On Tuesday, Twitter officially announced its new “Follow Button” that web developers can down insert into their websites for an easier way to gain new followers. Twitter said that more than 50 websites introduced the button today, ranging from GQ’s site to celebrity sites such as Lady Gaga, but you don’t have to be famous to get in on the fun. Simply head over to twitter.com/followbutton to configure yours and get the HTML embed code now. More →
Earlier this month we heard reports from TechCrunch that TweetDeck had been acquired by Twitter for $50 million. CNN now says that Twitter has finalized its purchase of TweetDeck in a $40 million cash and stock deal, and that the paperwork was signed on Monday. Neither Twitter nor TweetDeck have confirmed the purchase, and Twitter’s PR team tweeted: “For all those who might be curious, we continue to not comment on rumors.” More →
According to source speaking to TechCrunch, Twitter purchased the popular third-party client TweetDeck for between $40 and $50 million on Monday. The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Twitter was in “advanced talks” to purchase TweetDeck – a 15 person company – back in April. Sources speaking to TechCrunch said that Twitter made the purchase in an effort to stop Uber Media, another third party company with a handful of Twitter applications across multiple platforms, from buying TweetDeck first. Neither company has officially announced the acquisition, yet. More →
T-Mobile USA has announced its intentions to carry the “first 4G capable BlackBerry smartphone” later this year, the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Made official earlier today, the press release stated that the 9900 would be HSPA+ capable, and we now have a U.S. carrier cashing in on those capabilities. Pricing and availability have not yet been disclosed, but we would expect the new and improved Bold to replace the 9780 in T-Mobile’s lineup and retail for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract. More →
Twitter’s vice president of international strategy, Katie Stanton, recently confirmed that the social network now has more than 200 million users. With 70% of those users are tweeting from outside of the United States. Japan is home to the Emperors’ share of tweets with more than 25% of posts originating from there. Twitter, which launched in July of 2006, adds a whopping 500,000 new users per day.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Twitter is in “advanced talks” to purchase TweetDeck — the popular desktop and mobile third-party Twitter client. The deal could be worth as much as $50 million, although neither party has commented on the possible acquisition. TweetDeck, based in the U.K, has 15 employees on its payroll. Twitter could use the acquisition to immediately offer a “native” Twitter client in the PC desktop space, especially if it has plans to begin targeting enterprise Twitter users. Although TweetDeck’s engineers have certainly proven that they have the developing chops to compete in the mobile space, too. More →
UberMedia, best known for its UberSocial Twitter application for Android BlackBerry and iPhone, could have bigger plans up its sleeves. According to CNN, UberMedia is planning to build a social network that will compete directly with Twitter in the microblogging space. UberMedia hopes to attract users that are frustrated with the limitations of Twitter, like the 140-character limit, or are confused by how the service works. The firm is no stranger to the social network landscape. In fact, it estimates that 11.5% of all tweets sent in March were from an UberMedia product. However, CNN also notes that the social network project could be part of a backup plan in case UberMedia’s relationship with Twitter goes south — as it did briefly in February when Twitter accused the company of violating its terms of service. “Our foremost desire is to continue to innovate on the Twitter platform and bring some more users and usage to Twitter,” Steve Chadima, UberMedia’s marketing chief, said. More →
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, has reaffirmed that his company does plan to release a white iPhone “this spring.” Responding to a user question on Twitter — of all places — the VP stated, “The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).” Apple is expected to release its next generation smartphone sometime in June — meaning the phone that Schiller is referring to could be the iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post with any relevant information provided. More →
An eagle-eyed reader has directed our attention to an interesting tweet published by Imran Shahid, an HTC regional sales manager handling Verizon accounts. According to Shahid, HTC’s ThunderBolt handset will launch on Verizon Wireless next Thursday, March 17th. The aforementioned timeline predates our prognostication by a mere four days, but we’re sure that won’t upset you all that much. We’ve reached out to HTC and will update this post with any comment it provides.
UPDATE: That didn’t take long. Mr. Shahid has removed the tweet from his account. More →
Today via a blog post, social networking site Twitter announced an update to its Android client to version 2.0. The new code offers a modified interface along with a handful of feature improvements and additions, including:
- Use without having to sign-in
- Single window layout
- @mentions are now included in the replies tab
- Autocompletion of usernames
- Universal search
The update is sitting in the Android Market, waiting for you to download it. Go take it for a spin and let us know what you think. More →
Apple once again finds itself the target of criminal activity, though this time the scheme is slightly more elaborate than a small-time smash and grab job. According to court documents filed in the state of New York, dozens of suspects have been charged in association with using thousands of stolen credit card numbers to purchase products from Apple Store locations across the country. The group made fake credit cards with stolen credit card numbers and then used them to purchase Apple laptops, iPhones, iPods and other Apple products. The group’s leader, 28-year-old Shaheed Bilal, allegedly continued to orchestrate the entire operation even while incarcerated from May through December of last year. Bilal had thousands of stolen credit card numbers in his possession and even boasted on Twitter about using stolen cards at restaurants. Records of Bilal’s tweets were referenced by prosecutors at his arraignment on Tuesday. The Apple Store scheme began in May 2009, and the group reportedly purchased over $1 million worth of Apple products using the stolen card numbers. 27 suspects have been charged so far. More →
With the company’s February 3rd pre-order and February 10th release dates for the iPhone getting the lion’s share of media coverage, Verizon took to Twitter to make sure we don’t forget about another high-end smartphone due out in the near future, the HTC Thunderbolt. In 140 characters or less, Verizon quipped:
Many have waited for the Verizon #iPhone. Some looking for the #4G #LTE HTC #Thunderbolt. May be sooner than we expected!
Earlier today, curious news swept the Web. According to a tweet from Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, the popular men’s magazine will soon land on the iPad — uncensored. The automatic assumption was that Hef was talking about a forthcoming uncensored new version of the Playboy app, which would of course contradict Apple’s current policy against adult content in the App Store. Is Tim Cook already running amok in CEO Steve Jobs’ absence? Not at all. It turns out that Playboy is working on an uncensored Web-based subscription version of its site that will be designed for the iPad’s mobile Safari browser. The Playboy app available in the App Store, however, will remain as censored as ever. In the immortal words of one Steven Paul Jobs: “Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone.” More →