Social Media
Social Media

That spike in Instagram followers you had is due to a bug, not newfound popularity

Recently, a bug on Instagram caused some users' accounts to see a marked increase in their follower counts. Instagram is working on fixing it, so enjoy your popularity while you still can.
Computing

Facebook’s head of security wants an ‘end-of-life’ date for Flash

Following the discovery of more zero days in Adobe Flash from the recent Hacking Team breach, Facebook's chief security officer has called on Adobe to end Flash once and for all.
Social Media

Now you’ll never know when your ex-friend deleted you: Facebook shut the app down

Every day, Facebook members are blindly “unfriended.” While Facebook doesn’t provide a feature to notify its users every time they are removed from someone’s friend’s list, Facebook just shut down a new app called Who Deleted Me…
Social Media

Twitter pulls flashing Vine ads following claims they could cause seizures

Twitter bowed to pressure from a U.K. epilepsy charity recently after it was accused of posting "massively dangerous" ads that had the potential to cause seizures. The flashing, looping Vine ads were removed by the social media company…
Social Media

Justin Bieber’s gratuitous photo shows Instagram’s ‘no nudity’ policy is broken

How much bare skin can one show before it violates Instagram's strict "no nudity" policy? Justin Bieber was able to get away with a full backside photo, so why didn't the social network enforce its rules?
Web

SRI International wants machines to deal with cyberbullying so you don’t have to

SRI International, which first came to prominence for developing Siri, is now working on computer algorithms that can identify cyberbullying as it happens, and put a much quicker end to it
Mobile

Bangalore’s police force wants people to use Periscope to record crimes

Bangalore's police force wants to embrace Periscope by initially live-broadcasting its press conferences. Ultimately, however, it wants citizens to use the app to record crimes, with one goal to seemingly cut down response times.
Social Media

Twitter’s integration with Madbits flags NSFW content to keep you from getting fired

Twitter's acquisition of artificial intelligence company Madbits is recognizing and flagging pornography to make your Twitter feed safer for work, and the implications for artificial intelligence are boudnless.
Social Media

WhatsApp for Web now lets you do a whole lot more

WhatsApp has shown some love to the Web version of its messaging software, rolling out a bunch of new features in an unannounced update that comes six months after it launched the desktop client.
Social Media

Snapchat’s #WestBankLive story feature shows the real power of social media

July 9's Live Story feature on Twitter covered the West Bank, offering the world a rare glimpse into part of the world that is too often wracked with violence and covered only by camera crews of media outlets with their own stories to tell.
Mobile

Facebook loosens grip – allows users to customize news feeds … within reason 0:44

New controls allow Facebook users to customize the composition of their news feeds. Set to debut on iOS first, they signal a reversal for the social network, which has historically favored behavioral algorithms to recommend…
Movies & TV

Whipclip lets you share TV and music video clips legally and easily

Whipclip lets TV watchers share segments of their favorite shows with friends. The app has secured licensing from networks like Comedy Central, ABC, CBS, Fox, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music.