Twitter, the popular online micro-messaging service in search of a business model, has hired Buzzwire executive Kevin Thau as its director of mobile business development with the long-term assignment of making money from wireless devices. The thinking is that Thau -- whose former company facilitates the delivery of mobile video -- will bring experience and critical relationships to Twitter, which had to close its SMS updating in August in some countries after failing to come to terms with mobile carriers.

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