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WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook, but you can opt out

Now that WhatsApp has surpassed a billion users, it's time to monetize the service. The company is now sharing some user data with its parent company, Facebook, and it has a plan to bring businesses into its popular messaging app.
Mobile

Report: Apple developing iPhone-based social video app to take on Snapchat

Apple may be planning to take on Snapchat with a video messaging feature of its own, Bloomberg reports. It's also developing "social features" it plans to debut as part of an iOS update next year.
Social Media

Snapchat on target to snap up 217 million users by the end of 2017

Forget the clones, Snapchat's growth simply cannot be contained. The visual messaging app's popularity is set to reach new heights in the U.S. and abroad by the end of 2017, according to a new report.
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U.K. pols: Social networks are intentionally failing to tackle Islamic State

A committee of U.K. members of Parliament has released a report that accuses Twitter, Facebook, and Google of "consciously" failing to tackle Islamic State activity on their respective platforms.
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YouTube to launch the social networking features you’ve always wanted

YouTube will soon let you interact with creators like never before thanks to the rollout of a new social timeline for channels. The social networking features in the pipeline include text posts, polls, photo, and video sharing.
Mobile

Facebook testing Messenger feature that could signal the end of friend requests

Facebook is planning to transform Messenger into your smartphone's default messaging. A new test feature will bypass the need to send a friend request on the social network before you can start chatting with someone.
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Twitter’s new direct messaging button will let you chat with any site on the web

Twitter has introduced a new direct message button to its publishing features that allows users to chat with businesses and brands from any site on the web. You can expect to see the new plugin popping up all over the internet.
Mobile

Ex-Facebook Live manager launches live-streaming app with a focus on the personal

Alively is the new live-streaming app that wants to take the stress out of social live-streaming by allowing you to share your broadcasts with select friends and family instead of uploading them to social media.
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Facebook has given you a political label — find out where (it thinks) you stand

Facebook is acutely aware of your political views, whether you've expressed them on your profile or not. The social network is using this info to serve you ads as part of its recently launched ad personalization tool.
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Pinterest nabs Instapaper to recommend you more of the articles you’ll love

Pinterest has acquired the tech and the talent behind the read-it-later platform Instapaper, which is best known for its iOS and Android apps. The move sees the social bookmarking platform continue its buying spree.
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Tech giants oppose social media screening proposal for travelers

Internet giants including Facebook, Twitter, and Google have come out in opposition to a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that seeks to obtain the social media info of foreign travelers.
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No stopping Instagram: App joins the billion-downloads club on Google Play

Instagram has become just the 19th app to hit a billion downloads on the Google Play Store. The milestone marks Facebook's fourth entry on the exclusive list, further cementing its dominance in the mobile app market.