TC Roundup: Twitter says Apple mobile software release caused user loss

6 Feb, 2015

Twitter says Apple mobile software release caused user loss: Twitter Inc., which posted disappointing fourth-quarter user growth, gave a surprising reason for the slowdown: Apple Inc.'s new mobile software.

The San Francisco-based company said Apple's September rollout of iOS 8, the iPhone maker's new mobile operating system, cost it 4 million new users for integration-related reasons. There was an "unforeseen bug in the release of iOS 8 as it related to Twitter," chief executive officer Dick Costolo said on a conference call Thursday. (Livemint)

Twitter confirms Google Firehose deal to target logged out users: During Twitter's Q4 earnings call, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo today confirmed that Twitter has signed a firehose deal with Google, which will bring tweets back into Google searches, more eyeballs to those tweets — and hopefully more clicks onto pages where Twitter can subsequently monetise that activity.

The renewed firehose announcement was not a big surprise after rumors surfaced earlier this week. It will be the first time that Tweets will appear in Google searches after they disappeared in 2011. They will not start appearing for another "several months," Costolo said on the company's Q4 earnings call today.(Tech Crunch)

U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem: Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China.

Anthem disclosed the attack late Wednesday, saying unknown hackers had penetrated a database with some 80 million records. The insurer said it suspected they had stolen information belonging to tens of millions of current and former customers as well as employees. (Reuters)

LinkedIn now counts 347M members, up from 277M at the end of 2013: The LinkedIn professional social network contained 347 million members as of the end of 2014, up from around 277 million at the end of 2013.

LinkedIn revealed the new metric today in its earnings statement for the fourth quarter of 2014. At the end of the third quarter of 2014, LinkedIn had 332 million members. (Venture Beat)

First look: Apple's sleeker, simpler photos App for Mac OS X: For the past 13 years, iPhoto has been the standard photo management app on Apple's Mac computers.

I use it because it's there and does mostly what I need it to do. But in recent years, it has started to look and feel tired and outdated, with a cluttered interface, slow performance and limited features. I've just been too lazy (and cheap) to look for alternatives.

That's why I perked up when Apple announced that it would retire iPhoto and its professional photo-editing software, Aperture, and replace them with a new and improved app called Photos. The mobile version of Photos launched with iOS 8 in September, and the desktop app was promised for early 2015.(CNBC)