Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

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

Twitter is now signing up 500,000 new users every day

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 recently acquired social media analytics provider Topsy for $200 million

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.

Clown cars, gold mines and Happy Meals


There’s plenty of stuff in this world the Informer doesn’t understand and how companies that make no money can rake it in from a stock market floatation is one of them. The Twitter founders buzzed the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and released 70 million shares to the frenzied masses. Despite opening at $26, the market closed at almost $45, with the company reflecting a market value of more than $31bn. The company’s valuation ahead of the IPO was closer to $17bn.

Twitter primed for IPO; caught in IBM’s crosshairs

Twitter ready for IPO, but IBM has it in its sights

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

Twitter has launched an 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.

Twitter acquires mobile advertising firm

Twitter has agreed to acquire mobile advertising firm MoPub

Microblogging site Twitter has announced it has agreed to acquire mobile-focused advertising exchange MoPub. MoPub’s technology lets mobile application publishers manage inventory and optimise multiple sources of advertising, such as direct ads, house ads, ad network, and real-time bidding, through the MoPub Marketplace, in a single product.

Twitter grows engineering base; IPO in offing?

Twitter ready for IPO?

Social network Twitter is on the hunt for almost 90 engineers and while many of the positions are focused on traditional remits like Android, Linux, and Cloud, several other roles up for grabs seem to indicate that the company is preparing for an IPO.

Twitter tapped by Reliance in OTT partnership


Mobile operators are increasingly seeing the value of partnering with Over The Top (OTT) service providers to mutual benefit. This week Indian carrier Reliance Communications struck a deal with social network Twitter to effectively subsidise data access for a limited period of time.

Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung to thrash out patent dispute

Apple and Samsung's CEOs will hold talks to end their ongoing patent disputes

The CEOs of Apple and Samsung, Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung, have agreed to hold settlement talks to try to resolve a patent lawsuit over smartphone and tablet technology, according to a court filing. Meanwhile, Twitter has announced that it will begin a policy of not using patents as a tool to impede the innovation of others.

Twitter buys microblogging rival Posterous

Whisper helped protestors organise during the Arab Spring

Social network Twitter has acquired microblogging platform Posterous for an undisclosed sum. Posterous offered similar, but less well known services. The purchase appears to be focused on the talent pool available at the company.

Twitter snaps up security specialist

Whisper helped protestors organise during the Arab Spring

Social site Twitter has acquired a small mobile security firm specialising in secure tools for Android. The purchase seems a strange fit but it has been suggested that the talent that comes with the company is what Twitter is really after.

Global mobile messages to surpass 7.5 trillion in 2011

The number of mobile messages sent in 2011 will increase by 12.5 per cent on 2010

The number of mobile text, picture and video messages sent worldwide will surpass 7.5 trillion in 2011, according to research firm Ovum, marking a 12.5 per cent increase on the 6.7 trillion sent last year.

Twitter snaps up analytics engine

Analytics equals accountability in social media

Startup social network analytics engine Backtype has been acquired by Twitter for an undisclosed sum, giving users of the micro blogging platform greater insight an accountability of their social initiatives.

Twitter absorbs Tweetdeck in $40m defensive move

Is Twitter struggling to control its ecosystem?

Social networking heavyweight Twitter on Thursday confirmed its acquisition of TweetDeck, a dashboard application for monitoring tweets and topics on the site.

LTE World Summit 2011: Tweets from the floor

The LTE World Summit 2011 generated a fair amount of buzz on Twitter

Earlier this week the seventh annual LTE World Summit 2011 took place at the RAI, Amsterdam on the 17th-18th May 2011. The event proved a great success, attracting over 1,750 attendees, with speakers representing more than 160 operators from more than 110 different countries. Like LTE itself, this was a truly global event.

NTT DoCoMo and Twitter announce partnership

Twitter and DoCoMo are to launch location-based services in Japan

NTT DoCoMo has announced a deal with Twitter that will see the pair working on the development of location-based and other mobile services. According to DoCoMo, one of the envisioned services will “bring richer search results” to users through the use of Real-Time Tweets.

Mobile card reader Square funded by Visa

Square has won funding from Visa

Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey’s latest venture, Square – a credit card reader add on for smartphones – has won funding from an unlikely partner –Visa.

Yahoo acquires mobile TV-tagging start up

Yahoo! has acquired TV tagging start up IntoNow

Yahoo has acquired TV tagging start-up IntoNow in a deal reported to be worth between $20-30m. The purchase is expected to bolster the firm’s video and social content offerings. IntoNow, which only launched at the end of January this year, has developed a free iPhone application that allows users to share instantly the programmes they are watching with Facebook and Twitter friends as well as iTunes and Netflix. The expectation is that an Android version of the application will now be developed.

Twitter co-founder Dorsey back in charge of product

Twitter is now signing up 500,000 new users every day

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of micro social network Twitter, is returning to the company as product lead and executive chairman. Dorsey quit the CEO position in October 2008 to be replaced by cofounder Evan Williams. Some say Dorsey left because Twitter was struggling to meet demand and others because it wasn’t making money. Either way, Williams was replaced in October 2010 by Dick Costolo, who was charged with making the company generate some cash.