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Hands on: Foursquare’s Windows 8 app ditches gamification for local discovery

The launch of Foursquare's Windows 8 app may not be that exciting to current Foursquare users, but it's a win for Microsoft as more social media companies begin to start developing for the operating system.
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Is Ask.fm the Internet’s Neverland, or just a haven for adolescent bullies?

A teenage recently committed suicide and speculation over the bullying she received on Ask.fm is running rampant. Is the question and answer site at fault, or does the rest of the world just need to start tuning in to the rest of teen Web…
Computing

Google+ Hangouts going HD and plugin-free for video chat

Two years after its initial release, Google+ Hangouts is getting HD video support, as well future support for a plugin-free video chatting experience, thanks to a planned switch to the WebRTC standard.
Social Media

Facebook keeps gift-giving digital, pulls out physical goods from online store

If you want to get a friend a present via Facebook's Gifts, you will have to get the digital kind since physical goods are no longer on the table. Looks like Facebook's attempt at IRL presents was not a hit.
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A new Facebook virus has already infected 800,000 users – here’s what you need to know

Malware disguised as a video is a major security threat for Facebook users. The virus has already hit more than 800,000 users' accounts, and it's spreading fast.
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If you want to really quit Facebook, you’ll have to resort to self-electrocution

Quitting Facebook is often an exercise in futility, but there might be a way to literally shock the habit out of you. Are we really that hopeless?
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The company you’re keeping on Facebook could affect your credit score

Need a loan? You may want to take a quick look at your Facebook account. If any of your contacts are delinquent debt payers, your application may be doomed.
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Thanks for ruining the best new GIF gallery with porn, pervs

.GIF Hell is a new tool that shows you all the trending animated GIFs - fun right? Too much fun apparently, because unfortunately all the porn GIFs mean it's on temporary hiatus.
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The U.S. government pried into 16,000 Facebook accounts … this year alone

Facebook has released its first ever transparency report, dubbed the Global Government Requests Report, which shows that governments have issued more than 25,000 requests for user data so far this year.
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Facebook may owe you $15, thanks to $20 million ‘Sponsored Stories’ lawsuit settlement

A U.S. federal judge in California has granted final approval of Facebook's $20 million settlement of a lawsuit over its "Sponsored Story" advertisements. Qualified users who filed the necessary paperwork will each receive $15 from the…
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One photographer’s mission to friend request her Facebook contacts in real life

Are you actually friends with all hundred-some of your Facebook connections? This woman wants to be, and is documenting her journey to turning Internet acquaintances into people she actually knows.
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Straighten up: Instagram using phone’s sensors to help end tilting troubles

Instagram's straightening tool for iOS does what it says on the tin, giving users a chance to correct any unwanted tilt in their image before selecting that all-important filter and posting it. The company's Alex Restrepo explains about how…