other hostages from an Islamist gunman have been named as the two victims of the Sydney siege.<p>Katrina …

Sydney cafe siege: Australia becomes latest country to have its sense of invulnerability shattered

For the past 10 years or so, Australian governments - and the public - have kidded themselves that they could have it both ways. They could join …

Middle East

Sydney hostage-taker called himself a cleric -- and had a criminal record

The gunman who held hostages for more than 16 hours in a Sydney cafe was no stranger to police -- and was on bail for violent criminal offenses at the time of the siege.<p>Man Haron Monis, an Iranian-born refugee who was granted political asylum in Australia in 2001, had "a long history of violent …

Abbott: Why was Sydney siege gunman not on terror list?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1131000/1131881_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524728505_afde8039ef81340bdfb6836aedf1b254<p><b>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has questioned why the gunman in the Sydney cafe siege was not on the country's terror watch list.</b><p>He said the …

Newspaper headlines: Sydney siege, Labour on immigration and Farage on TV

<b>Front-page photographs capture the panic among those taken hostage during Monday's 17-hour siege in Sydney.</b><p>And a flavour of the tension inside the Lindt Cafe is recorded in the Facebook posts by one of them, Marcia Mikhael, reported by the Daily Telegraph. While being held at gunpoint, she wrote: …

Sydney siege: Heroism of dead hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson revealed as Australia wakes to pay tribute

As Australia began to digest the events of Monday's deadly attack on a Sydney cafe, the two hostages who died have been hailed as heroes for the …

Extremism

Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege: 'We’re not getting out of here'

The gunman knew his message was not getting out, and he grew suddenly more angry.<p>For hours he had roiled across the tiny cafe, erratic and unpredictable. Armed with a short-barrelled shotgun, he held his terrified captives beholden to his will.<p>Now, he saw that his dictated phone calls to media …

Sydney siege: TV hostage interviews won't affect inquest

Australia

Sydney siege: What we do and don't know about hostage situation in Martin Place

Rumours are swirling around Sydney and across social media about the siege at a central Sydney cafe which was brought to an end when armed officers …

Sydney police believe siege hostages unharmed - video

The New South Wales police commissioner says a group of hostages currently held by at least one gunman in Sydney are believed to be unharmed at this stage. Andrew Scipione says police are continuing negotiations with the hostage-taker although details of the communication are unclear. He asks those …

Muslim community 'shocked' by Sydney cafe siege, say 'misguided' individuals misrepresenting faith

Sydney's Muslim community have said they are horrified by the Lindt cafe siege and are deeply concerned about individuals using spiritual realities …

Martin Place siege response tests our humanity

Nonetheless, a temptation lingers in the community to catastrophise about such criminal behaviour; to believe that because we have endured one siege …

Sydney siege is over, say police, as hostages flee the scene – as it happened

This liveblog is winding up now – you can follow continuing live coverage on our new liveblog here.<p>Here is what we know so far, after the Sydney siege ended with a group of hostages escaping and police storming the Lindt cafe in Martin Place:<p>Police confirmed at 2.44am DST that the siege was over. …