News in Short: Twitter achieves 20 billion tweets; iPhone's FaceTime is sexy time in the porn industry

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Twenty billionth tweet achieved 

It took four years for Twitter to reach its historical record of 10 billion tweets. And everyone thought that was pretty good. Well, it took less than a year to double that.

This trend of explosive, exponential growth made headlines when Twitter reached a staggering 20 billion tweets.

Twitter is known for frequently going down for short periods due to overloading demand. An FYI to the twit-xecutives: it's only gonna keep growing! (Relatedly, they are hoping to open their first dedicated data centre in the Dtates this year.)

FaceTime's naughty side brought out by the porn industry

Always surprisingly high-tech and innovative, the porn industry has taken kindly to the Apple iPhone 4's new feature, the Skype-esque FaceTime. In fact, it seems almost made for it: take a mobile home, offer some high-def video calling, and you've got a highly portable service for sluts-on-the-fly. Craigslist ads are already popping up in several cities seeking women willing to get all hot-n-bothered, many including a free iPhone in the deal.

This is uncomfortable for Steve Jobs, whose company prides itself in squeaky clean apps and is avidly against porn content associated with is products. And, as younger and younger teens are getting smartphones, it also has the potential to expose a vulnerable and naive age group to some nasty stuff. Debates have alrady begun stirring on whether or not mobile video calling software need restrictions or regulations.

Other phones, such as HTC's Evo 4G, also have video calling.

Company:
Twitter
Website:
http://www.twitter.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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