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Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet

By Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings, purportedly showing corruption in his inner circle, were leaked on their sites.

Twitter founders, CEO to keep shares after 'lockup'

Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams and chief executive Dick Costolo have no short-term plans to sell their shares in the social network, according to documents released Monday. A regulatory filing by Twitter said the three major shareholders "have informed us that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares of Twitter common stock." The news comes weeks ahead of the so-called lockup expiration on May 5, the date after which insiders would be allowed to sell holdings following Twitter's initial public offering last year.

Turkey PM accuses Twitter of tax evasion

Turkey's prime minister accused Twitter Saturday of tax evasion after the micro-blogging site was used to spread a number of damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals. "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks. "Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it." fo/ric

Twitter seeks to broaden appeal with Facebook-esque redesign

NEW YORK, N.Y. - As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. "Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are," the company wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "Starting today, it will be even easier (and, we think, more fun) to express yourself through a new and improved Web profile."

Twitter's Vine adds private messaging

Twitter-owned Vine said Thursday it was adding an option for private messages sent using the service's looping short videos. "From Vine's early days, we recognized that there was a growing desire and need for private messaging on Vine," product manager Jason Toff said in a blog post. "We've watched the community come up with some clever ways to send videos to their friends as we've been working on this solution. Now you can privately send Vine videos and text messages to your friends. You can even send videos to anyone in your address book, even if they aren't on Vine."

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

Turkey's government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after damaging leaks had spread on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the lead-up to last Sunday's key local elections, in which his party won sweeping wins despite online allegations of corruption.

Turkey's top court rules Twitter ban violates rights

Turkey's top court ruled Wednesday the government violated people's rights by banning Twitter, ordering authorities to unblock the site used to spread corruption allegations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that the ban was a breach of free speech safeguarded by the constitution, sending a statement both to the country's telecommunications authority and the communications ministry to "do what's necessary", Turkish television reported.

Turkish high court says Twitter ban is a breach of rights, rules for access to be restored

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's highest court has ruled that the country's Twitter ban violates the right to free expression and has demanded that access be restored. Wednesday's decision by the constitutional Court is binding, but it was not clear when the telecommunications authority would reinstate access. Turkey suspended access to Twitter last month after the website became a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption. The government then blocked access to YouTube following the leak of an audio recording of a secret government security meeting.

Twitter expands 'social TV' efforts, buys two firms

Twitter said Monday it was expanding its "social TV" efforts with new global partnerships, as it struck deals to acquire companies in Britain and France. The social TV firms SecondSync in Britain and Mesagraph in France announced separately they were joining Twitter. Terms of the deals were not announced. The deals came as Twitter announced an expanded effort to be the "second screen" for TV viewers in countries around the world.

Colbert's comedy causes Twitter storm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The joke was part of a skit in which Colbert talked about the Washington Redskins' owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team's name.
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