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Twitter Brings Audio To Your Stream With Soundcloud

Twitter launched a new feature for viewing and listening to audio cards directly inside your Twitter stream Thursday.

Product Manager Richard Slatter wrote that the new feature will be called Twitter Audio Cards, and will allow you to listen to music or audio while you continue to browse Twitter.

“With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices,” he wrote on the blog.

Slatter said that while many audio partners will follow, the first company to come to Twitter Audio Cards is Soundcloud, the company Twitter once considered buying. While the catalog obviously includes musicians—like Steve Aoki and deadmau5—users will also be able to listen to audio from @NASA, @WhiteHouse, @ThisAmerLife and more.

See also: Forget Twitter, SoundCloud Is Social Music’s Rising Star

Soundcloud wrote on its blog that while at first it will limit participation in Twitter Audio Cards to select creators, it will soon open the opportunity to everybody.

“And in the coming weeks, we’ll be making the cards available to anyone who posts on SoundCloud,” the company wrote. “Everyone using Twitter on mobile will be able to hear what you’ve shared right there in their timeline.”

Twitter’s announcement was immediately followed by a tweet from the Foo Fighters (audio link), which notes that iTunes is also partnering with Twitter Audio Cards.

Photo via Twitter

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SearchCap: Google Analytics Tag Manager, Bing Ads Twitter Followers & Google Voice Search

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Analytics Rolls Out New Tag Manager Tools Google analytics rolled out new updates to its Tag Manager today, including new APIs, additional third party…



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Bing Ads Showing Twitter Followers In Ads

Bing and Twitter have had a partnership dating back to the ancient days of 2009 and have renewed their deal to feature tweets in the search results every two years since. Now, Bing Ads is testing out an integration to show the number of Twitter followers advertisers have within their ads. The test,…



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Twitter Hits Feds With A Lawsuit Over Surveillance Requests

Twitter filed suit against the U.S. government, seeking to overturn restrictions that prevent it from fully reporting on federal surveillance requests.

The social media company said back in February that it would take legal action if the government failed to allow Twitter to be fully transparent with users, and it followed through on that promise by filing a lawsuit to publish the company’s full Transparency Report.

Twitter and other technology companies aren’t allowed to share the exact number of national-security requests for data—national security letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders—they receive. Even if the number is zero.

See also: Twitter To Feds: Your User-Data Requests Need Way More Sunlight

In January, a group of tech companies including Facebook and Google reached an agreement with the government to share the number of requests for data in broad ranges and without differentiating between NSLs and FISA orders.

At the time, Twitter said it believed that was a step in the right direction, but not enough. 

In the months that followed, Twitter tried to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to provide a more transparent data request report, but the government didn’t allow the company to publish it, even in redacted form.

“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Ben Lee, Twitter’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit. 

Twitter argues that the government’s restrictions on publishing such data are unconstitutional. From its lawsuit:

These restrictions constitute an unconstitutional prior restraint and content-based restriction on, and government viewpoint discrimination against, Twitter’s right to speak about information of national and global public concern. Twitter is entitled under the First Amendment to respond to its users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing more complete information about the limited scope of U.S. government surveillance of Twitter user accounts—including what types of legal process have not been received by Twitter—and the DAG Letter is not a lawful means by which Defendants can seek to enforce their unconstitutional speech restrictions.

Yahoo lost a similar lawsuit when it refused to comply to broad government requests for user data in 2007-2008. The company lost the suit, but recently published a number of previously unreleased documents related to the case.

Lead image by Anthony Quintano

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Twitter Sues The U.S. Government So It Can Fully Report Surveillance Requests

Twitter filed suit against the U.S. government, seeking to overturn restrictions that prevent it from fully reporting on federal surveillance requests.

The social media company said back in February that it would take legal action if the government failed to allow Twitter to be fully transparent with users, and it followed through on that promise by filing a lawsuit to publish the company’s full Transparency Report.

Twitter and other technology companies aren’t allowed to share the exact number of national-security requests for data—national security letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders—they receive. Even if the number is zero.

See also: Twitter To Feds: Your User-Data Requests Need Way More Sunlight

In January, a group of tech companies including Facebook and Google reached an agreement with the government to share the number of requests for data in broad ranges and without differentiating between NSLs and FISA orders.

At the time, Twitter said it believed that was a step in the right direction, but not enough. 

In the months that followed, Twitter tried to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to provide a more transparent data request report, but the government didn’t allow the company to publish it, even in redacted form.

“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Ben Lee, Twitter’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit. 

Twitter argues that the government’s restrictions on publishing such data are unconstitutional. From its lawsuit:

These restrictions constitute an unconstitutional prior restraint and content-based restriction on, and government viewpoint discrimination against, Twitter’s right to speak about information of national and global public concern. Twitter is entitled under the First Amendment to respond to its users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing more complete information about the limited scope of U.S. government surveillance of Twitter user accounts—including what types of legal process have not been received by Twitter—and the DAG Letter is not a lawful means by which Defendants can seek to enforce their unconstitutional speech restrictions.

Yahoo lost a similar lawsuit when it refused to comply to broad government requests for user data in 2007-2008. The company lost the suit, but recently published a number of previously unreleased documents related to the case.

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37 SEO Experts You Should Be Following on Twitter

Here’s a collection of influential tweeters in the SEO world that you should follow in order to stay on top of the latest news, trends, tips, and tricks that will help you succeed in search marketing.

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Use Twitter To Build Your Amazon Wishlist By Using This Hashtag by @mattsouthern

This week Twitter took another step towards facilitating consumer purchases through tweets by introducing the #AmazonWishlist hashtag. The new hashtag is integrated with Amazon’s wishlist-making tool, allowing Twitter uses to add items to their list by including that hashtag in a tweet. In order to use the hashtag you must link your Amazon and Twitter accounts together. If you’re not sure how, Amazon will prompt you to do it after going to this link. Once your account are linked then you can start adding items to your wish list. To do that, just reply to tweets that include an Amazon […]

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Twitter Releases New iPhone App Just In Time For iOS 8 by @mattsouthern

A day after Facebook unveiled a new iOS app, Twitter releases an updated app for iPhone users just in time for iOS 8. The updated app, rolling out today, promises to make it easier to explore and learn about other people on Twitter. The company claims it is their biggest update to date, featuring a new design and revamped profile pages. The new profiles have been designed to emphasize your bio, tweets, and photos so people can quickly digest everything that’s important to know about you at a glance. The bio is immediately visible as soon as you land on […]

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Twitpic Lives! Mystery Hero Buys Twitter Photo Host

Don’t mourn Twitpic. The popular service will continue to host images and video on Twitter thanks to an acquisition, the company tweeted Thursday.

This is the company’s first tweet since Sept. 4, when it announced it would be shutting down on Sept. 25 following a copyright skirmish with Twitter. The micro-blogging giant decided now was the time to take action against Twitpic, although the startup has been around since 2008.

“Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours,” founder Noah Everett wrote. “Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.”

See also: Twitpic, Already Sidelined By Twitter, Shuts Down After Trademark Spat

Now it looks like the acquisition will give the company the resources it needs to stay in business. Twitpic has not revealed any other details, or even the identity of the buyer.

Twitpic’s news comes as an apparent relief; as of publication, the announcement tweet had more than 4,000 retweets.

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