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Turkish government blocks access to Twitter

Turkish government blocks access to TwitterTurkish Prime Minister RecepTayyip Erdogan has said moved to block access to micro blogging site, Twitter in the country on Friday.

Following the move by the Prime Minister, millions of Turkish Twitter users used alternative ways to access the site and expressed anger over the move. The country's president was among the users who found ways to circumvent the restrictions and expressed anger over the move. The latest move has angered people, who see this as Erdogan's growing authoritarianism in the country.


Turkey blocks Twitter for not removing links to corruption evidence against PM

Turkey blocks Twitter for not removing links to corruption evidence against PMLondon, Mar. 21 - Microblogging website Twitter has been reportedly blocked in Turkey, following court order to apply 'protection measures' on the website.

Twitter users in the country who tried to access the website were redirected to a statement by the country's telecommunications regulator, citing the orders.

According to the BBC, this comes after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'wipe out Twitter' following damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle.


Twitter shells out $36 million to evade IBM patent suit

Twitter shells out $36 million to evade IBM patent suitWashington, March 9 : Twitter has reportedly paid IBM 36 million dollars to avoid patent suit from the latter, according to documents filed with the Securities Exchange Commission.

The social network giant has paid the amount for 900 patents after IBM threatened to sue Twitter over at least three patents in November.

The price only became public Thursday, when the SEC published Twitter's Form 10-K, an annual disclosure of a company's financial performance, Wired reported.


Mobile more important to Twitter than Facebook

twitter vs facebookWashington, Feb 12 : Usage of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook reportedly depends on mobile experience , with smartphones working more in favour of the microblogging site than the latter.

Nielsen's new US Digital Consumer Report revealed that 85percent of Twitter usage occurs on mobile devices, compared to 57 percent of Facebook usage.

According to Mashable, the data shows that it is even more important for Twitter to deliver a compelling mobile experience.


Twitter redesigning webpage to give Facebook-like look

Twitter redesigning webpage to give Facebook-like lookWashington, Feb. 12 : Twitter is reportedly working on a major redesign of its web page that is said to make the social network site look like Facebook.

The all new profile page of Twitter has the avatar photo and biography placed well to the left side of the page, giving a lot of space to the header photo.

However, Twitter's magazine-style web layout will only affect the desktop version of Twitter, making the tweets larger,


Twitter records slowest growth in user base

TwitterMicro blogging site, Twitter has said on Wednesday that it recorded its slowest growth in user base in years raising concerns that the company might not be able to maintain its rapid growth.

Twitter, which is based in San Francisco, said that fourth-quarter revenue rose to $243 million, which is better than analyst expectation. This is the first time that Twitter is announcing its results as a public company. Investors were concerned over slow growth in user base and a fall in timeline views.


Twitter shares drop by 18% over slowing user growth

TwitterWashington, Feb 06  : Twitter's shares have reportedly dropped by 18 percent, to 54.18 dollars, owing to a slowed user growth rate, the company revealed in its first-quarterly earnings report.

The microblogging site went public last November and despite never reporting profit; the company's shares rose sky high on the first day of trading.

However, the 140-character site now has 241 million monthly active users, up by 30 percent year-over-year, but that is only up by 4 percent from last quarter, Tech Crunch reports.


Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents, enters cross-license agreement

TwitterJohannesburg, Feb 01 : Twitter has reportedly purchased 900 patents from IBM, entering into a cross-license deal.

The financial terms of the deal haven't been disclosed.

However, Twitter's legal director said that the deal would provide the company with greater intellectual property protection and freedom to innovate, News24 reports.

According to the report, the short messaging service had announced in a November regulatory filing that it received a letter from IBM accusing it of infringing on three of its patents.


GoDaddy admits being part of Twitter account hijacking

GoDaddy admits being part of Twitter account hijackingWashington, Jan 31 : GoDaddy has reportedly admitted to its role in the Twitter account hijack, accepting that its employee had fallen victim to a social engineering attack.

The company issued a statement saying that its review of the situation revealed that the hacker was already in possession of a large portion of the customer information needed to access the account at the time he contacted GoDaddy and used it against an employer to extort the remaining information.


Twitter app update brings crop/rotate support for image uploads

Twitter app update brings crop/rotate support for image uploadsWidely popular micro-blogging service Twitter has released an update to its Android client that brings some notable changes, including new tools that promise to make photo editing and sharing easier.

Users of Android version of Twitter can now crop any photo by choosing an aspect. For example, a user can choose a square or a wide aspect to crop a photo. One can also rotate an image to make sure that it fits well with his/her tweet on the network.


