Twitter to Address Rules Limiting Interaction – Character Count Won’t Include @username Enabling Longer Responses

Twitter’s making some changes which could alleviate complaints from many users.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at TechCrunch Real-Time Stream Crunchup, in July 2009. Photo by Brian Solis

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at TechCrunch Real-Time Stream Crunchup, in July 2009.
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The company has yet to officially make any announcement but a letter sent to shareholders certainly indicates some alterations in the works. The major thing mentioned is the @username issue many users cite when involved in an ongoing conversation on Twitter.

Currently, as more users begin to get involved in a conversation they’ll often include other users’ handle – @username – to ensure they, too see the post. While this is an inclusive tool it also limits what can be said in a tweet because the characters are included in the mandatory 140-character count.

The more people involved in the discussion means the shorter the actual messages get.

But, as Tech Crunch reported, it looks like Twitter may be about to change how those @usernames are counted. In fact, it looks like they’re not going to be counted at all.

“We are going to fix the broken windows and confusing parts, like the @name syntax and @reply rules that we know inhibit usage and drive people away,” the letter states.

Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, addressed this very matter during a conference call Wednesday. During his talk, Dorsey said the company recognizes it has “weird rules” around the issue and will be doing what it can to address the problem.

That’s as official as it has got, so far, in terms of any public statement, but it looks like Twitter has heard – and will listen – to users’ complaints. When, exactly, any changes can be expected is not known yet.


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Intelligence Agencies Could Use IoT to Gain Information – Government Report Explains Future Data Gathering Could Include Household Devices

It sounds like something out of a high-tech spy movie, but it’s reality and it’s being proposed by high-ranking US officials.

James R ClapperSpying is nothing new and, as technology advances, the methods of keeping tabs on one’s enemies have changed. With those changes come even more opportunities to covertly collect data and the Internet of Things is opening avenues never before considered.

Proof of this comes in the form of a report to the Senate Armed Services Committee by U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper. Clapper’s extensive, 33-page report outlines a variety of issues and focuses on weapons of mass destruction, counterintelligence and human security. Yet, just a few pages in to the report, Clapper notes the IoT opens doors not only for uses, but for intelligence agencies too.

““Smart” devices incorporated into the electric grid, vehicles—including autonomous vehicles—and household appliances are improving efficiency, energy conservation, and convenience. However, security industry analysts have demonstrated that many of these new systems can threaten data privacy, data integrity, or continuity of services,” Clapper writes in the Feb. 9 report. “In the future, intelligence services might use the IoT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.”

As PC Mag reported, while government agencies accessing information on private citizens’ devices has been a long-debated matter there have been bids for further security. Both Apple and Google have stated their operating systems will be encrypted by default.

However, whether such measures actually make a difference has been debated with a study by Harvard University researchers showing encryption does not guarantee a “dark” Internet. Rather, such measures simple create areas of “dimness” on the web.


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Proposed Bill Would Block State Bans on Encryption – Congress Members Present ENCRYPT Act

Companies should not have to weaken their smartphone encryption to abide by state laws argues a new bill being proposed by two Congress members.

Rep. Blake Farenthold

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The bill, entitled the ENCRYPT Act, was introduced Wednesday by Reps. Ted Lieu and Blake Farenthold and would, if passed, stop states from requiring a company weaken its smartphone encryption to facilitate law enforcement action. The bill states no state or municipality can willfully require manufacturers, developers or sellers to use minimal encryption.

The bill states a state or political subdivision shall not request manufacturers or the others to “design or alter the security functions in its product or service to allow the surveillance of any user of such product or service, or to allow the physical search of such product, by any agency or instrumentality of a State, a political subdivision of a State, or the United States.”

Farenthold, as quoted by PC Mag, said different rules in different states create myriad issues. One bill addressing the matter, however, would alleviate the concerns.

“We need a unified approach to this issue that both protects security and privacy while enabling law enforcement to keep us safe,” Farenthold stated. “The California and New York proposals do not solve the problem. We need to keep free market and trade between the several states robust, not promote a false sense of security and require things like backdoors and golden keys that can be exploited by hackers.”

Lieu and Farenthold aren’t expected to be the only officials pushing for such changes. The Verge reported two senators, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, have also promised a bill imposing encryption limitations for devices.

 


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Yahoo Lays Off 107 Employees at its California Headquarters

Yahoo has handed pink slips to 107 of the employees at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The layoffs, which take effect April 11, were spread across the company, affecting people in multiple departments, according to a notice filed with the California Employment Development Department.

The reductions are the first of the approximately 1,700 job cuts announced by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the beginning of the month when she laid out the company’s plans for the future.

“As part of our strategic plan, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to reduce our workforce in order to more efficiently align resources and position the company for a stronger future,” Yahoo said in a statement to the media. “We will provide more clarity to our employees who are impacted by these decisions in the coming weeks.”

The staff reductions in the coming months will amount to 15 percent of Yahoo’s workforce. Most of the layoffs are expected to occur in the first quarter.

“By the end of 2016, the Company anticipates having approximately 9,000 employees and fewer than 1,000 contractors,” Yahoo said in a statement when the company released its fourth quarter earning report. “This represents a workforce that is roughly 42 percent smaller than it was in 2012 and will result in savings in short term operating expense of $400 million annually.”

Yahoo stock went up one percent to $27.10 Wednesday with the news of the job cuts. Overall, Yahoo is down roughly 18.5 percent in the past year.


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Google To Remove Right-To-Be-Forgotten Links Worldwide, For Searchers In European Countries

Links will no longer show for those in the particular country where a RTBF request was made, regardless of the Google edition they use.

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Google To Remove Right-To-Be-Forgotten Links From All European Domains, Including Google.com

Company sought compromise approach to prevent content removal in jurisdictions outside Europe.

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Facebook Researching Millimeter-Wave Networks for Free Basics Service

Facebook is not letting its setback in India this week stop it from forging ahead with the expansion of its Free Basics service.

The social network is looking into wireless networks that use high-frequency millimeter-wave bands as part of Internet.org’s plan to bring Internet access to remote areas and poor neighborhoods.

“This work is part of the Connectivity Lab which supports the mission of Internet.org — to connect the four billion people who don’t have Internet access,” a Facebook representative told the Verge. “The Connectivity Lab is working on a number of such projects, including systems that would provide connections through satellites or drone-mounted lasers.”

Facebook has applied for at least two patents on the technology. One patent describes a next generation data network.

“It leverages the “cloud” for data management, frequency data computation and analytics,” the patent description reads. “The wireless network is a single frequency network that permits limited non-line-of-sight operation. The wireless network using packet switched beams, the beams are formed and switched electronically. It utilizes advanced signal processing to compensate for low transmit signal power and multipath reflections that can be frequency or flat fades.”

Millimeter-wave bands function in the 30 to 300GHz spectrum — a frequency being tested for 5G cellular networks.

If the patents come to anything it could be a boon for Free Basics. Free Basics, the brainchild of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a program from internet.org, a global initiative to make Internet access available to five billion new households in underdeveloped areas by 2023.


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