Winning the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award: #jointheflock

Earlier today, the jobs and career community @Glassdoor announced Twitter has won its Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the 50 Best Places to Work in 2014. As the top technology company recognized, and number two overall, we’re extraordinarily honored by this recognition.

Now in its sixth year, the Employees’ Choice Awards rely solely on the input of people who choose to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and their companies via Glassdoor’s anonymous online company review survey.

No doubt each of our employees would have a slightly different way of saying why they think Twitter is a great place to work. Perhaps a common element is our shared mission that the open exchange of information can have a positive impact on the world. We work hard to stay true to our values: to fiercely defend our users, to innovate through experimentation, and to build a business that makes us proud. And of course we aim to be a place where you can do what you love while collaborating with people you love working with.

It’s never been a better time to #jointheflock at Twitter.

We have positions available around the world in all sorts of areas. Check out twitter.com/jobs to see what’s open.

We hope to welcome some of you reading this as new teammates in the future!

Report: Facebook Won’t Roll Out Its Major Redesign Any Time Soon

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Facebook made a big deal about the platform's impending redesign in March, but it now appears it's not actually coming to most users

A story by Mike Isaac of AllThingsD claims that the redesign has stalled, and will not actually roll out to users as was originally expected

In Tuesday's story, Isaac wrote:

Sources said that in the small rollout to a single-digit percentage of users, engagement with the new design has stalled. So much so, in fact, that the majority of users won’t receive this Facebook redesign we saw unveiled this year.

Instead, sources said, it’s back to the drawing board on a better News Feed, while using the failed first launch as a data point for creating a better Version 2. When users finally do see something new, it will likely be far less drastic of a change, incorporating only some of the modifications that worked better than others. Read more...

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Photos in direct messages and swipe between timelines

Every day, people come to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world and talk about it. Today, we’re updating our mobile apps to make this even easier.

Now you can send and receive photos via direct messages and swipe back and forth between timelines.

Direct messages: Now with photos
For the first time, you can share and view photos via direct message (DM) on your mobile phone. We’ve also introduced a new tab in the navigation bar that makes it easy to access DMs –– they’re just one tap away from wherever you are on Twitter. You can also view photos in DMs on twitter.com.

Swipe to discover what’s happening
Now you can swipe from your Home timeline to the Discover timeline to find trends, popular Tweets and new accounts tailored for you, and then swipe to your Activity timeline to see Tweets and accounts that are popular among people you follow.

There are a bunch of other great updates in this release. For example, on Twitter for iOS, new in-app notifications show you when people send you a DM or favorite, retweet and reply to your Tweets. And on Twitter for Android, you can easily turn on mobile notifications for specific users by tapping the star on their profile.

Download Twitter for Android or Twitter for iPhone to check out these new features, and keep an eye on @twittermobile for more tips and updates.

Where in the World Are Facebook’s Developers?

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Facebook users come from all corners of the globe and, apparently, so do its third-party developers

This new heat map from Facebook shows which countries around the world claim the most developers. The social network released the map on Tuesday at LeWeb, a global startup and tech conference in Paris, France

A heat map depicting the locations of Facebook's third party developers.

The company considers a third-party developer to be anyone who incorporates the Facebook login into their app or builds with the company's software developer kits (SDKs) made available for iOS and Android, according to a company spokesperson Read more...

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Facebook Glitch Resolved: Users Now Able to Post to Timelines

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Update: Tuesday Dec. 10, 3:10 p.m. ET A Facebook spokesperson says that the site experienced a "temporary technical issue" which has been resolved. Users are once again able to post to Timelines

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A number of Facebook users, including numerous Mashable employees, report that they are unable to post to their Facebook profiles

Users trying to post are greeted with a message that says: "The message could not be posted to this Timeline."

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Facebook did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment. We will update this story as more information becomes available

Image: Mashable, Kurt Wagner Read more...

