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  • Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Over the last year, Twitter has been suspending accounts for promoting terrorism. The social network had already made it public that 125,000 accounts were suspended between mid-2015 and early 2016. Today we learned that Twitter has added an additional 235,000 suspensions, bringing their two-year total to 360,000 accounts. By Twitter’s own admission, quickly identifying accounts… Read More

  • An interview with the anonymous founder of PostGhost

    An interview with the anonymous founder of PostGhost

    PostGhost was a service that stored and displayed the deleted Tweets of celebrities and politicians. Created as a way to keep public discourse honest, Twitter shut it down with a cease and desist warning citing a failure to comply with API rules. The resulting brouhaha led me to track down the anonymous founder and ask him or her a few questions about what happened. TC: Who are you? How… Read More

  • Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist

    PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important. The site got popular for finding and storing the deleted Tweets of politicians and even Lindsay Lohan who plead with the English PM to #remain. “We created the website postghost.com to provide the public with a more accurate history of public statements made by the most influential public figures… Read More

  • StockTwits raises funding, gets new CEO

    StockTwits raises funding, gets new CEO

    It’s like Twitter, but for the stock market. The inventor of the “cash tag,” StockTwits, is announcing some big changes. Armed with an additional $2 million in funding led by Social Leverage, Ian Rosen, co-founder of Even Financial and former general manager at MarketWatch, will be taking the helm as CEO. StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon will be moving into the executive… Read More

  • HeyMarket, mobile CRM for text messaging, stops you from drunk texting your customers

    HeyMarket, mobile CRM for text messaging, stops you from drunk texting your customers

    Like most stories worth telling, this one begins with bad time management. The day I was set to fly out to San Francisco, I was on the road with a friend driving to Chapel Hill from Chicago. By the time I got back, I had just under an hour to pack for my new home. I got to the airport 20 minutes before my flight and clutched a miracle. Unfortunately, my checked bag was not as lucky. Read More

  • Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football

    Twitter signs deal with NFL to live stream Thursday Night Football

    In a flurry of news this morning, it would appear that Twitter has won a deal with the NFL that gives the social network the right to stream Thursday Night Football live on the platform. Beyond the live stream of the game, the partnership will also include pre-game Periscope broadcasts from players and teams, as well as in-game highlights from TNF. Bloomberg first reported the news this… Read More

  • After Jibe Mobile Buy, Google To Provide Carriers With Android RCS Client

    After Jibe Mobile Buy, Google To Provide Carriers With Android RCS Client

    Here at Mobile World Congress 2016, the annual Barcelona-based flesh-pressing of the telco industry, Google and a bunch of carriers have put out a press release talking up how they are apparently ‘aligning’ to try to drive adoption of RCS. Read More

  • MIT Spinout Insurify Raises $2 Million To Replace Human Insurance Agents With A Robot

    MIT Spinout Insurify Raises $2 Million To Replace Human Insurance Agents With A Robot

    Insurify, a startup out of MIT, today announced the launch of Evia (Expert Virtual Insurance Agent), an artificially intelligent virtual insurance agent that aims to find you better car insurance using a photo of your license plate. The company recently pulled in $2 million in seed from Rationalwave Capital Partners to create EVIA and launch its robo-agent platform. “We barely have time… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Confirms Departures Of Several Twitter Execs

    Jack Dorsey Confirms Departures Of Several Twitter Execs

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has confirmed the departures of Twitter execs, who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams. Was really hoping to talk to Twitter employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now: pic.twitter.com/PcpRyTzOlW — Jack (@jack) January 25, 2016 In a statement, posted to Twitter on Sunday, Dorsey wrote: “I’m sad… Read More

  • Twitter Is Monkeying Around With The Order Of Tweets In Your Timeline

    Twitter Is Monkeying Around With The Order Of Tweets In Your Timeline

    I’ve been told by insiders at Twitter that “nothing is sacred” when it comes to making Twitter “easier to use” and ready to onboard the next few hundred million users that Twitter needs to be a powerhouse in media. The latest tweaks and horsing around have to do with the order of tweets you see in your timeline. The hallmark of Twitter has been the reverse… Read More

