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Twitter pinning explainers to topics so people will stop asking why they're trending

We've all probably taken a peek at the Trending section of Twitter and asked why a certain topic is trending before either putting the thought out of our mind or tweeting "why is this trending?" Well, the company doesn't seem to want to stand for that kind of ignorance, so it will start explaining why a subject is getting all the buzz right in that panel.

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Twitter rolls out developer portal for its overhauled API

Twitter had been teasing the first major update to its API since 2012 for days. On the back of yesterday's major security breach which saw a bevy of verified accounts hijacked for the sake of a Bitcoin scam, the company decided that it would still announce the new API today as scheduled, but would delay the roll-out. Still, all of this has left outside developers wondering what these new tools will allow them to do.

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Twitter gives users new settings for who's allowed to reply to your tweets

People online can sometimes be a little less civil than they would be in person, which is probably why Twitter is now introducing settings to restrict who can reply to your tweets. Assuming your profile isn't set to private, people will still be able to see, like, and retweet (with and without comments).

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Twitter finally gets around to patching Android app security hole... 22 months later

Twitter has patched its app from a vulnerability within Android that could let a malicious app siphon users' private date — including their direct messages — while bypassing system permissions. Every Twitter for Android user was notified about the security hole which affects users on versions 8 Oreo and 9 Pie.

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FBI catches alleged hackers behind the great Twitter hack of 2020

Three individuals have been charged with carrying out a debilitating security breach on Twitter 2 weeks ago that saw high-profile verified accounts hijacked for the purposes of a Bitcoin scam. In perpetrating the scheme, the team allegedly gained privileged tools by connecting with an employee who was selling access to them.

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Twitter might test a paid subscription tier later this year

Twitter may have recently hit 1 billion downloads on the Play Store, but the social media company has seen its fair share of adversity lately, including a massive data breach and advertisers boycotting social media. Today, Jack Dorsey told investors that the company has been looking into alternative ways of making money, including a potential paid subscription plan.

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Twitter carousel returns to Google Search in wake of hack

In the wake of July 15th's massive Twitter hack, Google temporarily removed the Twitter carousel from results in search, probably to make sure that the bitcoin scams being tweeted by verified celebrities weren't parroted in search results. At the time, Google told us it would bring the Twitter carousel back after it had performed a careful review, and that day has come: The Twitter carousel is back in Search.

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Massive Twitter breach made possible by social engineering

Some verified Twitter accounts are not able to post tweets right now. The company says it is working to investigate and fix a major vulnerability that saw celebrities including Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and MrBeast of YouTube fame post bogus offers to give back double whatever Bitcoin deposit their followers put in.

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Google confirms it disabled the Twitter carousel in Search following Bitcoin scam kerfuffle

Yesterday's Twitter snafu has had a significant impact outside the platform itself. In what Google has confirmed to us was an intentional response to the breach, the Twitter carousel has been disabled in Google Search results, and data gathered by Search Engine Roundtable confirms the change is universal.

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Twitter just hit 1 billion installs on the Play Store

It's hard to imagine the world without Twitter right now. So much is happening on the platform these last few years, from politics, product announcements, and grassroots movements to more personal means of communication. Given that there are 7.8 billion people in the world and Android being the most used mobile operating system, you'd think that the Twitter app already has more than one billion installs, but no, the application has just now crossed that milestone on the Play Store.

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