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New York, April 18, 2017: Twitter quietly released support for third-party two-factor authentication applications enabling the Twitterati to now use these apps to protect their accounts, a media report said.

A Twitter developer said that this feature had been live since “late last year or early this year”, tech website Android Police reported on Monday.

This feature allows Twitter users to use third-party apps, such as Google Authenticator or LastPass Authenticator, to protect their accounts.

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To turn this feature on, users can go to the Settings menu on Twitter’s website, then go to Account, and look for “Login verification” under the Security menu.

Twitter already has its own two-factor authentication feature, and new users will need to activate this system before being allowed to set up a third-party authenticator app.

Once Twitter’s system is activated, users can click the button reading “Setup a code generator app” to activate the third-party app of their choice.

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In January this year, computer scientists have found massive collections of fake accounts on the micro-blogging site and suggested that one person or a group is managing these accounts.

According to a BBC report, the largest network that was found have tied together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggested that others might be even bigger.

The networks were uncovered accidentally when some researchers were probing Twitter to see how people use it.

Some of the accounts were used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics.

As of the third quarter of 2016, the micro-blogging service averaged at 317 million monthly active users. (IANS)

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EU Prepares to hit Google with Record Fine in Android Monopoly Case

As well as the fine, Google is set to be ordered to break its agreements with phone manufacturers

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Google, while announcing this at an event in Thailand, did not elaborate when this option would be available on iOS devices as well as reach Western markets. Pixabay

Google will be hit with a record European Union (EU) fine for using its Android smartphone system to fortify its search empire.

The fine — likely to be handed down on Tuesday or Wednesday — is expected to eclipse the 2.1 bn pound monopoly abuse penalty Google paid last year over its internet shopping business, and escalates the war between Silicon Valley and Brussels, The Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The European Commission’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager has been investigating Google for three years over complaints the company illegally forces smartphone manufacturers to install its apps.

It gives its Android software to phone manufacturers for free, but binds them to “exclusivity agreements” that force them to install Google’s web browser and search engine if they use the Google Play app store, the report said.

The commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 per cent of its parent company Alphabet's annual turnover, or 9.5 bn euro (8.4 bn pound)
The commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 per cent of its parent company Alphabet’s annual turnover, or 9.5 bn euro (8.4 bn pound). Pixabay

Opponents claim that this constitutes abuse of Android’s 74 per cent share of the European smartphone market and harms rival search engines and browsers.

Meanwhile, Google insists the agreements allow Android to remain free to manufacturers and help them compete against Apple.

The commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 per cent of its parent company Alphabet’s annual turnover, or 9.5 bn euro (8.4 bn pound).

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Although it is not expected to use the full extent of its powers, the fine is likely to be higher than the 2.4 bn euros Google was ordered to pay in June last year over claims it stuffed search results with its own shopping adverts, squeezing out price comparison services.

As well as the fine, Google is set to be ordered to break its agreements with phone manufacturers. This could mean more Android phones being sold without Google software installed, potentially boosting rival search engines and web browsers such as Microsoft’s Bing or Firefox. (IANS)