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Twitter can haz Lolcat speak?

Twitter is giving the Internet its Valentine's Day present early this year by introducing a Lolcatz language option. The for-fun new feature lets you turn your Twitter accounts settings into a place of wonder, merriment, and indecipherable, adorable speak.

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Irish privacy regulators confirm Facebook wiped facial recognition data in Europe

After regulators in Ireland and Germany took Facebook to court over its face recognition technology, the social network has backtracked and pulled the feature as well as promised to get rid of the data. The Irish and German DPC have independently confirmed…

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The 5 scene stealers from Stanford accelerator StartX’s Demo Day

The Stanford-based StartX accelerator introduced us to a handful of startups during its Demo Day event on Thursday. While many startups showed their stuff, we've picked out the five ideas that really wowed us.

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Facebook’s Connect outage begs the question, is the Internet too connected?

Facebook Connect took out all if not most Facebook integrated Websites and the issue sheds light on the inherent dangers of today's connected Internet. Did we put all out eggs in one basket too soon, or are we OK to depend on the social network's…

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Vine steals some of Instagram’s spotlight at New York Fashion Week

Instagram was once the darling of Fashion Week, but the new GIF-like Vine is falling in with the stylish event. Is the Twitter-owned app simply profiting from the platform's promotion, or is it riding the same wave of event-related success Instagram once did?

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Rabbit group video chat launches for Mac in closed beta, challenges Google Hangouts

Rabbit, a new group video chat service that launched for Mac OS X in closed beta yesterday, lets an unlimited number of friends join the conversation and share streaming media while video chatting.

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Spotify predicts Grammy winners using song and album streaming data

With the Grammy approaching on February 10, Spotify has taken up the challenge of predicting this year's Grammy winners using its trove of streaming data. Will popularity prevail?

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Search Graph who? Twitter now displaying tweets older than one week in search results

Starting today Twitter's search results will display tweets older than one week, and rounds out the features needed for a full-fledged search engine. As the microblogging platform continues to iterate, it's clear that social search is just within its reach.

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Google introduces bandwidth slider and audio-only option for Hangouts

Thanks to two new features that make Google's Hangouts video chat service a lot more user-friendly, you'll soon be able to use Hangouts in places around the globe with low or unreliable connectivity.

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Tumblr’s new notification feed: Is Tumblr trying to one-up Facebook?

Tumblr is now testing a new live notification feed in user's dashboards. While it seems pretty simple at first glance, is there something more to it than meets the eye?

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Thanks to the App Store, Vine is now an R rated social network

Apple punishes Vine for porn slip-ups by slapping a 17+ user rating on the fledgling social network. Is the new R rating fair, especially given the debauchery some other youth-targeting apps that don't sport the restriction?

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Video-sharing service Telly introduces My Telly to pull your eyeballs away from YouTube

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube all want your eyeballs locked to their ecosystems when it comes to video. But Telly wants to be the one place you'll need for finding video you and your friends are sure to enjoy.

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The cream of the 500 Startups Demo Day crop

The fifth 500 Startups accelerator batch took to the stage during yesterday's Demo Day – and there were a handful of standouts among the various new, hopeful businesses. Here are the best startups of 500 Startups fifth Demo Day.

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The Facebook Deactivation Agreement: Dad to pay daughter $200 to quit site for 5 months

A Massachusetts father has agreed to pay his daughter $200 if she stays off Facebook for at least five months. A contract drawn up by the pair shows that Paul Baier will take full control of his daughter's account, while the cash will be paid in two…

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Twitter tweaks its mobile offerings, emphasizing Search and Discovery

Twitter today announced that they're updating their mobile client and apps for iOS and Android to improve search and discovery. This way, you won't have to leave Twitter to find the things you love

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