Patent purchase to end legal dispute leaves Twitter with 956 patents in total
Twitter paid a hefty sum to acquire a collection of patents from IBM, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing reveals. The January payment, which saw Twitter take ownership of 900 patents, was worth $36 million and also ceased the legal action brought against the micro-blogging firm for alleged patent infringement, though it will certainly not be the last it faces.
Nudity banned in Vine clips, though artistic and documentary nudity spared
Twitter has updated its terms of service for video sharing app Vine, banning videos of sexual content. The change, which takes immediate effect, aims to stop users from posting adult content of a sexual nature on the service, but still allows for nudity in an artistic or documentary context to be displayed, and appears to be another attempt by the company to clean up the service.
Twitter complains over lack of detail when reporting FISA requests
Twitter has published its latest Transparency Report, detailing information requests and takedown notices, while at the same time taking the opportunity to attack the US government over its lack of transparency on national security requests. While Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and LinkedIn provided limited details about Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, Twitter has opted not to, due to its current lack of usefulness.
Revenue per user climbing, but not enough to stem tide of red ink
Twitter today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year. The microblogging service posted revenue of $243 million, up 116 percent from the year-ago-quarter, with a net loss of $511 million. On the year, the company posted $665 million in revenue, with a net loss of $645 million. On the results, which included slowing subscriber growth, Twitter stock took a beating, falling 17 percent to $54.40, eradicating millions of dollars from the company's worth in hours.
IBM patent buy by Twitter follows similar acquisitions by Google, Facebook
Twitter has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, with the two companies also agreeing to a patent cross-licensing deal, IBM has announced. Occurring in December and only just being announced today, the agreement also puts to an end a patent lawsuit by IBM, accusing Twitter of infringing on three patents before the micro-blogging service filed its IPO.
New iOS app supplements photo functionality, makes other UI enhancements
A pair of updates to both Twitter.com and the Twitter iOS app have added functionality to users of the microblogging service. The website itself has been given an updated search function, allowing users to restrict parameters of a search for more relevant information. Additionally, the iOS app has new photo tools, and better login verification for users of Apple's mobile devices.
Rdio adds social sharing bar to web, desktop apps
Rdio has updated its web and desktop apps to make it easier for users to share tracks with social networks. The official blog reveals users can click on a song, album, or playlist and then drag it to a new sharing pop-up on the right-hand side of the screen. Users can then select whether they wish to share the tracks over Facebook, Twitter, or to other Rdio users, or alternatively, add it to a playlist in a fourth option on the same panel.
Twitter updating look of website to match its iOS and Android apps
Social media service Twitter has initiated rolling out an update to its website, with the aim to mirror the aesthetic approach to that of its app versions to iOS and Android. Users will be able to personalize their profile more than previously, with the settings menu including an option to add accent colors. The navigation bar is a different color and style than before, and some icons have been redesigned.
Site includes unique TV Mode
Twitter has today launched a web version of Vine, its video snapshot-based social network. The new interface is located at vine.co, and lets visitors access feeds for themselves and others, where they can like, comment on, or share posts. The web interface should also make it easier to share content with friends, since people can simply copy and send the appropriate URLs.
Images now available in direct messages, mirroring Twitter addition
Both the Mac and iOS versions of Twitter client Tweetbot have been updated recently, bringing support for images in direct messages (reflecting an upcoming change in Twitter itself) as well has generally improving how the apps handle images overall. Both also received the usual "various bug fixes," with the Mac version specifically fixing a problem with reading unread feed items. Twitter has not yet publicly implemented images in direct messages, but will soon.
Twitter looking to add location-based features
Twitter is reportedly working on an addition to its service that will show users tweets from other Twitter users near them. The Wall Street Journal reported on the "Nearby" feature on Saturday, saying that it will allow Twitter to more accurately target users with advertising specific to their location and interests. Reportedly, the feature has shown up several times on the smartphones of users that allow Twitter to access their location data.
Visual enhancements throughout apps
Twitter has released a major update to its OS X client, bringing new features and an overhauled appearance. Version 3.0 is said to take design cues from the companies other apps for mobile devices, adopting a "cleaner and more modern" interface to showcase the additional capabilities.
