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Twitter  desultory earnings report on Thursday show a company with no evident path to profitability, as core costs climb more quickly than revenue while user growth stagnates.

For all the buzz the San Francisco company has created as the preferred platform for U.S. President Donald Trump and other high-profile figures, Twitter has lost more than $1.5 billion cumulatively since it went public in late 2013.

 

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It has been reported that Twitter Inc is planning another round of job cuts, with people familiar with the matter telling Bloomberg Technology the social media giant may lay off up to 300 staff — approximately 8 percent of its workforce.

While Bloomberg’s sources noted the estimated number might change, it said an official announcement is expected to be made by the microblogging site as early as this week when it delivers its third quarter earnings

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Twitter Inc said on Jan 19 that it had reversed a glitchy software update and resolved outages widely reported across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America that affected users of the social network on computers and phones.

In a status update at 1800 GMT (2am, Jan 20, Malaysia Time), Twitter said an “intermittent issue affecting some users” was related to “an internal code change”.

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Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction on the length of messages in a bid to make its service more appealing to a wider audience accustomed to the greater freedom offered by Facebook and other forums.

CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed Twitter’s intentions in a tweet posted Tuesday after the technology news site Re/Code reported the company is exploring increasing its limits on text from 140 characters to as many as 10,000.

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Twitter is finally waking up to the idea that some things just cannot be summed up in 140 characters.

The micro-blogging website operator is working on a new product that will allow users to share tweets longer than 140 characters, technology website Re/code reported on Tuesday.

The company’s executives are also discussing changes to how the character limit is measured, such as excluding links and user handles from the count, the website reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Is this is the sign of things to come? Twitter has from today ended the 140 character limit on Direct Messages.

Twitter, which is mostly about letting the world know your thoughts in all of 140 characters — this was once the limit for short messages — also has a relatively unexplored side where people chat away from the sight of trolls. While there are scores of popular apps that let you chat without any sort of limits or barriers, Twitter comes handy could now handy for long conversations with those who you don’t really know beyond Twitterverse.

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Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will start curating tweets on live events, the microblogging service said, as it plans major changes to make its real-time news feed more user friendly.

Dubbed Project Lightning, the changes will let users follow events instead of just people, and instantly upload photos and videos that can be shared across websites, social news and entertainment website Buzzfeed reported on Thursday.

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NEW YORK: Twitter’s chief executive Dick Costolo has admitted that the company failed to deal with abuse and trolling on the service.

In a memo to staff, leaked to tech news website The Verge, he said that bullying behaviour on the network was driving users away.

He promised tougher action to deal with abusers.

A series of high-profile users have quit Twitter in recent months, citing online abuse.

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The New York Post said some of its Twitter accounts were hacked, in the wake of a series of inaccurate posts on the social network relating to the Federal Reserve, Bank of America and US military engagement with China.

Similarly peculiar messages appeared on a Twitter account controlled by United Press International.

“Some New York Post Twitter accounts were briefly hacked and the matter is being investigated,” the Post said in a statement issued through a public relations firm.

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Twitch

Google is said to be in talks to purchase video streaming service Twitch for $1 billion.

Twitch is currently the big name in live video streaming, particularly in the realm of video games, but has been looking at ways to cope with its massive growth. It seems as if a partnership with video giant YouTube (which of course Google also owns) will provide the infrastructure and know-how Twitch needs.

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