twitter http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/850/ en Twitter Follows in Facebook's Footsteps, Revamps User Profiles http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_follows_facebooks_footsteps_revamps_user_profiles_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/twitter_profile.jpg" alt="Twitter Profile" title="Twitter Profile" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Spice up your Twitter profile with pictures</h3> <p>If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, Facebook must be all shades of red from blushing. <strong>Twitter on Tuesday announced a whole new user profile</strong>, and the comparisons to Facebook's profile are inevitable. Comparison to its rival aside, the much needed revamp allows Twitter users to build a much more attractive profile by uploading a larger profile photo and and a customized header image.</p> <p>The revamped profile goes beyond pictures and highlights your best tweets -- posts that received the most engagement will appear slightly larger so that they stand out. You can also pin tweets that you're particularly proud of to the top of your page and choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles.</p> <p>Twitter has already begun rolling out the new profile layout and options to a "small group of users." Likewise, new users will see the updated profile option as well. For everyone else, <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/coming-soon-a-whole-new-you-in-your-twitter-profile" target="_blank">Twitter says</a> it will continue to roll out the new features in the coming weeks.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_follows_facebooks_footsteps_revamps_user_profiles_2014#comments facebook online Social Networking twitter News Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:54:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 27586 at http://www.maximumpc.com Turkey Cracks Down on Twitter, Blocks Site at IP Level http://www.maximumpc.com/turkey_cracks_down_twitter_blocks_site_ip_level <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/turkeytwitter.png" alt="Turkey Bans Twitter" title="Turkey Bans Twitter" width="228" height="114" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Perennial EU membership aspirant unlikely to relent anytime soon</h3> <p>Not all that long ago, Turkey was this increasingly progressive EU membership hopeful that Internet censorship watchdogs around the world weren’t overly concerned about; despite Internet censorship being very tangible, the general outlook, if not exactly positive, wasn't alarmingly negative, either. All that has changed dramatically in the past couple of months, <strong>first with the enactment of a new Internet censorship law and then with premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open vow to “<a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2110760/turkey-appears-to-have-blocked-twitter.html" target="_blank">eradicate Twitter</a>.”</strong></p> <p>Almost immediately after the the prime minister's open threat, the country on Thursday began blocking the popular microblogging platform Twitter, with the site’s visitors being redirected to a statement by the country’s telecommunications regulator, TIB, citing a number of court orders as the basis for the ban. </p> <p>The ban, as later confirmed in a statement from Erdogan’s office, came after Twitter was widely used to share a series of incriminating audio tapes containing allegedly wiretapped conversations in which Erdogan and his son Bilal can be heard discussing ways to smuggle ill-begotten cash out of the country. The prime minister contends that the audio tapes are fake.</p> <p>“Twitter has been used as a means to carry out systematic character assassinations by circulating illegally acquired recordings, fake and fabricated records of wiretapping,” the prime minister's office said in a statement on Saturday.</p> <p>As is usually the case with such actions, the ban seems to be producing almost the opposite of its intended effect, with Twitter usage witnessing a sharp spike in that country. However, the Turkish government is unlikely to relent anytime soon and is now <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/22/turkey-moves-to-block-twitter-at-the-ip-level/">blocking the microblogging site at the IP level</a> in order to make it even harder for the country’s netizens to defy the ban.</p> <p>Even though Erdogan made it amply clear on Thursday that he didn’t care what the international community thought, the ban has drawn a lot of criticism from around the globe, including the <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/turkey-twitter-ban-white-house-condemns-ban-as-21st-century-book-burning-9210678.html" target="_blank">U.S. State Department</a>: “Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship.&nbsp; It is 21st Century book-burning - and it doesn’t make anyone stronger.”</p> <p><em>Image Credit: EliteDaily</em></p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/turkey_cracks_down_twitter_blocks_site_ip_level#comments ban block internet censorship Recep Tayyip Erdogan turkey twitter News Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:10:35 +0000 Pulkit Chandan 27489 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Returns Hijacked @N Handle Worth $50,000 Back to Owner http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_returns_hijacked_n_handle_worth_50000_back_owner <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hiroshima_n_twitter.jpg" alt="Hiroshima @N Twitter" title="Hiroshima @N Twitter" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Bizarre hacking incident comes to a happy conclusion</h3> <p>Naoki Hiroshima, original owner of the @N handle on Twitter, claims he routinely fielded offers for his coveted username, including one that was as high as $50,000. People have also tried to steal the rare username from him, though those attempts were unsuccessful until a hacker applied some social engineering skills to ultimately force him to hand it over. It's a bizarre story that involves ineptitude on the part of both GoDaddy and PayPal, though there's a happy ending -- <strong>Hiroshima has his username back</strong>.