Twitter sees redesign, new features with version 6.0
Twitter on Tuesday released updates for both the iOS and Android versions of its mobile app, bringing a redesign and new features for users. The updates pack a number of enhancements, and they give users the ability to share photos via Direct Message. The updates also add new capabilities with regard to push notifications, letting users keep better track of their closer friends on Twitter.
Agents infiltrate World of Warcraft
Eight tech giants, including industry competitors Apple, Google and Microsoft, have joined forces to demand reforms to the US government's surveillance tactics. In an open letter sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, the companies argue that current surveillance practices, as detailed in ongoing leaks from former National Security Agency staffer Edward Snowden, have created an imbalance "too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual-rights that are enshrined in our Constitution."
Twitter bringing microblogging to entry-level mobile phones
Popular microblogging service Twitter is working to bring its 140-character messaging to mobile phone users whose devices don't have access to the Internet. Reuters on Thursday reported that the company was working with U2opia Mobile, a Singapore-based startup, to bring Twitter content to non-smartphones in the near future. Via a simple process, users will be able to download the latest data from Twitter directly to their phones.
For the second time this month, Tapbots has released an update to its full-featured Twitter client for iOS, Tweetbot 3. Entirely redesigned in October for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position.
Search results now show all relevant tweets, adds trending timeline
Twitter has pushed out an update to its iOS and Android apps, offering a revamped search function, related trending tweets, improved login verification and more. Users can now search tweets by media type (photos or videos) in a grid or list layout, and the search function can also separate "news" tweets from those from a users' friends. In addition, the search now offers a "everything" view, and the ability to see all tweets rather than "top tweets."
Feature removed without comment by microblogging service
Twitter has backtracked on a design decision that allowed users to receive direct messages from followers without the need to follow them back. The feature, introduced last month and consisted of an opt-in checkbox inside the account settings page, has now been removed with Twitter providing little in the way of explanation.
BitTorrent Sync hits version 1.2.29
The BitTorrent Sync app for iOS has hit version 1.2.29, bringing new capabilities, as well as an iPad version. BitTorrent Sync users will now be able to access their files from iPads, as well as iPhones. The app has also been updated with a new design to reflect its iOS 7 compatibility. Users will see improved connection speed, and they can also save pictures and video from synced folders to the Camera Roll on an iOS device.
Share price change expected to net the company $1.8B
Twitter has updated the set price per share for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) to $26 each, potentially valuing the company at $18 billion. The offering of 70 million shares is up from the previous expected range of $17 to $20 per share, and in the process earns the company $1.82 billion, along with increasing the overall valuation of the company even higher.
Legal dispute noted in IPO filings
In an amended S-1 filing with the SEC, Twitter has revealed that it has been threatened with a patent-infringement lawsuit by IBM. In a letter sent to the former ahead of its IPO, IBM accused the company of violating US Patent No. 6,957,224: "Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators," No. 7,072,849: "Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service," and No. 7,099,862: "Programmatic discovery of common contacts."
Enables tweets without text
Twitter has released a small update for its iOS client, v5.12. The new version makes two significant additions. When browsing a personal timeline, the app will now display inline previews of Vine videos, photos uploaded to Twitter, and "other select content." This makes it more practical to use only an image for a tweet; to see a photo fullscreen, users just have to tap it. If necessary previews can be disabled via Settings.
Tweetbot chooses to release update as brand new app
Yesterday Tapbots unleashed the next major version of its popular Twitter client, Tweetbot, for the iPhone. However, to the displeasure of many, this iOS 7 optimized update was released as a new app and not as a free update for existing customers. Anyone looking to take advantage of the advancements found in the update will need to pay the full entry fee of $3.
Twitter profile image redownloads fault in Windows Phone
A feature in Windows Phone is causing device owners to unexpectedly use high amounts of data, which could be potentially expensive for some phone users. An issue in the operating system's Twitter integration has devices frequently redownloading profile images from the service, an issue that Microsoft has been quick to confirm exists.
Offering will generate over $1 billion for the microblogging service
The Twitter initial public offering (IPO) roadshow starts October 28, heralding the start of the company's stock offering. Twitter has set its price range at $17 to $20 per share, and announced that it will create 700 million shares. The stock under the abbreviation "TWTR" will be made available on the NASDAQ on November 6.
