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ISIS threatens Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and employees over blocked accounts

ISIS supporters on Sunday issued threats against Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and other employees at the social media company. The message expressed anger at Twitter's constant removal of its accounts, which the company says violate its terms of service.

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What ever happened to that Kickstarter game you funded? Find out here

Frustrated with inconsistent communication from developers of Kickstarted games, NeoGAF user Stumpokapow created a comprehensive spreadsheet of projects and their progress.

Gaming

LinkedIn fights Google for office space in Mountain View

Google wasn't the only tech firm to submit proposals for new offices in Mountain View recently. Social networking company LinkedIn also has plans, though with limited space for new construction in the city, there could be trouble ahead.

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Is this dress white and gold or black and blue? The experts have an answer

The dress that broke the Internet is white and gold. Or maybe it's blue and black. The thing is, it's one or the other to different sets of people, and there are several very scientific reasons why. Here's what's going on.

Photography

Twitter expands team dealing with abuse reports, updates anti-troll tools

Twitter's boss recently admitted the company has a bit of a problem dealing with abuse and trolls on the service, and vowed to put it right. With that goal in mind, the company on Thursday announced more measures to tackle the damaging issue.

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Firefighter fired after bragging on Facebook about killing dogs

In the least surprising viral event to date this year, a Texas firefighter attracted the ire of the entire Internet after allegedly killing two dogs, taking a picture and boasting about it on Facebook.

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Find the perfect meme image with Imgur’s new Topics feature

Imgur has introduced a new Topics features that lets users categorize a photo, which in turn helps other Imgur users easily browse and discover content.

Photography

Epson Perfection V19 low-power flatbed scanner comes with Web sharing function

Compact, affordable, and targeting social media users, Epson's new Perfection V19 scanner shares images directly to social networks and is powered only from a USB cord.

Photography

Now you can give your video Snapchats a soundtrack

Thanks to a new app update, videos created in Snapchat can record the music that's playing on your phone at the same time, giving you the chance to add a soundtrack, or lip-sync along.

Mobile

Keep your eye out! Facebook is getting better at targeting ads

Facebook users can expect to see better-targeted ads showing up when they use the social networking service after the company this week rolled out a new feature to help businesses serve up more relevant content based on a user's interests and location.

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Turn your self-portraits into something fashionable with Chic Sketch

Developer Appetizer Mobile has launched Chic Sketch, a smartphone app that turns your pictures into a fashion sketch – made by a real fashion illustrator.

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Studies show how we use Twitter, Reddit and communication apps in our relationships

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means tweeting, posting and sending messages about our feelings for others. How we use communication channels like Twitter, Reddit and messaging apps reveals a lot about our relationships, according to three studies.

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Broken heart? These apps will help you erase and block your ex from your digital life

Break-ups have happened to the best of us - and so has the ensuing torture of seeing the ex all over our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. If the lure of texting or calling them has become too much, and one more status update from the heartbreaker is…

Mobile

How to make the perfect virtual mixtape for any occasion

Tapely, a free online music platform, allows you to make and share your own virtual mixtapes. Digital Trends will tell you how to use it to make the perfect mixtape for any occasion.

Music

Pinterest makes a push into ecommerce with “Buy” button

Utilizing the massive quantity of visual content generated by 70 million users, Pinterest is working on launching a purchasing function that would allows users to buy items that have been pinned on the site.

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Facebook lets you decide who will get your account after your death

Facebook now lets you decide who will manage your account after your death. Once your account has been memorialized, the legacy contact will be able to post info on memorial services and more.

Mobile

Twitter acquires Niche, a service that connects social media stars with brands

Niche is a New York-based startup that drums up business by connecting social media stars with major brands to create sponsored content. And Twitter's just acquired it.

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Teen gets fired on Twitter after cursing about her new job

Yet another example of publishing far too much on social media channels, a Texas girl was fired recently after using Twitter to publicly post a negative opinion about a job that she hadn't even started yet.

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Newsweek’s Twitter account hack sent threats to the Obama family

Cyber Caliphate, a group of alleged ISIS supporters, compromised Newsweek's Twitter account and posted some disturbing messages, including threats to the Obama family.

Mobile

Museums say no to selfie sticks in bid to protect exhibits (and humans)

An increasing number of museums across the U.S. are banning selfie sticks in an effort to protect exhibits from reckless handlers of the smartphone-wielding device.

Mobile

ScreenPop uses Android lock screen as huge canvas for photo messages

ScreenPop is a new photo messaging app for Android that uses the lock screen as a place to share content. Photos can be tagged with emojis, captions, and doodles – giving users a unique way to send images to one another.

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Teen charged with murder after Snapchat selfie with victim surfaces

A teenager was charged with murder after he sent a Snapchat selfie of himself next to the dead victim to a friend. The disappearing Snapchat was preserved in a screenshot and shown to the police.

Mobile

Twitter reports slow user growth but points finger at iOS 8

Twitter reported its smallest user growth ever on Thursday. Q4 saw its user base increase by just 4 million to 288 million, though the company said issues with iOS 8 were partly to blame.

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Twitter and Google reportedly strike deal to make tweets more discoverable in search

In what looks to be a similar deal to one that ended between the two companies in 2011, Twitter and Google have reportedly reached a new agreement to make tweets more discoverable in search.

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Twitter CEO takes ‘full responsibility’ for site’s troll problem

Internal memos reportedly written by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reveal he's "ashamed" of how poorly the company is dealing with the issue of abuse on the service. The boss says he takes "full responsibility" for the situation and that it has to change.

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Twitter brings its ads to Flipboard and Yahoo in bid to boost revenue

Twitter has done a deal with Flipboard and Yahoo! Japan to start showing promoted tweets on the sites. The move brings Twitter ads to millions of non-users of the social media service, and looks set to boost the company's bottom line.

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How smartphones, Oreos, and hashtags have changed Super Bowl ads forever

Oreo proved back in 2013 that social media can win the Super Bowl for advertisers, but as other brands like Nationwide demonstrated during last night's game, sometimes when you try to bottle lightning, you get zapped.

Movies & TV

How to make animated GIFs with Photoshop

Check out this five-step guide to learn how to make a GIF and master the art of animation in just a few minutes

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How human testers are revealing our Facebook News Feed habits

The world's largest social network uses a small team of testers to get detailed feedback on the News Feed — and their responses are revealing more about how we make use of social media.

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NFL, brands look to social media to manage Super Bowl buzz

With Super Bowl attendees turning to Facebook and Twitter to chat about the big game, social media is top of mind for the National Football League as well as brands looking to capitalize on Super Bowl moments.

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