</p> <p>"This is a happy ending not only for me but also for sane employees and loyal users of Twitter's. Congrats to those, too," <a href="https://twitter.com/N/status/438538822482014208" target="_blank">Hiroshima tweeted out</a> with his original username.</p> <p>Part of the reason Hiroshima's made headlines is because of the way the hacker managed to gain control of his account. He did it by first calling PayPal and using some "very simple engineering tactics" to gain the last four digits of Hiroshima's credit card. He then called GoDaddy and told them he lost his card but remembered the last four digits, which ultimately allowed him to gain control of Hiroshima's account and his domains.</p> <p>"It’s hard to decide what’s more shocking, the fact that PayPal gave the attacker the last four digits of my credit card number over the phone, or that GoDaddy accepted it as verification," Hiroshima wrote in a blog post.</p> <p>That's the condensed version of what happened (check out Hiroshima's <a href="https://medium.com/p/24eb09e026dd" target="_blank">blog post</a> for a full account of events), but short and to the point, the hacker used the hijacked domains to extort the @N handle from Hiroshima. GoDaddy has since said it would review its policies to prevent those types of incidents from happening again, while PayPal essentially buried its head in the sand.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_returns_hijacked_n_handle_worth_50000_back_owner#comments @n godaddy Haoki Hiroshima Internet microblog online paypal social network twitter News Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:33:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 27345 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Buys 900 IBM Patents, Inks Licensing Agreement to End Infringement Dispute http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_buys_900_ibm_patents_inks_licensing_agreement_end_infringement_dispute <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/twitter_buttons.jpg" alt="Twitter Buttons" title="Twitter Buttons" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Patent deal with IBM puts to rest previous litigation</h3> <p>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, <strong>Twitter went and purchased 900 patents and signed a cross licensing agreement with IBM</strong>. Financial terms of the agreement, which was inked last month and announced today, were not disclosed.</p> <p>Prior to filing for an initial public offering (IPO), Twitter owned all of nine patents and had 95 pending applications, a rather sparse amount compared to other tech titans. Twitter even acknowledged in a regulatory filing that its lack of patents could put a target on its back, and that undoubtedly played a role in Twitter's decision to hammer out a deal with IBM.</p> <p>"This acquisition of patents from IBM and licensing agreement provides us with greater intellectual property protection and gives us freedom of action to innovate on behalf of all those who use our service," <a href="http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43081.wss" target="_blank">said Ben Lee</a>, Legal Director for Twitter.</p> <p>IBM is one of the go-to companies for these types of deals, having led the annual list of U.S. patent recipients for 21 years in a row.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Garrett Heath)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_buys_900_ibm_patents_inks_licensing_agreement_end_infringement_dispute#comments ibm Microblogging Patent Infringement patents social network Software twitter News Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:21:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27173 at http://www.maximumpc.com Vine Opens Up Homepage Feed for Web Users http://www.maximumpc.com/vine_opens_homepage_feed_web_users_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/vine.gif" width="250" height="100" style="float: right;" />Vine makes the move from mobile-only to offer web access as well&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Vine </strong>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vine is in the midst of rolling out several updates in 2014, as revealed in their <a href="http://blog.vine.co/" target="_blank">latest blog post</a>, and the move to allow web users to peruse the site comes after allowing users to have vanity URLs. Users who have been active for 30 days and have uploaded more than two Vines can utilize this feature, so don't worry about usernames disappearing left and right.</p> <p>Anyone going to start frequenting Vine more often now that it's available to web users?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/vine_opens_homepage_feed_web_users_2013#comments Microblogging news Social Networking twitter vine News Sun, 05 Jan 2014 02:02:12 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27001 at http://www.maximumpc.com End of Holiday Season Reveals Yearly High for Tech Stocks http://www.maximumpc.com/end_holiday_season_reveals_yearly_high_tech_stocks_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/stocks.jpg" width="250" height="188" style="float: right;" />It looks like 2014 might be a profitable year as well&nbsp;</h3> <p>The tech industry has seen a hefty rise this holiday season, with stock prices remaining at their yearly highs. <a href="http://www.techspot.com/news/55150-holiday-season-marks-yearly-highs-in-tech-stocks-google-yahoo-twitter.html" target="_blank">TechSpot</a> reports 45 tech IPOs out of the United States over the past year, which happens to be the most seen since thirteen years ago in 2000. The forecast for 2014 is looking awfully sweet as well, with mobile game and storage companies looking to enter the fold.