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Tenacious Twitter tries to topple terrible trolls

Twitter is tweeting about how much easier it'll be for tweeters to report abusive twits. Stick that in your 140 characters. The microblogging website says it will soon simplify the process of reporting offensive tweets and accounts, and it's promised to respond to allegations of trolling much faster than before. Crucially, …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2014

Twitter App Graph exposes smartphone spyware feature

App developers around the world are cursing Twitter for spilling the beans: spyware isn't a bug on iOS or Android, it's a feature. The world's favourite micro-blogging platform has quietly switched on a feature in which it looks at what other apps are running on a smartphone it's installed on. In the unlikely case that you'd …
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Twitter, IBM, in deal to create brainy Big Blue Bird

IBM and Twitter have assembled their buzzwords, ranked them into a regiment, and jointly set them loose to march upon a waiting world, by announcing that the avian network will feed data galore to Big Blue's cloudy enterprise big data analytics offerings. Did El Reg add that the pair are promising to transform businesses and …
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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

Twitter has admitted to fiddling with users' timelines, sparking the sort of social media backlash which is fast becoming a wearying fixture of modern life. The chirpy chaps of Twitter claimed the "spirit of experimentation" made them decide to wodge unwanted tweets in users' feeds. Seeing stuff from people you don't follow …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2014
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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

Twitter has patched a flaw in its service that allowed unauthorised users to delete every credit card from all accounts, potentially relieving the company of its advertising revenue, security researcher Ahmed Aboul-Ela says. The attacks worked through a direct object reference vulnerability and involved the manipulation of …
Darren Pauli, 17 Sep 2014
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Twitter co-founder: 'I don’t give a SHIT if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pics'

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has attacked Facebook for getting money men too hung up on monthly user metrics. When quizzed by Fortune magazine about the recent claim that the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site Instagram was now used by 300 million netizens, Williams hit back at how the numbers were presented. He also – some …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2014
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Twitter gives ANALYTICS to the unwashed masses

Twitter has announced that it is making its full analytics platform available to everyone. The company had made the service available in July to advertisers and verified accounts in a limited rollout. Now everyone can check out their stats. The news was broken by Twitter engineer Ian Chan via, characteristically, a Tweet: …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2014

Twitter launches beer-money bug bounty

Twitter has announced it will begin paying for newly-found vulnerabilities under a bug bounty that has quietly run since June. The program, launched through third-party bounty outfit HackerOne, has so far garnered 44 reports, none of which were eligible for payments since they were submitted prior to today. Twitter says it is …
Darren Pauli, 04 Sep 2014
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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
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Twitter turns to women's group to sort out its cyberbullying issues

The recent Gamergate kerfuffle is just the latest example of how Twitter has failed to control the worst elements of its user base. Now, rather than dealing with the problem of gender-based bullying itself, Twitter has partnered with the group Women, Action, & Media group (WAM!) to take care of it. "We’re thrilled to be working …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2014

Speaking in Tech: MICROSOFT to buy out TWITTER? Nah

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch, and Sarah Vela. The gang look back on a reasonably quiet year, score predictions made, and look forward to next year's big corporate moves. Sarah has already started the holidays (lucky her), while Ed and Greg pontificate on next year …
Team Register, 17 Dec 2014

Britain's MPs ask Twitter, Facebook to keep Ts&Cs simple

UK politicos have called upon social media firms to simplify their privacy policies and come clean about how they use customers' personal data. The Science and Technology Committee has concluded an inquiry into the terms and conditions users agree to when they sign up for accounts with sites like Twitter or Facebook. It has …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2014

Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

Twitter has begun messing with its design by showing "Favorited" tweets in its timeline, much to the annoyance of some of the micro-blogging site's users. It's already the case that naive types who think that they are secretly liking a tweet by avoiding the re-tweet option and instead selecting the "Favorite" button are mistaken …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Aug 2014
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Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion

Twitter is planning to raise up to $1.5bn in its first debt offering since the company went public in November last year. Twitter said that some of the cash from the debt offering would go towards paying for these hedge transactions and the rest would be used for very vague “general corporate purposes”. The microblogging …

I don't see dead people: Twitter to nix some images of deceased folk

Twitter users whose loved ones have recently died can now submit requests for the removal of distressing photos and videos of the deceased to the micro-blogging company. It comes after the late actor Robin Williams' daughter Zelda said she was ditching social media following a stream of abuse that she received about her father's …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Aug 2014

