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Twitter Co-Founder Unveils Q&A App

Jelly all about 'helping each other': Biz Stone

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has released a new app, and he's hoping it will "make the world a more empathetic place," he tells TechCrunch . Available for free on iOS and Android, Jelly allows users to ask questions accompanied by photos; responses come from users' Facebook and Twitter... More »

Twitter's 'Fail Whale' Artist Got Zilch from IPO

Twitter co-founder discovered image on stock photo site

(Newser) - Back in 2008, when Twitter was prone to crashes, users got to know the "Fail Whale"—a cartoon animal being lifted out of the water by birds. The image is the work of artist Yiying Lu, who posted it that year to the website That's... More »

Twitter's Origins: Rivals, Missteps, Booze

Tale of rivalries has few heroes: Seth Fiegerman

(Newser) - Hatching Twitter, a new book by New York Times journalist Nick Bilton, details the history of the site—and it's got enough rivalries, mistakes, and friendships cast aside to be made into The Social Network 2. As Mashable reports, Twitter began as an idea drunkenly related by engineer Jack... More »

Biz Stone Leaves Twitter

He'll re-create the 'Obvious Corporation' with Evan Williams

(Newser) - Twitter co-founder Isaac “Biz” Stone is sort-of quitting to go pursue new business ideas with fellow co-founder Evan Williams. In a blog post , Stone says that he’ll “continue to work with the company for many years to come,” but that since the current leadership team is... More »

'Follow' Hack Causes Twitter Pandemonium

Privacy gap closed, but not before some opportunistic hijinks

(Newser) - If your Twitter account lists no followers or follow-ees, thank the happy-go-lucky iPhone acquirers at Gizmodo , who tipped the tech world to a vulnerability this morning. It's no longer working, but the web interface allowed the attention-starved to type "accept" and the Twitter name of any account, thereby gaining... More »

Perez Hilton Tops Internet Celebrity List

Forbes list includes Digg, Twitter, TechCrunch, Mashable founders

(Newser) - When it comes to Internet celebrity, Perez Hilton tops the list. The gossip blogger excels in all of Forbes ' criteria, including hits on Google, page views, media saturation, and Twitter followers. Each person on the list must be famous primarily for their Web presence. Herewith, the rest of the... More »

Meghan McCain Picks the People of '09

Gen. McChrystal, Zach Galifianakis, and the Twitter guys make her list

(Newser) - Meghan McCain has been weighing in on intriguing people all year, right? Maverick Junior takes a crack at the year's most intriguing, dipping into both the entertainment and political worlds.
  • McCain kicks things off with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan who has "the courage to keep
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Twitter Founder: Murdoch Will 'Fail Fast'

Biz Stone thinks plan to put up online paywalls is folly

(Newser) - Biz Stone says he’d “love to see what happens” if Rupert Murdoch really yanks his newspapers from Google, predicting that he’ll “fail fast.” The Twitter co-founder thinks News Corp would be better off trying “to make a ton of money from being radically open... More »

Stung by Bias Charges, Twitter Will Stop Suggestions

List of people to follow 'will be going away'

(Newser) - A little bird named Biz Stone tells reporters that Twitter’s much-maligned “suggested users” list is getting kicked out of the nest. The feature, which encourages new users to follow a handful of celebrities, has been mired in controversy over the selection process. Republicans, for example, have claimed it... More »

Concerted Cyberattack Shuts Down Twitter

(Newser) - In a possible first for Twitter, a malicious attack shut down the service entirely today, Wired reports. The denial-of-service assault flooded the site's server with requests, overloading it and blocking legitimate users from gaining access for about three hours; Tweeters are now slowly regaining access. More »

Twitter Plans Homepage Facelift

Co-founder wants to 'better show who we are'

(Newser) - Twitter will introduce a new homepage next week “to better show who we are,” its co-founder tells Kara Swisher at All Things Digital. As it stands, the homepage is confusing to visitors intrigued by media reports, Biz Stone says. “We need to do a better job of... More »

Twitter Guys See Revolution in the Making

'We want to have as large an impact as possible'

(Newser) - Evan Williams and Biz Stone thought they were starting a podcasting company; its quirky messaging service was just a sideshow. Now, Twitter is the main event, and that's an understatement. “It took us a while to figure out that it really was a big deal,” says Williams in... More »

Twitter Doesn't Sweat the Profit Margin

Microblogging site puts effort in infrastructure, not its biz model

(Newser) - Twitter, a unique blogging service that lets its users update every minute detail of their day using a computer or cellphone, is steadily growing in popularity, but founder Biz Stone isn't worried about making money from the site yet. With millions in venture capital stored up, Stone is more focused... More »

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