US stocks move higher; energy, GE, Twitter are among gainers

General Electric jumped 4 percent Monday after activist investor Nelson Pelts bought a stake in the company.

Twitter rose 5 percent after a long-running search for a full-time CEO concluded. Co-founder Jack Dorsey will have a second chance at leading the company.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 188 points, or 1.1 percent, to 16,662 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

Twitter might axe 140 character limit

The social media giant is currently mulling the introduction of a product that will end character restrictions that have become Twitter's trademark, according to Recode.

While Twitter is officially staying tight-lipped at the moment, unnamed officials told the website that interim Jack Dorsey sees the policy change as a way to freshen up the tech leader.

If enacted, the move would echo Twitter's decision to lift the 140-character restriction for private messaging in August.


Facebook returns after suffering wide outages

Users in various locations were greeted with an error message at around 3pm ET/8pm BST that read: "Sorry, something went wrong."

The outages follow just four days after Facebook temporarily went down on Thursday, September 24.

Facebook has yet to offer any explanation or cause for Monday's service outage, although service appeared to have been restored by 4pm ET/9pm GMT.

The matter riled up users on social media, who wasted no time posting on Facebook's rival site Twitter.

Britney Spears could extend her Vegas residency into 2016

According to a cluster of pictures doing the rounds on Twitter, Live Nation has let it slip that Britney's planning a new run of shows from January 2 to April 22.

The singer's residency is officially scheduled to run until the end of the year, with Britney herself recently expressing doubt over whether she'll sign up for more shows.

"I haven't made up my mind," she admitted last month.

"I really love doing the show. It's a lot of fun, but I'm kind of torn right now. I don't really know what I want to do."

Google introduces 'fun facts' feature

Type "fun facts" into Google and discover trivia about nicotine, Benjamin Franklin, Scotch whisky, sunburns, crayons, Mars and more.

It's a great way to discover interesting info, and it's pretty addictive too - don't say we didn't warn you!

Google also changes the text in the search bar to "I'm feeling curious" once you choose to "ask another question".

The cool little quirk works when you type "interesting facts" too.

Elsewhere, Google recently unveiled its new logo, which has a touch of Sesame Street about it.

The unsung hero of meetings at Twitter is Google Hangouts

Large companies have long had offices around the world, but cloud computing is making it easier than ever for those far-flung employees to work together. In a blog post on Friday, Twitter shared some details of how its employees work together from offices scattered across the globe, and how they rely on Google products to do it.

Twitter gets an unofficial messenger app

Direct Messenger for iOS is a Twitter-flavoured version of Facebook Messenger, allowing users to DM in peace without distractions from their timeline.

As this is not an official app from Twitter, there are a few compatibility issues since the microblogging giant imposes API restrictions on third-party developers.

Text pings back and forth just fine, but web users who receive animated emoji sent from the app will see only a static symbol, while images are converted into web links.

Twitter's stock falls below IPO price amid ongoing decline

Shares of the San Francisco-based short messaging service fell 5.8 percent to close at $26, after trading as low as $25.92 during the day. Twitter went public in November 2013 at an initial public offering price of $26 per share.

The stock is down more than 30 percent since Twitter's July 28 earnings report, when it warned that boosting its user growth rate will take a long time.

Rihanna slams NBA player Matt Barnes amid dating rumors

Dating rumors between the two sparked a while ago after the Memphis Grizzlies player made it clear that he was feelin' the Barbados beauty. He made her his #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram a few months ago, and would flirted with her over Twitter a couple years ago when she sat courtside at his Lakers games.

His ex-wife Gloria Govan even reportedly gave her stamp of approval—as long as she got hooked up with concert tickets—so when asked about what's really going on with him and RiRi, Barnes told TMZ that they're "just past the crush stage."

J.K. Rowling's inspiring advice to young fan on Twitter

Whether you're looking for Harry Potter confessions or one-of-a-kind zingers (basically, don't ever body shame Serena Williams), you should look no further than the best-selling author's social media page.

But on Saturday morning, the 50-year-old writer managed to make fans feel deeply touched when she responded to a stranger on social media who hopes to follow in her footsteps.

"You inspired me to write. However, in Egypt, girls can't do anything freely as boys," the Twitter user wrote. "They laugh at me when I say I am a writer."