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Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service. Speaking after two days of closed-door talks with Turkish officials, Colin Crowell, Twitter's head of global public policy, told AFP: "We did not agree on opening an office in Turkey." "Making greater investments here to grow our business has a relationship to whether or not we can count on the continuity of our service," he said.

US Airways investigating pornographic tweet sent to complaining customer

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) - US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a naked woman lying on a bed with a toy airplane between her legs, said Davien Anderson, spokesman for US Airways.

Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip for undisclosed sum

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day — to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.

China's version of Twitter set for Wall Street debut

Sina Weibo, widely known as China's version of Twitter, is set to go public in the United States this week -- after three weeks of sell-offs took their toll on technology stocks. The microblogging subsidiary of Chinese Internet behemoth Sina is scheduled to debut on the Nasdaq exchange on Thursday under the symbol "WB" in an initial public offering (IPO) expected to raise at least $340 million.

Not quite the model tweet by US Airways

US Airways rushed out an apology Monday after a graphic sexual image was tweeted from its official Twitter account in response to a disgruntled customer. The company has been known to respond rapidly and gracefully to complaints on social media, particularly about delayed flights or lost baggage. This time was different. The company triggered shock, howls of protest and a deluge of crude jokes on the Internet when they responded to Twitter user @ellerafter by attaching an extremely not-safe-for-work photograph of a model of a Boeing 777 jet plane in a woman's vagina.

Not quite the model tweet by US Airways

US Airways rushed out an apology Monday after a graphic sexual image was tweeted from its official Twitter account in response to a disgruntled customer. The company has been known to respond rapidly and gracefully to complaints on social media, particularly about delayed flights or lost baggage. This time was different. The company triggered shock, howls of protest and a deluge of crude jokes on the Internet when they responded to Twitter user @ellerafter by attaching an extremely not-safe-for-work photograph of a model of a Boeing 777 jet plane in a woman's vagina.

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 freshens up its user profile pages

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc unveiled a redesign of its user profile pages on Tuesday, the latest in a series of steps promised by the company to bring new users to the seven-year-old service. In response to an all-time low in user growth figures during the recent quarter, Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo told worried Wall Street analysts that the company would make a number of changes to freshen up the service.

How to run or ruin a company in 140 characters

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Silvia Antonioli LONDON (Reuters) - When Nat Rothschild, the co-founder of troubled miner ARMS, insulted his former investment partner on Twitter last week, he showed the power of social media for business leaders seeking publicity - but also the perils of saying the wrong thing. "Whilst your dad is an evil genius," the scion of the Rothschild banking dynasty tweeted to Aga Bakrie, "the word on the street is that you are extremely DUMB."

No joke as 'Russian Facebook' founder resigns amid dispute

The founder of Russia's top social network VKontakte, Pavel Durov, on Wednesday said he has resigned as chief executive in a bitter conflict with a major shareholder, a dramatic announcement some initially saw as an April Fool's joke. True to his mysterious persona, Durov left followers guessing by resigning on April 1 and signing off with a quote from the cult "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" science fiction series: "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish."
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