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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

Twitter was awash with complaints late yesterday as celeb stalkers noticed they could no longer access a number of famous tweets - including that Oscar selfie. The micro-blogging site said it was working on a fix about 12 hours ago and it has yet to provide an update, but the missing tweets appear to be slowly returning to …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2014

Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS

You would be forgiven for thinking that Twitter users don't know when to shut up, but in fact the opposite is actually true. New data has revealed that some 44 per cent of the world's 974 million Twitter accounts have never even sent a tweet. The figures come from Twopcharts, which tracks activity on the microblogging service, …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Apr 2014
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Twitter plugs protected accounts bug to flush out stalkers

Twitter has killed a bug that had allowed some stalkers on the micro-blogging site to view protected tweets via SMS or push notifications. It has taken the company four months to fix the flaw, which affected the selectively shared accounts of 93,788 users on the service. Twitter said that the security blunder only happened " …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2014

SYSTEM ERROR DOWN: Twitter twits silenced by hack attack 'false alarm'

Parts of Twitter fell silent yesterday after the social network accidentally reset its users' passwords. Despite a flap about whether accounts had been compromised, twits were told that Twitter had mistakenly sent out password reset emails. "Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service …
Jasper Hamill, 04 Mar 2014

Twitter rejigs layout, opens wide to swallow SLURRY OF ADS

It's been five months since the Twitter blabbergasm rolled into town. And, now that it's a grown up company trading on Wall Street, the micro-blogging site needs to crawl its way into the black. To do that, Twitter has suddenly gone a sombre grey with a layout tweak that surely signals to tweeting fans that the site is about to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2014
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Twitter scoops up Brit telly analytics outfit SecondSync

Twitter has bought British company SecondSync as it continues to ramp up its efforts to elbow its way into the lucrative television market by keeping conversations about the box buzzing on the micro-blogging site. The three-year-old firm specialises in social analytics products. Terms of the acquisition were kept secret. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2014

Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter

Bird-backed babble network Twitter has filed for an IPO. The blue avian-branded company announced on Thursday that it had submitted an S-1 form to the US Securities and Exchange Commission in, of course, a tweet. "This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale," the social network cautioned. At the time of …
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013
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Twitter sneaks in Facebook-ish photo-tagging – how to switch it off

Without much fuss, Twitter has taken another step to be more like Facebook – and added a photo-tagging feature. And in the best traditions of social networks, the privacy-diminisher is switched on by default. The tagging feature means anyone can identify someone in a photograph they post, unless you realise it's happening, log …

Did you know Twitter has a 'consumer product division'? Ex-Google Maps boss now runs it

Profit-impaired Twitter has poached Google's Maps director Daniel Graf to head up the micro-blogging site's consumer product division. Graf – who is rarely seen Google+ing, facebooking or indeed tweeting – confirmed via his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was moving on. "Followed Maps to find that the flock was just around …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2014
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Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip

Twitter has bought its long-time collaborator Gnip, a analytics firm that should help the social media firm turn its red balance sheets black. Gnip specializes in taking social media feeds and studying them to extract financially useful information. It's one of four companies with access to Twitter's firehose of feeds, and also …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014
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Right, Turkey – elections are over. You can use Twitter again

The Turkish government has finally lifted its ban on Twitter after a largely unsuccessful attempt at state-sponsored censorship in the run-up to key local elections held last Sunday. Prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s administration blocked the popular microblogging platform a fortnight ago after complaining of a smear campaign …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2014
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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan appears to have ordered Twitter be blocked in the nation after the service was used to post information alleging government corruption. Turkish users trying to load Twitter.com were taken to a page with a statement from the local telecoms regulator TIB, according to Reuters. The statement …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Mar 2014
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Twittapocalypse! Twitter implodes, locked out tweeps around the world

Twitter has suffered a site-wide outage that stopped users from logging into their accounts and blocked access to all public profiles. Beginning about 1100 PDT here at Vulture Annex in San Francisco, Reg hacks began noticing that they were logged out of their accounts and the service was not accepting their passwords. No error …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2014
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Turkey's farcical Twitter ban leads to SPIKE in tweets

