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Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey last year made a definitive announcement about the company’s famous 140-character count amid rumors that the firm would substantially relax the limit. “It’s staying,” Dorsey told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer. “It’s a good constraint for us.”

On Tuesday, the company took it back — for some people, at least.

Starting Tuesday, Twitter said, it’s testing a feature to let some users double the amount of characters allowed in a tweet. The 280-character limit will be available to a small group of people on the site. When asked for more information, Twitter said it would be a “single-digit percentage” of its 328 million users — so, millions —  who will be “randomly chosen.”

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There will be something for just about everyone in Bay Area companies’ earnings reports over the next few weeks. And this week, two of the most-opposite companies from the region will garner the attention of Wall Street and investors.

Facebook will deliver its second-quarter results after the close of trading Wednesday, and analysts have forecast the social-media giant to earn $1.12 a share on $9.2 billion in revenue. During the same period a year ago, Facebook earned 97 cents a share on sales of $6.44 billion. Mobile users and revenue from mobile ads will be main areas of focus, as well as the performance of Instagram and Instagram Stories ads.

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WHATSAPP is still down across the UK and other parts of the world including Europe and Brazil with millions left unable to access popular messaging service. WhatsApp has confirmed the issues but there’s currently no word on when things will get back to normal

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Facebook on Wednesday said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.

The security improvement was described as being part of a broader effort to rid the leading social network of hoaxes, misinformation, and fake news by making sure people are who they claim to be.

“We’ve found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly,” Shabnam Shaik of the Facebook protect and care team said in a blog post.

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Twitter is bringing 360-degree live video to its service courtesy of its Periscope live-streaming platform.

On Wednesday, Periscope announced the launch of live 360 video in partnership with a small group of popular users. Periscope says it will be rolling out the feature more widely over the coming weeks. The platform has even set up a waitlist that Periscope users can sign up to in order to learn when the feature drops.

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Looking to break out of a “messy” email situation, the nonprofit group dosomething.org recently switched over to a new way of communicating among its far-flung teams.

Moving most internal communications to the messaging application Slack with its “channels” for various teams made it easier to coordinate the group’s social change projects across 131 countries, said software engineer Joe Kent.

“All the teams have their channels and anyone can jump in and see what the others are doing,” Kent told AFP. “You can follow the conversation a lot more quickly.”

Slack, created in 2013, has become a leader in a crowded field of new applications aimed at helping workplaces move away from email.

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Facebook-owned smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has hit the billion-user mark, according to the leading social network’s chief and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“One billion people now use WhatsApp,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.

“There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people.”

Google’s free email service, Gmail, is the latest of the Internet giant’s offerings to crest the billion-user mark, chief Sundar Pichai said Monday during an earnings call.

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Apple TV is fantastic for playing games or viewing media. When it comes to text entry, the set-top box falls short. Next time you log into an app on your TV, it may be with Facebook.

Today, Facebook made an SDK available for Apple TV apps, meaning developers can allow users to authenticate themselves via a social log-in. The tvOS SDK is roughly the same framework as its iOS counterpart, making it fairly easy to implement, but uses Apple TV’s process of forcing you have to visit a website to verify your initial session.

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Android-powered smartphones extended their lead in the global marketplace in the third quarter, helped by growth in emerging markets, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Google-powered operating system was used in 84.7 percent of smartphones sold worldwide in the quarter, up from 83.3 percent a year earlier, the Gartner survey showed.

 

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On Sunday Jan Koum the CEO and founder of WhatsApp tweeted that 600 million active users are using the social messaging app. It passed its 500 million mark in April this year and a 100 million more from December 2013.

Other messaging apps like WeChat claims to have 438 million active users, followed by Viber with 100 million and Tango with 70 million active users.

According to CNET the messaging app was acquired by the social networking giant Facebook in February for $ 19 billion. WhatsApp was launched by Jan Koum, Jose Torres and Brian Acton in 2009 with its headquarters in California

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