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Backlash against “invasive” Samaritans Radar web app

Samaritans new web has received criticism on social media today for being "invasive", and essentially misconceived in its attempt to flag up friends at risk. You may have read in The Digest this morning about the new app aimed at helping those in need. It sounds pretty clever: Essentially you sign in with your Twitter…

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James O'MalleyBacklash against “invasive” Samaritans Radar web app
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The Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings | The BBC "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…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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The Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Twitter increases users and sales but shares slide | BBC News "Twitter has reported a doubling in sales and a 23% increase in the number of active users of its micro-blogging site for the third quarter. The firm said it added 13 million monthly active users between July and September, meaning it now…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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88-year-old woman forced to awkwardly tweet to avoid social embarrassment

An 88-year-old woman was forced to feign interest in Twitter today, as she was shown around a new exhibition on the information age by younger colleagues. The woman, who identified herself only as "Elizabeth R", is thought to be a victim of circumstances that have forced her to continue working - even well after she…

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The Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today

First Apple computer sells for £570,000 | ShortList Magazine "One of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's Apple I computers has sold at auction for an astonishing $905,000 (£570,000) to an unnamed buyer. Originally hand-made by Steve Wozniak in 1976, it's believed to be one of the first 50 models made in Wozniak's family…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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Is Twitter about to launch direct video uploads?

Warning: Let's call this speculation. Actor and presenter Robert Llewellyn, who is known for playing Kryten in Red Dwarf and presenting several wildly successful YouTube series (like Carpool and Fully Charged) has just tweeted this intriguing thing: Oooh, exciting. I'm going to try uploading video direct to twitter later on today. New feature. New toys!…

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James O'MalleyIs Twitter about to launch direct video uploads?
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If you want the best iPhone 6 Twitter app, download Tweetbot now

Tweetbot, which is easily the best Twitter client for iPhone has received an update to improve support for the iPhone 6 - and it looks lovely.   The 3.5 update is pretty simple: The main addition is that it scales the interface properly for the 6 and 6 Plus's larger screens - which means you…

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Twitter putting “Buy” buttons directly on to tweets

Twitter is testing new functionality that could add "buy" buttons direct to tweets - making it easier to buy stuff over the network. At the moment, the links are only being tested with a handful of US users and a handful of retailers - but if successful could see it roll out to everyone. Here's…

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Twitter forcing Twitpic to shut down

Big news overnight from Twitpic, the original Twitter image sharing service - it has announced that it will be shutting down following legal threats from Twitter itself. Long time Twitter users will know Twitpic well: Long before Twitter itself supported uploading images with tweets, Twitpic was there fill the gap with a simple website that…

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Twitter rolls out analytics dashboard to all users

Have you ever wondered how many people actually clicked on the link to that cat video that you tweeted? Well, now you can find out. In July, Twitter launched its analytics dashboard, but only for advertisers and verified users. Now the dashboard is available to every account that has been open for at least 14…

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