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Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter has acquired the startup Periscope, according to sources close to the matter. Periscope is behind an app that allows mobile users to stream video from their handset, and it points toward a push on Twitter's part to enable a live-streaming function on its service. Twitter has not yet confirmed the deal, and there's no word on how much, exactly, it paid for the startup, though leaks have it that the deal was finalized weeks ago and is, as of now, completely closed.

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Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google just hired one of the most important people at Twitter to join their team as Trends Data Editor. Not that Simon Rogers is going to make or break a company like Twitter, but the ability to do what he did for Twitter - and what he'll be doing for Google - is really, really is an important role. Especially for the public, seeing how events explode in a virtual way, seeing that sort of thing clearly, and easily - that's what Rogers does.

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Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter has made it a personal mission to stomp the trolls and abusive users that are giving its service a bad name (and causing some legitimate users to jump ship). The anonymous corner of the Internet offers a much-needed service for many, but it is likewise often abused by trolls who use it so that they're harder to trace. Tor is one such tool, and now Twitter is requiring those who are using it to verify their phone number straight away when making a new account, a requirement that isn't in place for those who aren't using Tor.

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Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter introduces more tools to combat trolls

Twitter has been criticized on numerous occasions for how it handles trolls, and it has made a serious effort in recent times to change that. Early this month, for example, a message from Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo surfaced in which he took personal responsibility for the social network's trolling troubles and vowed that Twitter won't be tolerating such abusive users any longer. Fast-forward a couple weeks, and the microblogging service has announced some new tools for combating abusive users, trolls, and other issues.

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Twitter unites with FCC for net neutrality push

Twitter unites with FCC for net neutrality push

Twitter just posted a proclaimation on their blog defining their stance on net neutrality. In case it wasn't obvious before, Twitter is in favor of it. Their timing isn't coincidental at all. This week, there is an upcoming net neutrality proposal by Chairman Tom Wheeler of the FCC that aims to actually protect consumers and competition. The FCC will vote on this very proposal on February 26th in their open meeting. The current proposal aims to make the Internet a level playing field once and for all.

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TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

TweetDeck Teams lets you share Twitter accounts without sharing passwords

This week the folks at Twitter - who own TweetDeck - have introduced a feature for the platform called Teams. You and your associates will all need TweetDeck for this feature to work, but once they do, it makes sharing one Twitter account super easy. This system allows you to share access to a Twitter account instead of sharing your password for said account. You can give contributor access or admin access, and deny access to this one main leader account at any time.

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Twitter buys startup Niche to pair Vine creators with brands

Twitter buys startup Niche to pair Vine creators with brands

Connecting creators to their audience is a new trend among social websites. Tumblr recently made moves to expose creators to a wider audience, and YouTube is fighting hard to keep homegrown media stars on their service. Facebook is also encouraging stars to go their way ahead of any other mediums, and upstarts like Vessel are trying to steal the show. In an attempt to make themselves relevant to creators 140-characters at a time, Twitter has purchased Niche, which helps pair stars with brands.

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Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

As a part of Twitter's quarterly earnings announcement earlier this week, the social network's CEO Dick Costolo and CFO Anthony Noto commented about how Apple's release of iOS 8 in 2014 led to a loss of 4 million active users. The information was related to Twitter's user growth, and as the number of active users per month is seen as an important benchmark for social networks, it was noted that the 288 million users Twitter was reporting could have been 292 million if not for the issues with iOS 8.

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Twitter beats revenue estimates on stalled user growth

Twitter beats revenue estimates on stalled user growth

Today, Twitter posted their fourth quarter earnings, and have quite a bit to be proud of. With 4479 million in revenue and a $79 Non-GAAP profit, the microblogging social network has nothing to be ashamed of. Versus this time last year, Twitter’s quarterly revenue is up 97%. Still, everyone is down on Twitter, notably because they didn’t grow as expected. With just over 4 million new users in their fourth quarter, Twitter’s quarterly growth was only 1.4%, which is causing some concern on Wall Street.

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Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

Twitter CEO vows to tackle the Trolls

For all the amazing things the internet has to offer, there is one pervasive and extremely pesky problem that millions of internet users have to deal with on a daily basis, namely Trolls! Often taking the liberty of free speech to the extreme, these individuals are a continual hassle all over the internet - especially on social media sites like Twitter. There have been numerous reports of harassment and abuse on Twitter over the years, but now their CEO has admitted that these Trolls are driving away users, and that Twitter sucks at dealing with such abuse. He has now sworn to take more drastic actions to make the Twitter experience more enjoyable in the future.

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