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A Valentine’s Day gift from Hinge: Book tells stories of digital dating gone right

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with stories of other people's dates? IRL is a new book published by dating app Hinge to remind folks that romance might still exist, even if you can't find it by swiping on your phone.
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J.K. Rowling-Piers Morgan Twitter spat prompts one bookstore to take action

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and former CNN anchor Piers Morgan got into a fight on Twitter recently. Lots of their followers were quick to get involved, though one British bookshop's response certainly stood out.
Social Media

Twitter kills off latest safety update after wave of negative feedback

Twitter is reversing a safety update aimed at combatting harassment on its site after it was criticized by users of the social platform. Twitter quickly admitted that the change was a "misstep" on its part.
Social Media

Facebook scores Mexican soccer league live-streams courtesy of Univision deal

Sports live-streams on Facebook just received a huge boost thanks to the site's latest deal with Univision to stream soccer games from Mexico's Liga MX, the most-watched soccer property in the United States.
Mobile

Ping Pong is the new video messaging app from startup Musical.ly

Musical.ly, the social platform for creating and sharing short videos beloved by teens, is releasing a new video messaging app called Ping Pong. The startup is hoping its 100 million users make the jump to its latest offering.
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Facebook meets with record labels in bid to steal YouTube’s music video crown

Facebook is meeting with record labels and chasing song licensing deals to position itself as the premier site for music videos. There is just one (giant) obstacle that stands in its way: YouTube.
Mobile

New dating app won’t let you text your matches unless you call them first

Here to invade the nightmares of introverts and commitment-phobes is Hotline, a new dating app that requires users to share a five-minute phone call with a match before sharing anything else.
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Cheap date: Tinder will reward your emoji-only story with Valentine’s Day cash

Tinder has started a contest to reward people with funds for Valentine's Day dates to whomever gives the best date proposals using nothing but emojis. Tinder will spend a total of $10,000 to reward up to $500 to each winning…
Photography

Break out the birthday candles, Flickr just became a teenager

The image-sharing platform Flick is now 13 years old, though the company's vivid history isn't without a few growing pains. FLickr is asking users to share their 13 favorite photos with #Flickr13 to celebrate.
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Get Google Analytics, Salesforce, and Mixpanel information directly through Slack with Statsbot

Thanks to a new bot, you can also analyze data in your favorite chatroom. Given that Slack is found most commonly in agile, data driven startups where efficiency is king, Statsbot serves as a neat little solution.
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Episode app has a story of its own to tell about the future of dating

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems like just about everyone is looking for a fairy tale, or is excited to tell their own. And here to help is Episode, a storytelling network and platform featuring interactive stories.
Mobile

Starbucks partners with WeChat in China to expand its presence through mobile gifting

With this new collaboration between Starbucks and the popular messaging app WeChat, Chinese users will be able to gift a cup of joe via text. Because nothing says "I love you" like caffeine, right?