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Twitter drops photos and videos from 140-character limit

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Twitter Inc said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain.

Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months.

“A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!” Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet. (http://bit.ly/1s78BmY)

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Twitter’s stock touched a record low at $13.72 on Tuesday, while investor sentiment around Twitter stock plunged on social media, according to Reuters data.

The length of tweets was originally designed to include a user’s name and still fit within the 160-character SMS messaging format used for mobile phones.

Additional changes include the ability to retweet and quote-tweet a person’s own posts.

Dorsey has said that the company, whose user growth has been stagnating, would simplify its product to attract new users.

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Links currently take up to 23 characters of a tweet, limiting the commentary that users can offer when sharing articles or other content.

Many Twitter users took to social media to cheer the change.

“Finally Twitter is making changes to its 140 characters limit,” wrote Hungry Panda (@KyaChalRahahain).

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“Yes @twitter, that’s what we’re talking about!” tweeted Robbie Redfearn (@rredfearn32).

(Reporting by Narottam Medhora and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Richard Chang, Bernard Orr)

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A "bombshell" new report from The Wall Street Journal describes a secret project from Google and healthcare giant Ascension to store data on millions of Americans, a move that critics of the tech conglomerate decried as another example of overreach.

"When will someone go to jail?" wondered mathematician and musician David C. Lowery. "That would stop this shit real fast."

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told a federal judge on Monday that his interests do not align with those of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

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This Monday on Veterans Day, the White House fired off a tweet praising President Trump for "looking out for veterans." Among the achievements listed in the tweet was Trump's signing of the 2017 whistleblower protection act -- a point that Trump bellowed at, considering that the current scandal enveloping the White House was kicked off by a whistleblower.

"To think I signed the Whistleblower Protection Act!" Tump tweeted while highlighting the White House's post.

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