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Tweet Analytics Startup Favstar Shuts Down Over Twitter Data Sharing

Favstar -- a start-up which has been analysing and curating tweets based on their popularity -- has announced that it will shut down its operations on June 19, citing Twitter's decision to change the way it shares data with third-party companies.

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Favstar — a start-up which has been analysing and curating tweets based on their popularity — has announced that it will shut down its operations on June 19, citing Twitter’s decision to change the way it shares data with third-party companies.

Favstar started in May 2009. At its peak, it was serving over 50 million visits a month.

"We are excited to announce that we are working with Google Cloud to move cold data storage and our flexible compute Hadoop clusters to Google Cloud Platform," Parag Agrawal, Chief Technology Officer at Twitter, said in a blog post on Thursday.
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“During December 2017, Twitter stated that on June 19 2018, they will be shutting down the method that Favstar and other third-party Twitter apps use to receive your Tweets, Likes and Retweets,” Favstar CEO Tim Haines wrote in a post on Monday.

“Twitter wrote that they’ll be replacing this with another method of data access, but have not been forthcoming with the details or pricing. Favstar can’t continue to operate in this environment of uncertainty,” he added.

"World Cup 2018 is the most global event in the history of our content partnerships business," Jay Bavishi, Twitter's Senior Partnerships Manager for Global Content, was quoted as saying.
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Favstar was a huge hit with people new to Twitter, up-and-coming comedians, tech folk, reporters, celebrities, and people looking for a quick route to the best tweets.

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“Favstar will go offline on June 19 2018. Favstar Pro is no longer for sale. Anyone who has a Favstar Pro Membership beyond June 19th will receive a refund,” Haines said. (IANS)

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Twitter Gets a Bug And Releases DM’s of 3 Mn Users To a Third Party Application

Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data.

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A bug in Twitter’s platform for third-party app developers exposed some Direct Messages (DMs) from nearly 3 million users to outsiders, the micro-blogging platform has admitted.

The bug ran from May 2017 and within hours of discovering it on September 10, Twitter said it fixed the bug to prevent data from being unintentionally sent to the incorrect developer.

“The bug affected less than 1 per cent of people on Twitter. The bug may have caused some of these interactions to be unintentionally sent to another registered developer,” Twitter said in a blog post on Saturday.

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“In some cases, this may have included certain DMs or protected tweets, for example a Direct Message with an airline that had authorised an Account Activity API (AAAPI) developer.”

The Account Activity API allows registered developers to build tools to better support businesses and their communications with customers on Twitter.

Twitter currently has over 336 million users and one per cent means nearly 3 million of those were affected.

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If your business authorised a developer using the AAAPI to access your account, the bug may have impacted your activity data in error.

“We’re very sorry this happened. If your account was affected by this bug, we will contact you directly through an in-app notice and on twitter.com,” said the company.

In May, the micro-blogging platform asked its 336 million users to change their password across its services after it discovered a bug that stored passwords in plain text in an internal system.

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Twitter said it found no sign that hackers accessed the exposed data but advised users that they should enter a new password on all services where their current password has been used. (IANS)