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Twitter announces Bluefin Labs acquisition

Twitter announces Bluefin Labs acquisition

Twitter has announced that it acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, a move taking it further into the world of television. Twitter has shown interest in television for years, with people using it as a way to interact with televised events using hashtags. According to the social network, the acquisition will aid in both ad product innovation and the creation of social TV consumer experiences.

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Twitter improves photo and video viewing in web interface

Twitter improves photo and video viewing in web interface

Today, Twitter has launched some new enhancements to how it handles photos and videos on the service's web interface. Namely, they have made it easier to view either form of media on profile pages and in search results. When users click on a photo from these two places, a larger version will pop up. With videos, Twitter has expanded its list of services whose media show up in media galleries, and instead of just photos, videos now show up on the gallery.

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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Facebook sending out emails for “Sponsored Stories” lawsuit settlement

Back in December, you might remember when Facebook offered to settle a class-action lawsuit that saw the social network illegally use its users' "Like" information on various Sponsored Stories. Instead of taking it to court, the company decided to settle to the tune of $20 million, and if you received an email about the settlement, it means that you're entitled to up to $10 if you fill out a claims form.

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French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

French government replaces Twitter hashtag with “mot-dièse”

This isn't the first time that the French have gotten involved with shenanigans on Twitter, but today the French government has announced that they're getting rid of the hashtag and replacing it with what they're calling the "mot-dièse," or "sharp-word." However, citizens of France won't be required to adopt the new style, but the government will be using it for now on in official documentation.

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