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Android Lockscreen App Cover Joins Twitter in Latest Acquisition

tumblr_inline_n3o3qfu2lP1spj4tqAndroid lockscreen app, Cover, has only been in the app store since October, but it’s already been swallowed up by Twitter. The small startup will be joining Twitter on mobile development and the app will remain in the Google Play Store for the time being. Cover is self-described as a tool that can identify and learn apps users need and placing it automatically on the lockscreen for easy access.

In an announcement about the acquisition, Cover describes the venture as a way to expand on Android technology:

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Instagram Surpasses Twitter in Registered Mobile Users

Recent data from E-Marketer shows that Instagram has passed Twitter in registered US mobile users. The  statistics shows that Instagram now has 35 million US mobile users while Twitter only has 30.8 million.

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RIP, Twitter Music

Twitter announced the death of its music service app, Twitter Music, using its Twitter account. News of the impending launch has been circulating around the internet since last October – just six months after it was initially released. On Saturday, the eventual demise became a reality. The announcement comes nearly a year after the initial launch of the music service, which lost momentum in a sea of music apps and streaming services. Users who have downloaded the app can continue using it until April 18, 2014, but the app has already been removed from the app store.

Video Infographic: An Illustrated History of Twitter

Mashable’s in-house illustrator, Bob Al-Greene, created this amazing video depicting the history of Twitter: Eight years ago, Jack Dorsey let the world know he was setting up his “twttr.” How did Twitter go from a 140-character experiment to trading on the NYSE? Follow the social network’s growth over the years.

Yesterday, Twitter celebrated its 8th anniversary with a great tool that allows users to find their first tweet as well as the first tweet from any other user. Check it out. 

Celebrate Twitter’s 8th Anniversary by Looking up Anyone’s 1st Tweet

In March, 2006, Twitter launched its micro-blogging platform. Eight years later, millions of users are using the service to send 140-character stories about news, cats, and even art. To celebrate, Twitter is inviting all users to discover #FirstTweet – from any users. It’s a fun way to time-travel.

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Vine Now Prohibits Pornographic Content

vine twitterTitter’s Twitter’s micro-video platform, Vine, has changed its user policy to prohibit pornographic content. The change, however, does not completely remove nudity. Vine users who don’t want to see porn can flag questionable content for review.

Users who violate the new policy risk the chance of being suspended from their Vine account. To help you understand the new policy, we’ve got examples below of what is acceptable materials as well as a list of things not to post.

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Research: Twitter Users Have a Dirty Mouth

According to a recent study of 51 million tweets from 14 million users, Twitter is a haven for the  foul-mouthed. The trend starts high on Monday, and slowly winds down by Friday. Around Sunday, the cursing gets more prevalent – probably because Monday is around the corner.

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EU Funding Research to Create Lie Detector for Twitter

London RiotsThe latest research project from the University of Sheffield, Warwick, King’s College London, Saarland in Germany and MODUL University Vienna in Austria is being funded by the European Union. The goal: to root out social media lies from truths.

With social networks like Twitter being on the forefront of information dissemination, the EU and government agencies are interested in siphoning the information it seeks. Dr. Lalina Bontcheve from the University’s Department of Computer Science explains that “after the 2011 riots that social networks should have been shut down, to prevent the rioters using them to organise. Read more

Facebook Acquires Whatapp for $19 Billion After Turning Down a Job for its Founder

The biggest news yesterday was from one of the largest acquisition in technology companies in recent history – the purchase of Whatsapp for $19 billion by Facebook. What’s more, $3.2 billion of that cash purchase went to one of Whatsapp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, an engineer who was turned down by Facebook in 2009.

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Twitter’s New Android App Update Includes Image Editing Tools

twitterTwitter really wants you to start using photos – so much so, the micro-blog is adding more photo tools to help you out, starting with an Android app update that rolled out on January 27. Don’t worry iPhone users, you’ll see be able to rotate, crop, and discover news and tweets all by pulling down on your home timeline:

With this update, if you pull down on your home timeline to refresh it and there are no new Tweets to load, you may see recommended Tweets, trending topics and suggestions for new accounts to follow. In the U.S. only, you’ll see TV, sports and news events updates as well.  Read more

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