Twitter is today celebrating its eighth birthday, and to mark the occasion, has introduced a new feature allowing users to find their first ever tweet. As the regular Twitter users among you will know, going back in time through your feed can be a cumbersome experience, and often, going right back to the beginning requires the intervention of a third-party utility. No more, though, for the new tool not only lets you check your own very first Twitter musing, but will also track down the first tweet of any other user of The Twitters, and we think it’s pretty cool.

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Flappy Bird was undeniably one of the biggest successes in mobile gaming we’ve witnessed since the Angry Birds franchise made the scene. And being pulled by its developer when the game had reached an all-time high in terms of fame and revenue – on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store – it was strongly believed that the game will never see the light of day again, until now.

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When shopping for a new smartphone, we tend to have our own ideas regarding what specific features and assets will lure us into making the purchase, and an interesting piece of research on smartphone buyers has shown that while, generally speaking, men and women look for the same kinds of features and functions, there are some notable differences. The survey, compiled by Nielsen, found that while, perhaps unsurprisingly, the male population sampled looked at things like processor speed, display size and operating system, female subjects were rather more considerate of finer details, such as contract terms and pricing.

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If you’re a big gaming fan, then there’s no chance you’ve missed the incessant coverage and build up to next week’s release of Titanfall. The title, which roll out exclusively to those on Xbox and PC, is easily the biggest game to drop so far this year, and with just a few days to go before the show begins, its creators are looking to ramp up interest with a series of 8-bit, Titanfall-themed titles based on some old classics. The first installment of the Titanfall Arcade, based on Asteroids, is already available to play on the Web, and with the next two arcade releases based upon Mission Command and Centipede, this is a truly nostalgia-inducing, old-meets-new affair.

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Many of us are too preoccupied by our digital worlds to realize that, in actual fact, many billions of people across the world don’t even have access to the Internet. An initiative by Internet.org hopes to stem this rather outrageous tide, and social company Facebook is a well-known backer of the cause. In an attempt to further its efforts to spread the Internet beyond the developed world in which it is most prominent, the Menlo Park-based firm is said to be in talks to acquire Titan Aerospace, a company that creates solar-powered drones capable of flying for five years straight, and according to a report over at TechCrunch, the deal is said to be in the region of $60 million.

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The Microsoft co-founder, American business magnate and philanthropist – Bill Gates – has regained the title of the world’s richest man in Forbes magazine’s billionaire list. The list of the world’s wealthiest individuals is published on an annual basis by Forbes and includes individuals like Warren Buffet, Charles Koch and Larry Ellison of Oracle fame. After falling down the ranks in recent years, Gates has managed to climb back to the top of the wealthy charts after a 4 year hiatus.

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The Oscars 2014 86th Academy Awards event is live streamed for the first time ever tonight. Here’s how you can catch all the action live on your iPhone, iPad or any Android device.

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As a result of an infringement suit with BSkyB, Microsoft was recently forced to change the name of its SkyDrive service to OneDrive. With this new branding, Microsoft has been on the campaign trail of promotion, and today, has offered what looks, at least initially, to be a pretty sweet deal. OneDrive users can capitalize on the opportunity to grab 100GB of cloud storage space for free, but there are, as ever, a couple of conditions to the offer, which we shall reveal after the jump.

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Unlocking a smartphone with the intention of freeing it up to use on any network has always been a contentious point amongst users. Some consumers approach the subject firmly with the mindset that they own the device and therefore have the right to have it unlocked for use on any carrier they like. Others take a more cautious approach, remaining baffled by whether or not the act of unlocking is actually legal. If you are one of the many that remain unsure about the legality of the issue, then the US House of Representatives may have just cleared the situation up by passing a bill relating to device unlocking.

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Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion has taught us a lot of things, and while the focus has been mainly upon the breathtaking sums of money involved in this particular transaction, WhatsApp’s swift 5-year rise, and the dogged, determined nature of one Brian Acton, the acquisition has made apparent the fact that Facebook is up there with the big boys when it comes to spending. Indeed, hitherto, it has been Google stumping up the cash to acquire large firms such as Motorola, and intriguingly, Fortune is reporting that the search giant once placed $10 billion on the table in an offer to buy WhatsApp out.

