Why is this news? Because there were excitable reports over the weekend that Twitter was planning to test ‘premium’ accounts in Japan, allowing some users to charge people to follow their accounts. Celebrities – including music artists – were expected to be the early adopters, charging fans monthly fees between $1.16 and $11.60. However, Digital Garage – the company that runs Twitter’s Japanese site – has now issued a press release claiming that “Twitter service in Japan is a free service and neither Twitter Inc. nor Digital Garage, Inc have discussed or have any plans for paid-premium accounts”. This, despite the fact that the original story came from a conference presentation by Digital Garage’s mobile boss. Source: TechCrunch

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