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Twitter is testing a big change — doubling the length of tweets from the iconic 140 characters to 280. We asked Twitter if U.S. President Donald Trump — quite possibly the most famous tweeter of them all — would get the new feature. Nope. But then, neither did Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s mom. Recode’s staff — passionate tweeters all — had some immediate opinions. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Walmart — America’s largest employer — is using Facebook’s enterprise office product, Workplace, the largest deployment of the product in the U.S. Walmart isn’t paying Facebook yet — it’s using a 90-day free trial of Workplace. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Top tech companies will commit a total of $300 million to a new White House’s push toward boosting computer-science and STEM education in the U.S. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce have each committed $50 million. [Tony Romm / Recode]
China blocked Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month. Chinese authorities have a history of blocking and slowing down internet services, prompting many to switch to apps like Tencent’s popular WeChat that are easily monitored by the government. [Keith Bradsher / The New York Times]
Facebook users will now be able to watch NFL highlights and game clips for free immediately after the game. The two-year deal kicks in immediately. Meanwhile, Trump is still tweeting about the national anthem. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Equifax chairman and CEO Richard Smith stepped down in the wake of the company’s massive data breach, which exposed the personal data of 143 million people. Equifax said Smith will “retire” after more than a decade with the company; Paulino do Rego Barros, who served as Asia-Pacific president, will replace him as CEO. [Zack Whittaker / ZDNet]
Take a look at Rolling Stone’s financials. They’re not pretty, even by aging magazine standards. Jann Wenner, who is looking for a buyer, suggests that whoever buys his publication should save money buy cutting the editorial budget in half. [Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair]
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