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Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp Messenger, is naturally among the headlines today after Facebook acquired the instant messaging service for the colossal sum of $19 billion. But what make’s Acton’s story particularly interesting is not just the mere fact that he, along with another former Yahoo employee, created perhaps the most high-profile service to be bought-out in tech history, but in an ironic twist, was rejected when applying for several jobs at major firms – including Facebook.

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Microsoft made a pretty big thing about its rebranding of SkyDrive to the new OneDrive name yesterday, and to try and drum up as much buzz as possible for the old-new service, the Redmond outfit offered a free 100GB of cloud storage to the first 100,000 people to sign into OneDrive.com. Obviously that offer didn’t take too long to be exhausted, with news of the offer spreading around the Internet like wildfire.

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After being forced to ditch its SkyDrive name following a dispute with the telecommunication and TV giant BSkyB, Microsoft has today begun the rebranding process that will see SkyDrive become OneDrive. Existing users won’t notice a great deal other than the new name, but Microsoft is now also offering people who use its service the ability to increase their free storage capacity via referrals a la Dropbox, with the potential to earn an extra 5GB of space.

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In its ten year existence, Facebook has already shown us that it is prepared to make changes and amendments that it feels will benefit its member base. Some of those changes have manifested themselves as part of a radical functionality or interface overhaul, while others have been a lot more subtle and have focused on individual settings that are accessible by registered members. In a move that is aimed at affording Facebook members the right to express their true identity, the social network is now offering a custom gender option as part of the process that involves selecting a sex.

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A new study carried out by Annalect has discovered that men prefer Microsoft over Apple. The research was devised to look closely at the ‘Changing Role of Men’, and found that, in terms of brands that “resonate” with the male population, Microsoft edged it over old rival Apple.

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The developer of the immensely popular Flappy Bird took the decision to remove the title from both the App Store and Google Play Store over the weekend in a move that left many stunned and confused. With over 50 million downloads and banner ads generating a reported $50,000 per day, it was the kind of overnight success story that many developers dream of, but developer Dong Nguyen didn’t see things that way. After a few says of silence, Nguyen has finally stepped out and explained his motives behind removing Flappy Bird, details of which you can find after the break.

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As with anything that becomes part of popular culture, recently-pulled Flappy Bird game has already spawned one or two copycat / spin-off titles. Doge, for those unfamiliar, is an Internet meme depicted by a Shiba Inus dog, and since said meme is predominantly used to invoke humor, one particularly funny guy has come up with the idea of ‘Flappy Doge,’ a Web-based browser game that essentially replaces some of Flappy Bird’s graphics with those relating to Doge. But hey, if you just want your old game back, there’s also a HTML5-based clone edition of Flappy Bird, too!

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The first beta of Firefox for Windows 8 Touch has just been made public, and if you happen to be an owner of the Microsoft Surface, Lenovo IdeaPad Touch, or any other such device, you will definitely want to be testing this one out. As ever, much attention to detail has been paid by Mozilla, creator of the famed Firefox browser, and even though it’s just a beta and thus, will be expected to harbor some imperfections, it certainly does take full advantage of Windows 8′s unique functionality. Full details, as well as information on how to download the beta for your device, can be seen after the fold.

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With Apple having recently thrown together a video clip to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Mac a couple of weeks back, Facebook has done likewise after hitting a landmark of its own. For yes, despite the fact that it feels like the social network has been around since the Internet began, Facebook is now ten years old, and naturally, there’s a nostalgic clip for every single member providing a scrapbook-like take on their lives from signup to present day.

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Spotify is an immensely popular audio streaming service, boasting a mammoth 20 million songs with more being added all the time. But while some artists have amassed millions of plays apiece, around one-fifth of the extensive library has never been heard – at least, not through Spotify. This equates to, as those with solid math skills will have already established, around four million tracks collecting dust, and it is at this point that Forgotify, a service that has collected all of these unheard tracks, steps in. The site, which doesn’t appear affiliated with Spotify, lets you sign in and listen to some of these forgotten ‘gems,’ and whether you want to discover new artists or simply help with the initiative, you can log right in now and get listening!

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