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If you really must, it’s possible to buy a strap to fix your tablet to a selfie stick

Using a tablet to take pictures when you're out and about is almost as annoying as a line of selfie sticks blocking the way. Now, there's an accessory to attach a tablet to a selfie stick.

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Facebook’s new event subscription button is a groupie’s dream come true

Facebook's latest feature will make sure you never miss your favorite band when it plays at a venue nearby. You can now subscribe to events and get notifications when an artist you like is playing near you.

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No such thing as bad press? CEO apologizes after comparing Apple to Hitler

Following one of the least well-judged marketing moves we've seen in a while, the CEO of Chinese media company LeTV has apologized for comparing Apple to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, due to its closed software ecosystem.

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Facebook opens its new ‘unassuming’ but actually really swish Menlo Park campus

Facebook's plush new Menlo Park workspace has just opened its doors to staff. The new eco-friendly premises features what may be the world's largest open-plan office, as well as a rooftop garden where employees can go to dream up the company's next big idea.

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Musical glitterati back Jay Z’s Spotify rival on Twitter with #Tidal4All

Big-name musical stars on Twitter are backing #Tidal4All, a trending topic designed to promote Jay Z's newly relaunching Tidal music service, which costs $20 per month for lossless audio streaming.

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Imgur iOS app launches GIF-browsing feature, integrates with Facebook Messenger

Imgur has launched a new iOS app that lets you easily browse for memes and other funny community-shared images. The app has a new GIF-browsing feature that's integrated with Facebook Messenger.

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Facebook would like to be part of your smart home

At yesterday's F8 conference, Parse, which is owned by Facebook, announced a developer platform for the Internet of Things. It's Facebook's first big leap into the connected-home environment.

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Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming alternative to Meerkat, launches today

Shortly after the swift rise in popularity of Meerkat, Twitter announced that it had purchased Periscope, a startup working on a mobile livestreaming app of the same name. Now that app is available for the iPhone.

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Facebook opens up video embeds to everyone and adds 360-degree video support

At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced support for 360-degree videos and off-site video embedding. The company's push for 360-degree videos is linked to its purchase of Oculus Virtual Realty.

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Facebook’s new Messenger lets you send GIFs, track packages

At Facebook's F8 developer conference, the social media company has unveiled a new platform to power a richer Messenger experience. Now you can send GIFs, track packages, and so much more.

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Worst thief ever? Police just found a man who shared his hiding location on Snapchat

Police in Somerset, Maine, caught a thief after he revealed his hiding spot in a Snapchat message. The thief was hiding in a cabinet when he was apprehended. The man is the latest criminal to be caught thanks to social media.

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Oops! Facebook app leaks company’s big plans for Messenger, IoT

Where there are announcements there are leaks, and two announcements from Facebook's upcoming F8 developers conference, Messenger as a Platform and Parse for IoT, have been leaked prior to the conference's start. The culprit? Facebook's own F8 app.

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Facebook knows what you did last summer, introduces flashback feature to remind you

Facebook knows what you did last summer...and it wants to share it with you. A new feature called On This Day lets you relive your past posts on Facebook.

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Why you may never need to leave Facebook ever again

In what the company describes as an effort to cut down on load times, particularly on mobile devices, Facebook is pursuing deals with publishers including the New York Times and BuzzFeed to host their content on Facebook itself.

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Twitter hopes new ‘quality filter’ will help hide abusive tweets

In its ongoing quest to deal with abuse on the platform, Twitter on Monday rolled out a new 'quality filter' designed to remove threatening and offensive content from a users notifications timeline.

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Twitter starts experimenting with autoplay videos in timelines

It's been on the cards for a while, after all, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine have long included them. We're talking about autoplay videos, which Twitter has just started testing on its service.

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Instagram’s new Layout app lets you create multi-photo collages with ease

After last year's Hyperlapse, Instagram introduced its second standalone app, called Layout. Designed for creating multi-photo collages, Layout doesn't require Instagram to work – although its square photos encourages it.

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The origins of newbie, noob, and n00b

We've all been newbies at one time or another, but have you ever been called a noob or a n00b? We take a look at where the term originated and discuss the difference in meaning when it's spelled differently.

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Upworthy unleashed clickbait on the Internet, but now it wants to take it back

Upworthy cofounder Peter Koechley apologized for his site's usage of sensationalized, clickbait headlines. Moving forward, Koechley said his site will now focus on content that draw a wide array of emotions from readers.

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Listen up! Now you can livestream Internet radio shows on your blog using TuneIn

Online radio service TuneIn has just launched a new feature that lets broadcasters, website owners, and bloggers embed a live radio player into their sites, a move that'll likely take the service beyond its already massive user base.

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Vine tweaks its iOS app for faster videos, and adds an offline viewing mode

Vine this week rolled out a few enhancements for iOS users of its video-loop app. Besides a speed bump to make the app start up faster, users can also watch Vines offline, making it good to use any time, anywhere.

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For hosts with their hands full, PartySnapper app uses guests as event photographers

PartySnapper is an iOS app that aggregates photos taken by guests. Snap a photo with the app, and it's automatically shared with the host's iPhone or iPad.

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Islamic State starts its own social network after being banned on Facebook and Twitter

The Islamic State have been kicked off Facebook and Twitter, so supporters have decided to start their own social network. It's already gone offline to protect the identities of its members.

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Twitter makes it easier for you to tell the cops about abuse

Twitter is continuing to follow through on its promise to deal more robustly with harassment on the service, on Tuesday rolling out a new tool that makes it easier to report abusive tweets to cops.

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Soon, you’ll be able to pay your friends to Like you using Facebook Messenger

Facebook is introducing a new way to interact with friends: with money! Soon you will be able to send and receive cash from your friends in Facebook Messenger by linking your debit card to your account.

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Stream music straight from Twitter with Rhapsody’s audio cards

Now you can share and listen to millions of songs while you tweet. Rhapsody announced a partnership with Twitter to bring its large catalog to the service, though it's only available for mobile devices at present.

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Ikea predicts chaos, says no to massive hide-and-seek game with 32,000 players

Ikea's decision to allow a game of hide-and-seek at one of its stores last year may have seemed like a clever customer-relations move at the time, but now it looks like the whole thing has gotten a bit out of control.

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Facebook’s new rules ban bare buttocks, breasts, and bias

Facebook published an updated version of its Community Guidelines, providing more detail about the content it allows its members to post. It includes new information on the site's stance concerning nudity, bullying, shaming, and violence.

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Meerkat boss upbeat despite Twitter clampdown

Livestreaming app Meerkat may have been knocked sideways by Twitter's move to limit integration, but boss Ben Rubin seems pretty upbeat about the situation, and apparently feels no bitterness toward the social media company.

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