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Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook “Trending” box in testing as Twitter-aping continues

Facebook is trialling a new "Trending" topics section pulling together current hot topics on the social network, in a move that is unlikely to do anything to dismiss accusations that the site is copying Twitter. The new section shows around five currently topical subjects in the upper right corner of the Facebook news feed, though is "only available to a small percentage of US users" at present, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed.

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Twitter’s General Counsel to step down, look for work elsewhere

Twitter’s General Counsel to step down, look for work elsewhere

Twitter's General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray has announced that he will soon step down from his position in the company, handing the reigns over to his soon-to-be replacement Vijaya Gadde. He won't be completely leaving the company initially, instead taking up the position of adviser for things like public policy and corporate development while looking for employment elsewhere

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Google Play app beta program continues to expand with Twitter

Google Play app beta program continues to expand with Twitter

The folks at Twitter are the latest in a group of app developers to take advantage of the Google Play app beta program, this allowing users - friendly bug-seekers, to take part in an early release schedule. This program works quite simply - just sign up through a Google Group, agree to be a tester, and download Twitter as (relatively) normal. From there you'll be getting features before the rest of the public - with the bugs to prove it.

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IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

A bit over a year ago, the folks at IFTTT (If This Then That) ran into a problem with Twitter integration: the company changed their API and developers fell like swatted flies. Voluntarily retracting their featured "Triggers" from Twitter interaction, the developers behind IFTTT made clear that they intended to come back into being with Twitter support as soon as they could work with the company to make such a return possible. Here in the summer of 2013, you can once again trigger all the Tweet-happy actions your heart desires.

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Vine users skyrocket, now exceed 40 million

Vine users skyrocket, now exceed 40 million

Vine has grown quickly since Twitter snapped it up, with any user of the microblogging site likely coming across one of the six-second videos on a regular basis. That rate of growth has been perhaps more rapid than realized, with Vine announcing today that it has reached - and exceeded - 40 million users, a drastic jump over just a couple of months.

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Twitter scores new tweets-per-second record with 143,000 peak

Twitter scores new tweets-per-second record with 143,000 peak

Twitter's tweets-per-second numbers are usually fairly stable, with spikes happening here and there to varying degrees depending on what is trending and happening in the real world. On August 3, however, it had an unusually high per-second tweet peak - so high, in fact, that it set a new record for the social network. Now Twitter has posed the details on what happened complete with some bragging about its user experience.

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Syrian Electronic Army leader discusses Twitter hacks in interview

Syrian Electronic Army leader discusses Twitter hacks in interview

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for numerous Twitter hacks, most of which have proved more annoying than anything else. The hacking collective has stated its intentions in different ways through various tweets over the course of many hacks, but now has done so in a bit more direct way. The self-designated leader of the collective has discussed the group in an interview with The Daily Beast.

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Twitter for iOS and Android refines two-factor security, adds gallery view

Twitter for iOS and Android refines two-factor security, adds gallery view

Twitter for iOS and Android has been updated to support better two-factor authentication, a new way of browsing through photos, and the same "social context" functionality launched on the desktop version last week. The new apps further refine the security features initially added back in May, allowing Twitter users to validate their accounts not only by text-messages but through push-messaging that eases the process for international users and those traveling abroad.

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Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Users love when things can be synced across multiple devices, so it should come as a big relief that a Twitter update today now includes syncing of direct messages across multiple devices. The update applies to a slew of platforms: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, the Twitter web interface, and the mobile web app, as well as TweetDeck.

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