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Breaking! PeopleBrowsr Reaches Firehose Settlement With Twitter

You’ll remember lots of third party developers have been ticked at Twitter lately, because they’ve had to close up shop due to changes to Twitter’s API that restricted their access.

PeopleBrowsr, the folks behind Kred (and others), is one of those developers – but it hasn’t closed up shop. Far from it. It has been battling Twitter since late last year to retain its coveted access to Twitter’s firehose.

And today, they’ve announced a settlement with Twitter.

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PeopleBrowsr Beats Twitter In Federal Court, Wins Costs, Hope (For All Third-Party Developers)

In November of last year, Peoplebrowsr, who make Kred (amongst other products), won a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Twitter after the latter terminated their longstanding relationship, which threatened to cut off PeopleBrowsr’s access to Twitter’s “firehose” of tweets.

Without that firehose, Peoplebrowsr doesn’t have much of a business. Twitter took the case to Federal Court, on the basis that “PeopleBrowsr’s complaint is based on federal antitrust law”, filing a Notice of Removal to have the TRO removed. It didn’t work. The Federal Court agreed with PeopleBrowsr, and the case is now returning to State Court, which gives PeopleBrowsr a much better chance of winning.

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Twitter Takes Fight With PeopleBrowsr To Federal Court

PeopleBrowsr recently won a restraining order against Twitter and the two were scheduled to take the next, albeit small, step in the court battle today with preliminary discovery.

But Twitter wasn’t having it.

You didn’t think it would be that easy – did you, PeopleBrowsr? Silly rabbit.

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Third Party Developer Fights Back; Wins Restraining Order Against Twitter

You knew it was coming – you knew someone big was going to get ticked at Twitter’s new API restrictions and take action, but did you ever expect it would take the form of a restraining order? Or that the developer would, at least temporarily, win?

PeopleBrowsr’s court action against Twitter today may seem suicidal (because it kind of is), but is that a bell tolling in the distance? Not for PeopleBrowsr or third party developers though – for Twitter.

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