Twitter has changed its mind on deleting inactive user accounts (for now)

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Twitter has changed its mind on deleting inactive user accounts (for now)
Twitter is rolling back its recent announcement.
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Twitter’s decision to remove accounts which had been inactive for six months or more sounded good in theory. It would free up a bunch of user names and, in theory, make Twitter more transparent by showing only information (such as follower count) that reflected current active users.

In theory. Soon after Twitter revealed the new policy this week, people raised concerns about what this would mean for users who had passed away. Why does this matter? There’s a very good reason.

Tim Cook lights up World Photography Day with gorgeous iPhone pix

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Tim Cook retweets photo for World Photography Day
Beautifully #shotoniphone in the Netherlands.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook never has to think about how best to observe World Photography Day. He can search Twitter for the hashtag “Shot on iPhone” and look for moving images to repost.

Cook’s curation never disappoints as evident by today’s observance of an unofficial holiday honoring dedicated shooters.

5 key things to watch for in Apple’s most boring earnings report of 2019

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This might be a dull earnings call.
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The most yawn-inducing Apple earnings call of the year is just days away, and Wall Street is eagerly anticipating the results — though maybe for reasons you wouldn’t expect.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are scheduled to hop on the phone with investors at 2 p.m. Pacific next Tuesday for Apple’s Q3 2019 earnings call. Even though Apple doesn’t reveal quarterly sales for iPhones anymore, there are a lot of metrics to look for that could clue us in on how well or poorly the company is performing lately.

Keep an ear out for these five things during Apple’s July 30 earnings call.

Twitter CEO speaks with employees at Apple Park

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Twitter has changed its mind on deleting inactive user accounts (for now)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was one of Apple's chosen speakers.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly made a stopover at Apple Park on Tuesday, addressing employees in the marketing department.

It’s not exactly clear what was discussed. However, it does suggest “strong ties” between Apple and the microblogging company.

Trump can’t block protesters from his Twitter, court says

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Pres. Trump’s Twitter account can’t be just praise. He has to accept criticism too.
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A federal appeals court ruled today that President Donald Trump can’t block dissenters from posting replies to his Twitter account.

This upholds an earlier ruling that Trump’s account is a public forum, and therefore preventing anyone from speaking is a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution