Twitter wants permission to publish its full transparency report
Under the current rules set forth by the U.S. government, Twitter is prohibited from reporting on the scope of surveillance of its users. That includes revealing how many national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders the microblogging service has received, regardless of whether the number is zero or much higher. In seeking to lift such restrictions, Twitter filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department with the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
Patent deal with IBM puts to rest previous litigation
Twitter, the popular microblogging service that's now a publicly traded company, no longer has to defend itself against patent infringement claims brought on by IBM. Rather than battle one another in court, Twitter went and purchased 900 patents and signed a cross licensing agreement with IBM. Financial terms of the agreement, which was inked last month and announced today, were not disclosed.
Vine makes the move from mobile-only to offer web access as well
Vine users online everywhere, rejoice! Yesterday, the six-second video microblogging service opened up Vine to users on the Vine website. Where previously you were relegated to viewing videos on mobile applications, you can now log in via vine.co to check out friends ' videos just like you would on Twitter or Facebook.
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.
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.
Posterous founder Sachin Agarwal thanks its members for the pie and waves goodbye.
You could almost see this one coming from an Internet mile away, which won't come as much consolation to those invested in the service, but Twitter is pulling the plug on Posterous on April 30, 2013. First launched in 2008, the Posterous blogging service was acquired by Twitter in March of last year, and at the time, users were told it would stay up and running. And it did, for a little while, anyway.
Have you ever seen a couple of nerds try to trash talk each other? If not, you may get your chance, as Nokia's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Chris Weber, took to Twitter to call out rival Samsung and warn the company that it's bringing its A-game with its next generation Lumia device. It's not an earth shattering tweet by any means, though you don't often see company execs calling out their rivals.
Good old Uncle Sam can be awfully nosy when he wants to be. The U.S. government poking its head into personal affairs isn't news to most, but it is reiterated by Twitter's first ever transparency report, which was released on Monday just two days ahead of July 4th, otherwise known as Independence Day in the States. Not by coincidence, Twitter notes "July 4th serves an important reminder of the need to hold governments responsible, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves." Let the fireworks begin.
Online adults who use Twitter are microblogging their thoughts twice as much as they were one year ago, according to a comprehensive study by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Pew Research pinged over 2,200 adults, including 901 cell phone interviews, on their Twitter usage and then broke the results into several categories and demographics sure to excite statisticians.