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Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

This morning the United States Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage would be legalized across the USA. According to the official decision document, "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." In response, just about every tech company and brand associate have taken the opportunity to celebrate the decision with rainbow flags, jumps for joy, and everything in-between. Companies like Google, Motorola, and Twitter as well as high-profile leaders in tech like Apple's Tim Cook are amongst those joining in on the revels.

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Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter seems to be making it a trend to develop its own emoji to coincide with holidays and special events. The social network started this off with sporting events like the World Cup 2014, NBA tournaments, and more recently with Star Wars emoji for the Star Wars Celebration event back in April, a character for the debut of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video in May, and emoji to celebrate Ramadan earlier this month. Now the site is giving us special tennis characters in honor of Wimbledon.

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Periscope adds web replays

Periscope adds web replays

Periscope has quickly been adopted by users far and wide, including by organizations that use it to broadcast presentations and similar entities. The broadcasts happen in real-time, of course, which is great for watching something as it is happening, but isn't so awesome if you happen to hop on after the broadcast has already started. That's where replays come in, with Periscope electing to offer its users a 24-hour period where they could replay the broadcasts after they aired. That feature was just expanded.

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New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

Twitter has just announced a new feature for its web and mobile apps that will collect tweets and media about products and places onto dedicated pages. The feature is currently being tested on a limited number of such topics, but new updates to the Twitter apps for iOS and Android make it possible to come across dedicated pages in the timeline, as well view collections put together by select high-profile users.

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Twitter Project Lightning to curate tweets into events

Twitter Project Lightning to curate tweets into events

Twitter is readying a new breaking-news and event platform, Project Lightning, which will package tweets and multimedia in the hope of converting new users. While the current Twitter process involves following individuals or companies and manually curating what shows up in your stream, Project Lightning will be a temporary aggregator of content across the Twitterverse, visible to both logged-in users and unregistered newbies alike.

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Twitter’s auto-playing videos have arrived

Twitter’s auto-playing videos have arrived

The auto-playing video. It's okay if you don't like it. Others feel the same way, so you're not alone. The problem is that despite the large number of people who detest videos that start playing without permission, social networks are launching them anyway. Twitter's auto-playing videos are now upon us, at least if you're using iOS of the web (if you're not, your day of reckoning is inbound). Twitter announced the feature's arrival in a statement today, calling it a "new standard for viewability."

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Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter has steadfastly refused to give up on its 140 character brevity for public tweets, but is conceding with wordier direct messages. Rather than the current limit, DMs will be allowed at up to a whopping 10,000 characters - enough for a small novella, should you be so inclined - so that, rather than needing to split private conversations into chunks, those using Twitter as a private IM service will be able to fit it all into a single message. Meanwhile, Twitter has also announced a shake-up in CEOs.

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Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Praise the heavens, mobile video shooters, Twitter has finally gotten with the times and lets you record videos in landscape orientation from within their iOS and Android apps. When Twitter first made in-app video recording available earlier this year, it used square formatting, made popular by social apps Vine and Instagram. Twitter makes it easy to shoot video in the new orientation, just hold your phone like normal, rotate it 90 degrees to the right or left, and start recording!

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Twitter now lets users share their block lists

Twitter now lets users share their block lists

Spam accounts and abusive accounts are numerous on Twitter, and accounts with a high number of followers likely have a high number of these accounts blocked. To help others preemptively block these unwanted but not-yet-banned accounts, Twitter has made it possible for users to export and share their block list, allowing others to copy it and uniformly block those users, too. It makes the entire process faster, and is the latest in Twitter's numerous efforts to decrease abusive activity on the service.

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Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Everyone says something on a social network that they reconsider later on and delete -- for most of us, though, that's inconsequential and no one cares. For politicians, though, those deleted tweets are often the ones people are most interested in seeing; they might reveal something about a politician's character or thought process, and influence the future of their career. Politwoops took the hassle out of finding them, recording deleted tweets from politicians for others to look up. Now Twitter has banned them.

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