Twitter's #Music feature gets no traction
Twitter may be on the verge of killing off its #Music mobile application on iOS just six months after it debuted, according to a report from AllThingsD. Sources familiar with Twitter's operations say that the company is revamping its music department, but that the #Music app may not have a real future. The app launched in April to some interest, quickly shooting up the app ranking charts. It has since seen lower adoption and engagement numbers.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter memo over spying concerns
A group of technology companies has asked members of the UK government that there needs to be a debate about Internet surveillance. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter have jointly written a memo to Members of Parliament (MPs) calling for more transparency in requests for information by government-controlled organizations, such as GCHQ.
Previews images before sharing
Twitter has released an updated Mac version of TweetDeck, its more advanced client app. Version 3.3.3 incorporates a redesigned Tweet Panel on the left-hand side, including an option to keep the panel open all the time, making it easier to start writing a tweet. Along the same lines, replying to tweets should be faster thanks to a new inline reply feature.
Service sees 218.3M monthly users, most with repeated daily visits
Twitter has opened the curtain on some of its business particulars in its S-1 filing with the SEC to take the company public. Calling the company "a service shaped by the people, for the people" in its filing, the microblogging service would like to use the stock symbol "TWTR" and is seeking a $1 billion IPO from the sale of 472,613,753 shares of common stock.
BBC releases new iPlayer Downloads app for Mac, PC without Adobe Air
The BBC has released a new version of its iPlayer Desktop for Mac and PC that offers improved downloads of BBC television programs. BBC iPlayer Downloads, which now no longer uses Adobe AIR nor offers Windows Media files for security and cost reasons, will let users download shows from the on-demand service for later viewing, with users able to cue a download of a show in the client using links on the iPlayer website itself. Existing BBC iPlayer downloads will continue to work until their scheduled expiry dates.
Program geared for public agencies
Twitter has introduced a new alert system for emergency notifications or other important information related to ongoing events. During a crisis or emergency, accounts registered with the Twitter Alerts system can post tweets that will stand out with a unique appearance and higher priority than social posts.
Change will allow newcomers to jump into discussions of airing shows, events
While some viewers still prefer to focus their attention on a TV show and cogitate on it before commenting publicly, many modern viewers enjoy the social interaction of reading and providing their own "commentary track" to episodes of TV shows, awards shows or sporting events as they happen; splitting their focus between what's happening on the TV and what's happening in a social feed. Twitter will be addressing this with a new feed dedicated to various popular TV shows in the next version of its iOS app, which will also be updated for iOS 7.
Twitter-generated playlists available from within streaming music apps directly
Twitter has expanded the reach of its #music service, with two music streaming companies adding it directly into their apps. Spotify and Rdio both offer the option to view playlists generated by Twitter #music, with the additions being the first time Twitter #music has appeared in apps other than its own iOS version, and the website.
Verified accounts can filter posts automatically, show other verified users
Twitter has altered the way its microblogging system operates for verified accounts, by adding new ways to filter incoming messages. At the same time, it has been revealed that Twitter is putting forward a complete redesign of its Android app, with the current version 5.0 being tested out in beta by a small group of users.
Revenue less than $1 billion, allowing for unconventional filing
Earlier today, Twitter announced (in a tweet) that it has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public. Companies with less than $1 billion in revenue per year can file for a "secret" initial public offering, which prevents public release of documentation associated with the filing, such as assets, and revenue estimates.
Attack on the New York Times second in two weeks
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) tonight has claimed responsibility for a trio of hacks -- one directed at The New York Times, the second at the Huffington Post UK branch, and the third at microblogging service Twitter. All three appear to be attacks on the DNS records, as well as some sort of intrusion on Twitter's image hosting and URL shortening service.
Six-second video service grows by 23M since June
Twitter has revealed that its short video service Vine has managed to gain its 40 millionth user. The user number milestone has been achieved despite new competition from well-established Instagram, and comes at the same time as it updates the Android version of its app with a number of bug fixes and the autocompletion of hashtags.
Testing discovered underway in iPhone app
Twitter is testing out location-based alerts of live events, according to reports. The feature has been discovered running in the social network's official iOS app, and appears to be associated with hashtags; in a given example, people using the tag "#TechShopggd" nearby might bring a post to the top of a feed, and offer the option to check out related tweets. Twitter has refused to comment other than to suggest that it's experimenting with a number of ideas.
