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Oracle buys Dyn

Close on the heels of the Netsuite acquisition, Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire internet infrastructure services provider Dyn, for an undisclosed sum. “Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS and PaaS for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services,” said Thomas Kurian, president, Product Development, Oracle. Dyn’s scalable and global DNS is a critical core component and a natural extension to Oracle's cloud computing platform, he added. According to a statement released by the company, Dyn has more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC.

Twitter opens applications for Verified Status

Twitter has launched an open online application process for Twitter-verified status. Verified accounts on Twitter are accounts where the identity of the account-holder - people or organizations - have been confirmed. These accounts have a blue badge icon next to them. An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest, says Twitter. Typically this includes accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, or business. "We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification," said Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter's vice president of User Services. Twitter introduced account verification in 2009. The microblogging site currently has close to 187,000...

Twitter announces searchable #Stickers for photos

Twitter has launched #Stickers, a photo-editing tool that allows users to choose from hundreds of accessories, emojis, and props and place them on photos they upload to Twitter. Tweets containing stickers are searchable and discoverable via hashtags (unless they are private). Tapping on a sticker brings up a new timeline of Tweets from people around the world using that same sticker. "Millions of Tweets with photos are sent every day on Twitter, capturing the moments that the world is talking about," said Leslie Berland, CMO at Twitter. "By making stickers searchable like hashtags, we're enabling the best of Twitter: making it easy for people to create conversations around events and experiences that are happening right now," she added. Users will have access to a library of stickers across several categories, says Twitter, including Accessories, Animals,...

Twitter unveils standalone app Engage for power users; allows 140-second videos now

Twitter has unveiled Twitter Engage, a new standalone app for power users to interact with their fans. Twitter Engage will let users monitor engagement, and offer analytics on how their Tweets are performing. Users will also be able to monetize their content directly within the app. The app also suggests curated recommendations. In another update, the microblogging site said now users will be able share longer videos on Twitter, and people will begin to see longer videos on Vine. Users can create and share videos up to 140 seconds on Twitter; previously consumer video uploads were limited to 30 seconds. Twitter also announced a new video viewing experience, that lets users launch a full-screen interface with more suggested video Tweets.

Twitter buys machine learning company Magic Pony

Twitter has acquired Magic Pony Technology, a London-based developer of machine learning and visual processing technology. The size of the deal was not shared, but stands at a reported $150 million. Magic Pony is developing machine learning based approaches for visual processing on web, desktop and mobile. The company has filed over 20 international patents, according to its website. Magic Pony's interdisciplinary team includes 11 PhDs and alumni of some of the top labs in the world, with expertise across computer vision, machine learning, high-performance computing, and computational neuroscience, says Twitter. The team will be joining Twitter Cortex, the team within Twitter working on machine learning. Machine learning is increasingly at the core of everything we build at Twitter "Machine learning is increasingly at the core of everything we build at...

Twitter Launches Live Moderating Tools For Periscope

Periscope, the Twitter-owned live video app that lets users share and experience live video, are reaching out to the community to moderate comments during a live broadcast with a new reporting tool. The reporting tool gives people watching the broadcast the ability to report comments they find inappropriate as they appear on the screen. A small group of randomly selected live viewers then votes on whether they agree with the reporter's assessment. Users found to be sending spammy or abusive comments are temporarily disabled from commenting within the broadcast. "One of the unique things about Periscope is that you're often interacting with people you don't know; that immediate intimacy is what makes it such a captivating experience. But that intimacy can also be a vulnerability if strangers post abusive...

Photos, Videos Will No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit, Says Twitter

Twitter says it will simplify Tweets in the coming months. Media attachments, such as photos and videos, will no longer count toward the character limit; @names in reply to Tweets will be removed from the count; and people will now be able to Retweet and Quote Tweet themselves. In addition, any new Tweet beginning with an @name will be seen by all followers. Jack Dorsey (CEO, Twitter): One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler. We're focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. "We're not giving up on the idea of Twitter being in the moment. That concept of brevity, speed and live conversation – being able to think of something and put it out to the world...

BET Networks CEO Debra Lee Joins Twitter Board

Twitter has appointed Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks, a media and entertainment subsidiary of Viacom, to serve as a board member of the company. Ms. Lee will also serve as a member and chairperson of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. "Twitter has been and continues to be a transformative service for the media landscape and the world," said Ms. Lee in a statement. Ms. Lee joined BET in 1986 and served in a number of executive positions before becoming chairman and chief executive in January 2006.  She was also the first African-American female executive to be honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. Ms. Lee also serves on the board of Marriott International and energy company WGL Holdings. She holds...

Yoky Matsuoka Joins Twitter As Head Of Technology And Analytics

Yoky Matsuoka, co-founder of Google [x], and vice president of Technology with Nest is joining Twitter as vice president of Technology and Analytics. Ms. Matsuoka tweeted about her transition on Monday.

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Twitter Is Acquiring CardSpring

Twitter has acquired payments infrastructure company CardSpring for an undisclosed sum. CardSpring helps merchants work with publishers to create online-to-offline promotions. In a blog post, Nathan Hubbard, head of Commerce with Twitter, says CardSpring technology will be used to bring 'in-the-moment commerce experiences' to Twitter users.  Headquartered in San Francisco, California, CardSpring is funded by Accel Partners and Greylock Partners.

Prince Harry Sends His First Tweet

Britain's Prince Harry send out his first tweet on Thursday, sending a message on Twitter supporting the upcoming Paralympic-style games for injured and sick servicemen and women. He was attending a press event at the top of London’s BT Tower. Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry — Invictus Games 2014 (@InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014 The tweet was followed by a Twitter Q&A with athletes hoping to take part in the games. Inspired by the Warrior Games in the US,  Invictus London will take place from 10-14 September at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen taking part.

Bing Says Can Predict Event Outcome Using Search Queries, Social Input

Bing is unveiling an experimental feature where the Search engine will offer its prediction of events. The predictions will be based on a variety of different signals, including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter, says Bing. Search engines process trillions of signals. For instance, during the presidential elections, Bing says it experienced a surge of positive and negative queries about the presidential candidates from different parts of the U.S. Taking this model even further, teams within Bing have been experimenting with ways to model outcomes of events, be it the elections or a sporting event, or determining whether an actor will win the People’s Choice Award. You can find the Bing blog announcing the predictions feature here. (Image courtesy: Bing)

Twitter Challenges And Wins Access Ban In Turkey

Twitter had filed petitions in a Turkish court two days ago to challenge the access ban on the microblogging site. The company had also petitioned a court to overturn an order underlying the access ban, that instructed Twitter to take down an account with Tweets that accused a former government minister of corruption.  A Turkish court has now overturned the take-down order on freedom of expression grounds, says Twitter.   Here is the English translation of the Turkish order:   Freedom of speech and expression and the right to spread thoughts and opinions are fundamental rights and freedoms, which are under the Constitutional protection similar to all democratic countries. In this respect, everyone has the right to express their thoughts and in all possible ways they wish....