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Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Last month, Yahoo brought us Contact Cards, an update to Yahoo Mail that gave you quick, contextual info about a person you were receiving emails from. On launch, Contact Cards brought you info like phone numbers and alternate emails a person might have associated with their Yahoo Mail account, as well as links to their social media profiles. Today, Yahoo is fleshing the Contact Cards feature out a bit more, adding LinkedIn and Twitter info to the mix to give us all a more well-rounded view of one another.

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Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

If you visit Twitter while logged out (on the desktop), you’ll see a new landing page. In an attempt to encourage more users, Twitter ha launched a new homepage that shows you what categories may be of interest to you. Those tabs lead you to a stream of tweets you can peruse, which is the hook. If you’d like to do more — say retweet or reply to a post — you’ll need an account, or to log-in. The page seems geared to encourage more to sign up for the microblogging service.

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Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Now that Twitter has acquired the live-streaming platform, Periscope, which "lets you see the world in real-time through someone else's eyes", Twitter doing what it can to keep its rival, Meerkat, from gaining traction. Twitter is rumored to be using strategic tactics to keep its rival, Meerkat, off the playing field, especially because Meerkat exclusively uses Twitter to push its live streams. Twitter could fear that if Meerkat gains a strong user following, then there won't be enough of a user base to catapult Periscope to success.

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Twitter for iOS now supports slow motion video uploads

Twitter for iOS now supports slow motion video uploads

Slow-motion videos are awesome. On iOS, it’s a native feature of the stock camera, and you can shoot in either 120fps or 240fps. Sharing those videos was a bit annoying, though. Slo-mo videos typically played back at regular speed, so your dog eating peanut butter was a lot less funny (but still hilarious). Via Twitter, you can now share those slow motion videos and they’ll be seen as intended. Unfortunately for Android, this is another Twitter feature that is iOS-only, at least for now.

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Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter’s Discover tab is gone. Today, the microblogging platform announces they’re retiring Discover, and will be transitioning Trends to the Search page. Trends is also getting a bit of attention in this process, signaling to us Twitter is keen to streamline our experience a bit. With Trends, Twitter will now provide a little context to hashtags you’re not immediately familiar with. The change is coming for both iOS and Android, and via an app update that’s already rolling out to all users.

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Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

What can be accomplished with a Tweet? That’s what Twitter would like to know, and their new ‘#PoweredByTweets’ challenge in the UK is hopefully going to answer that question for them. The actual challenge is two-fold: either create something beautiful with Twitter/Tweets, or solve a problem using Twitter. Prizes will be awarded, with a judging panel handing out unnamed packages to the top three winners in each category. Not only a contest, those with the best ideas will have their ideas brought to life by Pixie Labs.

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Twitter revamps ‘quote tweet’ function for iPhone and web

Twitter revamps ‘quote tweet’ function for iPhone and web

Twitter revealed today that it's revamping its look with new way to quote tweets. Now, instead of quoting tweets via a link or direct text, whenever you quote a tweet it will embed the actual tweet inside yours. Twitter might be hoping this adds to its ability as a spreader of viral content. Instead of a plain link, the embedded picture makes it easy to see what the fuss is about, and a new quote tweet button will make it even easier to share amusing content with your followers.

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Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter buys Dev analytics firm tenXer

Twitter is on a bit of a shopping spree of late. After acquiring Periscope and quickly releasing it wide acclaim, Twitter has acquired tenXer. The startup is/was focussed on improving the workflow for programming teams, and will continue to work from their San Francisco office space. The sign-up page for tenXer is still up, but the company’s GitHub page is gone. According to an email from tenXer founder Jeff Ma, the startup itself will be shuttered, and all work will now happen under the branding of Twitter.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

Twitter users, especially those who track multiple accounts for business purposes, are likely aware of TweetDeck. The homegrown Twitter app is handy for keeping tabs on multiple items, and is now seeing an important update for the Mac client. After a succession of updates on other platforms, the OS X version of TweetDeck is now getting the service’s ‘Teams’ feature. TweetDeck users on Mac will also see GIFs animated within the app, in-line video, and group DMs — handy for use with Teams.

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Twitter profiles may soon see ads in timeline

Twitter profiles may soon see ads in timeline

Like any publicly traded company with a business model that lets you use the service for free, Twitter is going to have to monetize. Either we all pay up to Tweet (not going to happen), or we start seeing ads here and there (already happening). A new report suggests Twitter isn’t just going to seed ‘promoted’ Tweets in your timeline, but also in the timeline of your profile. It's not new -- Twitter already has ads -- but is definitely a new method for placement, but not one without some wrinkles.

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With Curator, Twitter is taking Tweets mainstream

With Curator, Twitter is taking Tweets mainstream

Sometimes when you’re watching a TV show or web broadcast, you might see Tweets from people pop up, which typically serve to underscore whatever your host may be discussing. To make that easier for broadcasters, Twitter is unearthing Curator, which has been in a kind of beta program until today. With Curator, those who distribute all types of content will be able to populate a Twitter feed alongside their feed, pulling the audience at home into the world of published content.

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