Twitter Rolls Out ‘Quality Filter’ to Combat Abuse

TIME

Some lucky Twitter users soon won’t have to see tweets that are spammy or abusive.

The social network is rolling out a new feature called the “quality filter,” which will automatically screen out Twitter mentions that come from suspicious accounts, are abusive or threatening or contain duplicate content. The tweets won’t be deleted from Twitter but they will no longer show up in the recipient’s list of notifications. The feature will only be available to verified users, according to Mashable.

The move marks the latest step in Twitter’s campaign to combat abuse on the social network. In December the company introduced new tools to let users more easily report instances of abuse.

[Mashable]

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There Might Be More Nutritious Chocolate On the Horizon

TIME

Scientists are looking to make chocolate a not-so-guilty pleasure.

Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa, a professor of food science and technology at the University of Ghana, and his team have figured out a new process for making chocolate that’s healthier and contains more antioxidants. Chocolate’s antioxidants are thought to be responsible for some of its health perks related to cardiovascular health and memory support. Capitalizing on those antioxidants could not only provide better nutrition, but could be of interest to the candy industry. The researchers presented their process at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in Denver on Tuesday.

Afoakwa and his team showed that tweaks to the storage and roasting processes can result in chocolate with more healthy compounds, but still the same sweet flavor.

The trick is to intervene in one of the many steps before cocoa turns into the chocolate. In typical chocolate-making, pods are first taken from…

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HubSpot – 14 Ways to Increase Your Clickthrough Rate on Twitter

TECHMarket Communications

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March 23, 2015

By Neil Patel

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Tweeting is easy. You can type up anything in three seconds and press « tweet. » But sending a clickable tweet — that, my friend, is a science.

Thankfully, making your tweets clickable doesn’t « just happen » based on the whim of the Twitter gods. It happens when you intentionally apply a certain set of principles.

In this post, we’ll talk about how to put the science of Twitter to work for you so more people click on your tweets.

Defining a « Click » on a Tweet

Before we dive in here, what does it mean for a person to « click on your tweet »? Think about it: There are nine different ways a user can click your tweet. They can …

  1. Retweet your tweet
  2. Favorite your tweet
  3. Click your hashtags
  4. Click your @-mentions
  5. Click your link
  6. Click your picture
  7. Click the white space to expand the tweet
  8. Click your Twitter handle to view your profile

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How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Company Page With These 6 Simple Steps!

Scarlett Darbyshire

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Creating a LinkedIn company page can bring a wealth of benefits to your business. At a very basic level, you can use it outline the basics of your business and operations, however by taking your LinkedIn marketing to the next level and utilising the many features LinkedIn offers for companies, you can raise brand awareness, promote career opportunities and develop yourself as a thought leader by regularly engaging and sharing quality updates with a rich network of professionals in your industry.

Want to ensure your LinkedIn Company Page becomes a fundamental and powerful tool in your marketing efforts? Check out these 6 simple steps!


Do Your Research
Conducting research before you start using LinkedIn for business is fundamental to a successful page. Your LinkedIn research should include these several key areas;
  • Identify your Target Audience – You will need to know important factors such as who they are, in what…

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Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Rhett Morris is the director of Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs across the world.

“I’ve probably revised this investor pitch deck 200 times,” a founder told me recently. She’d met with more than 50 potential investors before closing a seed round last month. This might sound excessive to some, but her experience is not unusual.

Entrepreneurs often spend hundreds of hours raising funds from angel and venture capital investors. While these activities are clearly important, analysis of new data on startups suggests that founders should also dedicate significant time to something that many people overlook: recruiting great mentors. This simple strategy can increase a company’s odds of success more than almost anything else.

Discovering the secrets of the best founders

Our team studied thousands of tech businesses last year. We looked specifically at companies in New York City’s tech…

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eBay Adds GoPro President, Skype Alum Tony Bates To Its Board Ahead Of PayPal Spinoff

TechCrunch

Gearing up for the spinoff of PayPal from eBay later this year, eBay today added two new people to its board, with one of them having an interesting link to some of eBay’s earlier corporate history. Tony Bates, currently the president of GoPro, and Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, are joining the board of directors.

William C. Ford and Richard T. Schlosberg, meanwhile, will be stepping down from their positions on the board at the next election, the company says. Additionally, Jonathan Christodoro is coming on to the board « as part of the previously announced standstill agreement with Carl Icahn. »

Icahn is the company’s largest active shareholder and set the ball rolling for PayPal’s separation from eBay last year, initially with much resistance from the eBay board. eBay says it now has 17 directors, 15 of whom are independent.

Another notable departure from the board in the…

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How The Apple Watch And iPhone 6 Plus Might Flip Your Mobile Computing Habits

TechCrunch

Apple’s new wearable hardware could eventually become much more than just an optional accessory – eventually, it could be one half of a Voltron-style combo that makes up the bulk of our computing life, relegating the tablet and smartphone model to the past. Just like a tablet/smartphone combo was a common duo over the past few years, a smartwatch/phablet duo could be the optimal setup for working on-the-go in the future.

The iPad and iPhone previously operated together as a way to both quickly and easily handle small tasks, but also to have a larger device on hand for taking care of more serious business, or for easier reading of longer content. Apple’s ability to create a tablet that people actually wanted to use probably cut the home PC out of the loop for a big chunk of users – and the market trends among the general PC OEM population…

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Gyroscope Wants To Help You Track Everything About Yourself And Share It With The World

TechCrunch

Software developer Anand Sharma ate sushi and went on a 2.6-mile run in the middle of the day on Saturday. He was quietly coding at his home near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California yesterday afternoon.

No, we’re not Facebook friends. He volunteered this information on a web app called AprilZero that he built to help him track everything about himself last year. Now he wants to help you track everything about yourself so you can share it with the world, too, using a broader version called Gyroscope.

Gyroscope is basically AprilZero for the masses. It creates a personal profile for you based on various smartphone apps that track data such as weight, health, steps you’ve taken and locations you’ve been to. Foursquare helps to figure out where you’ve traveled, Instagram and Twitter track your activities, various fitness apps such as RunKeeper, Fitbit and Moves track runs, and Withings tracks…

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