Judge Orders Twitter to Keep Providing Data Access

A San Francisco judge granted a temporary restraining order compelling Twitter to continue providing access to its "Firehose" -- the full daily stream of some 400 million tweets -- to PeopleBrowsr Inc, a data analytics firm that sifts through Twitter and resells that information to clients ranging from technology blogs to the U.S. Department of Defense. As part of a broader revenue-generating strategy, Twitter in recent months has begun clamping down on how its data stream may be accessed, to the dismay of many third-party developers who have built businesses and products off of Twitter's Firehose.