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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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Tweetbot 2.0 hits Mac with Retina support

Tweetbot 2.0 hits Mac with Retina support

Tweetbot 2.0 has hit the Mac App Store, bringing a significant refresh to the popular third-party Twitter client for OS X. Launched on the eve of WWDC 2015, which kicks off next week, Tweetbot 2.0 brings the app in line with Apple's flatter UI aesthetic as in OS X Yosemite, along with Retina display graphics support, and more flexibility in how columns and such can be arranged.

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Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Periscope adds map browser and instant replay

Live video streaming app Periscope is making it easier to find interesting broadcasts, adding a map browser to navigate through content by location. The updated app, available today, embeds a zoomable map into the "Global" section of Periscope, with lists of the most popular streams that have had location enabled. Meanwhile, the Twitter-owned service has also been working on how readily streams can be shared and re-watched.

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iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

That recently discovered iOS text messaging bug that may be wreaking havoc on your iPhone (it probably isn't) is also able to crash apps and reboot your phone via the Twitter and Snapchat apps. When an iOS device receives a text message with the string of characters seen above — a mix of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese — it causes the Messages app to crash and sometimes causes your device to reboot. There's no permanent damage done, and Apple has already outlined a temporary fix, but it's now become apparent the bug can be triggered by other apps.

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Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Periscope, the live-streaming app/service that was acquired by Twitter earlier this year, has finally debuted on Android with a new app on the Google Play Store. Today's release comes roughly two months after the iOS version, which has become very popular since then among Twitter users, celebrities, and as tool for citizen journalism. At its core, the Android app functions the same as it does in iOS, letting you both watch and record live broadcasts on your phone, but there a couple features exclusive to this new release.

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Twitter tipped to be eying Flipboard acquisition

Twitter tipped to be eying Flipboard acquisition

After Periscope, it seems that Flipboard is next in Twitter's crosshairs. While this idea of this acquisition plans might raise eyebrows just for the perplexity of the concept, that seems to be exactly what insider sources are saying. According to them, Twitter is engaged in talks to buy all of Flipboard. Whatever Twitter's purpose, it better be a strong one because it might cost it quite a lot. An all-stock acquisition puts Flipboard's value at $1 billion, not exactly a cheap number for a whimsical purchase.

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See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

The newest batch of proposed Emoji have been released (in proposal mode) this morning. These 38 new images include such gems as Drooling Face, Raised Back of Hand, and Croissant. The list includes notes about proposed popularity, including suggestions based on Google searches. Imagine how popular a Selfie Emoji will be with Google hits at 233,000,000 in text and 138,000,000 in images. People want these tiny representations of complex ideas, and they want them now. Immediately! Before they have to resort to words!

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Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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