Happy Wednesday morning, Austin folks! Here's what tech blogs are buzzing about this morning:
Twitter under fire, says, "Hey, how about verification?"
A long-festering issue on Twitter, the subject of targeted harassment and abuse of users reached a boiling point when "SNL" and "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones posted a series of retweets from her haters, then finally posted this Tweet (after being contacted via Twitter by CEO Jack Dorsey):
I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart.All this cause I did a movie.You can hate the movie but the shit I got today...wrong— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) July 19, 2016
On Tuesday, Twitter apparently permanently banned Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos who was said to be an instigator in the Leslie Jones issue. And a cynical person might think Twitter was trying to distract from all this by opening up its mysterious verification/blue checkmark process to the masses, also on Tuesday.
Dollar Shave Club bought for $1 billion
That's a lot of cheap razors! Europe's Unilever is buying online sensation Dollar Shave Club for a cool billion. The 5-year-old company got it start off a viral video. Remember that ad?
Microsoft's cloud computing bet pays off
In earnings yesterday, Microsoft reported better-than-expected revenue mostly due to growth in its cloud computing services. This despite its admittance last week that it probably won't hit 10 billion devices with Windows 10 by its initial goal of 2018.
Another music service?
Deezer, which was previously only available to a limited number of customers in the U.S., is opening up to everyone here for $10 a month. The French-based service will have to compete with Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal, among others.
Stop app hoarding
Do you have too many apps? Recode's Uncle Walt Mossberg suggests you delete half of them. Ready to purge?
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