See what others around you are tweeting with Nearby
If you interact with a lot of close friends on Twitter, you might start noticing some friends are closer to you than you think. The social network is, via TechCrunch, testing out a brand new service called Nearby, which would roll out tweets by users in the same area, whether you follow them or not.
Eight companies collaborate on an open letter to Washington
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Aol, and LinkedIn have teamed up to call for global government surveillance reform. Rival companies and services are working together to put pressure on Washington to start the path towards reforming government surveillance and maintaining individual privacy.
Tweeting without internet access will soon be a reality for some
Tweeting is best done with an internet connection, as we all know. How else can you stay up-to-date with your feed, share your updates, and discover new friends and faces to follow? That's all about to change, as Twitter has partnered with a Singapore business that would aid the social network site to grow in smaller markets.
If privacy is one of your main concerns online (and it very well should be given the goings-on lately), Twitter's latest move should please you considerably. The microblogging platform announced on Friday it has taken on "perfect forward secrecy" across its multiple platforms. It may sound a little hard to believe, but the aim is to keep outside organizations from snooping on encrypted traffic.
Microsoft is renewing its partnership with Twitter that allows its Bing search engine to index tweets as search results. This stems from an announcement Friday, but comes at no surprise since Bing has been in on this practice for some time now, featuring tweets in Bing for the past few years.
Talented engineers scoring big paydays in Silicon Valley
If you fancy yourself a savvy eningeer or developer, Silicon Valley is the place to float your resume. Demand is high for code junkies who know their stuff, and if you play your cards right, you could line your portfolio with millions of dollars worth of stock. Christopher Fry, senior vice president of engineering for Twitter, is a walking example of just how valuable top engineering talent has become.
Twitter has filed paperwork for its Initial Public Offering (IPO), and in doing so is generating hype in the tech industry that hasn't been seen since Facebook's IPO in June 2012. It's even received a "Buy" rating from at least one analyst, even though the microblogging service isn't yet available on the stock market. Apparently the consensus is that Twitter will get off to a quicker start than Facebook did.
If you find yourself flocking to Twitter when you need a quick update on what's hot online, you may soon be checking Facebook as an alternative. According to The Wall Street Journal (via PCMag), Facebook is currently trying out a "trending" box of its own.
My how the mighty have fallen. It seems hard to believe now, but HTC was once a top dog in mobile. Having led the Android revolution with the introduction of the HTC Dream (you may know it as the T-Mobile G1), HTC for a long while was reporting record revenues and profits. More recently, however, HTC's been struggling to remain relevant in a category (mobile) that's largely dominated by Apple and Samsung, and it's slumping sales bear that out. Equally troubling for HTC as it tries to right its ship is that its crew is turning against it and jumping overboard.
Foot-in-mouth disease got the better of Adam Orth.
Today's lesson is to think before you speak, whether it's in person or especially in social media where your words are essentially carved in virtual stone. Lest anyone need reminded of this, just look at how things played out for Adam Orth, now a former creative director at Microsoft Studios. Less than a week after trolling potential Xbox 720 customers on Twitter about always-on consoles and telling them to #dealwithit, Orth is reportedly out of a job and will have to deal with finding employment.