This sounds like big news, if true, and in a way it is. But prepare yourself: It’s going to get very widely glossed as “Twitter is lifting the 140-character limit,” and I think that is likely to turn out to be misleading. (Oh look, Business Insider already went ahead and glossed it that way.)
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