New Euro digi tsar 'H-dot' Oettinger to host sort-of-live Twitter chat

In October, Andrus Ansip, Europe’s new super-commissioner for all things digital, conducted a Twitter chat to present his ideas on the future of the EU’s digital economy to the wider public. Now, more than a month later, Europe’s new digi tsar, Gunther H-dot Oettinger is to follow suit. However, unlike Ansip, Oettinger’s “chat …
Jennifer Baker, 19 Nov 2014

Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

Twitter has sued the US government in a bid to gain approval to publish more granular transparency reports. As the avian network's veep for legal Ben Lee has blogged, “Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2014
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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app. Samaritans Radar automatically scans the tweets of anyone the user follows and alerts subscribers to potentially suicidal tweets based on “trigger phrases”. However well- …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Oct 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

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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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

European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

An astronaut has posted a series of eerie images showing the International Space Station after nightfall. Entitled "Spooky Space Station", the creepy shots show the claustrophobia and isolation of life in orbit. They were taken by the German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is taking part in a six-month mission called Blue …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Nov 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

New EU digi tsar survives Twitter grillling

Europe’s new digi Super-Commissioner Andrus Ansip threw himself into the lions’ den today with a public Twitter chat. Challenged at his Parliamentary hearing by MEP Julia Reda to talk to the public, Ansip put his money where his mouth is and attempted to wade through hundreds of questions on Twitter. Chief among questioners’ …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Oct 2014
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EU, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft: We'll fight terrorists... with WORKSHOPS

The EU, and several of the world's biggest and most powerful tech companies, made little progress in finding ways to combat terrorists' use of online media, following a meeting and dinner on Wednesday night. EU government ministers met Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft representatives. Although terrorist groups (most …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Oct 2014
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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

Twitter can trigger psychosis in predisposed users, according to a team of doctors from the Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin. A study Twitter Psychosis A Rare Variation or a Distinct Syndrome? concluded that Twitter may have "a high potential to induce psychosis in predisposed users" based on the case of a 31 year-old …
Darren Pauli, 08 Aug 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

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
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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

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
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Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

The Russian authorities have told Google, Facebook, and Twitter that they face prosecution if they do not comply with the country's crackdown on free speech. Under a new Russian law, the three US firms must register as "organizers of information distribution," and store all data on Russian users in data centers on Russian soil. …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 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
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Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

Twitter has seen government requests for user information climb nearly 50 per cent over the last six months. The company said in its semi-annual transparency report that over the first half of 2014, governments from 54 countries made requests for account information. Eight of those countries were requesting data for the first …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Aug 2014
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Feathers fly as Twitter squawks of record sales but slow user growth

Twitter outperformed analysts' revenue estimates again this quarter, but investors, dismayed by another quarter of deep losses and slowing user growth, battered the company's stock anyway following its third-quarter 2014 earnings report. The microblogging service posted a record $361.27m in revenue for the three months ending on …
Neil McAllister, 27 Oct 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
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Twitter shares balloon on another quarter of ho-hum results

Despite continued growth, Twitter's earnings report for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 didn't look much better than the first quarter's results, with the company still bleeding money even as it continues to ramp up its advertising and user-engagement efforts. Twitter's earnings beat analysts' estimates at $0.02 per …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014
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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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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

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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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
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Irish data cops plan long soak in CASH BATH: Gee thanks, Facebook, Twitter, Google

Irish data protection authorities are expecting a cash injection in tomorrow’s budget. Currently the Office of Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) spends around €1.7m a year, but there are fears across Europe that this will be insufficient if the draft Data Protection Regulation becomes law in its current form. Facebook, Google …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2014
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Samaritans yanks creepy Twitter-spying Radar app amid privacy fears

A creepy, do-gooder app created by the Samaritans has been moth-balled by the charity, following a deluge of privacy concerns about the stalking tool. In a post on its website late on Friday, the UK organisation – which serves as an anonymous, safe service for crisis-hit Brits who seek advice and support – admitted it had …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 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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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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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

Medieval terror bastards ISIS have moved from Twitter to non-profit social networking outfit Diaspora to spew their cant – and apparently nothing can be done to stop them. "Diaspora is a completely decentralized network which, by its nature, consists of many small servers exchanging posts and messages," the organizers of the …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 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