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Twitter to cut jobs as revenue growth slows

In the three months to September, revenues rose 8% to $616m. That was better than forecast, but lower than the 20% rise in the previous quarter.

The number of average monthly active users rose 3% to 317 million.

Last month, Twitter hired bankers ahead of a possible sale, but bids from potential suitors such as Google and Salesforce failed to materialise.

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Twitter axes Vine video service

Vine let people share six-second-long video clips that played on a loop.

Twitter did not give a reason for the closure, but earlier on Thursday it announced it was cutting 9% of its workforce following slow growth of the social network.

"In the coming months we'll be discontinuing the [Vine] mobile app," the company said in a blog.

US start-up Geofeedia 'allowed police to track protesters'

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Chicago-based Geofeedia had allowed police to "sneak in through a side door" to monitor protests.

Geofeedia said it was committed to the principles of personal privacy.

It comes amid growing concern about government access to social media.

Twitter shares plunge by a fifth

Technology website Recode reported that Google, Apple and Walt Disney were unlikely to bid for the company.

Cloud software company Salesforce.com is now thought to be the most likely buyer of the business.

Twitter shares rose 5.74% on Wednesday on reports that it was expected to receive takeover bids this week.

Takeover talk

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Netflix goes down. Twitter blows up.

Issues began just before 3 pm ET and lasted about three hours. And during the outage, users took to Twitter (TWTRTech30) to air their complaints. Downdetector -- which monitors outage complaints online -- reported more than 13,000 posts from users all over the world Saturday afternoon.

US election 2016: Trump berates Alicia Machado on Twitter

In a stream of tweets, the Republican presidential nominee urged Americans to examine Alicia Machado's personal history and her "sex tape".

He implied his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton had secured US citizenship for Venezuelan-born Ms Machado.

In response, Mrs Clinton tweeted: "This is unhinged, even for Trump."

Trump Jr's Skittles graphic deleted from Twitter

In its place, is a message saying it has been removed following a "report from the copyright holder".

The image included a photo of the multicoloured sweets taken by a UK-based man, who is himself a refugee.

Donald Trump Jr's post caused a furore when it was published last week, and was Twitter's highest trending item.

Brit MP sparks Twitter backlash with British Empire post

Conservative Heather Wheeler shared a graphic with a medals table split between "Rest of World", "British Empire" and "EU post-Brexit".

After congratulating Team GB, she then wrote: "Now for the Trade Agreements."

The South Derbyshire MP said the tweet was a joke in response to another total which put the EU medals together.

But the post - entitled "Empire Goes For Gold" - has been labelled "deeply offensive to so many people and their ancestors" by Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, while others have called it "insensitive and ignorant".

What is it and why are your Olympic Rio 2016 tweets being deleted quickly

According to Twitter, it's not as straight forward as you might think.

 

You can get in trouble for posting anything which is a breach of copyright

This includes videos, photos, logos and phrases which any company, in this case the International Olympics Committee's (IOC), has registered.

The rules around the Olympics are more strict for companies as they arerestricted from even using the hashtag #Rio2016 to affiliate themselves with the games.

Twitter lifts Guccifer ban after Democrat phone numbers leak

On Friday, the hacker known as "Guccifer 2.0" released contact details of 193 current and ex-Congress members.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi later told colleagues she had received "obscene and sick calls" after her phone number was leaked.

Twitter declined to comment on the reasons for the suspension and subsequent reinstatement.

Wordpress also blocked some content on Guccifer's blog which has not been reinstated.