  • WTF
    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    IBM Asks Women In Tech To Hack Hair Dryers, Women Tweet Back To Tell IBM It’s Not The 1950s

    Looks like IBM needs to reengineer what it thinks about women. A tweet went out on IBM’s official Twitter feed asking women in tech to, I kid you not, “Join the #HackAHairDryer experiment.” Not hack computer software, math problems or something of social impact – a beauty product. According to IBM’s Twitter account, that’s “what matters in… Read More

  • Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Not Into The Hearts? Twitter Appears To Be Testing Multi-Emoji Reactions

    Yes, the fav turned into a like. The star turned into a heart. Some tweeters were not very happy about this change even though Twitter said engagement was just fine — increased among new users, in fact. Today, we’ve learned that Twitter, which tests many things all of the time, is letting folks play with the ability to share reactions in multiple ways by way of emojis. Forget… Read More

  • Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter tweeted out a new toy for you to play with for video called “ScratchReel.” Basically, it lets you scrub a short GIF back and forth for cool effects. Check it out here (to see the actual effect you have to visit the native tweet): Spotted a ScratchReel yet? Scrub back & forth to help the @WSL surfer escape the tube! ⏪👆⏩ Only on Twitter, dude. Read More

  • Twitter Sees 6% Increase In “Like” Activity After First Week Of Hearts

    Twitter Sees 6% Increase In “Like” Activity After First Week Of Hearts

    Speaking at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco today, Twitter’s SVP of Product, Kevin Weil, shared with the crowd that the new hearts aren’t stopping activity. In fact, the activity is increased: "With the change from favorites to likes we've seen a 6% increase in like activity in just the first week." –@kevinweil — Robi Ganguly (@rganguly) November… Read More

  • Twitter Launches A Political Transparency Page

    Twitter Launches A Political Transparency Page

    Twitter rolled out a new page aimed at disclosing where the company stands on critical policy issues to users and Twitter’s political endeavors – including donations and Twitter’s PAC involvement. Read More

  • Twitter Holds Post-Earnings Q&A On Periscope With CFO Anthony Noto

    Twitter Holds Post-Earnings Q&A On Periscope With CFO Anthony Noto

    Twitter is currently holding a post-earnings Q&A on Periscope. The guest? CFO Anthony Noto. The company took a bit of a nosedive after its Q3 earnings at the end of last month, so folks have questions. While it’s normal for companies to have follow-up discussions with analysts, this format is new for Twitter. Add that it’s being streamed on Periscope and there you have it —… Read More

  • Twitter And Vine Choose Hearts Over Stars And Smileys

    Twitter And Vine Choose Hearts Over Stars And Smileys

    Twitter’s making changes and nothing is sacred. Today’s change, while not as dramatic as making tweets editable or more than 140 characters, is definitely something that you’ll notice. The stars are out. So is the word they represent…”favorite.” In? Hearts. And the word “like.” Vine’s getting hearts, too, so the smiley faces are out. Read More

  • Twitter’s Call For Feedback, #HelloWorld, Garners 5,746 Tweets In First Three Days

    Twitter’s Call For Feedback, #HelloWorld, Garners 5,746 Tweets In First Three Days

    During his keynote at Twitter’s developer conference, Flight, CEO Jack Dorsey promised developers that there would be more listening and more transparency from the company. Dorsey asked anyone and everyone (especially the 1,500 developers from over 39 countries in attendance) to submit feedback to the company about its product and how it can do better using the hashtag #HelloWorld. Read More

  • Jessica Verrilli Returns To Twitter After Short Stint At Google Ventures

    Jessica Verrilli Returns To Twitter After Short Stint At Google Ventures

    A familiar face is returning to Twitter. Jessica Verrilli is rejoining the company after a 5ish month partner stint at Google Ventures. Sudden change of heart, perhaps? Her GV bio is still up on the site. Verrilli was key in many facets of the company, especially M&A. Her involvement in bringing the likes of Vine, Periscope and the India-based ZipDial into the nest is much-discussed in… Read More

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