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Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

Report: Twitter strips US intelligence agencies of Dataminr access

A couple years ago, we reported that Twitter had teamed with startup Dataminr to monitor, find, and surface tweets related to specific things. The intention was providing news agencies like CNN with fast-access to tweets that may aid journalists in forming their stories. Dataminr is the only company with Twitter’s blessing to have real-time access to its public tweets and to sell those tweets back to various clients, some of whom have been U.S. intelligence agencies. According to a source, Twitter has decided to cut off those agencies’ access to Dataminr’s harvested data.

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Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope may have launched #save to allow live-stream videos to live on for more than 24 hours, but soon each broadcast will be saved by default. In a complete flip from the ephemeral video concept Periscope launched with, in a few weeks time the company will switch over to making permanent footage the status-quo.

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Soon your DJI drone will stream to Periscope

Soon your DJI drone will stream to Periscope

Not to be outdone by Facebook Live, Periscope is adding live streaming from drones courtesy of a new collaboration with DJI. The Twitter-owned live broadcast service will soon support beaming footage from a DJI drone's camera directly to an audience of iOS and Android users.

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Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Here’s how to #save your Periscope videos more than 24hrs

Your Periscope witticisms, comedy gold, earnest real-talk, and harsh-but-fair relationship advice can now live on forever, with Twitter adding an easy way to save recordings. Previously, videos streamed through Periscope would be available for replay for a 24 hour period after broadcast, but at that point they'd be deleted altogether.

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Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter’s new Connect tab makes it easy to follow new accounts

Twitter wants to make it easier to find new accounts to follow, and so it has introduced a new Connect tab that will help connect you with other Twitter users. The tab shows accounts that Twitter thinks you’ll want to follow based on who you already follow, the kind of tweets you “like,” current events, accounts from your local area that are popular, and more. The feature will be showing up on mobile soon.

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Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

I'm the kind of person that gets on Facebook a few times a day, just to check up on the lives of my friends and family that I don't get to see very often. However, some for some people, social media is a deeply integrated part of their life, that they can't seem to go without for more than a short period of time. If you're one of those people, and you happen to get selected for jury duty, then you might find yourself having to pay a hefty fine.

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Twitter now lets you report multiple abusive tweets at once

Twitter now lets you report multiple abusive tweets at once

Twitter is an interesting platform. With a 140 character limit, conversations are comprised of either short, pointed messages, or an entire storm of tweets. And if these are abusive tweets, such an amount of them can make it hard to report to Twitter. At least until now.

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Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Brace yourself Twitter users, more of the thing you fear the most might be on the way — the much dreaded changes. The social network has begun testing some design and layout adjustments, as they've been known to do, but specifically within the beta version of the Android app. So far, the changes mostly focus on the navigation bar at the top of the screen, making it easier to switch between the main sections.

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Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

The internet is all about sharing things. Sharing photos, ideas, information, and anything else that can be converted into a digital format. So why is it so hard to share a tweet in a DM conversation? Users have long wondered why the simple act of sharing a tweet in a private conversation between other Twitter users is such a complicated process. Well Twitter has listened, and there's now a new button to solve this problem.

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

Microsoft turns Tay.ai back on with safeguards in place

I don't think anyone was sure just what Microsoft was thinking when it put its AI chatbot called Tay on twitter with no protections in place. Tay is back and this time Microsoft thinks it has things in hand. The thing with Tay was that it learned from the chats it had with other users and could be forced to repeat what users tweeted at it back as if the chatbot had the same opinions. Anyone who has ever seen twitter or used the platform could have told you that wouldn't end well, and end well it didn’t .

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Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

For most of us, seeing a picture in our Facebook or Twitter feed isn't anything special. We glance at it quickly, and move on. However, for those who are visually impaired, knowing that there is an image attached to a post can be frustrating. Unless the caption is very specific, they're not going to have any idea what that picture contains. Twitter will soon offer a way to assist those who might not be able to properly see the images you post.

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