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, giants like Google, Yahoo, and Twitter are taking the cake. According to reports from <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=552a35ca1eb1421626a0f973ac2a90af&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techspot.com%2Fnews%2F55150-holiday-season-marks-yearly-highs-in-tech-stocks-google-yahoo-twitter.html&amp;v=1&amp;libId=12270753-1770-466e-9bba-4ba9a2a59513&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fallthingsd.com%2F20131226%2Ftech-stocks-hover-near-2013-highs-paving-way-for-2014-ipos-like-alibaba-box-and-dropbox%2F&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.techspot.com%2F&amp;title=Holiday%20season%20marks%20yearly%20highs%20in%20tech%20stocks%3A%20Google%2C%20Yahoo%2C%20Twitter%20-%20TechSpot&amp;txt=AllThingsD&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13882705332308" target="_blank">AllThingsD</a>, Google's shares are up 58 percent at $1,118. Facebook's shares hit their stride after last year's frustrating decrease with stocks up 117 percent on the year. Twitter is at $70 a share as well, with the social networking giant having tripled its IPO price announced a few months ago.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's been a prosperous year for these companies for sure, and with names like Square, Zoosk, Dropbox, developer King, and Alibaba Group going public in 2014, things will likely be on the rise from here on out.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/end_holiday_season_reveals_yearly_high_tech_stocks_2013#comments Google news stocks twitter Yahoo News Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:46:04 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26966 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter's "Nearby" Service In Testing with Selected Accounts http://www.maximumpc.com/twitters_nearby_service_testing_selected_accounts_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/twitter_0.jpg" width="250" height="140" style="float: right;" />See what others around you are tweeting with Nearby&nbsp;</h3> <p>If you interact with a lot of close friends on <strong>Twitter</strong>, you might start noticing some friends are closer to you than you think. The social network is, via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/14/twitter-tests-new-nearby-feature-to-surface-local-tweets-from-those-around-you/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>, 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's experimental thus far because, as you can imagine, many users either don't want to use their location attached to their tweets or they don't want to be bothered with who's tweeting what just because they happen to be in a geographically similar location. Only some users have access to the tool at present, though it's interesting to note that it has been available to Twitter users surfing on third-party apps for some time now. Twitter's implementation will almost certainly add another dimension of personalization, but it's nothing definite as of yet.&nbsp;</p> <p>Would Nearby benefit you in ways that you'd want to sacrifice "true" location-based privacy for?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitters_nearby_service_testing_selected_accounts_2013#comments foursquare location tracking news Social Networking twitter News Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:11:48 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26889 at http://www.maximumpc.com Tech Giants Team Up to Champion Global Government Surveillance Reform http://www.maximumpc.com/tech_giants_team_champion_global_government_surveillance_reform_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Eight companies collaborate on an open letter to Washington&nbsp;</span></h3> <p>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 <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/privacy" target="_blank">privacy</a></strong>.</p> <p>“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution,” says the open letter published on the <a href="http://reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/" target="_blank">site</a>. “This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for change.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/open_letter.jpg" alt="Open Letter" title="Open Letter" width="620" height="703" /></p> <p>The website lists five defining principles: “limiting government’s authority to collect users’ information, oversight and accountability, transparency about government demands, respecting the free flow of information, and avoiding conflicts among governments.”</p> <p>The initiative has a good point—programs like NSA’s PRISM lack independent oversight. We don’t get to know where our information is going. Couple that with the fact that many of the affected companies have hordes of our personal information stored on their servers and it's a good thing that there's pushback.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most of the companies listed as supporters have been directly targeted by PRISM and other government requests for information. Google and Twitter have been fighting back in <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/google_and_twitter_take_pass_new_fisa_disclosure_deal_adopted_facebook_and_microsoft123" target="_blank">small ways</a> and this is likely just the start of a global move towards reforming the laws and practices that are just coming to light.</p> <p>What do you think? Will this help force Congress to act? Tell us in the comments.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/tech_giants_team_champion_global_government_surveillance_reform_2013#comments aol facebook global government surveillance reform Google linkedin microsoft prism Privacy twitter Yahoo News Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:45:55 +0000 Ben Kim 26856 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Expanding to Cell Users Without Internet Access http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_expanding_cell_users_without_internet_access_2013 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u160391/twitterimg.jpg" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Tweeting without internet access will soon be a reality for some</h3> <p>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 <strong>Twitter</strong> has partnered with a Singapore business that would aid the social network site to grow in smaller markets.