Sidebar makes it easier to jump between columns
Twitter has posted an updated Mac version of TweetDeck, its more advanced client software. The v3.0.2 release makes a number of interface changes, most notably adding a sidebar to the lefthand side. This lets users quickly jump between columns, instead of having to scroll through them. Columns can be quickly rearranged by dragging them around within the sidebar.
Yahoo redesigns search page, improves loading times
Yahoo has redesigned its search page with a more streamlined appearance. The update, which will roll out to US-based users today, uses a much flatter design than before, pushes the search results higher up the page, and also introduces a navigation bar to other Yahoo services at the top. Aside from changing the design to something that seemingly borrows from the Google design playbook, the Yahoo blog claims that some behind-the-scenes work has also led to improved loading times for results.
New font, column sizes available
Adds Typeahead, People Search support
Social network Twitter has updated the Mac version of TweetDeck, its most advanced official client app. The v2.3.1 release brings Mac features up to par with those for Chrome and other platforms, for instance adding Typeahead to searches, predicting what a person is about to type. An extension of this is People Search, presenting a list of people in a user's Twitter community based on entered text.
Basic font, theme options added
Twitter has released simultaneous updates for the Mac, Windows, Chrome, and web versions of TweetDeck, its more advanced client software. The main change is the addition of a new theme which casts black text on a white background, instead of the standard white text on gray. A simple toggle control flips the theme back and forth at will.
Mac update promised 'shortly'
Twitter has released TweetDeck 1.5, an update of its optional desktop client. Web, Windows, Chrome, and Mac versions of the client are available. The new code is meant to speed up navigation, for instance by arranging columns in a single row for quick scrolling using the scrollbar. Clicking a new Columns button displays a full list of open columns, and arrows to either side let users scroll several columns at a time.
TweetDeck comes back after hours
Twitter late at night restored TweetDeck's access after pulling it down over a serious bug. In a statement given to The Verge, Twitter said that there had been a bug that led to a "very small number" of users getting control of others' accounts, up to the hundreds in at least one case. The flaw had been random and didn't see anyone's passwords compromised.
TweetDeck taken down over big bug
Twitter said it had temporarily disabled TweetDeck clients Friday after user Geoff Evanson discovered a major bug in user access. Reportedly without doing anything on his own, Evanson could get access to "hundreds" of Twitter and Facebook accounts. As proof, he posted from someone else's account.
Microsoft tells staff some WP7 rivals may win
Microsoft has a guide for its store staff as to devices and software that can beat its Windows Phone challenges, insiders uncovered on Monday. Staff were told to be careful about the weather challenge at the heart of more the recent incident, of getting temperature for two different cities, as Android users with the right widgets could win the test, according to The Verge. Similarly, iPhone 4S owners could win two tests, either by using a faster camera to post quickly to Facebook or by using a Siri trick to post to Facebook and Twitter at the same time.
TweetDeck gets long-expected update
Twitter showed renewed interest in its desktop TweetDeck apps after their first release with a version 1.3 update for Windows, Mac (App Store), Google Chrome, and the web. The new version is meant partly to catch up to the mainstream web page and now has optional in-line photo and video previews. Pros and fans of lists can now create, delete, or modify lists, including changing someone's relationship to a list through their profile.
TweetDeck to get much needed refresh
Twitter has been actively recruiting for a long-expected revamp of its mobile apps. One listing would get multiple positions for developing a "cutting edge" Android app. The microblogging site wouldn't have had trouble getting help for its iOS app, as leaks emanating from TechCrunch suggest spots for reworking the app had already been filled.
FTC talks to Twitter over possible abuse in apps
Developers confirmed reports that the FTC was investigating Twitter's policies towards app developers. The exact claims are unknown but are expected by SAI to revolve around its temporarily blocking UberMedia's apps and moves that have prevented rival ad services or have steered users away from visiting third-party hosting sites. Concerns might also exist over Twitter's attempt to discourage the creation of apps that are similar to the official titles and its tendency to buy out competition like Atebits' Tweetie or TweetDeck.
Twitter and TweetDeck deal to keep app
Twitter on Wednesday discussed its buyout of TweetDeck with a promise the existing app would stay. Rather than subsume it as with Atebits, the company planned to keep developing the app "that users know and love." It saw the multi-platform client as a way of giving companies and power users a way to track conversations. TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth saw itself as occupying a high-end where the web and the mobile apps covered everyday users.
Twitter makes TweetDeck deal official
Multiple sources Monday night confirmed that Twitter has bought TweetDeck. The deal is worth $40 million in a combination of cash and shares. Twitter had yet to confirm the move but is expected to do so within the next day.
Twitter locked into TweetDeck buyout
Rumors that Twitter would buy TweetDeck firmed up on Monday night after a source said the deal was now settled. The terms reportedly had the app developer being sold for at least $40 million and as much as the $50 million reported earlier. In talking to TechCrunch, the source claimed that it would be formally unveiled within the next few days.
Twitter in talks for TweetDeck buyout
Sources claimed Monday that Twitter was close to buying a second major Twitter app developer, TweetDeck. The deal is reportedly in the "advanced" stages and worth $50 million. Tipsters for the WSJ didn't glean Twitter's plans, but it would likely roll key features into its apps for Android, iOS, and other platforms.
TweetDeck to soon release new iOS app
TweetDeck said on Monday it's finishing work on a reworked app for the iPhone and iPad. Many of the same features from the popular Android version of the app have been applied here. Users will have a unique ability to customize columns, with multiple feeds in one column.
TweetDeck CEO says Android easier than Apple says
TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth today rejected Apple chief Steve Jobs' claims that Android was hard to support due to the plurality of devices. He pointed out that, even with 244 devices and 100 Android variants, two people could still cover virtually every Android device properly. Fragmentation to Dodsworth was a non-issue.
Jobs says Android fragmentation not true openness
Google is being "disingenuous" when it tries to claim openness as an advantage for Android, Apple's Steve Jobs said during a rare appearance in the company's fourth quarter 2010 results. He accused Google of sidestepping its own real problems with Android fragmentation, saying that the real debate was over whether or not to go integrated. Windows is "open" in supporting many forms of hardware, but it provides a consistent experience; Android can't claim that as there are too many custom interfaces and too many phones, leaving the user to "figure it out."