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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?

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 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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Twitter to remove images of deceased on families’ request

In a crackdown on gory and upsetting images, Twitter has announced a new policy where it will remove photos or video of dead people if close family members or other authorised individuals request such a removal. The policy update comes as pictures and video circulated on Twitter after the beheading of US journalist James Foley,…

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Police investigated over social media breaches

Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales have been accused of breaches social media guidelines that include making racist and threatening comments, posing images of colleagues in compromising positions and sending Facebook friend requests to victims of crime. The BBC reports that research by the Press Association found that of 828 cases from 2009…

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Twitter is showing your favourites in your followers’ timelines

Potentially horrifying news depending on how you use Twitter. The company is testing a new "feature" whereby tweets that you have favourited will act like retweets, and will be shown in the timelines of the people who follow you. That's right - just like a retweet. The feature has only rolled out to a handful…

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Twitter promises to do something following Zelda Williams abuse incident

Twitter's problem with unsolicited abuse by dickheads reached a depressing peak following the death of Robin Williams. His daughter, Zelda Williams quit the social network following a series of abusive tweets. Yeah, we're not sure what the hell is wrong with people either. I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for…

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Twitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits

Does Twitter know everything? It soon might thanks to its acquisition of intelligence technology firm Madbits. Twitter users often joke about asking the "hive-mind" questions, but could Twitter soon have an actual hive-mind? (Umm, probably not). The company has built software that will analyse tweets to extract meaning and detail - meaning that Twitter will…

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James O'MalleyTwitter buys “deep learning” company Madbits
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Twitter CEO wants to boost messaging

Speaking in a call to investors, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has revealed that he'd like to see the platform improve its messaging capabilities. According to Business Insider, Costolo described the following potential enhancement: "Specifically, being able to take a public conversation and being able to migrate it to a private channel. So, taking a public…

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Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?

Twitter is the greatest thing to happen to celebrities since... well... ever. No longer do those in the public gaze have to rely on an unreliable media to shape their public image, and have journalists mediate the interaction between the well known and the great unwashed. Twitter provides a direction connection between celebrity and fans…

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James O'MalleyAre there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?