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If you can't make a pilgrimage to Lollapalooza but want to get a sense of what it's like to be there beyond the concert streams, Facebook might have what you're looking for. It's testing an expansion of Place Tips that lets anyone in the US see a feed of Lollapalooza's goings-on, whether they're...

August 1st 2015 at 2:58pm 0 Comments
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You're going to see a lot of apps rushing to take advantage of Windows 10 post-launch, but one of them will be particularly important if you're a social networking maven. Twitter has released a new app for Windows 10 right alongside Microsoft's shiny new platform, and the client is big on discover...

July 29th 2015 at 5:28pm 0 Comments
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Want to show that the art of sincere, thoughtful communication is dead? You only have to take advantage of a little-known (but recently discovered) Facebook feature. The social network has been quietly rolling out SMS birthday notifications that let you wish a generic "Happy Birthday!" simply by...

July 29th 2015 at 10:34am 0 Comments
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Not happy with having to wade through filters and other editing tools just to post your Instagram shots? You might have a much simpler solution in the near future. Droid-Life has noticed that Instagram is trying out a new photo editor on Android that squeezes things into a single, simpler page t...

July 26th 2015 at 5:36pm 0 Comments
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The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn't mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, the selfie-pl...

July 25th 2015 at 11:07pm 0 Comments
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Hang around Twitter for long enough and there's a good chance that you'll see people rehashing jokes that clearly aren't theirs, whether they're spam bots or less-than-original friends. You might not see that copy-pasted humor for much longer, though: Plagiarism Is Bad has noticed that Twitter is...

July 25th 2015 at 8:03pm 0 Comments
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Sometimes things are way harder than they should be. If you're a LinkedIn user, the networking site is now making it more difficult to download your contact list and other personal information. Instead of being an instant process, as is the case with Facebook or Google's products, LinkedIn (quietl...

July 24th 2015 at 12:43pm 0 Comments
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Here's a mystery: if Facebook thinks store pages are so important, why can't you shop from those store pages? Well, Facebook has finally come to its senses. The social network tells Buzzfeed News that it's testing an option to buy goods directly from stores' Facebook pages, rather than kicking yo...

July 15th 2015 at 9:59pm 0 Comments
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Do you read news on Facebook instead of a dedicated site, or catch breaking stories on Twitter instead of TV? You're not alone. Pew's latest study shows that 63 percent of American Facebook and Twitter users rely on the social networks as news sources -- at least an 11 percent jump from two years...

July 15th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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For the past three years, Twitter has sent third-party developers not-so-subtle clues that they're unwanted -- its programming rules arbitrarily limit the success of unofficial apps, such as their audience sizes or features. That low ceiling might not last for much longer, though. Co-founder Ev Wi...

July 14th 2015 at 4:32pm 0 Comments
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Many Reddit fans were quick to blame recently departed CEO Ellen Pao for firing communication director Victoria Taylor and prompting a widescale revolt. However, it now looks like Pao might have been little more than a scapegoat. Yishan Wong, the CEO before Pao, tells redditors that co-founder Ale...

July 13th 2015 at 10:45pm 0 Comments
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It sounds like Siri, Cortana and the entity known only as Google Now could get some competition. Facebook is launching a virtual assistant of its own, according to The Information, and James Bond fans might smile when they hear what Zuckerberg and Co. are calling it. Moneypenny is a feature that l...

July 13th 2015 at 9:42pm 0 Comments