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If Narcissus had been on Facebook – Study examines personality as revealed by Facebook updates

If you wanted to know a bit more about your Facebook friends, a recent study done by Brunel University shows that what you post on Facebook could define who you are.

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Facebook Messenger payments go live in NYC, so you can hit your friends up for money

Facebook has announced that its mobile payment system will go live today in New York City. Adding to the existing markets of Austin, Seattle, and Portland. The feature will compete head to head with mobile payment options such as Venmo.

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Snapchat hires former Fox exec to beef up original scripted content

With the hiring of a former Fox executive Marcus Wiley, Snapchat will increase its volume of original content, especially narrative scripted/musical series. The app's users currently watch about 2 billion videos daily.

Facebook is in hot water again with the European Union for its privacy settings

Internet.org is the least of Facebook's concerns, as the social media giant faces the wrath of the European Union, which is currently investigating whether Facebook's seedy privacy settings are in violation of code.

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Facebook users prone to financial risk taking, study says

Financial geniuses be warned -- browsing or posting on Facebook could cause you to make fiscally irresponsible decisions, according to a study done by Eugene Chan at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

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Handpick helps you pick recipes from Instagram and match them to your ingredients

Everyone loves to eat, and hates to waste food. Handpick helps you do both by introducing new functions to their Android and iPhone apps that digs up the recipes missing from those beautiful Instagram food photos.

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Snapchat boss says app has nearly 100m users, considering IPO

Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel has said for the first time that an IPO for the startup is on the cards. The revelation came as the boss announced that the app's user base is pushing close to the 100 million mark.

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Does your grandma print out Facebook photos? She’s not alone

The first thing many people do when they take photos is share them on social media. However, some users go an extra step and print them off of social media and get them processed the old-fashioned way.

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Facebook challenges Yelp and Foursquare with its very own restaurant reviews

Facebook's adding critics' reviews to select restaurant pages. Much like Yelp or FourSquare, Facebook will show you the restaurant's ratings. It's the latest editorial addition to its farm of content -- a play ultimately aimed at retaining eyeballs.

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Android M News: M is for Macadamia, Android Pay, and other improvements

Google seems to have inadvertently confirmed the existence of "Android M," presumably the next major release of the company's mobile operating system.

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Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming alternative to Meerkat, is now on Android

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 and Android.

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International bans coming for Google, Facebook, and Twitter?

Social media gives everyone a voice. However, the Russian government seeks to take away that voice from its own citizens by threatening to ban Google, Facebook and Twitter from operating in the country.

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Twitter reportedly sniffing around Flipboard, acquisition in the offing?

Twitter has acquired dozes of companies in its nine-year history as it endeavors to build out its product and advertising offerings. Reports this week suggest it's been talking to magazine-style news app Flipboard in what could be its next acquisition.

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Instagram launches ‘Highlights’ email in bid to reignite interest among lapsed users

If you once dabbled with Instagram but haven't used it for ages, you might soon be getting a 'Highlights' email from the company showcasing the best of what you've missed.

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Online dating giant AdultFriendFinder hacked, highly personal info nabbed

Online dating giant AdultFriendFinder confirmed Thursday its computer system has been hacked. Reports suggest personal information belonging to millions of users has been taken, including data revealing usernames, email addresses, and sexual orientation.

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What is Periscope? Imagine your own TV channel, broadcast from your phone

Periscope is sweeping the world of social media, but what is it exactly, and why should you want in? Joshua Smith breaks down the hottest live-streaming app out there.

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Mother publicly shames daughter in Facebook video for lying about her age

Denver mother Val Starks made a public display of her techniques in a now viral Facebook video in which she berates her daughter for lying about her age on the social media platform.

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Flickr research finds filtered photos increase viewership and engagement

A new study by Yahoo Labs shows that photographs that have been filtered seem to do better with people in both viewership and engagement. However, users have different motivations for why they use filters.

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Delta enlists Keyboard Cat, Double Rainbow Dude, Dramatic Chipmunk for new safety video

For its latest in-flight safety video, Delta Air Lines has called on some of the best Internet memes to make a cameo. While entertaining, Delta says the intention is to capture passengers' attention during an important moment.

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Facebook Messenger video calling is now available in nearly every country

After first launching in 18 countries last month, Facebook Messenger video calling is now available to users worldwide through the Facebook iOS and Android apps, as well as the Messenger website.

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This Instagram account shows how good it is to date a rucksack. Yes, really

Genevieve Blau is dating a pink JanSport rucksack and posting about it on Instagram. The pair appear to be having a lot of fun in their far from conventional relationship, but there is more to it than just that.

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Microsoft looks set to launch chat-like email app called Flow

It looks as if Microsoft is on the verge of launching a communications app called Flow, that makes messages appear in a chat-app format although in reality it operates via email.

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70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while on the road

According to a new AT&T study, a shocking 70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while operating vehicles, and it isn't just to send messages of the text and email variety either.

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Obama and Clinton joke on Twitter about Hillary

President Obama has his own Twitter handle now, and he's already getting in on the fun of the platform by talking with former president Bill Clinton about who gets the @POTUS handle after Obama's second term ends.

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Facebook’s Messenger is looking to get its game on

Facebook has confirmed it is speaking with developers that might be interested in making games for Messenger, but hasn't dropped any hints at how a game for the social network's messaging platform might work.

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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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Tweets fly back into Google search results after four years of exile

Google announced a partnership with Twitter that'll see real-time tweets added to search results. The move represents a reversal of the search giant's previous stance, which saw tweets removed in 2011.

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Airbnb raffles off a stay in an adorable floating houseboat on the River Thames

Airbnb, the California based company that helps connect travelers with local houses to rent while on vacation, is floating a house down the River Thames. The house is part of a new publicity stunt to celebrate a win in the London courts

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Instagram developing smarter search for finding relevant photos

Instagram realizes that its users have no way of effectively searching for specific pictures. Therefore, the site is looking at incorporating an intelligent search that lets users find relevant pictures.

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Got too many pics to handle? This app turns your messy gallery into shareable stories

RealNetworks launched Realtimes, a new app that finds the best photos and videos you’ve taken on your smartphone and instantly turns them into stories that you can easily share with anyone.

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