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Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

It's hard to imagine that Periscope, Twitter's almost preempted livestreaming service, is six weeks old now. But that's exactly the message that is being sent out now that uipdate 1.0.4 is starting to roll out to users. The update brings in features some of which, in all honesty, should have been there since day one, like being able to change your profile pic. It's still forgivable though, if you imagine Twitter suddenly scrambling to get Periscope out the door after Meerkat went public and become hot.

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ISS astronaut holds weekly geography quiz on Twitter

ISS astronaut holds weekly geography quiz on Twitter

It's one thing to say you know your geography by identifying where a place is on a map, but could you recognize a location just from seeing a picture of it? What if the photo was taken from above from the International Space Station? If you're up to the challenge, it's time to start following US astronaut Scott Kelly of NASA on Twitter, where he's started a weekly game of asking people to identify what part of the world the space station is currently flying over, giving them only a photo and a single clue.

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Itching to play MS-DOS games on Twitter? Think again

Itching to play MS-DOS games on Twitter? Think again

Ah MS-DOS games on Twitter, we have known you only so briefly. After a bit of excitement over the revelation that you can not only retweet but also play old-school MS-DOS games right from inside a Tweet, it seems that the fun and games are over. At the expense of getting branded as a kill joy, Twitter pulled the plug on the Internet Archives' latest experiment. That said, it is quite understandable considering it violated Twitter's rules, but it's still a downer that one of the easiest ways for a classic game to go viral is now off limits.

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Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

So, uh, this is awkward. That social service you don’t really use is on the one you probably do. Today, Google Plus opened a Twitter account. You might assume (as many did) it's a troll account, but it’s not. The official Google account has retweeted their first tweet, and the Google Plus Google Plus account posted a link to their new Twitter account. It’s got people wondering what’s going on, but it’s pretty simple: they’re recruiting. In an attempt to get more traction in the social space, Plus is taking to Twitter to spread the word.

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Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

Internet Archive: you can now play MS-DOS games in tweets

What a time to be alive. Those classic MS-DOS games you used to love to play have been available online as playable games through the Internet Archive for a little while now. We saw 900 of them become available this past November, for example, and by January that number spiked to include more than 2,000 titles, and it is still growing. Those games are still available, but the ability to play them and share them, however, just got a little bit more awesome.

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Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

While Google Maps may be the go to for getting directions and locations, when it comes to getting updates on traffic situations, Waze is still the household name. But sometimes, even the best crowdsourced bulletin can miss a thing or two that could make or break your day. It's the unusual incidents like accidents and closures that turn what could have been a perfect day for a drive into a nightmare. To help you prepare for that situation, Waze is introducing Unusual Traffic reports, now on Twitter.

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Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

You’re going to be on social media, and you’re going to talk about food; you can’t help yourself. Twitter knows. They see you doing it. Rather than leave you searching for hashtags, the microblogging site is going to start curating food content for you, but it won’t just be filtered pics of half-eaten hamburgers. Twitter Food will bring you best-of food tweets as well as the “best conversations” from “top foodies” on Twitter. The account is live today.

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Twitter earnings: plenty of upside as stock dives

Twitter earnings: plenty of upside as stock dives

Twitter has announced their quarterly earnings, and it’s a mixed bag. While they’ve got plenty of positive things to say, and the upside is huge, the social service once again lost money. For Q1 2015, Twitter reports they had a net loss of $162 million, but revenue of $436 million, up 74% year-over-year. A positive rise, but ultimately short of their $440-450 million estimate. Through non-GAAP EPS of $0.07 (analysts expected $0.04), Twitter stock dropped hard, and is currently down almost 20%.

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Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Tesla website, Elon Musk’s Twitter defaced by hackers

Even the smartest, most innovative companies fall victim to hackers once in a while, as evidenced by the few hours of difficulty Tesla Motors experienced on their website and Twitter account. Starting sometime between 4:00 and 5:00pm ET on Saturday, hackers took control of the company's official home page, Twitter account, and even founder Elon Musk's Twitter account for a brief time. The profile name on the social networking site's page was changed to #RIPPRGANG during the time control was lost, with tweets promising a free car to anyone who called a certain phone number.

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Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter has rolled out Highlights, a new feature aiming at summarizing some of the peaks from your timeline that you might have otherwise missed. The new tool automatically cooks up a summary of the most interesting things the people you're following are tweeting, along with local trending topics, twice a day. For Twitter, meanwhile, it's another way to try to maintain active users.

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