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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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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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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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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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Using the Facebook “Safety Check” feature, people in the Paris-area were able to check-in, alerting those in their network they were okay by a click of a button.While many were thankful for the feature after the Paris attacks, others pointed out the feature had not been turned on for other recent violence, specifically, the twin suicide bombings on Thursday that struck a southern Beirut suburb in Lebanon. The bombings killed at least 43 people and wounded many more.

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The Samaritans charity has launched a new app which will notify Twitter users if people they follow on the site appear to be suicidal.

Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress.

They include “tired of being alone”, “hate myself”, “depressed”, “help me” and “need someone to talk to.”

Users who have signed up for the scheme will receive an email alert if someone they follow tweets these statements.

The app asks whether the tweets are cause for concern.

However it does not yet identify sarcasm, according to the website.

The charity says it will not get involved directly unless requested.

‘not private’

Joe Ferns, executive director of policy, research and development at Samaritans, told the BBC the app was not designed to be a furtive tracking tool.

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An illustration picture shows the log-on icon for the website Twitter on an Ipad in Bordeaux, Southwestern France, in this file photo from January 30, 2013. — Reuters pic

Through a set of services for mobile developers that the company unveiled yesterday at a conference called Flight, Twitter can start business relationships with developers in China whether or not they use the social network, the company said. Some of the tools are already used by Chinese technology giants such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Baidu Inc, Twitter said.

The San Francisco-based company’s new developer tools are called Fabric and work in 216 countries and 28 languages. One new feature dubbed Digits lets people sign onto a mobile application using just a phone number. That’s useful in emerging markets where people can then bypass having an e-mail address in order to set up an account on a mobile app.

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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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