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Twitter officially expands its character count to 280

Twitter’s expansion to 280 characters is rolling out publicly today to all users in supported languages, including English. The company had first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running out of room to tweet. The expansion ...

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Twitter to expand 280-character tweets

Twitter plans to increase the number of characters in tweets from 140 to 280 for the majority of users. The new limit will not apply to tweets written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean which can convey more information in a single character. The move follows a trial among a small group of users which started in September in response to ...

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Paradise Papers: Apple’s secret tax bolthole revealed

The world’s most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show. They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices by actively shopping around for a tax haven. It then moved the firm holding most of its untaxed offshore cash, now $252bn, to the ...

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iTel launches two smartphones to mark 10th anniversary

iTel has unveiled two mobile phone devices, S12 and S32 to commemorate its 10th anniversary in Ghana. The two devices come with dual selfie cameras and improve fingerprint features that enhance phone security and functionality to the user. Speaking at a ceremony in Accra to launch the two products, the Marketing Communications manager of itel mobile, Michael Tuekpe said the ...

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Huawei introduces cost-effective wireless broadband service in Africa

Despite the rapid advancement in information communication technologies (ICT) globally, the vast majority of people across Africa remain either unconnected, or only have access to slow internet connections. On the continent, the average broadband penetration rate sits at less than 1%, while 80% of connected households have to make do with bandwidth of less than 2Mbp/s. While approximately 20-million households ...

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Twitter criticised for ‘erasing’ bisexual photos

Twitter is being criticised for failing to show any photos under the bisexual hashtag. Some are calling it bi-erasure, as photo results for “lesbian” and “gay” still exist. Users are pointing out that when you search #bisexual, a message appears on the photos tab stating: “The term you entered did not bring up any results.” Twitter say there was no “erasure” ...

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Sex trafficking bill gets tech firms’ backing

The internet’s most powerful companies say they will support new measures that seek to prevent online sex trafficking. The Internet Association, which counts Facebook, Google and Amazon among its members, had at first said the proposed US law could hurt innovation. But in a statement released on Friday the group said it was satisfied with “important changes” made to the ...

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Twitter’s rewritten rules published

Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them. It is part of a series of changes as the social network tries to address complaints of abuse and harassment on its website. It said the changes reflected the “latest trends in online behaviour”. However, anticipated new policies relating ...

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WhatsApp back up after global outage

Messenging app WhatsApp is operating again after a brief global outage. Users across the world were unable to send messages due to a server that went down. Social media users saw the lighter side of things and took to Twitter share memes. The ‘WhatsApp down’ hashtag is now trending. WhatsApp is yet to release an official statement on the outage. ...

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Whatsapp down: Messaging app not working for thousands of customers

WhatsApp is down. People can’t send or receive messages using the Facebook-owned app, apparently because of a server problem. The app doesn’t initially look broken, with chats and contacts able to load. But once a user is into a chat, the app just shows a “connecting” message that never resolves itself, and so new messages can’t be sent or received. ...

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