The volume of messages sent Turkish Twitter users may have grown by over 130 per cent as users turn to a range of workarounds to circumvent a government banimposed late last week The ban initially appeared to come in the form of a DNS redirect from the country’s ISPs. This took users to a statement explaining that Twitter is …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Mar 2014
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Twitter shares tank as blabbergasm implodes in full glare of unforgiving investors

Twitter shares fell sharply on Wall Street today, wiping out about a quarter of the value of the micro-blogging site within minutes of trading opening in New York. The precipitous fall came after the company reported disappointing results in its first quarterly finance call since taking Twitter public last year. It's been a …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2014

Twitter offers boffins a free sip of its data firehose

Natter emitter Twitter will give boffins access to a free squirt of its data firehose, paving the way for more studies that make use of the swelling amounts of donated information on the network. The company announced its "Data Grants" program in a blog post on Wednesday after filing bleak financial results that showed swelling …
Jack Clark, 06 Feb 2014

Twitter WLTM UK-based pro lobbyist with GSOH - is ready for ads

As Twitter prepares to become an ad-stuffed free content network, the company is hiring a lobbyist for its UK office to "manage" public policy in Europe. It's the first such Blighty-based role advertised by the micro-blogging site and comes just months after Twitter floated on Wall Street. Responsibilities for the post include …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014
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Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

Twitter is about to add to the world's store of instant messaging apps. All Things D reports the avian-themed social network has considered a standalone messaging tool that would allow people to exchange 140-character missives that don't appear on their Twitter timelines. If the plan comes to fruition, it will make Twitter a …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
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Rule of law: Turkish court nixes government Twitter ban ... for now

A court in Turkey's capital has ordered the lifting of the government ban on Twitter in the restless nation. The administrative court in Ankara overturned the week-long ban on Wednesday in response to complaints by journalists’ unions and the country's Bar Association, representing its lawyers, that blocking Twitter contravened …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2014

Murdoch EYEBALLS Twitter with $25m buyout of news aggregator Storyful

A Dublin, Ireland-based company that carefully strips out news stories from other content on sites such as Twitter has been bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp for $25m. Storyful, whose founder and chief Mark Little rather grandly bills the outfit as "the first news agency of the social media age", will operate as a standalone …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

Twitter sags beneath weight of Oscar selfie

HOLLYWOOD AND CYBERSPACE: The entertainment industry has once again celebrated the world of entertainment, with the annual Academy Awards going even more viral than usual thanks to a selfie of several prominent entertainers that set new records for social sharing. The selfie in question was taken by entertainer Bradley Cooper ( …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014

Twitter avoids IP face-off with Big Blue, will buy 900 IBM patents

Six-year-old Twitter has agreed to buy 900 patents from IP superstore IBM after Big Blue threatened to sue the microblogging firm last year. IBM wrote to Twitter just before the company was due to go public last year, telling the firm that it was infringing on at least three of Big Blue's patents and inviting the company to sort …
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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

Twitter spent about $36m buying nearly 1,000 patents from IBM to avoid a perilous legal fight, official paperwork has revealed. The micro-blogging site's annual 10-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes a note about the patent acquisition, which was part of a $38.5m expense the company logged as " …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2014
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Twitter shares plummet as first-ever earnings show weak growth

Twitter has reported its quarterly earnings for the first time since its initial public offering in November, but the results hardly came as birdsong to investors' ears. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo described the period ending on December 31 – Twitter's fourth fiscal quarter – as "our strongest financial quarter to date," and …
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2014

Twitter hires Google ad exec: Microblogging? We've heard of it

Twitter has poached a Google ad exec to be its head of retail, as it expands its business in preparation for its IPO. JJ Hirschle used to direct media and entertainment advertising for the Chocolate Factory, but will now sell ads to retail companies for Twitter, Bloomberg reported. As is typical of a company about to go public …

Twitter declares war on Storify, whips out custom curated timelines

Twitter is introducing custom timelines - its first significant new service since the micro-blogging site floated on Wall Street last week. It means that anyone can set up their own timeline containing tweets from a choice of sources they may want to publicly share about a particular event. Twitter said: Share the best Tweets …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2013
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Twitter co-founder wraps tentacles around Q&A market, squirts out Jelly

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone launched a search app dubbed Jelly on Tuesday that he hopes will conquer the already packed-like-sardines online Q&A market. The concept behind the app appears to rely on Facebook and Twitter hive minds. Stone stopped short of calling it that, however, preferring instead to say that "Jelly is …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
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Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

The most-anticipated IPO since pets.com Facebook has come under a cloud, with a lawsuit launched accusing Twitter of cancelling a “fraudulently” organised private sale of shares. In their Manhattan-filed complaint, Precedo Capital Group and Continental Advisors are claiming that Twitter wanted them to organise a private sale of …

Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

Twitter has quickly backtracked on a tweak it made to the microblogging site's block function after users complained that the change would make the service "less safe". On Thursday, the publicly-listed, profit-shy outfit modified its "block" feature to allow a blocked Twitter user troll to view or tweet individuals who had …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013
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Top Twitter lawyer quits micro-blogging site ahead of IPO

Twitter's general counsel Alex MacGillivray has quit his job as top lawyer at the micro-blogging site. He will continue to advise the company, which is widely expected to float on Wall Street next year. Vijaya Gadde, who most recently managed Twitter's corporate and international legal business and previously worked at Juniper …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Sep 2013

Microsoft Twitter accounts, blog hijacked by SEA

Microsoft had two Twitter accounts and an official blog compromised over the weekend in another embarrassing security incident for the Redmond giant. Attackers claiming to belong to pro-Assad group the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) managed to crack the @MSFTnews and @XboxSupport accounts on Saturday and post various messages hash …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jan 2014
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Twitter sets up BEELLION-DOLLAR credit line ahead of IPO

Twitter has set up a billion-dollar loan ahead of its initial public offering from a group of big banks. The microblogging site has set up a revolving credit facility from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank, as well as others, sources whispered to Reuters. All five banks are …
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Twitter may sue US government over right to disclose snooping orders

Twitter says that the current compromise allowing tech companies to disclose some of the data requests orders made in secret by the US intelligence services isn't good enough, and it may sue to get the right to be more transparent. "We think the government’s restriction on our speech not only unfairly impacts our users' privacy …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2014

IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

If you thought refraining from geotagging your Tweets or photos was enough to keep your secrets from the world at large, think again: IBM researchers say a Twitter user's primary location can be inferred from their behaviour, with accuracy as high as 68 per cent. In this paper at Arxiv, Jalal Mahmud, Jeffrey Nichols and Clemens …
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Apple gets into Twitter data-mining biz with mystery Topsy buy

In an unanticipated move, Apple has acquired Twitter analytics firm Topsy – though what it plans to do with its latest purchase is anyone's guess. The Wall Street Journal reports that Cupertino recently snapped up the six-year-old venture-backed startup for more than $200m. Topsy specializes in analyzing data from the Twitter " …
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2013
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Wikileaks FAILS to start Twitter bitchfight with Guardian hack

Wikileaks is engaged in a Twitter spat with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, accusing him of profiting from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks to the paper. Greenwald is planning a book on Snowden, the former NSA worker who leaked documents from the agency to newspaper and other outlets. There is also talk of a movie …
Team Register, 14 Oct 2013
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Sorry Dick: 3 reasons why Twitter will NEVER be unblocked in China

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is in China this week visiting the country but rumours of the microblogging platform’s resurrection there have been greatly exaggerated. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked in the Middle Kingdom since 2009, when the government claimed they had been used by protesters to organise ahead of deadly anti- …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Mar 2014
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Name-squatter fails to flog @roma Twitter handle to City of Rome

Rome's authorities are totally uninterested in owning the Twitter account @Roma as their city's official voice in cyberspace, despite the council currently making do with the clunky @romacapitaleTW account instead. The current owner of the name, enterprising Spaniard Javier Castaño, is stuck with it for the time being, after his …

