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Facebook to end Gifts service as company focuses on Buy button

The signs weren't good for Facebook's 'Gifts' service when, a year after its 2012 launch, it dumped the option to buy physical goods and started offering digital gift cards only. That clearly hasn't worked out either, as the service will shutter August 12.

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Bolt: Instagram takes on Snapchat with new messaging app

Instagram on Tuesday launched Bolt, a standalone Snapchat-like messaging app for iOS and Android. However, there's one catch – for now, you have to be in either New Zealand, South Africa, or Singapore to use it.

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Facebook to cut messaging from main mobile app in bid to push Messenger

Facebook will this week kill off messaging in its main mobile app, meaning members who want to continue chatting with friends within Facebook will have to switch to its standalone Messenger app.

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Startup pleads with Instagram not to use ‘Bolt’ name for rumored app

Instagram is rumored to be just days away from launching a new app called Bolt. Trouble is, there's already one out there with the same name. The startup behind communications app Bolt on Monday asked Instagram to rebrand its expected offering.

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No photo is one-size-fits-all in social media, but these charts tell you what works

Ever wonder what photo sizes are appropriate for the various social networking sites? Here are two useful resources that list all the recommended photo sizes for the most popular social media sites.

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Man posts police will ‘never catch’ him on Facebook, arrested next day

Quite possibly the most entertaining social media trend of the last few years, yet another criminal has been taken into custody after using Facebook to attract the attention of the public and local police.

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Instagram (possibly) teases its new photo messaging app, ‘Bolt’

Could Instagram be on the verge of launching a new Snapchat-like messaging app called Bolt? If a banner ad that appeared briefly on the media-sharing app this week is anything to go by, quite possibly.

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Google may purchase Twitch for $1 billion

Google will purchase streaming video network Twitch for $1 billion, according to a GamesBeat report. Unknown is when the deal will be announced or for exactly how much. Google and Twitch have yet to comment on the report.

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Minnesota family ordered off Southwest flight after dad posts critical tweet

If you're paying for a service, you expect to be treated well. Accounts of bad experiences often end up on Twitter, though Minnesota resident Duff Watson never expected that his tweet criticizing Southwest Airlines would lead to his removal from a plane.

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Weird Al’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard after viral video craze

Weird Al Yankovic's album "Mandatory Fun" became the parody master's first ever to hit number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Weird Al's eight-day music video extravaganza seems to have worked.

Music

How to make a Twitter header image

Making a Twitter background can be a bit confusing to say the least. We've laid out the process in a nutshell so you can ditch the default clouds in favor of something more grand.

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Woman in a stolen dress posts selfie on Facebook, arrested soon after

Definitely an efficient way to attract the attention of the police, yet another criminal thought it would be a brilliant idea to post pictures of herself featuring items stolen from a local store.

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Tango messaging app launches $25 million gaming fund to boost platform

A year after it incorporated games into its cross-platform messaging app, Tango has announced a $25 million fund designed to encourage developers to launch their games on its service.

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Facebook ‘Save’ button reminds you to read it later, like ‘Pocket’

Facebook added a new "Save" button to help users find specific content again later. Users will be able to save links, posts, pages, and more with the feature, but they won't be able to view the saved content offline.

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British police force is the first to arrive on Snapchat

West Midlands Police wants to connect with younger members of the public, and it's using Snapchat to do it — the UK force is the first in the world to open up a Snapchat account to share images.

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