Twitter shuts off SMS updates for most countries"When you send one message to Twitter and we send it to ten followers, you aren't charged ten times—that's because we've been footing the bill." That's founder Biz Stone's explanation of why Twitter has stopped delivering SMS updates to all countries other than the United States, Canada and India. Stone says the company had tried to negotiate special rates elsewhere, but no luck. He lists a half-dozen alternate means such as TwitterBerry for receiving updates, but we feel your pain — it's just not going to be the same. VentureBeat's MG Siegler wins the prize for best analysis: Bloated SMS rates are what really needs to go. (Photo by Gustav H)