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Teen petitions to have self-portrait with cat and lasers as yearbook pic

An Upstate New York teenager is petitioning his high school to allow him to use a portrait of him and his cat – with lasers in the backdrop – in the yearbook. The school is leaning toward no.

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Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and other sites join ‘Internet Slowdown’ protest

Dozens of high-profile Internet companies joined the "Internet Slowdown" protest, which will be held on September 10. The protest aims to show how the creation of Internet fast and slow lanes would affect service.

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DiGiorno is the latest company to make a social media blunder

Thankfully caught quickly and handled responsibly after it was posted, pizza maker DiGiorno got into some hot water after posting a tweet that didn't take the serious meaning of a hashtag into account.

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We love you, Internet! These are the 10 funniest jokes about Apple’s Watch

The Oatmeal, The Onion, and others made us laugh when we saw their reactions to Apple's Watch announcement. We think you will too. Learn more here.

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Twitter now testing a ‘buy’ button that lets you purchase stuff in a few taps

Twitter is hoping its new 'buy' button, which it started testing this week on a limited scale, will be a hit with users and businesses alike. The button will appear in some tweets, allowing users to buy products in just a few taps.

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Woman driving while using Facebook crashes, kills 89-year-old lady

Yet another case of distracted driving and social media obsession, a 20-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide after crashing into another vehicle while she was allegedly browsing photos on Facebook.

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Adam Levine tweets from an iPhone after promoting Milk Music for Samsung

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 tweeted from an iPhone after promoting Milk Music for Samsung at Galaxy note 4 event in New York City. He joins the ranks of Samsung celebrity endorsers who've used iPhones instead.

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Celebrate 2014′s Sunday football kickoff with Madden NFL 15′s GIFerator

EA Sports launches the Madden GIFerator website, which uses Madden 15 to turn big NFL plays into GIFs. Fans can also use the website to create GIFs of their own.

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Zuckerberg wants WhatsApp to be the “global messaging platform”

You know what's cooler than a billion users? 3 billion users. That's the new target that Mark Zuckerberg has set for the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which currently has 600m active users.

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Kuddle is an Instagram for kids, while Looksee brings photographers together

Two new photo sharing apps: Kuddle is an Instagram-like app for kids that educates about netiquette, while Looksee aims to connect photographers through anonymous sharing.

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Snapping selfies made easier, thanks to the Q-PIC smartphone remote

The Q-PIC is a smartphone remote control for Android and iOS devices that makes snapping selfies easier. It doesn't require any app installation, and you can wear it around your neck or wrist.

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How to successfully crowdfund your project on kickstarter

When it comes to crowd-funding campaigns, few would argue there is such a thing as too much money. Check out our guide detailing how to run a successful Kickstarter project, so you can blow past that funding goal with time and change to spare.

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‘Umbrella Here’ light invites strangers to share your umbrella, saving them from a soaking

If you like meeting new people and live in a place where it rains a lot, then the Umbrella Here light could be the gadget for you. The idea is that you stick it on top of your umbrella during a downpour, signaling to others that you're willing to share.

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Emojli: ‘Silly’ messaging app that only uses emojis officially launches

A messaging app where you can communicate using only emojis has officially launched. Emojli, which hit 70,000 sign-up requests soon after the app was announced, is the work of two Brit friends, who both agree it's a "silly idea."

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Our Story event streams go live for all Snapchat users

Snapchat's new Our Story feature — curated streams of Snaps from specific festivals and events — has just gone live for all users across the network, so check the app to see it in action.

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Twitter’s latest revamp aims to help new users

Do you fail to see the point of Twitter? The social network platform has made substantial changes to the way new users are welcomed to the service in an attempt to make it more accessible.

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Dad films daughter exercising her facial muscles, in attempt to capture perfect selfie

A young teenager probably thought nobody would see her making funny faces, trying to snap the perfect selfie. Boy, was she wrong, as her father secretly recorded the whole thing with his smartphone.

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Analytics for all: Twitter’s just opened its stats dashboard to all users

If you're keen or simply curious to learn how your tweets perform after they land on your followers' timelines, you'll be pleased to know the social media site has just opened up its analytics tool to one and all.

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Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Facebook leads police to wanted man

Yet another story of social media leading to the arrest of a wanted criminal, the popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" craze got a parole violator into hot water when a tipster provided the location of the filming to police.

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Facebook is taking steps to scrub the feed of ‘click-bait’ articles

Definitely ideal if you are a heavy Facebook user, the social network will attempt to reduce the volume of click-bait content in the feed by measuring the length of time people spend actually reading the article.

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Mario’s voice actor joined Instagram and his videos are delightful

Charles Martinet, the actor who provides the voices of Mario, Luigi, and Wario for Nintendo, has started an Instagram account to which he regularly posts delightful videos.

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WhatsApp hits 600 million active users

WhatsApp continues to be the main player in the mobile messaging space, on Monday announcing it now has 600 million active users. The startup launched in 2009 before being acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $19 billion.

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Twitter likely to introduce ‘buy’ button later this year after partnering with Stripe

Twitter is reportedly partnering with online payments service Stripe for its push into e-commerce. The social media site could introduce a 'buy' button before year-end, enabling users to purchase items from businesses without leaving the service.

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The 10 most hilariously awful Kickstarter projects of all time

Kickstarter backers may have flocked to the Coolest Cooler and Neil Young's Pono Player, but other projects weren't quite as successful. Check out our picks for the 10 worst Kickstarter campaigns, whether talking video games or Red Bull-fueled road trips.

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60,000 people join class-action privacy lawsuit against Facebook in Austria

An Austrian court ordered Facebook to respond to a class action lawsuit that accuses the social network of breaking EU privacy laws. The lawsuit now has the support of 60,000 people.

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Vine update allowing users to import video clips marks big change for service

The look and feel of Vine could be about to change after the short-video service on Wednesday announced iOS users can now import videos from other apps, with new editing tools also added. The update is coming to Android later.

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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 to download photos from Instagram

Unfortunately, Instagram is only as good as the network connection your using it on. Check out our guide on how to download Instagram photos for offline viewing, whether you want to download your entire collection or a few choice photos from other users..

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Twitter officially adding tweets to your timeline from people you don’t follow

Twitter is taking more control of your timeline, making official its recent move to include tweets from people you don't follow, as well as favorited posts from people you do.

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Snapchat looking to monetize, reportedly in talks with advertisers and news sites

Snapchat looks to be on the way to monetizing its service, with a report Tuesday claiming the startup is currently in talks with advertisers and media firms with a view to introducing ads, videos and news.

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