Twitter Suspends UberTwitter and Twitroyd Apps
Twitter has blocked the UberTwitter and Twitroyd applications, which are third-party apps used by select smartphones, from accessing and using Twitter's services. Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner said it took these actions due to policy violations. "These violations include, but aren't limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users' Tweets in order to make money." Both applications are developed and distributed by a company called UberMedia. "We've had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp — a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation," said Penner. UberMedia hasn't responded publicly to Twitter's suspension. Users of the UberTwitter and Twitroyd applications will need to use an alternative application order to access Twitter from their handsets.
Twitter Discovers New Way to Spot Trends
Twitter has canned the Discover and Activity tabs in its mobile applications in favor of a new way to sift through trending content. Moving forward, when people use the search bar they'll also see trending stories as well as descriptions of those stories.
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Twitter today revealed a new feature that allows people to send individual tweets to others through direct messages. The feature is being added to both the Android and iOS applications, as well as to Twitter.com.
Twitter Now Tracking Which Apps You've Installed
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