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Twitter says photos, videos and other media won’t count toward its 140-character limit.

Apple is opening up Siri to apps made by others.

Microsoft is laying off 1,850 staff and will take a $950 million charge.

Peter Thiel has been secretly covering the expenses for Hulk Hogan’s lawsuits against Gawker.

Google confirms that its Nexus Player has been discontinued. 

Jon Callas, who co-founded PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May.

Blue Coat Systems could make its IPO public next week.

HP sad it would spin off and merge its struggling IT services business with Computer Sciences Corp.

Photo of Peter Thiel courtesy of Reuters/Yuri Gripas