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Google Makes Creating Online Exhibitions Easy For Anyone With Google Open Gallery

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Google has been working with museums to populate its Google Cultural Institute, an online collection of virtual exhibitions from around the world. Today, it’s opening up that project to anyone who wants to create an online exhibit can do so, from independent museums to individual artists. Google’s Open Gallery tool makes it possible, letting anyone upload videos, images and Street View content, and then combining that with text to publish an interactive guided tour through a collection of cultural artifacts.

Forty-five new Google Open Gallery projects are live today, so people can check out some visually stunning exhibitions of gallery showings by European artists. You can request an invite to gain access to the tools yourself, too, and access and use is free. You can create an independent site using the browser-based publisher, or add a virtual exhibition or collection to your own existing website, too. It’s probably something any professional photographer or artist should at the very least take a look at, as it requires no programming knowledge and can create some beautiful, immersive virtual tours.

Google has also opened a physical extension of its Cultural Institute experimental arm, called the Lab, located at their Paris office. They’ll be experimenting with 3D scanners, super high-resolution cameras and interactive screens to see how those technologies might be useful in museums and other real-world exhibits, and how they can help improve online presentation of cultural artifacts, too.

In general, I’m a fan of when Google puts resources into projects that have the potential to make cultural artifacts more accessible like this one, and the Open Gallery tool is far more advanced than something like an image-heavy Tumblr. It feels like Google has taken the bones of what was its Blogger acquisition and made it into something truly robust that really suits the needs of cultural institutions in a uniquely advantageous way. It’ll be interesting to see how much uptake this gets among photographers just looking to get their work out there in a way that’s more visually appealing.


Source Code Says LG’s G-Pad Tablet Will Get The Google Play Edition Treatment

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Google and LG have been getting awfully cozy lately — the web giant tasked the Korean company with delivering its two most recent Nexus smartphones, and if you’re the type to put stock in rumors, it seemed like a new Nexus tablet (bearing the model number “LG-V510″) would be the next fruit of their union.

Well, according some files posted to LG’s own site, it isn’t. Not exactly, anyway. Some industrious redditors (via Droid-Life) discovered that LG posted a source code update for that very device on its Open Source Code Distribution page, and a little bit of unzipping revealed the truth of the matter. The tablet in question isn’t a shiny new Nexus model, it’s a version of the company’s 8.3-inch G-Pad that’s getting the Google Play Edition treatment.

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Google launched the Google Play Edition initiative earlier this year with special versions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that featured nearly-stock versions of Android instead of the highly-customized builds that their cousins ship with. I’d argue the benefits only really appeal to the real nerds and tinkerers among you — being SIM unlocked is nice, but more importantly those GPE phones generally get updates awfully quickly to boot. Granted, the update process isn’t quite as fast it is for members the Nexus line since their software build contains small additions to power non-standard features like the One’s BoomSound speakers.

Still, this is a pretty big deal for a company that doesn’t have much experience in crafting tablets and seems to speak to how closely the Google-LG relationship has grown in recent years. Like the One and the Galaxy S 4 before it, the G-Pad is no slouch: it sports an 8.3-inch IPS display running at 1920 x 1200, along with a Snapdragon 600 chipset, and 2GB of RAM. If LG’s source code files are legit and not some intricate prank, the tablet won’t be the speediest thing to grace the Google Play store, though early reviews of the thing are generally positive. I’ve reached out to Google for comment, and will update this story if/when they respond.


Source Code Says LG’s G-Pad Tablet Will Get The Google Play Edition Treatment

gpad-large

Google and LG have been getting awfully cozy lately — the web giant tasked the Korean company with delivering its two most recent Nexus smartphones, and if you’re the type to put stock in rumors, it seemed like a new Nexus tablet (bearing the model number “LG-V510″) would be the next fruit of their union.

