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Apple apps no longer dominate App Store search results.
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Twitter cuts follow limit to crack down on spam

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Twitter just made life harder for spammers.
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Twitter has reduced its limit on the number of people you can follow in one day in an effort to crack down on spammers.

The new limit, which is 400, is designed to prevent new accounts from following a large number of people and then removing them in a “bulk aggressive or indiscriminate manner.”

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Look out for the changes next month.
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Twitter ditches the 140-character limit for direct messages

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Twitter is now a better place to chat.
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Twitter is now a better place to chat. Photo Twitter
Twitter is now a better place to chat. Photo: Twitter

Twitter has finally delivered on its promise to remove the 140-character limit from direct messages, so you’ll no longer have to send several of them when you’re feeling chatty. The new 10,000-character limit will be available on the web, and in first- and third-party Twitter apps.

Spotify will make you pay for music by destroying its free plan

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Spotify is finally listening to the labels.
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Spotify is finally listening to the labels. Photo: Spotify
Spotify is finally listening to the labels. Photo: Spotify

Spotify is planning to introduce a new “gated access” model that will make its free streaming plan a lot less attractive, according to a new report. Those who choose to opt out of paying for the service could see it become extremely limited, with access to just one or two songs from big album releases.