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AP hack causes panic – 3D printed jet parts – Robin Van Persie Twitter confusion

AP Twitter account hacked

The compromising of the AP (Associated Press) Twitter account had a significant impact on not only social media, but the stock exchange.

The tweet in question reported an explosion at the White House, with injuries to President Obama. This message was quickly retweeted several thousand times, causing the Dow Jones to fall by an incredible 143 points. Several employees of AP quickly announced that the message was a hoax and that the Twitter account had been the victim of hackers, causing the market to recover and move back to the position it had held before the simulated drama had taken place.

While the markets were only briefly inconvenienced by the issue, it is a further demonstration of how closely intertwined modern day life is with social media websites such as Twitter or Facebook. Sal Arnuk, head of Themis Trading said that he had initially had the same feeling as when he learned of the 9/11 attacks, before commenting: "When I realized it was a fake tweet, I was outraged and ashamed that the market was able to be manipulated so easily".

Syrian hackers have claimed responsibility for the situation, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.

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3D printing for jet parts

The largest supplier of jet engines worldwide have announced a radical new strategy, with the introduction of 3D printing for jet parts.General Electricare preparing to use this method of production for a fuel nozzle on a jet engine, moving on from the traditional casting and welding process that is currently used.

If this 3D printing process is a success, the way that jet engines are designed and aerospace engineering in general could be revolutionised. The market leaders adopting such a strategy would surely see their competitors follow suit, leading to a new era of 3D printed jet design. Around 8,5000 of these nozzles are produced every year by the company, showing that they clearly have a strong faith in the potential of 3D printing.

This is far from the first instance of 3D printing changing the way vehicles are produced, with the recent announcement of the first ever 3D printed car, almost completely constructed with parts that were designed in this way.

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@RVP Twitter confusion

With the trouble caused by the hacking of the AP Twitter account, there was also room for a lighter story regarding the social media service this week.

Manchester United winning the Premier League with a hat-trick from Dutch striker Robin Van Persie saw the @RVP Twitter account flooded with congratulatory messages. The problem? This account actually belongs to Ravi Visvesvara Prasad, an Indian IT consultant, who has certainly never taken the field at Old Trafford or anywhere else, for that matter.

Such was the influx of messages that Ravi took to Twitter to comment: "RVP is the account of Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad, a telecom & infotech consultant in India. RVP is NOT the account of Robin van Persie". Somewhat predictably, this only lead to more messages of congratulation being sent his way, with the IT consultant taking the messages in good humour, suggesting that Van Persie should come and work for his company, with Sir Alex Ferguson offering a contract to Mr Prasad instead.

Despite these comments, so far there has been no approach regarding a transfer bid for Mr Prasad, nor a change of career for top scorer Van Persie.

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