The Loop: Twitter to stop counting photos and links in character limit

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Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

It’s one step in a larger plan to give users more flexibility on the site. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in January that the company was looking for new ways to display text on Twitter, and would experiment based on how the people use the service. For example, some people tweet screenshots of longer text in articles, or send many tweets one after the other to tell a story.

Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message — a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the proliferation of smartphones.

The company earlier this year considered raising the limit to as many as 10,000 characters. But the quick, concise nature of Tweets has helped set the site apart from the competition. Executives have spent the last few months emphasizing how Twitter is a destination for live events and discussion. Removing the character requirement for links and photos may encourage users to add more media to their posts.

Daring Fireball: ★ Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to English of MCX CEO Brian Mooney’s Statement on the Future of CurrentC

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Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to English of MCX CEO Brian Mooney’s Statement on the Future of CurrentC

From a statement released by Brian Mooney, CEO of MCX, the consortium behind the long-overdue mobile payments app CurrentC:

Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus
pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate more heavily in the
immediate term on other aspects of our business including working
with financial institutions, like our partnership with Chase, to
enable and scale mobile payment solutions.

CurrentC is a complete and utter failure.

As part of this transition, MCX will postpone a nationwide rollout
of its CurrentC application.

CurrentC’s nationwide rollout is never going to happen.

As MCX has said many times, the mobile payments space is just
beginning to take shape — it is early in a long game. MCX’s
owner-members remain committed to our future.

We’re falling further behind every day. MCX’s owner-members are giving up on this misguided endeavor.

As a result, MCX will need fewer resources. This change has
resulted in staff reduction of approximately 30 employees.

We were forced to lay off 30 employees. Everyone remaining should start polishing their résumés.

These are very tough decisions, but necessary steps.

We had no choice.

For those employees leaving us, we want to thank our
colleagues for their hard work and dedication to MCX over the
last several years.

We want to thank our departing colleagues for their hard work and dedication to MCX over the last several years, and wish them well in their future endeavors. Christ, I can’t even manage a straightforward “thank you”, can I?

9to5Mac: Apple Pay rival MCX finally throwing in the towel, ‘postponing’ nationwide rollout

Apple Pay rival MCX finally throwing in the towel, ‘postponing’ nationwide rollout

Remember MCX CurrentC, the QR-code based mobile payment system that attempted to take on Apple Pay? Launched two years ago, it immediately started creating waves when it required its retail members to switch off Apple Pay or be fined. If that weren’t bad enough, it was quickly hacked.

Apple Pay fans made fun of the service in app reviews, and it wasn’t long before retailers started to break ranks and we saw some rapid back-pedalling on Apple Pay from one CEO before he was replaced by another.

Little has been heard from MCX since, and it’s no surprise that the consortium finally appears to be giving up on the idea – though it has stopped a little way short of admitting as much …

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$JCP News: JCPenney worker took 99.45 percent discount on jewelry, cops say

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Talk about a big discount. JCPenney worker Jessy Bonenfant, 25, is accused of giving himself a 99.45 percent reduction on 15 pieces of jewelry he ordered from the store at Orlando Fashion Square last week. The total for the catalog order should have been $ …

$JCP News: JCPenney Expands Appliances Offerings to More Stores

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On May 9, JCPenney (JCP) announced that it will be adding appliance showrooms in nearly 500 of its stores. The department store chain plans to introduce major appliances to new stores starting early July through the fall. JCPenney will be offering leading …

$JCP News: J.C. Penney Sell-Off Unjustified – Part II

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Ellison, chief executive officer for JCPenney. "Additionally, we are pleased with our EBITDA performance in the first quarter, and remain on track in reaching our 2016 EBITDA objectives." This is part of J.C. Penney’s comprehensive effort to improve the …

$JCP News: JCPenney Steps Up Sephora Rollout

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As JCPenney continues its attempt to reclaim relevance at the local mall, it says it’s celebrating the 10-year-anniversary of its Sephora partnership with 60 new locations. The Sephora-inside-JCPenney concept has been a consistent bright spot in the …