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Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Twitter confirms Periscope buy, livestreaming video incoming

Streaming video is about to hit Twitter. Not long ago, a rumor popped up that Twitter had acquired the streaming video company Periscope, which many believed was in response to the quick ascension of Meerkat to the livestreaming ranks. According to a tweet from Periscope today, they’ve been part of Twitter since January, so that can quickly be debunked. After retweeting that tweet, Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Kevin Weil, confirmed the acquisition, saying he “can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve built”.

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Twitter’s new policy: no to nonconsensual adult content

Twitter’s new policy: no to nonconsensual adult content

Twitter is making it clear: there is no room for revenge porn or similar content on its network. While it might sound like a no-brainer, given that Twitter already disallows graphic content anyway, it sometimes pays to be perfectly explicit, especially when it comes down to legalities. So as not to give any smart crack room to wiggle, the social networking giant has updated its Twitter Rules to lay out in no ambiguous terms, but without mentioning specifics, that revealing photos or videos are not allowed, especially if the subject doesn't consent to its distribution.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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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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