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Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter expands transparency report with two new categories

Twitter has announced that it is, for the first time, expanding the scope of its transparency report, doing so to include two new categories: email privacy practices and trademark notices. This brings the report up to five categories. In addition, Twitter is making it easier to find its data with a redesign of its transparency site, including adding improvements to its mobile transparency portal. The new design is already in place, and the data has been refreshed with the two new sections.

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Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

If you're both a Twitter user and big time soccer (football, if you're reading this from outside the US) fan, then there's a whole bunch of new emoji for you to fill your tweets with. The social network is marking the start of the 2015-2016 Premier League with a set of its custom emoji, called hashflags, featuring every team's emblem. So you can show your support for Manchester with #MUFC, or cheer for Southhampton with #SaintsFC.

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Twitter app on iPhone 6 Plus now offers landscape mode

Twitter app on iPhone 6 Plus now offers landscape mode

The official Twitter app for iOS has just rolled out a new option for landscape mode, however it's only for iPhone 6 Plus users. The view is very similar to app's iPad UI, offering a new compose tweet view and a wider interface when navigating the timeline and direct messages. The landscape option doesn't seem to be available to every iPhone 6 Plus user just yet, as Twitter seeming to be rolling it out in stages.

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Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

The hardware division of Apple's Beats by Dre has begun posting videos of its headphone products on Twitter. These aren't your typical ads or commercials, but rather instructional videos that introduce the product's features and show how they work. To that end, these videos aren't even shared on Apple or Beats' standard Twitter accounts, instead appearing on the Beats customer support account. The first video appeared on Monday of this week, as was for the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones.

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Twitter beats earnings expectations by signing up SMS users

Twitter beats earnings expectations by signing up SMS users

Twitter's financial Q2 this year brought the company up just over their revenue expectation range with a cool $502 million in revenue. This put them above a previously forecast revenue range of $470 million to $485 million, with a cool 61% increase in revenue year-over-year. This bodes well for Twitter, whose interim CEO Jack Dorsey suggests that "in order to realize Twitter's full potential, we must improve in three key areas: ensure more disciplined execution, simplify our service to deliver Twitter's value faster, and better communicate that value."

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Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Broadcasting app Periscope has pushed out an update for its iOS app, and among the changes is the ability to mute people you are following. You’ll still be able to see their feeds if you’d like, and you’ll still be following them, but if they broadcast too often you can “mute” their notifications (turn off receiving them), so that push notifications from those users become a thing of the past. This is version 1.1.3, and it is available as of today from the App Store.

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Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Can't think of anything original to tweet? If you ever feel tempted to pilfer someone's clever quip or cheesy joke, be prepared to feel the sting of public shame. Twitter has started replacing those tweets with a boilerplate message letting others know the content was scrapped from elsewhere, and that the original content creator has issued a complaint. Take a look around Twitter and you might notice the message yourself — and you’ll also notice that many of the illicit tweeters are spam accounts, meaning this new banhammer might prove doubly useful.

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Four Internet “Faux Pas” That We All Need to Relax About

Four Internet “Faux Pas” That We All Need to Relax About

Drunken Facebook messages. Accidentally tweeting something that was meant to be a Direct Message. That moment someone tells you that you hit "Reply All" by mistake. Realizing the goofy video you posted to YouTube for your friends now has 100,000 views.

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Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Did your Twitter timeline's custom wallpaper just disappear on you? No need to panic, there's nothing really wrong There is no widespread Twitter bug. Actually, yes do panic because since it's not a bug, it means there's nothing to be fixed. In a still unexplained move, Twitter removed custom background images and design from your profile and home timeline page. Fear not, it hasn't completely disappeared into nothingness. You can still see them, but only if you're viewing individual tweets and nowhere else in the Twitterverse.

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A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

A “redefined” Twitter wants 3rd party developers back

Given Twitter's enormity, stability (sort of), and legacy, you'd think it'd have its mission and vision down to a 'T' by now. But if co-founder and board member Evan Williams is to be believed, the social networking giant is undergoing a phase of introspection and self-discovery. Heck, it isn't even a social networking site anymore. According to Williams, has figured out that it is, more than anything else, a real-time news platform. It's a change in definition that opens the doors to possibilities, including a better relationship with app developers.

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Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updates their live video app to include Android, iOS, and Web live views as well as Android and Web replays. This version will be delivered to iOS users as early as this afternoon with iOS replays as well. Version 1.1.2 allows users to edit full name as well as description and photo from their profile for the first time. Users will also be able to take advantage of a whole new featured users section and a "broadcast share sheet" for the masses.

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Aaron Paul teases his role as Han Solo [UPDATE: Jawa]

Aaron Paul teases his role as Han Solo [UPDATE: Jawa]

Jesse Pinkman may have let the cat out of the bag - sort of - again. This evening the actor best known for his role on the TV series mega-hit Breaking Bad sent out a bit of a convoluted set of messages that, together, point toward him being cast as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology film. Approximately 30 minutes before the article you're reading now is set to be published, Paul released an Tweet of an Instagram of a screenshot. This screenshot was of the official Star Wars Twitter handle having just followed him. He attached the words: "My dreams are coming true."

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