Twitter is rolling out a couple of new features that should help you find more revelant tweets, especially those that involve you.
As of yesterday, the microblogging site is replacing the familiar Mentions tab with a new tab that displays your username, according to the company's official blog. Clicking on your username tab will reveal more than just tweets in which you're mentioned. You'll be able to see which of your own tweets are considered Favorites or are retweeted by someone also. You'll also see tweets directed to you and which tweets are popular among the … Read more
Noah Everett is looking to take out the bird with one clone. The Twitpic founder appears to be serving up a bit of revenge with his latest venture, Heello, a feature-for-feature Twitter clone, right down to the "@" symbol and the pastel tones.
The start-up may or may not be motivated by vengeance, but it's tough to ignore the fact that Heello was launched a day after Twitter announced its own photo-sharing service, which competes directly with third-party photo services built on Twitter's API like Twitpic.
Still, Everett claims the launch date has more to do with a certain anniversary than a jab at the blue bird.
"We launched Heello the company one year ago today and today we're launching Heello the service," he pinged to his Heello listeners earlier today. Pings are the Heello equivalent of tweets and a listener is the same as a Twitter follower.
CNET has contacted Everett for comment and will update this post when we hear back.
Everett tells VentureBeat that the project started last year as a way to make Twitter "suck less" and revolve more around e-mail, but later opted to stay closer to Twitter's social formula.
If Heello's initial offering is any indication, they didn't change much in the formula, but Everett says video and texting integration are on the way, as well as a feature called "channels" that allows listeners to be grouped together in a manner that sounds awfully similar to Google+ circles.
Perhaps Everett really has no score to settle with Twitter. He's likely more focused on celebrating today anyhow--aside from the launch, it's also his 27th birthday, or so he just notified all his fans... on Twitter. … Read more
A Massachusetts woman has filed a class action suit against Google for snooping into e-mail sent by people who don't have Gmail accounts to those that do, and using the information gleaned to sell targeted advertising.
Debra L. Marquis filed a class action suite on behalf of Massachusetts residents who do not have Gmail accounts and have sent mail to accounts with Gmail addresses. People without Gmail accounts have not consented to having their emails scanned, which Google does with Gmail messages in order to serve advertising that's presumably relevant to Gmail customers.
"Viacom and Cablevision have agreed to resolve their pending litigation, and the Viacom programming will continue to appear on Cablevision's Optimum Apps for iPad and other IP devices," the two companies said in a joint statement.
"In reaching the settlement agreement, … Read more
In addition to probing Google's strategies for building its search business, federal antitrust regulators are also looking into whether Google is barring smartphone makers that load the company's Android mobile operating system on their devices from using competitors' services, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal, citing "people familiar with the probe," reported today that lawyers from the Federal Trade Commission are asking whether the Web giant is preventing device makers that use Android from also featuring services from Google competitors. It's unclear from the Journal report if that relates to other mobile operating … Read more
That loud snipping sound is a greater number of Americans cutting the cord and ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions. That's the verdict today in an analysis done by the Associated Press of the pay TV companies' quarterly earnings reports.
The AP tallied lost subscribers from eight of the top nine providers, including Comcast and Time Warner cable, Verizon, AT&T, DirecTV, and Dish Network. Cox Communications was not included because it is a private company and does not disclose subscriber numbers, but AP said it has captured 70 percent of households in its survey and found … Read more
Major Hollywood figures are working with Activision on Call of Duty Elite, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed today during an address at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum in Colorado.
Call of Duty Elite is an online community for the franchise's players. The service, which is currently available by invite-only, allows users to find others to play Call of Duty with, as well as enter tournaments to compete for virtual and real-world prizes. The service also includes access to strategy videos, information on weapons, and better intel on multiplayer maps.
When the service launches publicly in November, … Read more