Well, according some files posted to LG’s own site, it isn’t. Not exactly, anyway. Some industrious redditors (via Droid-Life) discovered that LG posted a source code update for that very device on its Open Source Code Distribution page, and a little bit of unzipping revealed the truth of the matter. The tablet in question isn’t a shiny new Nexus model, it’s a version of the company’s 8.3-inch G-Pad that’s getting the Google Play Edition treatment.

gpad-googleplay

Google launched the Google Play Edition initiative earlier this year with special versions of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that featured nearly-stock versions of Android instead of the highly-customized builds that their cousins ship with. I’d argue the benefits only really appeal to the real nerds and tinkerers among you — being SIM unlocked is nice, but more importantly those GPE phones generally get updates awfully quickly to boot. Granted, the update process isn’t quite as fast it is for members the Nexus line since their software build contains small additions to power non-standard features like the One’s BoomSound speakers.

Still, this is a pretty big deal for a company that doesn’t have much experience in crafting tablets and seems to speak to how closely the Google-LG relationship has grown in recent years. Like the One and the Galaxy S 4 before it, the G-Pad is no slouch: it sports an 8.3-inch IPS display running at 1920 x 1200, along with a Snapdragon 600 chipset, and 2GB of RAM. If LG’s source code files are legit and not some intricate prank, the tablet won’t be the speediest thing to grace the Google Play store, though early reviews of the thing are generally positive.

There are still plenty of questions surrounding this thing, not least of which is when it’ll officially see the light of day for the first time. CES 2014 is right around the corner and LG has snapped up the very first press conference slot on the pre-show press day so it would have a captive audience of reporters to show the thing off too. Then again, Google was in charge of unveiling both previous Google Play Edition devices, so the tablet may wind up headlining its own event. I’ve reached out to Google for comment, and will update this story if/when they respond.


Chromecast Gets 10 New Apps, Including Songza, VEVO, And Revision 3

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Slowly but surely, Google’s Chromecast devices is beefing up with content partners. The company just announced 10 new apps landing on the $35 smart TV dongle, including VEVO, Revision 3, PostTV, and Songza, to name a few.

For those of you who don’t already know, Chromecast is a device developed by Google that plugs right into your TV to add various streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and most recently HBO Go.

Here’s what Google had to say about the new apps:

Beginning today you can enjoy action sports, news, music videos, and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod.

And for those many holiday gatherings, you can also cast your personal media straight to your TV using Plex, Avia, or RealPlayer Cloud apps. There’s no need to huddle around small screens when you can share your own photos and videos using your phone, tablet, or laptop.

To learn more about Google Chromecast, click here.

Songza Holidays

Along with the launch on Chromecast, Songza is also launching new Holiday Playlists.

Songza has been relatively quiet since the launch of iTunes Radio in September, but that might have to do with raising $4.7 million and launching Club Songza, the company’s ad-free premium service.

Or perhaps they were just hard at work on bringing a variety of holiday-related playlists to the apps. Songza has developed over 75 different Christmas playlists ranging from Drunken Christmas Party to Christmas on the Beach.

You can check out the app here.

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Chromecast Gets 10 New Apps, Including Songza, VEVO, And Revision 3

chromecast

Slowly but surely, Google’s Chromecast devices is beefing up with content partners. The company just announced 10 new apps landing on the $35 smart TV dongle, including VEVO, Revision 3, PostTV, and Songza, to name a few.

For those of you who don’t already know, Chromecast is a device developed by Google that plugs right into your TV to add various streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and most recently HBO Go.

Here’s what Google had to say about the new apps:

Beginning today you can enjoy action sports, news, music videos, and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod.

And for those many holiday gatherings, you can also cast your personal media straight to your TV using Plex, Avia, or RealPlayer Cloud apps. There’s no need to huddle around small screens when you can share your own photos and videos using your phone, tablet, or laptop.

To learn more about Google Chromecast, click here.

Songza Holidays

Along with the launch on Chromecast, Songza is also launching new Holiday Playlists.

Songza has been relatively quiet since the launch of iTunes Radio in September, but that might have to do with raising $4.7 million and launching Club Songza, the company’s ad-free premium service.

Or perhaps they were just hard at work on bringing a variety of holiday-related playlists to the apps. Songza has developed over 75 different Christmas playlists ranging from Drunken Christmas Party to Christmas on the Beach.

You can check out the app here.

  1. cast

  2. christmas

  3. songzachrome


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