Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning:
We were wrong, Bitcoin
It takes a strong columnist to admit they were completely wrong, but that’s what business writer Kevin Roose is doing over at the New York Times, enumerating the way he missed the boat four years ago on the phenomenon that is Bitcoin. You can read his reasons and go back and read the original article that inspired this from New York Magazine.
Apple invests in Sherman, Texas
Apple this morning announced a $390 million investment in Finisar, a California-based company that will e manufacturing laser sensors at a rebuilt 700,000-square-foot plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar plans to hire 500 people there, near the Oklahoma border, to build the technology, which will be used for the sensors in the iPhone X, among other products. The investment is part of Apple’s $1 billion Manufacturing Fund, intended to make investments in U.S.-based companies and production.
Twitter embraces threading
Good news if you are a prolific tweetstormer or a president of the United States! Twitter is rolling out a new threaded Tweets feature, allowing someone to string together a series of posts without having to reply to the original Tweet as people have had to do. Viewers of these threaded Tweets will see the first few messages and will be able to click on an option to show more. This follows, of course, the company’s decision to double the amount of characters allowed in a Tweet to 280.
Changes ahead for social media aggregator tool Storify
If you’re a Storify user, you may want to sit down for this one. The service is shutting down as a stand-alone free service in May, giving users time to export their content. The company was acquired in 2013 and the company that bought it was itself swallowed up by Adobe more recently. Users who still want the functionality of Storify can pay to use a service called Storify 2 by purchasing an account on Livefyre.
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