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Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter may be the social network where you tell the world what you had for breakfast, but new private messaging features now allow you to share it on a need-to-know basis. The support for private conversations - added to Twitter today, along with new video features that streamline the sharing of clips - builds on the social service's existing Direct Messages support, but expands them to an impromptu group of up to twenty people who needn't be following each other. It's the company's response to wildly popular instant messaging clients like Facebook-owned Whatsapp.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Pinterest revamps search to attract more male users

Data from comScore says that out of Pinterest's 72.5 million US visitors, 71% are women. However, Pinterest wants to tip the scales in the direction of an increased male demographic, and as part of their efforts, the social network has just announced new changes to its search filters that better customize results for users. Now searches will take into account the gender selected by users when they created an account. For example, Pinterest says if a male user searches for watches, results will skew towards what has been pinned by other men.

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Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Remember Ello? Not until you just read that, I bet. The ‘Facebook killer’ social network was ad-free, and a bit of fun for a week or so. Various brands latched onto it as a new medium to share themselves with the world, with its stripped-down interface and stark indifference to social as we know it. A big selling point for Ello was ads, where none existed. According to the founders, none would, either. Until today, with the rollout of video and music on Ello.

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WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

What's up with WhatsApp these days? The popular, or sometimes unpopular, messaging service, now owned by Facebook, is back in the spotlight. First it is moving to shutdown third-party WhatsApp apps, for the sake of security and privacy of course, and then it revealed a so far Chrome-only web app. Though not exactly its doing, the announcement of this rather odd SIM card, called, what else, WhatSim, puts the service again on a pedestal, letting users worldwide chat to their hearts content.

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Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook is more than just a social network. For many, it’s their primary source of news content, making their news feed much more than updates from family and friends. Sometimes, you come across content that appears real, but it’s quickly recognized as a ‘hoax’ story. In their ongoing attempt to end the clickbait, Facebook is now allowing us to report hoax posts. Facebook’s algorithm also takes into account how many delete the post, which will drive the ‘hoax’ down in the distribution rankings.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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Turkey threatens Twitter to censor nation’s newspaper account

Turkey threatens Twitter to censor nation’s newspaper account

It seems like it wasn't that long ago when the Turkish government was trying to make the social network services Twitter and YouTube illegal in the country for not playing along with their censorship requirements. Oh, wait, that's because it was less than a year ago. Well, Turkey is as at it again, this time threatening Twitter that it outright ban the site (again) if it doesn't censor the account belonging to a left-wing, opposition newspaper.

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NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

Friday afternoon saw the Twitter accounts of both the New York Post and United Press International (UPI) hacked and announcing that China had fired a missile on a U.S. ship, along with the Pope declaring the incident the start of World War III. The compromised accounts of the two news agencies posted tweets about a Federal Reserve emergency meeting and other banking matters. Fortunately the agencies quickly realized their social network accounts had gone awry, and took back control.

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Details emerge about Twitter’s video service to rival YouTube

Details emerge about Twitter’s video service to rival YouTube

Back in November, Twitter confirmed that it would be launching its own video service akin to YouTube as part of its growth strategy. While a launch date wasn't specified, other than sometime in the first half of 2015, details about the service were skim to say the least. That is until recently, when Twitter user Daniel Raffel noticed a FAQ page for the video service was already available, revealing a number of details including file types supported and just how it plans to directly compete with YouTube.

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