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Twitter faces an existential crisis

Twitter has announced its quarterly earnings and while the numbers were a bit better than expected Twitter now has to work out what the point of it is.

Nobody wants to buy Twitter

Twitter has always been recognized as one of the pioneers of social media, but its woes have stretched into another week as Salesforce drops out of the acquisition race.

Surely Verizon won’t buy Twitter too

A little bird told us Twitter has been on the receiving end of several bids from some of the worlds’ largest tech companies, including the increasingly acquisitive Verizon.

Twitter backs video and live-broadcasting for future ad growth

Twitter has stated it will prioritize video and live-broadcasting in an effort to achieve re-acceleration in the advertising business. While team demonstrated healthy year-on-year growth for advertising revenues, totalling $535 million, an increase of 18% across the quarter, demand for the solutions has slowed. This is due in part to the success of the company […]

Twitter Audio cards set to shake up mobile music

Twitter and SoundCloud have teamed up to bring music to tweeters through Audio Cards, a feature that allows streaming audio and podcasts to the social network’s Android and iOS apps. The app, which is already present in iTunes and SoundCloud, works by a single tap and listeners can continue to use Twitter while streaming.

Twitter builds commerce model with CardSpring buy

Social network Twitter has acquired payments infrastructure firm CardSpring for an undisclosed sum. The San Francisco-based startup develops a web service API that makes it easy for payment companies and point-of-sale vendors to work with developers to create card-linked services.

Twitter loses COO

Social media platform Twitter said Friday that Ali Rowghani has resigned from his position as Chief Operating Officer. The company did not give a reason for the departure but it is thought that investors were disappointed with Rowghani’s failure to grow user numbers significantly.

Twitter losses grow to $132m

Social media darling Twitter reported a net loss of $132m for the first quarter of 2014, up considerably from the $27m loss for the same period last year. Revenues for the same period jumped over 119 per cent however, to $250m, versus $114m a year ago.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Deutsche Telekom partners with Twitter

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has announced a strategic partnership with Twitter, allowing subscribers with selected Android smartphones to keep up with the social site directly from their home screen. The service will launch next year, initially in Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia.

Apple acquires Twitter analytics firm Topsy

Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise as well as bolstering its consumer proposition.

Twitter primed for IPO; caught in IBM’s crosshairs

With Twitter’s IPO set to go live later today the company has priced its shares at $26 each, higher than the expected range of $23-25. With 70 million shares on offer the company is looking to score around $1.8bn in proceeds with a 30 day option for another 10.5 million shares to be sold.

Twitter launches emergency SMS service

Microblogging site Twitter has launched a feature to help its users receive important and accurate information from credible organisations during emergencies, natural disasters and times when other communications services aren’t accessible.

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