Twitter may finally be changing it’s 140-character limit—sort of. A new report in Bloomberg says that Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey wants to make the platform easier to use, and is considering some changes.
The idea would be that soon, external links and media (like photos and GIFs), wouldn’t be included in the 140-character Tweet length limit.
He reportedly told investors, “We think there's a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth.” Essentially, at the very most, it will give you an additional 23 characters (the point at which links are automatically shortened anyways) to add that final funny hashtag that really seals the deal on your punchline.
Addressing the flatlined growth, Dorsey reportedly told investors, “We think there's a lot of opportunity in our product to fix some broken windows that we know are inhibiting growth.” If there’s anything that can make Twitter the promising social media platform of the future it once was, it’s not counting that Crying Jordan image as part of your Tweet. Discuss
The future of long distance travel is being developed in the Nevada desert. This week, the company Hyperloop One successfully tested a propulsion system that could one day power passenger pods during trips. Billionaire Elon Musk’s longterm vision is that the pods will be able to levitate inside of a high-tech tube at more than 700 MPH, and the latest test shows that it may be possible. The Hyperloop One team was able to accelerate a sled to 100 MPH in four seconds.
Though there are still a lot more tests that need to be done before any sort of Hyperloop is close to functional for actual passengers, CEO Rob Lloyd remains optimistic. In a statement, he said, "We can assure you that we’re the one company that’s ahead of all the others in executing on this vision.” It’s a vision that could revolutionize the way people travel between major cities.
They hope that in the near future, a trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco would take just 30 minutes. And, it does all of this producing zero carbon emissions. The future is now. Discuss
You now have a new reason to watch the Webby Awards. Nick Offerman, ironically, a man famous for playing a character who hates most forms of modern technology, will host the annual ceremony when it streams live from WebbyAwards.com on May 16.
Aside from Offerman’s signature deadpan delivery, this year’s ceremony will feature a wide range of winners recognized for a variety of contributions to online culture. The founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, won the award for “Social Movement of the Year”; Jessica Alba will be honored for “Entrepreneur of the Year”; Making a Murder takes home the award for “Film & Video Breakout of the Year”. Other big winners include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Weeknd, The Onion, Lena Dunham, the 99% Invisible podcast and a bunch of others.
You can go here to see a full rundown of this year’s Webby Winners and learn more about the show. Discuss
One of the tech world’s great mysteries has been solved. Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed to several major outlets that he is the inventor of the digital currency “Bitcoin,” an identity previously only know as Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright proved to the BBC, GQ and Economist that he was the actual mind behind the controversial online currency—which is extremely difficult to track—by demonstrating that he knew of early “cryptographic keys” used to create the currency. Following the interviews, the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation released a blog post saying, "I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin.” Other high-profile members of the Bitcoin community also say they believe Wright.
Wright said that he is revealing his identity to end investigations and speculation into his private life. He told the BBC, "There are lots of stories out there that have been made up and I don't like it hurting those people I care about. I don't want any of them to be impacted by this … I don't want money. I don't want fame. I don't want adoration. I just want to be left alone."
He is said to hold a large quantity of Bitcoins worth nearly $450 million Discuss
YouTube inventor Colin Furze—the man behind jet-powered go-karts and 50 MPH baby carriages—has just unveiled his latest homemade creation: a working hoverbike. Sure, it’s almost impossible to control, much less steer. But, it gets off of the ground and looks awesome when you fire bottle-rockets from it, so really, who cares? Discuss
Automobile-related deaths were up some eight percent in 2015 over against 2014, according to reports. This increase is due in part, simply, to more people on the roads, apparently. But another part, officials say, is an increase in “distracted driving”—people driving while posting to social media, texting or whatever. So, according to The New York Times, some authorities “want to treat distracted driving like drunken driving.” There are a few ideas out there about what this might look like. But here’s one that jumps out: Some lawmakers in New York want to give police officers a device that’s basically the “digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer.” They’re calling it a “Textalyzer.”
According to the Times, the Textalyzer would work like its alcohol-detecting sibling: An officer could request access the phones of any drivers involved in an accident and then use the Textalyzer to check the phones’ activities. And just like in a Breathalyzer situation, refusing to submit your phone to an officer could lead to a suspended license. Not surprisingly, critics of the idea cite privacy concerns, because, man, what’s the deal with the government wanting to see in everybody’s phones? Discuss