Twitter topped headlines on Thursday with the unveiling of its standalone video-sharing app for iOS, dubbed Vine.
The release is part of Twitter’s October acquisition of video startup Vine. The micro-blogging site had been mum on its plans for Vine since the purchase, until Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Wednesday night tweeted a video using the Vine app. By Thursday morning, Twitter and Vine confirmed the launch of the app, available now in Apple’s App Store. There were a few launch hiccups, however. According to Vine’s Twitter feed, the service was temporarily disabled from Twitter and Facebook sharing Thursday evening, but was restored later that night.
In other Twitter news, the company has been ordered by a French court to hand over data about users who posted racist or anti-Semitic tweets. Twitter has 15 days from Thursday’s ruling to comply, or face fines of 1,000 euros per day. French advocacy group the Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) filed a complaint that demanded tweets with offensive hashtags like #UnBonJuif (a good Jew) and #SiMonFilsEstGay (if my son is gay) be removed from the site, and that the authors of inappropriate tweets be identified.
Meanwhile, popular iOS game Temple Run 2 has landed on the Android platform. Imangi Studios released the Android version of the title as a free download, which will work on any device running Android 2.1 and above. New graphics, environments, and obstacles, as well as more powerups and achievements, and special powers for each character, come with the game. The original Temple Run arrived on Android last year, following its debut on iOS in 2011.
Also making headlines Thursday:
- The Demise of THQ: Which Games Will Live On?: Once proud THQ and its stable of games got split up, and sold for parts. What went where?
- The 10 Best Symbian Phones Ever: Now that Nokia has confirmed the demise of Symbian, we look back at the groundbreaking smartphone OS.
- Wi-Fi Network Planned for NY’s Grand Central Terminal: Grand Central Terminal, the world’s largest railway station, has announced plans to deploy a massive Wi-Fi network for commuters.
- Sony Fined £250,000 Over PlayStation Network Hack: U.K. regulators fined Sony £250,000 (about $400,000) for the 2011 hack of its PlayStation Network, arguing that the company could have done more to prevent it.
- Amazon Acquires Text-to-Speech Firm Ivona Software: Amazon announced its acquisition of Ivona Software, a leading text-to-speech technology company that already powers some Kindle Fire features.
- Tech Salaries Jumped 5 Percent in 2012: Technology salaries in the U.S. saw the largest increase in more than a decade during 2012, according to a new survey from Dice.
- Mac Sales Dip Amidst iMac Constraints, iPad Cannibalization: Mac sales dipped slightly in the fourth quarter, and while Apple CEO Tim Cook attributed part of the drop to iPad cannibalization, supply constraints with the iMac also played a big role.
- Google Building Wireless Network, But Why?: Google is setting up a wireless network at its Mountain View headquarters, but it’s unclear at this point how the search giant might use it.
- Pope Urges Followers to Tweet, Battle Trolls: Pope Benedict on Thursday called on followers to use social media to urge believers “to consider how their presence on these networks can help spread the Gospel message of God’s love.”
- Microsoft Targets ’90s Kids in New IE10 Ad: To start off a new year and market a new browser, Microsoft is stepping into the past with its nostalgic new video ad.
- Anonymous Hacker Gets 18 Months for PayPal, MasterCard Attacks: A hacker associated with the Anonymous collective was sentenced to 18 months in a British jail for his role in attacks on the websites of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and several other companies.
- Kutcher-Led ‘jOBS’ Biopic Opens April 19: Open Roads Films announced this week that its Steve Jobs biopic jOBS will hit theaters April 19.
- Microsoft Posts Record Sales, But Earnings Dip: Windows 8 is selling better than nay-sayers would have it, but Redmond reported less-than-stellar numbers for Windows Phone 8 and its Entertainment and Devices units.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag