Biz Break: Twitter bringing stickers to photos

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Sticker Me This: Stock markets are in turmoil over Brexit. There are two presidential candidates that almost no one seems to like. Millions of Americans are stunned that the U.S. Men’s National Team only came in fourth place in the Copa America soccer tournament. Millions more were stunned to learn there was a Copa America soccer tournament.

That’s a lot of heavy stuff to wrap your mind around. But, hey! Who cares about all that when you will soon be able to put stickers on you photos courtesy of Twitter?

Yes, if the recent release of new emojis wasn’t enough to liven up how you communicate via social media, Twitter’s got you covered with stickers. Or, as Twitter often described them on its company blog, #Stickers. Twitter introduced stickers on Monday as an addition to its other photo-editing features that let you crop, tag and add filters to photos that you tweet. According to Twitter, the stickers will be rolling out for Android and iOS users over the next few weeks as “a fun new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world on Twitter.

Because, well…Nothing says “More fun than jumping off the back of an elephant in a river” than doing that off of an elephant wearing sunglasses and a safari hat, right? Check it out…

By the way, from what we can tell, no elephants were harmed during the stickering of that photo.

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And The Hacks Keep On Coming…: First, it was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who had his (very rarely used) Twitter account hacked earlier this month. Now, it’s Sundar Pichai’s turn.

The Google CEO had his Quora account hacked over the weekend. For those not familiar with it, Quora is a question-and-answer website where people can post questions on just about any topic imaginable, and just about anyone with a Quora account can answer those questions. Quora, based in Mountain View, also offers a blogging platform.

A hacker group called OurMine broke into Pichai’s Quora account for what seemed to be the purpose of showing how easily someone can hack these public social-media platforms. The group told the website The Next Web that it was only testing Quora’s security and “we never change their (people’s) passwords). Quora also told The Next Web that it believes Pichai’s account wasn’t hacked via a vulnerability in its security system, but that the group exploited previous password leaks to get into Pichai’s account.

One Down, More To Go?:  It almost sounds like the start of a bad joke. A man walks into a courtroom with three Teslas, and…

Well, the punchline is he wanted Tesla to take one back. Barrett Lyon, who owned a Tesla Model S, one of Tesla’s original roadsters, and a Model X, wasn’t too happy with how the Model X turned out, and sued Tesla to take the car back under California’s “Lemon Laws” designed to protect consumers who buy what turn out to be bad cars.

Lyon claimed that the Model X had bum doors that opened and closed on their own,  a self-parking feature didn’t work like it should and an auto-pilot feature that proved dangerous when it rained.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but it appears that Tesla quietly agreed to take the car back and settle Lyon’s suit. There is no word if Lyon plans on getting one of Tesla’s new Model 3s  to add to his electric-car collection.

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Here’s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley stocks did Monday…

Movin’ On Up: Well, there weren’t many gainers, due to the continuing fallout over the Brexit vote in the U.K. The few gainers included Tesla, which rose almost 3 percent, and QuinStreet, SolarCity, YuMe and Omnicell.

In The Red: Now, here’s where things get interesting. Declines came from Inphi, which fell 11.4 percent, ServiceNow and Nimble Storage, each of which gave up more than 9 percent on the day, and Arista Networks and Cypress Semiconductor, both down by more than 8 percent by the time the market closed.

The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 2.4 percent to 4,594.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 1.5 percent to end the day at 17,140.

And the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gave up 1.8 percent to finish at 2,000.

Quote Of The Day: The worst defeat in our history.” — English soccer announcer Gary Lineker, who probably spoke for all of Mother England after its 2-1 loss to Iceland at the UEFA European soccer championship Monday. The English players go home to face the Brexit fallout, while Iceland, which probably has the best Twitter fans in tournament, plays host France in the quarterfinals on Sunday, July 3.

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