This Week’s Tech News for Business Owners: A Better Twitter And Instagram Videos

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Twitter TWTR +0.31% may be removing photos and links from its 140-character limit.

Twitter has been struggling with the decision to increase its 140-character limit and so far the purists are winning. But just this week, it was reportedthat the company will no longer be including photos and links in that count.

Why this is important for your business:

The more space you have, the more information you can provide to your Twitter followers. This move should hopefully give you a little more wiggle room to get the messages out.

2 – A translation earpiece allows you to understand languages you’ve never learned.

According to this report from Forbes: Two Bluetooth earbuds, one in your ear, one in your other-language-speaking counterpart, let you communicate almost normally, just by speaking your own language.

Why this is important for your business:

If you do a lot of international travel, language is a huge challenge. This little gadget won’t be able to negotiate better deals for you, but hopefully it’ll help you better understand what’s going on!

3 – Amazon Echo has a new challenger in the market: Google GOOGL -0.64% Home.

Amazon Echo has been getting a lot of press lately because it’s a very cool little device that will perform functions and look up information for people on voice commands from across a room. It’s considered to be one of the first functional examples of how the smart home will work in the future. And now Google is getting into the game with its own competitor: Google Home.

Why this is important for your business:

Here’s yet another hint of what’s to come in the smart home industry. If your business makes products or technologies for the home, you may want to think about how these devices will affect your future sales. And whatever’s being used in the home will also be used in the office, so look for these products to be potential productivity tools for your employees too.

4 – Instagram allows for longer videos and more ads.

Instagram’s carousel ads originally just allowed marketers to show multiple photos of a product on the same post, just by flipping through them. Now the feature has been expanded to include videos.

Why this is important for your business:

As video continues its assault on the Internet, you need to be looking for new and better ways to get your message across to your prospects and customers. If your audience is on Instagram, carousel ads now provide you with an even better way to improve your messaging.

5 – 117 million LinkedIn LNKD +0.33% emails and passwords for sale on the dark web.

Per ForbesFresh LinkedIn credentials went on sale on a dark web market known as The Real Deal. The dealer, who goes by the name Peace, is now offering 117 million LinkedIn usernames and passwords for a considerably high price: 5 Bitcoin, worth approximately $2,200.

Why this is important for your business:

Yikes. Change your LinkedIn password immediately.

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