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NASA discovered 7 Earth-sized planets and everyone made the same Trump jokes

Finally — some good news. NASA has found what pretty much appears to be a backup solar system a mere 40 light-years away. And not a moment too soon.

Scientists discovered seven Earth-sized exoplanets circling a dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, and everyone on Earth is ready to sign up for a one-way ticket to the new system. (Using current technology, it would be nearly impossible for humans to get to the planetary system, however. #Thanks2017.)

Image: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

Everyone also immediately made the scientific achievement about the 45th president. With seven new worlds suddenly available, the possibilities seemed endless. Earthlings could send Trump to the new system. He could mess up these exoplanets before destroying Earth. Or we could all flee to these new worlds and leave Trump behind. Read more...

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Twitter debuts custom profiles for businesses, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots

 Twitter this morning is launching a new customer service feature for businesses using its service, which will allow agents to respond to direct messages using custom profiles. That is, their names and profile pictures will display when they are engaged in conversations with customers, instead of the company’s Twitter photo and name. The idea is to give these service interactions a… Read More

Now Twitter loses head of entertainment talent and director of finance

 Twitter can’t seem to stop the management bleeding, which is complicating its attempts to pull off a turnaround after a tough year of layoffs and sinking share price. Yesterday its head of entertainment talent Lara Cohen, a major figure leading partnerships with content creators, left the company. Today, a director of finance David Bicknell is departing, though he’s more of a… Read More

The Atlanta Hawks Twitter account doesn’t want to hear your trade suggestions

The NBA trade deadline is less than 48 hours away, leaving basketball executives scrambling and trade rumors swirling, many of them on Twitter.

And it seems many fans think the folks running NBA team social media accounts somehow have a say in what trades are consummated. That is most definitely not the case, but the Atlanta Hawks had a brilliant response to those who think it is. 

Here are just some of the things people tweeted at the Hawks over the past couple weeks, all related to the trade deadline, which gives teams one last shot to make a big move before the season's final stretch.  Read more...

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Twitter’s new anti-abuse measure stops notifications for threads started by people you’ve blocked

Twitter's number one priority in the last couple of months has been combatting abuse on the platform. 

In November, the company launched a set of measures to get rid of trolls, including a "mute" button that helps users filter out unwanted conversations. In early February, Twitter announced a new "safe search" feature that blocks potentially offensive tweets. And earlier this week, the company stopped notifying people when they were added to lists — though that change was reversed within hours. 

Now, Twitter announced it will no longer notify users about replies to threads started by accounts they've blocked or muted — unless those replies are from people they already follow.  Read more...

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The Chelsea Clinton guide to taking down Trump on Twitter

While Hillary Clinton lays relatively low and Michelle Obama kicks back in an island paradise, Chelsea Clinton has become a relentless, vocal critic of President Trump and his policies. 

With a signature mix of mild sarcasm and exasperation, she routinely serves up sharp commentary on the 45th president to her 1.5 million followers on Twitter. 

Clinton, like both of her parents, must carefully balance her resistance against the risk of appearing like a so-called sore loser. Indeed, #MAGA supporters love taunting Clinton with reminders of her mother's defeat. If the trolling irks or intimidates Clinton, it doesn't show.  Read more...

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Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

 Twitter will no longer notify you about replies in conversations started by people you’ve either blocked or muted, Twitter said today. You will, however, still get notified if someone you follow directly mentions you in the thread. Twitter made this decision after hearing “consistent feedback from the safety community regarding notifications from conversations started by… Read More