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Twitter hints at messaging moves

Twitter has issued a couple of big, meaty, hints that it wants in on instant messaging. The avian network already has a messaging service, in the form of “direct messages” that are sent between two parties but don't ever appear in public. Such messages, known as DMs among the Twitterati, aren't very widely used because most apps …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014

British Gas Twitter account hijacked by mystery phishermen

An official British Gas Twitter account was hacked over the weekend as part of a phishing scam designed to harvest Twitter login credentials. The account @BritishGasHelp, which is normally geared towards helping people with boiler breakdowns and other queries, was taken over to push a series of ostensibly jokey tweets. The …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2014
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Tumultuous Twitter torches top talent, topples COO

Twitter has announced that its chief operating officer (COO) will be leaving the company and will not be replaced. The company issued a 407 character (2.9 Tweet) statement [PDF] to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to inform that Ali Rowghani had resigned from his position and would be moving to an advisory role. …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2014

Twitter swallows BEHAVIOURAL AD firm TapCommerce

Twitter plans to buy mobile behavioural ad outfit TapCommerce for an undisclosed sum. It's the micro-blogging site's latest strategy to attempt to turn around a profit at the company, which floated on to Wall Street late last year. Twitter said in a blog post that TapCommerce was "a leader in mobile retargeting and re- …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jul 2014

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
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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

The US Secret Service wants to identify sarcastic tweeters from the serious in a bid that will surely cause its software to sink and buckle. A tender issued by the security agency sought a way to determine sentiment, identify influencers and section off those exercising the lowest form of wit across the twitter sphere. In what …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jun 2014

Twitter muffles loudmouth users with mute option

Twitter has introduced a "Mute" option that allows users to turn off tweets from contacts without the need to unfollow or block those users. The company said that the option to mute users has been enabled for Twitter's iOS and Android clients, and that support for the option on the Twitter.com site itself is set to be introduced …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 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
Fail whale

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

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

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
FAIL

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 …
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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

Twitter has revealed its diversity numbers and – surprise, surprise – they're terrible. The babble-chat service published a breakdown of its employees by gender and ethnicity on Wednesday [coincidentally, right alongside Facebook's earnings report – Ed]. The figures aren't encouraging for those concerned about the lack of …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2014

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

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

Iraqis appear to have been blocked from using Twitter and Facebook after the Islamist insurgent group ISIS, now in control of much of the country, thanked Allah for social networking. Known for using extreme violence in its bid to set up a medieval Islamic state on the borders of Iraq and Syria, ISIS is as prolific on social …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
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Twitter tunes out trashy Tweeters with much-needed muting module

Twitter is reportedly testing a new feature which could allow users to selectively "mute" Tweets from accounts they are following. According to user reports first spotted by The Verge, some users of the official mobile Twitter client app have been given the option to mute people on their feed, preventing those Tweets from …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 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
Syrian electronic army

Hacked Israel Defence Force Twitter account spruiks nuke leak fears

Hacker outfit the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hours ago cracked Israel's Defence Force (IDF) Twitter account where it posted a fake warning of a possible nuclear leak due to rocket strikes. The group posted under the IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) account of a "possible nuclear leak in the region after two rockets hit [the] Dimona …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jul 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

Amazon, Twitter, launch #AmazonCart tweet-to-shop service

Amazon.com and Twitter have teamed up to allow shopping by tweet. The system works like this: if a tweet includes a link to a product you fancy at Jeff's B's Big Web Bazaar, simply reply to that tweet and add the hashtag "#AmazonCart". Jeff B's cunning software will then put the item into your Amazon.com cart. You'll need to …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2014
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Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

Shares in Twitter fell more than 11 per cent today as the six month lock-up period for early investors and staff expired. The end of the lock-up period, restricting the sale of 82 per cent of the company's equity, introduces 470 million shares to the market. It comes at a time when Twitter's share price has been falling off the …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014
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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

Twitter has hired a well-known privacy campaigner to head up the UK wing of its public policy team. Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles is moving over to what some might consider to be the dark side by taking such a job, having been a vocal critic of US tech companies' privacy practices in the past. In February 2012, for …
Team Register, 01 May 2014

Hacktivists hijack BNP Twitter account, crayon over leader Griffin's too

Hacktivists from Anonymous took over the Twitter feeds of the extreme British National Party and its controversial chairman Nick Griffin over the weekend. The hack against @NickGriffinMEP's profile, which boasts 29,000 followers, was apparently mere mischief rather than a desire to make a point against a politician notorious for …
John Leyden, 06 May 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
Fail whale

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

Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

Pinterest is generally used to store images of polka dot knickers, cute animals and bags of artisan pear drops. What might come as a shock to its users is that Pinterest is actually run by the same “stale, pale and male” clique often seen at the rudder of other big Silicon Valley. The latest tech firm to release its diversity …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jul 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
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Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

Twitter reported first-quarter revenue growth of 119 per cent over the year-ago period, but profitability continues to elude the microblogging network and it still isn't gaining new users as fast as investors would like. Revenues for three months ending on March 31 were $250.49m, more than double what they were for the same …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 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

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

Twitter takes on GOOGLE, swallows wannabe YouTube firm

It looks like Twitter is going head to head with YouTube with the acquisition of SnappyTV. The video platform lets users edit and share clips from live TV broadcasts, among other things. It also gives Twitter new video opportunities for both organic user-derived sharing and from Twitter’s sponsored-content platform Amplify. …
Faultline, 02 Jul 2014
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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 for iOS embraces Bing Translate in time for World Cup 2014

Just in time for the multilingual, global sportsgasm that is World Cup 2014, Twitter has added Bing Translate to its iOS apps for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Twitter with Bing Translate Spanish? No problema. Turkish? Büyük sorun. (click to enlarge) It's another iOS win for Microsoft's Bing. Last week, Apple SVP for internet …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jun 2014

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 …

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 …
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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 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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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
TwitterIPO

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 …
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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

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
TwitterIPO

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 …

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