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Twitter Working on Deal for SoundCloud

twitter-soundcloud-headerThis is a pretty big week for business acquisitions. First, it was all about YouTube’s reported purchase of Twitch. Then, there was the story about AT&T buying DirecTV for billions of dollars but only if the NFL renewed its Sunday Ticket deal. Now, Twitter decieded to get in on the action. A new report suggests that the social media / microblogging website is in talks to buy online audio-sharing website SoundCloud.

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Twitter is Testing a New “Fave People” Timeline

Apparently Twitter is a firm believer in the old Red Green adage of “If it ain’t broke, you’re not trying.” The social media / microblogging (how long has it been since someone called it that?) is currently testing another change to the service. Some users of the Android app now have a “Fave People” feature added to the app that highlight tweets from specific accounts.

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Twitter Working on Tweet Editing Feature

twitter-bannerIf there is one feature that Twitter doesn’t currently have that we all wish would be added, it’s the edit button. A quick fix beats the heck out of deleting and tweeting again with the correct spelling, username, etc.

Matthew Keys of The Desk says that three Twitter employees say that the social network is currently developing an edit function and is working on fine-tuning the feature’s functionality.

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Twitter to Add “Report Abuse” Button

twitter-headerIn response to an ongoing controversy in Britain involving the targeted abuse of freelance journalist and activist Caroline Criado-Perez on Twitter, the social media website announced an update in their abuse reporting setup.

Twitter is going to remove the current abuse reporting form and replace it with a one-click “report abuse” button and will increase the number of staffers dedicated to investigated abuse reports on the website.

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What is Vine?

The world of social media has a new toy to play with to share short video snippets. Last Thursday, Twitter announced the launch of a video sharing service called Vine. This allows users to create and upload six-second long videos and share them on Twitter and Facebook.

The mainstream splash wasn’t big but it was noticeable. That’s likely because the Vine mobile app that allows you to create these videos is currently available for iOS only. If Apple’s share price is anything to go by, being all in on Apple isn’t quite the best business strategy. The developers haven’t officially announced any plans to launch the app on Android or the other major mobile operating systems.

However, Vinepeek has been profiled a couple of times by the mainstream media. BuzzFeed has already dubbed it the most addicting new website on the internet. Vinepeek is an unofficial/unassociated site that provides a steady stream of Vine videos for you to watch. Apparently it’s both entertaining and voyeuristically creepy.

Vine isn’t the first short-form video tool. Tout boasts 15-second video run times and has numerous high-profile users including various celebrities, news agencies and TV shows. Vine might be the new kid on the block but they’re not the only one and are certainly an underdog to the well-established Tout.

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CBS Turns to Social Media to Pick Ending of Hawaii Five-0

The fun of the whodunit capers of mystery shows, even if they’re one of CBS’ dime-a-dozen police procedurals, is trying to match wits with the detective to figure out who the guilty suspect is. For tonight’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, CBS letting viewers vote online and using Twitter hashtags to determine what the ending of the show will be. Read the rest of this entry

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