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Twitter lets some go beyond the 140-character limit
As it struggles to attract new users, Twitter is lifting its 140-character limit on tweets in an experiment with a small group that may expand to the entire social media platform.
The test announced Tuesday will let users send tweets with as many as 280 characters. Lengthening the character limit may result in more engaging conversation on the platform, helping its bid to turn itself into a destination for live events and discussion.
According to Buzzfeed, President Donald Trump wasn’t included in the 280-character test group.
Google quietly pulls the YouTube app from the Amazon Echo Show
Google has removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show's catalog of apps.
If a user were to trigger Alexa on Amazon's video-enabled speaker, the digital assistant would reply saying: "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show."
The change seemingly took place on Tuesday afternoon, without Google notifying users about it.
In a statement issued to The Verge, Amazon had this to say: "As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers."
Ford teams up with Lyft to put thousands of its self-driving cars on the roads
Ford says it will collaborate with Lyft to deploy Ford self-driving vehicles on the ride services company’s network in large numbers by 2021.
Ford and Lyft teams will begin working together to design software to allow Ford vehicles to communicate with Lyft’s smartphone apps.
Ford self-driving test vehicles will be connected to Lyft’s network, but at first, customers will not be able to use them. The company didn’t say when Ford and Lyft expect to offer the first rides in self-driving cars.
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