Twitter turns 8: Five tech kingpins whose first tweets are UNBELIEVABLE

Twitter celebrated its eighth birthday today, and has provided a tool to help tweeters pull up their first ever tweet. "In 2006, people began to say a little something on Twitter through 140-character bursts of plain text," the newly IPO'd company said in a blog post. "Eight years later, our users have transformed Twitter into …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014
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Twitter to flog IPO shares at $26, eyes $2bn prize ... IBM will be pleased

Twitter has formally declared it'll flog its shares at $26 a pop on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. For its initial public offering (IPO), the microblogging titan said it will 70 million common shares of its stock to investors with a starting clip of $26 per share. The offering would net the company upwards of $2bn. …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Nov 2013

2013 data centre rental: Rackspace? Microsoft? No. Twitter nom-nommed through most megawatts

Twitter leased the single largest data centre of any tech, cloud or media company during 2013, beating the usual suspects in the size-really-does-matter race. The micro-blogging site topped a tech league table of the industy’s largest hitters, according to a survey of who rented and built what during 2013. One single data …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014
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#ALERT! There'll be EMERGENCIES on TWITTER for UK, Ireland

Twitter has brought its emergency alert system to the UK and Ireland after it kicked off in the US, Japan and South Korea in September. The microblogging site has signed up Blighty's coppers, firefighters and other government agencies so they can tweet urgent messages at the country in times of crisis, or at least the small …

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

Staffordshire Police, who ran a Twitter campaign against alleged drink-drivers over the Christmas period by naming and shaming suspects charged with the offence, are now being investigated by the UK's information watchdog for a possible breach of data protection law. The move comes after the Information Commissioner's Office …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014
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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

Twitter is clogging up its timeline with pictures after modifying its service to make it more "visual". It's a clear move to prepare its users for more ads now that the company is about to go public on Wall Street. Up until yesterday, anyone wanting to share videos or photos on the micro-blogging site, founded in 2006, could do …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Oct 2013
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Twitter just got sh**tier: Natter emitter hit by code critter, fritters web glitter

Twitter has been cast back into the dark ages of 2006 after a number of useful functions disappeared from its website without warning or explanation. A quick rummage around the site shows that the @username autocomplete feature no longer works in the search or new tweet box. And all the photos posted by twits have vanished from …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2013
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The Reg undergoes a Twitter makeover: Come join the squawk

The Register has a new official home on Twitter: @theregister. Nearly 24,000 of you already follow that account, which until earlier today was named @regvulture. But after hours of heated exchanges over cronuts and duffins, members of our scintillating Strategy Boutique team confirmed that our humble presence on Twitter needed …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2013
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Cash-blackhole Twitter will shower itself in gold by 2015, investors told

Twitter has never been able to secure any profit from its operation since its inception in 2006, but investors claimed today that the would-be ad platform's finances could change seriously over the course of the next two years – to the tune of $200m. According to a report from USA Today, two investors, talking on condition of …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2013

Twitter revamps Android tablet app – but ONLY for Samsung 'slabs

Twitter has unveiled a new version of its mobile app designed specifically for Android devices with larger screen - but for now only Samsung fondlers will be able to use it. The company announced the app on Thursday as an exclusive for owners of the 2014 edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, saying it worked with the South …
Neil McAllister, 11 Oct 2013
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OM NOM MON NOM, address et D.O.B: Twitter lets admen chomp users' cookies

Twitter is now allowing sinister admen to drill into its users' cookies so they can better target them with marketing campaigns by tracking their actions around the web. The loss-making company, which floated itself on to Wall Street last month, first began testing the contentious technology in the summer during the build up to …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2013
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Twitter fires up stronger, anti-snooping encryption for its millions of twits

Twitter says it has rolled out stronger encryption to safeguard its users' connections from eavesdroppers. The micro-blogging ad-pusher said it has switched on "forward secrecy" for traffic to and from its desktop and mobile websites and its app interface; this goes beyond the protections afforded by traditional HTTPS. …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Nov 2013