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Sean Hannity Defends Fox News Co-President Bill Shine, Warns of ‘End of FNC as We Know It’

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Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground.

“Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done. Best Sean,” Hannity tweeted, with a link to Gabe Sherman’s New York magazine story citing unnamed sources who claimed that Shine has become worried about what he perceives as lack of public support for him from 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Hannity then apologized for inserting a diaeresis into Sherman’s name, writing, “Ha. Gabe sorry about the 2 dots. I couldn’t do that again if I tried. Best Sean.”

Hannity and Shine have a long…

Chris Sacca retires from startup investing

Venture capitalist Chris Sacca announced his retirement from startup investing today. This also means that he will not be on the hit TV show Shark Tank, at least for the next season. His firm, Lowercase Capital, will likely be run by partner Matt Mazzeo, but it’s reported that there is no new fund in the cards.

For those in tech, Sacca is perhaps best known for his early-stage investments in companies like Twitter, Twilio, Kickstarter, Bitly, Typekit, DailyBooth, SimpleGeo, Gowalla, Lookout, Instagram, Uber, Posterous, Medium, and Automattic. All of these were either funded by him personally or through Lowercase.

But he struck a chord with those outside of Silicon Valley through his role on Shark Tank. Sacca wrote that the person who was the most disappointed that he won’t be around for a third season was Mark Cuban: “Despite what you might surmise from on screen, he and I are actually good friends, just…

Twitter says less abuse is being reported across its site

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Twitter may be having its best day ever, or at least in quite a while.

Just about everybody — but especially Wall Street (aka Twitter’s worst enemy) — expected to see slow user growth and a downturn on Twitter’s revenue.

And yet, the unexpected happened. Twitter… had a good quarter?!

The highlight is the return of user growth. Twitter added 9 million monthly active users over the quarter. That’s 7 million more than expected. The site broke out its growth in the United States, emphasizing that it added 3 million users in its home country.

Even the bad news wasn’t that bad. For the first time since going public in 2013, Twitter’s quarterly revenue declined. Yes, that’s not good, but analysts (and myself) were expecting a really, really bad day for Twitter. We were expecting to be disappointed, per usual.

And yet, Twitter surprised.

Growth cont’d to be broad based: DAU growth accel’d in 7 of top 10 global mkts, w/ particular strength in US, where we also added 3M MAU seq

— TwitterIR (@TwitterIR) April 26, 2017

Twitter reported $548 million in revenue over the last three months compared to the $511.9 million that was expected by Wall Street. They beat expectations by more than $36 million.

Beyond financials and user growth, Twitter reported that it’s solving one of its major problems: abuse on the platform.

$TWTR: We’ve removed a lot of abusive accounts and “as a result, we’re seeing less abuse reported across the service.”

— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) April 26, 2017

According to Twitter, they are seeing “less abuse reported across the service.” That statistic comes even as Twitter increases the number of reporting tools and their effectiveness. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey humbly admitted he’s far from done.

“There’s a lot more to do but we’re on the right path,” Dorsey told investors on a public earnings call Wednesday.

Wall Street is happy. Twitter’s stock, which has fallen to a pitiful price…

Dr Pepper Fountain

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Kansas State student Claire Daniels loved Dr Pepper soda so much that she tweeted, “I really just need to have a Dr Pepper fountain installed in my house. That would probably be cheaper than how much I spend on it currently.”

Well, be careful what you wish on Twitter, because Dr Pepper saw that tweet and decided to make it a reality:

Just one month after…

You Can Now Clear Out Wasted Storage in the Twitter iPhone App

iPhone: Twitter has rolled out an update for the official Twitter app that solves the pesky problem of app bloating. Now, you can manually clear out the cache in the app.

A lot of apps on iOS have a problem where they bloat up in size over use, which can cause issues with those of us with 16GB phones. The best workaround I’ve found for this involves downloading a giant app to force iOS to clear the…