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Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter launches Live 360 video on Periscope for select few

Twitter and Periscope have launched live 360 videos, though the streaming full-view footage will only be offered from a handful of select partners at first. 360 broadcasts will be flagged with a special "360" badge on Twitter and Periscope. Viewers will be able to pan around the spherical scene either by clicking and dragging with their mouse, swiping with their finger on a touchscreen, or physically moving their phone or tablet around to look in different directions.

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Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

The Sony Music Group Twitter account was recently hacked and used to send out a fake death tweet announcing the passing of singer Britney Spears. The tweet has since been removed and confirmed as false, with Sony saying it has 'rectified' the issue. Spears' own manager confirmed that she has not died. It is also possible a Twitter account belonging to Bob Dylan was also accessed and used to spread the fake death news.

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New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

RealDonaldContext is a new Chrome extension that's undertaking a rather large task: fact checking Donald Trump's many, many tweets. Created by the Washington Post, the add-on will insert blurbs beneath Trump's tweets when more information may be necessary. Now if we could just get the same treatment for all public officials, we'd be sitting pretty.

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Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Vine will be reborn as Vine Camera, but don’t get too excited

Twitter's decision to axe the Vine app came as a big surprise back in October, but now we know what will become of the short looping video service. Come January, the Twitter-owned service says, Vine will become Vine Camera, a "pared-down" app focused pretty much solely on creating short clips for sharing on Twitter. Meanwhile, there's news for those wondering how they'll be able to take their Vine audience with them.

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Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter has officially launched its new Twitter for Android TV app, giving Android TV users the ability to access video content streamed on the service. This content includes live NFL games, among other things, and marks yet another video app option for those using Google's television software. The app currently sits at version 1.0 and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store now.

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Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

As promised, Twitter has detailed some new measures its implementing to combat the troll problem it has. Twitter's struggle against online harassment has been well documented, and it's been said that those same struggles have prevented the social media company from finding a buyer. These features are rolling out today, with Twitter planning to make them more comprehensive as time goes on.

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Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

At the end of October, Twitter made the rather surprising decision to pull the plug on Vine by announcing plans to discontinue its mobile app. While we still don't have a day the mobile app is scheduled to go offline, new reports suggest that may not actually happen. That is to say: Vine might be granted a reprieve assuming Twitter can find someone interested in purchasing it.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

Late last week, GIPHY announced that it would soon be offering a tool to convert Vines into GIFs. By now, many of you know that Twitter will soon be pulling the plug on Vine's mobile app, giving GIPHY this window to launch a conversion tool and possibly pull in some more traffic. That tool is now live, just a few short days after it was originally announced.

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Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Twitter and Vine have made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing that the two have plans to discontinue the Vine mobile app. The mobile app won't be going offline immediately, with Twitter and Vine saying it will flip the switch in the "coming months." Just as interesting as the decision to pull the plug is the fact that they didn't reveal why they're doing it.

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Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

If you're a frequent Twitter user, you might have noticed that the site has a bit of a troll problem. This isn't a new problem, either, with harassment long being at the forefront of conversations about Twitter. The company has tried a number of things to prevent more unsavory folks from using Twitter as a platform for harassment, but those measures haven't always been the most successful.

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Twitter confirms 350 layoffs in attempt to increase profits

Twitter confirms 350 layoffs in attempt to increase profits

Following the recent news that it had failed to attract acquisition offers from a handful of potential suitors, Twitter has revealed that it will be cutting 9% of its staff. The announcement came alongside the social network's Q3 financial earnings for 2016, and the layoffs will account for roughly 350 employees. This is all part of a restructuring plan for the company that aims to reach profitability by 2017, and it's a similar move to what CEO Jack Dorsey did last year when over 300 people were fired in an attempt to reduce costs.

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