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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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Facebook went down for an hour and people actually called 911 to report it

Facebook suffered an outage earlier this week allegedly due to an internal glitch. For some reason, this led to people actually calling 911, wondering when the outage would end.

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Tumblr revamps writing tools in ‘big’ update

Tumblr on Wednesday rolled out a significant update aimed at offering a more refined user experience and more posting options for its millions of bloggers.

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Twitter users can soon post 30-second videos, send group messages

Ideal for anyone that splits their time between mobile video applications like Vine or Instagram and Twitter, the social network is adding the ability to post 30-second video clips directly to the main feed.

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Facebook Lite strips the social network down for users in developing countries

Facebook is turning its attention to developing mobile markets. Facebook Lite is a portal that runs on the weaker, cheaper hardware ubiquitous overseas.

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Make temporary tattoos out of your Instagram photos with Picatoo

If you have ever wanted to put your Instagram photos on your body (cause seriously, who doesn't), now you can. Picattoo makes full-color temporary tattoos of your choosing, for $15 for a set of 12.

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Pinterest presents search results based on your gender to attract more men

If you're a guy who's tired of sifting through irrelevant pictures on Pinterest, help has arrived — the site now lets you filter content for men and women through its Guided Search.

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Twitter wants its popular users to stop posting Instagram links

Apparently having had enough of users skipping off to Instagram to view images, Twitter is now sending out messages to its verified users suggesting they post pictures within their tweets.

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The world's first 'smart headphones' are really, really dumb

Muzik aims to make sharing music simpler with integrated social features, but a buggy app usurps their utility.

  • Pros: Tasteful treble , Rock-solid bass , Cool aesthetics , Solid…
  • Cons: Uncomfortable headband , Heavy , Unreliable social…

Twitter announces ‘while you were away’ recap feature

Twitter has officially announced a new feature for surfacing "the best tweets" you might've missed while away from the service. The 'recap' posts will show at the top of your timeline, with infrequent users likely to notice the feature more than regular ones.

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WhatsApp lands on desktop, though iOS users are left out in cold

WhatsApp on Wednesday rolled out a desktop version of its popular messaging app that pairs with smartphones with the software, though issues with Apple's platform mean iOS users won't be able to make use of it.

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Android photographers can sell photos on Snapwire via new native app

Snapwire, a stock photo agency that is leveraging the increasing use of mobile devices among photographers, has launched its app for Android. The app allows Android users to connect with buyers, and sell their photos.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to cut down on hoax posts

Facebook is launching a new offensive against hoax content on News Feeds, tweaking its algorithm to pinpoint such material, which should result in reduced distribution in the feed.

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Twitter hopes its ZipDial acquisition will lead to many more users in emerging markets

Twitter knows it has to get more users on board to keep investors happy, and to that end it's just acquired India-based ZipDial, a startup that it believes will help it reach millions of new users in emerging markets.

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Facebook is testing a voice-to-text feature for incoming messages

Facebook's Messenger developers think that you might not always be in a position to listen to a received voice message, say if you're in a meeting or a noisy environment. With that in mind, they're looking to launch a new speech-to-text feature.

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Turkish government again threatens to block Twitter

Twitter users in Turkey are once again facing a bit of downtime after the government threatened to block the service. Officials have demanded the company delete the account of a newspaper it says threatens national security, though Twitter has so far refused.

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Post a selfie for a chance to win a Sigma lens accessory

Sigma is running a customer appreciation campaign on social media, where Sigma lens owners have a chance to score a circular polarizing filter simply by posting a selfie of themselves with their equipment.

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Snapchat reportedly asking brands $750,000 for ads (which disappear)

Snapchat is said to be asking brands $750,000 to gets their message in front of the 100 million+ users of the ephemeral messaging app. If it sounds like a lot, that's because it is, though it appears that so far a few advertisers have coughed up the cash.

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Obama calls for tighter cyber security after U.S. Central Command Twitter hack

ISIS supporters hacked the U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts during President Barack Obama's speech on the importance of cyber security and data protection. Both accounts are now suspended.

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Facebook acquires video tech startup QuickFire

Facebook's latest acquisition of tech startup QuickFire Networks should see improved video quality for users as the social networking giant continues on its quest to build out its video platform.

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FlapIt takes your social media achievements for an analog spin

FlapIt is an analog counter inspired by the split-flap clocks of the '60s, one that lets small businesses showcase their social media metrics in regards to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

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WhatsApp marches on, hits 700m monthly users

Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to gather new users, adding 100 million in the last four months to take its tally to 700 million. CEO Jan Koum announced the news on Tuesday, adding that the app is now used to send 30 billion messages daily.

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Facebook acquires speech recognition startup Wit.ai

Judging by its latest acquisition, Facebook is planning to incorporate speech recognition features into some of its products. The newly acquired startup builds technology that lets users interact with apps and machines via Siri-like voice commands.

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Twitter broken? Timelines slow to update, company investigating

Twitter engineers are currently working on fixing an issue with the social media site that's causing delays in timeline updates. Developing....

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Mark Zuckerberg starts a book club — and we’re all invited

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is challenging himself to read a book every fortnight during the course of 2015 — and you can join in by signing up on the A Year Of Books page on Facebook.

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Polaroid rebrands, re-launches Blipfoto one-photo-a-day social network

Polaroid has partnered with online photo sharing site Blipfoto to rebrand and re-launch the social network. Blipfoto lets users upload only one photo a day, but that photo is meant to capture a significant moment.

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Twitter rolling out ‘while you were away’ timeline feature

If you follow hundreds of other users or go for a long time without logging in, Twitter thinks you might be missing lots of interesting tweets. With that in mind, it's now rolling out a recap feature that places such tweets at the top of your timeline.

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Facebook says sorry after ‘Year in Review’ feature causes heartache

Facebook has apologized to a user after an auto-generated 'Year in Review' feature put an image of his deceased daughter front and center. An upset Eric Meyer described his experience in a written piece titled 'Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty.'

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Survival of the felines: 10 reasons why Grumpy Cat has lasted so long (and her 15 minutes are up)

Grumpy Cat is the darling of the meme world. She's gone from online sweetheart to real-life celebrity, amassing a fortune for her cat owners. But we think her 15 minutes of fame are wearing thin. We look back at the best of Grumpy Cat.

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Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of 2014 puts lens on impoverished California region

Time Magazine has named Matt Black as its Instagram Photographer of the Year 2014. Black focuses his lens on the poverty in California's Central Valley and uses Instagram to easily reach an audience.

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