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Twitter gives us more space to rant about our 50th podcast (The 3:59, Ep. 50)

We also look at the challenges Google faces to add that human touch to its "assistant," and rail against more ads coming to Google Maps.


For Twitter, 140 characters never looked so liberating.

In our 50th podcast, we discuss the company's decision to jam more real estate into that 140-character limit, exempting images, GIFs, media and usernames from counting against the total. That means you'll be able to use even more words when ranting about "Game of Thrones" or Donald Trump.

We also look at Ben's analysis piece on the biggest challenge Google faces with its digital assistant: crafting a personality that people can relate to. Google assistant is pretty general compared to the likes of Microsoft's Cortana, which already has an identity thanks to her presence in the blockbuster video game franchise "Halo."

Lastly, we rant about Google bringing more ads to Google Maps, and Roger briefly puts on his financial journalist cap and talks about "monetizing the user base." Yes, we were all disgusted by the moment.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

Twitter gives us more space to rant about our 50th podcast (The 3:59, Ep. 50)


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