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Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook team up on new data transfer project

Some of the largest tech companies in the world have teamed up to make data portability a little easier. The initiative is called the Data Transfer Project, and the likes of Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Facebook are all on board.
Mobile

Watching the World Cup on your phone while at the theater isn’t a good idea

Actors on stage during a theater show in the U.K. this week couldn't believe their eyes when they saw two people in the front row gazing at their smartphones as they watched England's crucial penalty shootout in the World Cup.
News

Facebook and Twitter introduce new tools regarding ad transparency

Ever wanted to know who was advertising to you on Facebook or how much money a company was spending on Twitter ads? Well, now both companies are making it easy for users to obtain that information.
Social Media

Twitter’s Happening Now, Explore are about to get more personal

Twitter is working to make its experience more tailored to each user's interests. The personalized news will be coming to the Happening Now Section, as well as notifications and a tab inside Explore.
Gaming

Xbox reportedly lays off its support staff, replaces them with volunteers

Microsoft has reportedly laid off several paid Xbox Support team members and replaced them with volunteers that the employees helped train. The Xbox Support Twitter account appears to have been affected by the change.
Movies & TV

ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ revival series following Barr’s racist tweet

ABC has canceled its highly successful revival of the Roseanne series after star Roseanne Barr posted a racist message on Twitter targeting a former White House adviser to President Barack Obama.
Social Media

A.I. scans social media to predict when protests will turn violent

In a new study, researchers created an A.I. algorithm that scanned posts and correlated their content with impending violence. Such a tool could be used to better prepare for demonstrations that are prone to escalation.
Computing

Judge rules it’s unconstitutional for Trump to block critics on Twitter

It is a constitutional right to be able to criticize the President of the United States on Twitter without being blocked. A federal court ruled that President Trump's blocking of critics is a violation of the First Amendment.
Social Media

Twitter kills some TV apps, but updates Windows and other support

Twitter seems to be in the midst of an evolution which involves both some deaths and rebirths. The social media company will no longer support its TV apps on Roku, Android TV, or Xbox, but has updated Twitter Lite.
Computing

Save your tweeting eyes with Tweetbot 3’s new dark mode on MacOS

Tweetbot 3 for Mac is now available on the App Store, giving Twitter users a newly refined client to work with, that now supports a dark theme. It will cost you though. Tweetbot 3 has a price tag of $10.
Social Media

Less than 10 percent of Twitter users questioned fake news, study suggests

A new study from the University of Buffalo suggests less than ten percent of the users that interact with a rumor question the Tweet's accuracy. The study looked at 20,000 tweets on four different rumors.
Social Media

Don’t hold your breath for Vine 2 — it’s on hold indefinitely, co-founder says

If you're waiting for the second iteration of Vine, the short-form video app, don't hold your breath. As per a recent announcement from co-founder Dom Hofmann, Vine 2 has been placed on hold for "an indefinite amount of time."
Social Media

How to delete your Twitter account, because tweeting isn’t for the faint of heart

Getting tired of the 280-character novelty that is Twitter? Deleting a Twitter account is easy, but it takes 30 days to fully complete and there are a few things you need to understand before pressing that deactivate button.
Mobile

Twitter urges its users to change their passwords due to a bug

Twitter is urging its users to change their passwords following a bug that was identified on the platform. While the bug has since been fixed, the company assures users there were no signs of breach or misuse of the passwords.
Social Media

Twitter doubles list of original shows with new deals, renewals from MTV to ESPN

Ready for more Twitter original programming? The social network announced a list of more than 30 new deals and renewals for original series and live content, effectively doubling the number of originals from last year.
Social Media

Twitter sold tweets to the guy who made the Cambridge Analytica app

Twitter confirmed that Aleksandr Kogan, the researcher behind the thisisyourdigitallifeapp, also accessed Twitter data. While the data only included public tweets, Twitter sold it as part of its data licensing program.
Social Media

Social (Net)Work: Fake news spreads faster than truth, but bots aren’t to blame

A recent MIT study suggests that fake news spreads farther, faster and deeper than the real thing. But before you go pointing fingers, the study eliminated bots and influencers, suggesting instead that the root of the problem may be human…
Social Media

Twitter will now highlight news stories shared by your network

Twitter is hard at work to become your number one destination for breaking news stories. The social network's latest feature will make it easier for you to find stories shared by friends and other people in your network.