App localized for 12 more countries
Twitter has updated its #music iOS app with several new discovery features. Foremost is local library scanning, the results of which are used to suggest relevant artists. Users can now also listen to an artist's top tracks, similar acts, and even the bands that the artist follows on Twitter.
Verification not dependent on phone numbers
Twitter has updated the iOS app for its social network with several additions, most notably integrated two-step authentication. Rather than use a phone number, Twitter subscribers can now sign up for authentication via the combination of the app and push messaging. Backup codes are generated in case a device is lost, and whenever a login request is made, Twitter will supply details of the person's browser and rough location.
Twitter for Windows 8 adds list support, multiple user accounts
Twitter for Windows 8 has received some updates, alongside some bug fixes. The Metro-style app update, available through the Windows Store, now allows for users to sign into the microblogging service with multiple accounts, adds support for viewing lists of Twitter accounts, and allows for user profiles and lists to be pinned directly onto the Windows 8 Start screen.
Facebook 25 times more popular than Google for sharing
Despite Google's efforts to integrate its "social layer" across all of its services, Google+ trails every other major social networking platform. A new report out from Gigya pegs Google+ at only a two percent share of social sharing, behind even LinkedIn, which holds a three percent share. The social platform is in fifth place among the major social outlets.
Worshippers must have 'requisite devotion' to receive during World Youth Day
The Vatican is modernizing an old tradition on Twitter. Followers of the Papal Twitter account are being offered "indulgences," thereby reducing the amount of time Catholics believe they will have to spend in Purgatory after absolution of sin. Attendance to the upcoming Rio World Youth Day is normally required for such special dispensation, but those following the "rites and pious exercises" of the event through television, radio and social media will be granted the indulgence.
Vine adds iOS app enhancements, Fast Capture widget to Android app
Vine has updated its Android app, gaining a number of features added earlier to the iOS version. The addition of 15 new channels to post videos to, "revining" posts with others, and improved capture tools are accompanied by a new Fast Capture Widget, which opens the app into the camera mode, bypassing the home screen entirely for quicker recording of clips. A mute button for watching videos silently has also been included in the new release.
Massive simultaneous update drives client improvements
Twitter on Monday rolled out a simultaneous update to searching on Android, iPhone, iPad and the social network's mobile website. Searching people will now show a full bio, making it easier and faster to find out more about the searched individuals. Additionally, all platforms will now sync direct messages. Other improvements have been rolled out to individual apps, including tweet composition and interaction display.
'Protected' accounts restrict followers
A new version of Twitter's Vine, 1.3, has been released for iOS. The video-sharing app now sports several discovery-related features, primarily a set of 15 channels, which cover broad categories like Comedy and Art down and more specific ones such as Cats. Posts, meanwhile, can be newly "revined," and the Explore screen lets users quickly find more Vine subscribers to follow.
Instagram hosts photo gallery of celebrations
At least two major high-tech companies have issued statements supporting today's US Supreme Court decisions related to gay marriage, according to AllThingsD. "Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today," a message from an Apple spokesman reads. HP, meanwhile, is pointing to its history of supporting gay causes. "HP has more than 30 years of partnership with and participation in pride events, and works throughout the year to build and strengthen HP as an organization that values all employees, customers and communities," says Michael Thacker, the global communications chair for HP's Pride Employee Resource Group. "Our sponsorship at San Francisco Pride this year is a great example of how HP is committed to diversity and to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company," Thacker's PR concludes.
Vine adds new features, social integration
The Android version of the video sharing app Vine saw an update on Saturday, bringing it to version 1.1.0. The new update adds integration with Facebook, as well as the ability to search for specific users and hashtags. It also brings performance improvements meant to bring the Android Vine experience to parity with the iOS version.
Twitter's importance verified by dictionary
The Internet is responsible for a number of words that didn't exist just over a decade ago, and the Oxford English Dictionary has just added another net phrase to the official lexicon. Already a word related to bird vocalizations, "tweet" now also officially references the social networking service Twitter. The OED also added "big data," "crowdsourcing," "e-reader," "mouseover," "redirect," and "stream" to its list of words.
Sidebar makes it easier to jump between columns
Twitter has posted an updated Mac version of TweetDeck, its more advanced client software. The v3.0.2 release makes a number of interface changes, most notably adding a sidebar to the lefthand side. This lets users quickly jump between columns, instead of having to scroll through them. Columns can be quickly rearranged by dragging them around within the sidebar.