Twitter announced on thursday that it has filed with the SEC to go public. The move marks a significant milestone in the history of the 7-year-old company, which began as a side project at a failed podcasting startup and has since become a premier global source of news and entertainment. Twitter, which is valued at more than $10 billion dollars, can use the cash generated from its initial public offering to build products, ramp up its advertising efforts, and acquire the talent needed to keep pushing its growing social network into the mainstream.
Justin Bieber appears to have dropped a hint that he is reading for a role in the forthcoming Batman v Superman movie. The pop singer posted a picture of himself with what looks like the film's script on Instagram last night (September 13). Bieber gave the image the caption "#robin ??", fuelling speculation that he could be up for the part of Batman's sidekick. Bieber is known to be a Batman fan and was snapped wearing a Batman mask when he went to see The Dark Knight Rises at the cinema last year (2012). His limited acting experience to date includes a two-episode stint on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2010-11 and a guest spot on The Simpsons earlier this year.
Yahoo has finally redesigned its once popular Answers service to give it a fresh new look and ensure it works better for mobile visitors.
The company unveiled the changes on Thursday, adding that they would first roll out to users in the US over the course of the next 10 days.
Among the changes is the replacement of the green color scheme with a purple one and a revamped personalized home screen with an ‘Everything’ tab.
Twitter’s #Music app made some noise when it first arrived in April, but it has largely gone quiet. The company is taking another stab at the effort, this time with a Spotify app that surfaces music popular on Twitter.
Much like the Web interface on Twitter’s #Music site, the Spotify app features sections for Superstars, Popular, Emerging, Unearthed and Hunted. Those first three categories are self-explanatory, but Unearthed finds “hidden talent found in the tweets” and Hunted shows music that’s popular on blogs. Each of the categories can be added to Spotify as a playlist.
The bad news for HTC keeps rolling in. The Verge learned today that the company has laid off about thirty employees and contractors out of its HTC America division. That division has a total of around 150 employees and contractors, so the total amounts to about twenty percent of the workforce. As often happens, the employees and contractors were let go at the end of the day on Friday and sources tell The Verge that the layoffs affected multiple departments. The company confirmed the layoffs — though not the exact number — in a statement to The Verge. The statement is rather long, and it is as upbeat as it is defensive, characterizing the "reduction in force" as a "decisive action ... to streamline and optimize our organization and improve efficiencies after several years of aggressive growth."
BlackBerry is looking for a buyer, but it appears that buyers are interested most in stripping the struggling cellphone maker for parts. Reuters reports that a number of potential bidders have been eyeing BlackBerry's operating system as well as the patents around its famous keyboards, but not the company as a whole. Selling portions of its business is reportedly an option that BlackBery is willing to consider too, as it looks for a quick sale. But while this may be the mindset of most potential buyers that Reuters has talked to, it does note that at least two parties have considered teaming up to buy the company outright.
Before Nokia bet its smartphone ambitions on Windows Phone, the idea of an Android-powered Nokia device was not so hard to believe. Now, according to a new report from The New York Times, it turns out Nokia engineers did develop Lumia phones that ran Google's Android operating system. The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, says that Android was running on Nokia smartphones internally "well before" discussions that led to Microsoft's purchase of the company's handset division, which suggests that such efforts may have taken place in 2012 or early 2013.