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Twitter is reportedly working on a camera-centered feature to simplify video sharing

Twitter is working on a new tool that will make it easier for users to post videos to the social networking site, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. Currently, to upload videos with tweets or broadcast live from the app, users have to tap on the compose tweet icon then select the camera or live button. The …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and <i>The Verge</i>’s sister site <i>Recode</i>, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.<p>Speaking to <i>Recode</i>’s …

Twitter begins displaying diverse emoji

Twitter’s about to get a lot more colorful. The social media company announced this week that all emoji skin tones will now display on its website. Other new emoji, including the thinking face and floating businessman, will show up, too.<p>Twitter arguments will likely never be the same with the …

Twitter Will Finally Start Making Money off People Without Twitter Accounts

This is the moment Twitter investors have been waiting for.<p>This is the moment Twitter investors have been waiting for.<p>Twitter announced Thursday that it will start showing ads to its “logged out” audience, a group of roughly 500 million people who visit Twitter every month but who don’t have active …

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Twitter laying off 8 percent of employees

Twitter announced plans today to lay off up to 336 employees, around 8 percent of its total workforce. The decision comes just a week after Jack Dorsey was given the role of CEO, and his willingness to make decisions like this was apparently part of the reason he got the job. Twitter says that the …

Twitter's head of product says editing tweets is hard

And well, he's kind of right<p>Twitter has been on a tear with new product features, such as Moments, which just launched yesterday. But of all the new features, one that users have been wanting for years still hasn't arrived. Anyone who has posted a tweet only to see an annoying typo as soon as it …

Sources: Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO

Will the board give into pressure to vote in the investor-favored co-founder?<p>Jack is apparently back — for good this time.<p>Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past three months, is expected to be named the company’s new permanent CEO as early as tomorrow, …

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The Download: Brianna Wu, the self-proclaimed ‘Godzilla of tech feminists’

<i>Brianna Wu is the founder and head of development at the Boston video game studio Giant Spacekat. Last year, she was one of several female developers</i> …

PlayStation Store flash sale has deals on Game of Thrones, Tales games and more

Fans of dungeons, dragons and all things fantasy can score some PlayStation games and movies on the cheap this weekend thanks to Sony's latest PlayStation Store flash sale. The promotion features games for PlayStation 3, PS4 and PS Vita, and includes titles like Telltale's <i>Game of Thrones</i> and Bandai …

Twitter Is Rolling Out Its Updated Search Page For Desktop Users

Twitter tweaks Direct Messages to let you chat with strangers in private

Twitter is rolling out a trio of small tweaks to its Direct Messages feature, giving users who don't follow one another more ways to talk in private. Users can now reply to anyone who sends you a Direct Message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you back. Or, they can choose to …

Twitter unveils a new homepage for people who aren't signed in

Courting new users with curated topic pages<p>Twitter spent the past year trying to convince skeptics that its relatively slow progress in attracting new users doesn't matter, because its reach is actually much larger. Millions of people who don't have Twitter accounts still see tweets every month, …

Twitter Is Finally Fixing The Quote Tweet Button

Twitter is finally fixing one of the worst things about its services: the “Quote Tweet” button.<p>In an update that’s rolling out today, the button now embeds the tweet instead of just quoting it as text.<p>Previously, when you hit “quote tweet” on mobile, it just loaded the text of the entire tweet into …

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There was an explosion in New York City, and seconds later I was watching it live

We are entering a new era of ubiquitous live broadcasting<p>I was browsing on Twitter when someone posted an image of a smoking building, fire trucks, and a message about a crazy explosion. Then I got a push notification on Periscope, the new live-streaming app from Twitter, about a broadcast from the …

Twitter Begins Rolling Out "Quality Filter" to Remove Offensive Tweets From Your Timeline

As an incentive to filter through Twitter’s minefield of offensive content, the microblogging<p>As an incentive to filter through Twitter’s minefield of offensive content, the microblogging platform has announced that they will begin rolling out a “Quality Filter” to verified iOS users. The tool will …

Twitter Is Experimenting With A Major Homepage Design Overhaul

Two different homepage designs appear to make Twitter content easier to discover for new users.<p>Twitter is currently experimenting with a major design overhaul that could transform the login page of the popular microblogging site into a real-time portal of news stories and celebrity updates.<p>Over the …

Live video streaming app Meerkat gets kneecapped by Twitter

Meerkat works simply: log in with your Twitter account, hit the stream button, and it immediately starts broadcasting video from your iPhone onto the …

Twitter reportedly acquires Periscope, an app for broadcasting live video

Watch your back, Meerkat<p><i>UPDATE:</i> The acquisition is now official, announced in a tweet from Periscope and retweeted by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.<p>This morning we told you about Meerkat, the video streaming service that blew up last week. The app is a dead-simple way to broadcast from a mobile device …

Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky Is Leaving

Moczydlowsky handled Twitter's relationship with the music industry.<p>Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter’s head of music for the past year, is departing the company next month, according to his own Twitter account.<p>Moczydlowsky joined Twitter in early 2014 to help serve as a liaison between the service and the …

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Twitter's head of developer relations steps down after less than 18 months

Twitter continues to have a difficult time hanging onto its execs.<p>The latest to depart the company is Jeff Sandquist, the global head of developer …

Twitter Can't Afford to Ignore Videos Anymore, and Neither Can You

Video "auto-play" is on its way to Twitter, and that opens up a whole new world to brands and businesses.<p>As Twitter gets ready to unveil video auto-play onsite, the decision brings to attention the important role video now plays in social media. Sites like Facebook and Instagram already auto-play …

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JCPenney’s 4 Cent Video Ads on Twitter Could Threaten YouTube’s Longtime Dominance

JCPenney says Twitter was behind its most successful social program—not Facebook or YouTube—and credited the platform's new video creation and …

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Twitter introduces TweetDeck Teams to make managing accounts easier

TweetDeck launched a new feature for power users and brands on Tuesday called TweetDeck Teams.<p>In a blog post, Twitter described it as a "simple way …

Twitter's user growth has stalled, but its business keeps improving

The company's revenues continue to roar, but its public struggles are mounting<p>The evolution of Twitter over the last two years has been the opposite of what most expected before the startup went public. Instead of growing to a billion users without much money to show for it, the company's user …

Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'

Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users<p>Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate …

Twitter and Google reportedly just made a big deal to put tweets in search results

Twitter has once again inked a deal that will put tweets inside of Google search results, according to a report. Citing sources, <i>Bloomberg</i> says the two companies just worked out a business deal that gives the search giant full access to Twitter's firehose of tweets. That's as opposed to Google …

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