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New website Thursday Market tells you which local firms your friends use, and whether they’re any good

Thursday Market is a new online, social referral network which connects you with local firms, when you need a specific job done. The crucial difference is, the results are based on recommendations made by your friends and neighbors.

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Reddit dips its toe into crowdfunding with Redditmade

Reddit has entered the crowdfunding space with Redditmade. While specifically geared towards subreddits that want to make official merchandise, anyone with a Reddit account can launch their own campaign.

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Forest Service says no more bear selfies — unless it’s with Smokey

The U.S. Forest Service is warning visitors of Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe to stop taking selfies with feeding bears. Although capturing the perfect bear selfie may be tempting, it is dangerous.

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Zuckerberg says company must ‘invest aggressively’ as Facebook reports decent Q3

Facebook's Q3 figures may have pleased investors on Tuesday, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg's comments that "aggressive" investing was necessary for the company to achieve its long-term goals ended up pushing shares down.

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Twitter user base expands to 284 million, but growth slows

Twitter said Monday its user base expanded to 284 million during Q3. However, with user growth showing signs of slowing, Twitter's CEO said the service needs to work more quickly on implementing new features and tools for users and advertisers.

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Twitter swoops in to keep Twitpic’s archives online

After nearly seven years in operation, Twitpic has finally closed its doors to new uploads. Its huge archive will live on however, thanks to a last-minute deal struck with Twitter itself.

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The Queen sends out her first tweet

God save the Queen from the trolls: Elizabeth II sent out her first tweet while opening a technology exhibition at the London Science Museum, though it's "unlikely" she'll become a regular tweeter.

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The Google+ feature you’ve never used is actually one of its most innovative

Google has changed the world by sorting the world’s information, and with Project Boswell (Google+ Stories) it now hopes to become your own personal historian.

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Ello legally binds itself to remaining an ethical, ad-free social network, forever

New social network Ello has become a Public Benefits Corporation, which means it must stick to rules laid out in a charter, making it illegal for it to make money from ads, or to sell your data.

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Facebook Launches Rooms for iOS, an Anonymous Chatroom App

Facebook's Rooms, exclusive to iOS, is an anonymous group chat app with lots of potential.

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Zuckerberg is mastering Mandarin, and joins the Tsinghua University advisory board

With Facebook looking to learn more about China's tech market, how long until the ban on the social network is lifted from the country?

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Vine update for iOS lets you follow channels and post straight from Photos app

Vine has rolled out another update for the iOS version of the popular short-video app. This latest one lets you easily follow channels via a new "+" button, as well as share videos straight from Photos and other apps.

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Facebook sues the law firms that backed a fraudulent ownership claim against it

Several years after Paul Ceglia's case was dismissed and revealed as a fraud, Facebook is suing the law firms which supported the claim he owned 84 percent ownership of the social network.

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Twitter’s new Audio Card feature lets you stream music as you explore your timeline

Twitter is already popular with musicians and singers seeking to promote their work and connect with fans, so the microblogging site's new Audio Card feature, which lets you listen to music tracks while browsing your timeline, is likely to prove popular.

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Grids app for OS X makes Instagram viewing on desktops more fluid and interactive

Viewing your Instagram feeds on a desktop browser has always felt second-class. Grids, a third-party client, brings a more beautiful, intuitive, and interactive experience to Mac OS X.

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Facebook’s ‘Safety Check’ tool lets friends know you’re OK when a disaster hits

Although many people already connect through Facebook to check up on the safety of friends caught up in a disaster, a new tool rolled out by the social networking giant on Wednesday aims to make the process even simpler.

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‘We got carried away with ourselves': Bono says sorry for pushing album to iTunes users

Bono said the band got "a little carried away" with its recent 'Songs of Innocence' promotion that saw the album pushed to millions of handsets via iTunes. Speaking during a Q&A session on Facebook, U2's frontman apologized to disgruntled iTunes users.

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Imgur launches Project GIFV for creating animated GIFs that look like video

Despite its popularity, the animated GIF uses old technology that's no longer efficient for modern Web browsing. Imgur has created the GIFV format, which converts large GIF files into smaller-file MP4 videos that function like animated GIFs.

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Don’t joke about ebola on an airplane or a hazmat crew will detain you

So a man walks onto a plan and says, "I have ebola. You're all screwed!" Then people in hazmat suits take him away to a tiny room for questioning.

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Get ready, Snapchat users – ads are coming soon, CEO confirms

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel confirmed Wednesday that the ephemeral messaging app will soon include ads as the startup sets about monetizing the service. Marketers' content is likely to appear first in Snapchat's Stories feature, Spiegel said.

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Another one out: Twitter news chief quits in latest executive departure

Twitter's head of news announced Wednesday she's leaving the company after less than a year in the job. Vivian Schiller joins a growing list of executives who've departed Twitter in 2014.

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Twitter sues US government in bid to share more information on state surveillance

Twitter announced Tuesday it's suing the US government in an effort to obtain permission to publish details revealing the full extent of the surveillance of Twitter users by state agencies.

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Study: U.S. teens abandon Facebook and cling to iPhones

With approximately $2,700 to spend on clothing, electronics and other items this year, U.S. teens are flocking to the Apple store for new iPhones while ignoring Mom and Dad's friend request on Facebook.

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Top 10 tweets from the iPhone 6 #Hairgate Scandal

Owners of the new iPhone 6 are now complaining about #Hairgate and #Beardgate. It's turned into a big joke on Twitter. Here are the best tweets we found.

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Facebook Messenger is ready for mobile payments between friends

Facebook Messenger may soon support mobile payments. A Stanford student uncovered the feature hidden in the code of the app. Facebook could charge for the service.

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FireChat downloads spike as Hong Kong protesters turn to the off-the-grid messaging app

Off-the-grid messaging app FireChat has seen a spike in users in recent days as pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong download it in their thousands. The app is unaffected by congested cellular networks and cannot be easily blocked by the authorities.

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Facebook could soon take more of an interest in your health

Facebook has plans to get into health and fitness, according to new reports — dedicated groups on the site and spin-off mobile apps could be used to help look after the well-being of users.

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Here’s what Google, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites would have looked like in the 1980s

These YouTube videos give you a glimpse of what today's popular websites and services like Google, Instagram, Skype, Spotify, and others would have looked like back in the 1980s. Tubular!

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New Google messaging app rumored for 2015, with no Google account needed

Google could be working on a new app to compete with WhatsApp, Line, and other popular instant messaging apps. If you're wondering what's wrong with Hangouts, this new app may not need the user to have a Google account.

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Twitter invests $10 million in MIT social media research lab

Twitter has invested $10m in the creation of a new social media lab at MIT, with researchers planning to analyze the various ways in which people use social media to engage with one another and share information.

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