</p> <p>U2opia Mobile will be introducing a new service in March of 2014 that will allow users without internet-enabled phones to use Twitter. The secret behind tweeting without an internet connection lies within Unstructured Supplementary Data (USSD) that allows cell phone users to dial a special number that allows them to receive updates in that manner when an internet connection is not available. Users wouldn't be able to tweet images or video, but they could send text updates, and since that's Twitter's primary method of use it would act as a huge boon for those adopting new accounts. </p> <p>It's an idea that could very quickly work to bring the world even closer together and one that would surely benefit both Twitter and those in areas without access to service that allows them to surf the web.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_expanding_cell_users_without_internet_access_2013#comments cell phones news Social Networking startup twitter News Mon, 09 Dec 2013 03:48:30 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26839 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Upgrading Encryption Methods to Protect User Data http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_upgrading_encryption_methods_protect_user_data_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/twitternsa.jpg" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Twitter taking moves to further encrypt user data&nbsp;</h3> <p>If privacy is one of your main concerns online (and it very well should be given the goings-on lately), <strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/twitter" target="_blank">Twitter's</a></strong> 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perfect forward secrecy refers to a type of encryption that revolves around two types of keys that are not able to be recovered later on in the life cycle of the data, so that it can't be decrypted later on. That means the data is safe from prying eyes such as, well, the National Security Agency (NSA).&nbsp;</p> <p>Twitter's reasoning for the change is foggy, but <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2066660/twitter-tightens-security-against-nsa-snooping.html" target="_blank">PCWorld</a> mentioned Twitter's linking to a blog post via the Electronic Frontier Foundation which did mention this particular method could be effective against third-party snooping. Is that what your game is, Twitter? No matter what the endgame for this switch, it certainly does its user base good.&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_upgrading_encryption_methods_protect_user_data_2013#comments encryption news nsa Privacy twitter News Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:43:36 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26758 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft and Twitter Renew Agreement for Tweets on Bing http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_twitter_renew_agreement_tweets_bing_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/twitter.jpg" width="250" height="234" style="float: right;" />Bing and Twitter, together again</h3> <p><strong>Microsoft</strong> is renewing its partnership with <strong>Twitter</strong> 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft, via <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2060500/bing-twitter-continue-their-search-party.html" target="_blank">PC World</a>, took to a blog post to explain the machinations behind the partnership: “Whether it’s a politician, celebrity, thought leader or friend, our renewed partnership with Twitter ensures that you have near real-time access to what people are tweeting tailored to what you’re searching for."</p> <p>The efforts to keep Bing a social search engine aren't for naught, as Microsoft has incorporated information from other networks as well, such a Facebook and Klout. If you can't beat Google, might as well try a different method, right?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_and_twitter_renew_agreement_tweets_bing_2013#comments Bing microsoft news search engine twitter News Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:06:53 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26619 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Engineer Receives $10 Million in Stock as Demand for Talent Outpaces Supply http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_engineer_receives_10_million_stock_demand_talent_outpaces_supply2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/twitter_money_4.jpg" alt="Twitter Money" title="Twitter Money" width="228" height="168" style="float: right;" />Talented engineers scoring big paydays in Silicon Valley</h3> <p>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 <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/twitter"><strong>Twitter</strong></a>, is a walking example of just how valuable top engineering talent has become.</p> <p>Citing Twitter's IPO documents, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/13/net-us-siliconvalley-engineers-twitter-idUSBRE99C03R20131013" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a> Fry received $10.3 million in cash and stock last year working for Twitter. That includes $10.1 million in stock awards, a salary of $145,513, and a $100,000 bonus check. All tallied, Fry is among Twitter's highest paid executives, having earned more than Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger, Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta, and Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani. In fact, the only one who earned more is Twitter Chief Executive Disk Costolo, who raked in $11.5 million.</p> <p>How can people like Fry command so much money? According to Iain Grant, a recruiter at Riviera Partners, the number of top-level talent isn't getting any bigger, yet "demand for them has gone through the roof."</p> <p>While Fry's compensation came mostly in the form of stock, company's are going to great lengths to attract A-team employees. There's a start-up that offered an engineer a yearlong lease on a Telsa sedan valued at $1,000 per month.