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Museums say no to selfie sticks in bid to protect exhibits (and humans)

An increasing number of museums across the U.S. are banning selfie sticks in an effort to protect exhibits from reckless handlers of the smartphone-wielding device.
Social Media

ScreenPop uses Android lock screen as huge canvas for photo messages

ScreenPop is a new photo messaging app for Android that uses the lock screen as a place to share content. Photos can be tagged with emojis, captions, and doodles – giving users a unique way to send images to one another.
Mobile

Teen charged with murder after Snapchat selfie with victim surfaces

A teenager was charged with murder after he sent a Snapchat selfie of himself next to the dead victim to a friend. The disappearing Snapchat was preserved in a screenshot and shown to the police.
Social Media

Twitter reports slow user growth but points finger at iOS 8

Twitter reported its smallest user growth ever on Thursday. Q4 saw its user base increase by just 4 million to 288 million, though the company said issues with iOS 8 were partly to blame.
Social Media

Twitter and Google reportedly strike deal to make tweets more discoverable in search

In what looks to be a similar deal to one that ended between the two companies in 2011, Twitter and Google have reportedly reached a new agreement to make tweets more discoverable in search.
Social Media

Twitter CEO takes ‘full responsibility’ for site’s troll problem

Internal memos reportedly written by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reveal he's "ashamed" of how poorly the company is dealing with the issue of abuse on the service. The boss says he takes "full responsibility" for the situation and that it has…
Social Media

Twitter brings its ads to Flipboard and Yahoo in bid to boost revenue

Twitter has done a deal with Flipboard and Yahoo! Japan to start showing promoted tweets on the sites. The move brings Twitter ads to millions of non-users of the social media service, and looks set to boost the company's bottom line.
Movies & TV

How smartphones, Oreos, and hashtags have changed Super Bowl ads forever

Oreo proved back in 2013 that social media can win the Super Bowl for advertisers, but as other brands like Nationwide demonstrated during last night's game, sometimes when you try to bottle lightning, you get zapped.
Social Media

How human testers are revealing our Facebook News Feed habits

The world's largest social network uses a small team of testers to get detailed feedback on the News Feed — and their responses are revealing more about how we make use of social media.
Social Media

NFL, brands look to social media to manage Super Bowl buzz

With Super Bowl attendees turning to Facebook and Twitter to chat about the big game, social media is top of mind for the National Football League as well as brands looking to capitalize on Super Bowl moments.
Mobile

Facebook went down for an hour and people actually called 911 to report it

Facebook suffered an outage earlier this week allegedly due to an internal glitch. For some reason, this led to people actually calling 911, wondering when the outage would end.
Social Media

Tumblr revamps writing tools in ‘big’ update

Tumblr on Wednesday rolled out a significant update aimed at offering a more refined user experience and more posting options for its millions of bloggers.