Twitter's product chief Michael Sippey moves on from company

Michael-SippeyWashington, Jan 18 : Twitter's vice president for product, Michael Sippey has reportedly announced his plans to quit the company and assume an advisory role on product strategy.

Sippey had been instrumental in Twitter's acquisition of video app Vine apart from the company's majority of consumer product and design initiatives.

According to Cnet, Sippey said that he talked to CEO Dick Costolo and COO Ali Rowghani about what he wanted next in his career and what Twitter needed at this stage of time, adding that he decided that it was time for him to move on.


Instagram becoming 'really hot property' that Twitter

twitter-InstagramWashington, Dec 31 : Photo and video sharing site Instagram is becoming more popular than microblogging site Twitter, a new survey has found.

The survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project found that Twitter is neck-and-neck with the Facebook-owned photo application when it comes to their respective audiences.

Pew found that 18 percent of online adults now use Twitter, while 17 percent of online adults now use Instagram.

According to CNET, PEW concluded that Twitter and Instagram have particular appeal to younger adults, urban dwellers and non-whites.


Twitter stocks jump 2.5% post Christmas day

Twitter stocks jump 2.5% post Christmas dayWashington, Dec. 27 - Twitter's shares reportedly jumped 2.5 percent following Christmas and traded at another all-time high of 71.65 dollars per share.

The microblogging site made its public debut with 45.10 dollars per share price on its first day of trading and briefly topped 50 dollars that day but it went down to a low of
38.80 dollars in the following weeks as analysts deemed it to be 'too expensive'.


English most popular out of 10 most used languages on Twitter

English most popular out of 10 most used languages on TwitterWashington, Dec 18 : Majority of tweets on the microblogging network are not in the mother tongue of the company's founders, despite English being the most popular language on Twitter.

According to Mashable, just over one-third (34 percent) of all tweets were in English in September.

The 10 most popular languages on Twitter are:

1.     English

2.    Japanese

3.    Spanish

4.    Malay

5.    Portuguese

6.    Arabic


Twitter reportedly testing a new feature called “edit”

Twitter reportedly testing a new feature called “edit” Social-networking site Twitter is reportedly working on a new feature called "edit" that would allow users to make changes to their tweets even after they have been published, The Desk reported.

Citing anonymous sources, The Desk reported that the new feature would allow users to edit their already published tweets. However, sources "close to the project" also said that the new feature would offer a limited time period to make small changes in the published tweets.


Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: report

Twitter testing out new ‘Nearby’ feature: reportTwitter, one of the world's most popular social-networking services, is reportedly testing a new feature that lets users to see tweets posted in their local area in real time.

The feature, which has been aptly named "Nearby," shows a map of tweets posted by other users in the local area in a separate column in the company's native app. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), it shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship among them.


Twitter rolls back ‘block’ function change

Twitter rolls back ‘block’ function changeResponding quickly to negative user feedback, Twitter on Thursday rolled back the controversial policy change announced Thursday that would allow users block others on the micro-blogging site.

Twitter on early Thursday had tweaked its blocking mechanism to allow unwanted Twitter followers re-tweet, like or peer at messages in public accounts of users who block them.


Twitter updates redesigned Mac app with image preview

Twitter-Mac-appWashington, Dec 13 : Twitter has reportedly updated its Mac app with a new look and an option for image previews.

The update includes redesigned profiles and main navigation buttons, apart from the banner image along with the main profile for the first time.

According to the Verge, clicking on a tweet pulls up an expanded view that displays which people favorited or retweeted it, along with the replies.

Earlier this year, the company added retweets, follows and favorites to the Connect tab, after last year's updates that included added support for notifications inside the app and Retina Display support.


Twitter beats Facebook for 'best tech company to work for' title in 2014

Twitter-FacebookWashington, Dec 12 : Twitter has been reportedly rated as the best tech company to work for in 2014, booting three-year winner Facebook in Glassdoor's listings.

The ranking by Glassdoor took into account experiences shared by current and former employees as deciding factors.

According to AllThingsD, Facebook has been pushed to the third place, behind professional networking site LinkedIn.

Employees have said that the feel at Facebook has changed in recent years, likely due to the rapid scaling-up of the company and many senior employees left the company after it debuted on the Nasdaq in 2012.


Twitter adds media lingo, synonyms for ad firms to better target users

TwitterWashington, Dec 12 : Micro blogging site Twitter has added some keywords to its ad targeting system, which will help the advertisers understand how the users feel about their products, even when they use synonyms, alternative spellings, and "Twitter-specific lingo" in their tweets.

The new feature, called "broad match for keywords," could provide a boost to Twitter's efforts to monetize its ad service by making it easier for marketers to reach users at the right moment and in the right context, PCWorld reports.


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