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_engineer_receives_10_million_stock_demand_talent_outpaces_supply2013#comments engineer jobs Microblogging Social Networking twitter News Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:19:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 26494 at http://www.maximumpc.com Analyst Issues 'Buy' Rating for Twitter Ahead of IPO http://www.maximumpc.com/analyst_issus_buy_rating_twitter_ahead_ipo2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/twitter.png" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />Most anticipated tech IPO since Facebook</h3> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/twitter"><strong>Twitter</strong></a> 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.</p> <p>Facebook debuted at $38 per share, but quickly fell beneath that price, where it stayed for a long time. Those who didn't panic and jump ship are now rewarded with stock that's selling for nearly $51 and appears to be trending upward.</p> <p>Robert Peck, an analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, believes Twitter will debut at around $28-$30 per share before jumping to $50 per share within a year, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/net-us-twitter-research-idUSBRE9960KA20131007" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>. Not bad for a service that simply allows people and businesses to post 140-character messages.</p> <p>The vast majority -- 87 percent -- of Twitter's revenue comes from advertising, which it began selling in 2010. Twitter plans to generate additional ad revenue through Twitter Amplify and real-time targeted TV ads, where it could rake in $1 billion in ad revenue from YouTube alone, <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20131004/how-twitter-is-going-to-take-a-billion-dollars-from-youtube/" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em> reports</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/analyst_issus_buy_rating_twitter_ahead_ipo2013#comments ipo Microblogging Social Networking twitter News Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:36:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 26453 at http://www.maximumpc.com Facebook Testing Trending Topics With Some Users http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_testing_trending_topics_some_users_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/facebookmain.jpg" alt="Facebook" title="Facebook" width="250" height="145" style="float: right;" />Facebook borrowing from Twitter in certain ways</h3> <p>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 <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423865,00.asp" target="_blank">PCMag</a>), Facebook is currently trying out a "trending" box of its own. </p> <p>Located at the right side of your news feed, the Trending topics would be based on hashtags, used in the same way as Twitter. So while you might still be looking at hashtags on Facebook and feeling as though they're completely alien to the social networking site, it appears Facebook has plans for them to go even further.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u160391/trendingfb.jpg" alt="Trending" title="Trending" width="297" height="170" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></p> <p>Privacy and security settings are, as always, a hot topic when it comes to the 1.1 billion monthly active users, so the usage of hashtags and Trending topics may also cause some controversy of their own if not implemented correctly. Is Facebook desperately trying to implement more of the features that make Twitter so addictive?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_testing_trending_topics_some_users_2013#comments facebook news Social Networking trending topics twitter News Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:24:43 +0000 Brittany Vincent 26219 at http://www.maximumpc.com Former HTC Employee Encourages Other Staff to "Just Quit" the Company http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/former_htc_employee_encourages_other_staff_just_quit_company2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_quit.jpg" alt="HTC Quit" title="HTC Quit" width="228" height="185" style="float: right;" />Rough waters ahead for HTC.</h3> <p>My how the mighty have fallen. It seems hard to believe now, but <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/htc"><strong>HTC</strong></a> 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 <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/t-mobile_g1_leaves_retail_fare_thee_well_or_good_riddance">T-Mobile G1</a>), 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 <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/android_pioneer_htc_posts_lowest_profit_6_years">slumping sales</a> 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.</p> <p>Eric Lin, former product strategy manager at HTC, took to Twitter to encourage other employees to quit, suggesting he's much happier after having done so himself.</p> <p>"To all my friends still at HTC -- just quit. Leave now. It's tough to do, but you'll be so much happier, I swear," <a href="https://twitter.com/ericlin/status/336608522420764672" target="_blank">Lin tweeted</a> earlier this week.</p> <p>There are some funny comments that follow, including <a href="https://twitter.com/mattbuchanan/status/336609059077763073" target="_blank">one that reads</a>, "I like your subtlety; I almost didn't get that you were telling everyone at HTC to quit," but this is no laughing matter for HTC.</p> <p>Lin isn't the only one to jump ship. So did former chief product officer Kouji Kodera, who HTC said left to "pursue other interests," along with several others from marketing and communications positions, <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130521/troubled-phone-maker-htc-hit-by-wave-of-staff-departures-including-chief-product-officer/" target="_blank"><em>AllThingsD</em> reports</a>. The timing of the departures stinks for HTC, which is trying to reverse course and focus its efforts on building and marketing a small number of killer devices rather than bombard consumers with dozens of different models.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/former_htc_employee_encourages_other_staff_just_quit_company2013#comments htc mobile smartphones Social Networking twitter News Wed, 22 May 2013 16:09:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 25588 at http://www.maximumpc.com