Twitter declaws Meerkat, but the app won't give upThe social network cuts off a major feature of Meerkat, Yahoo puts a new twist on passwords, and BlackBerry makes another play for a tablet -- kind of.
Twitter is out to declaw the Meerkat app. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] Twitter is no longer. Longer playing nice with Meerkat, a fast growing app that has become an overnight sensation for streaming live video to your followers on Twitter. Meerkat launched about two weeks ago but it already has 120,000 users. It let's you broadcast live video from your smartphone, and followers on Twitter get alerts of your broadcast. To watch you need to tune in live, because there are no repeats. Once it's over, there's no watching it again. The Meerkat app depended heavily on Twitter's network instead of having to collect a new list of friends and followers. Followers for Meerkat. It just automatically pulled in all of your connections from Twitter, giving users an instant audience. That's why it became so popular, so fast. But Twitter cut off Meerkat from being able to do that anymore. And it just so happens the same day Twitter cut off Meerkat was the day Twitter announced it acquired a rival company that also works on streaming video, called Periscope. So now Miracast will be competing with whatever Twitter's cooking up. The Miracast founders say the company will push forward and create its own network, to not rely on twitter's user base. Either way, the few weeks it piggybacked on Twitter's network sure helped to jump start the app. Twitter's not the only one busy buying up companies. Facebook just acquired the shopping search engine The Find. And with the purchase, it's shutting it down. Facebook naturally is interested in new ways to make money from shopping ads and searches. The Find app let you compare prices at online and local retail stores. Yahoo is putting a new twist on passwords. You no longer have to remember your password with Yahoo's new on demand passwords. When you want to log in a short number code is sent to your phone as a text message and that's your one time code to access Yahoo. You'll get a different code each time you log in. In other news Blackberry is once again trying to woo the business world with a tablet. But it's not returning to it's old playbook. Instead, it worked with IBM and Samsung to create a high-security version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5. It's modified with a security card for voice and data encryption, and software separates work apps from personal ones. It runs Android, not the Blackberry operating system. And not to be left out, Microsoft is also making a fresh push into the workplace with Skype for Business. It's similar to the normal consumer version of Skype except it has better security, as well as control tools for your companies IT department. And it also ties into Microsoft Office. Right now it's just a preview version so it could be a little buggy. That's your Tech News Update, and you can stay updated at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]