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45m users go Direct on Instagram

We haven't heard much about Instagram's private messaging feature since its launch in December, but new figures suggest as many as 1 in 4 of us are using the feature to share pictures more privately.

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No secret experiment here: ‘99 Days of Freedom’ asks users to quit Facebook, see how they feel

An initiative dubbed “99 Days of Freedom” is calling Facebook users to quit the social network for 99 days to see how life without Facebook affects their happiness. It's a response to the social network's controversial mood experiment.

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BBM: BlackBerry keeps Windows Phone users hanging on, launches beta test

BlackBerry's plan to launch BBM for Windows Phone by June clearly fell by the wayside. Now it says it's releasing a beta version, though those easily frustrated by buggy software are asked to wait "just a bit longer" for the full product.

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Bizarre sexting case in Virginia may have you reconsider sending naked photos

A 17-year-old boy in Manassas City, Virginia, has been charged with "manufacturing and distributing child pornography," after "sexting" his 15-year-old girlfriend. The police now, however, wants to create its own weird kiddie porn in order to put the boy in…

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Doggy BnB is like Tinder, LinkedIn, and AirBnB – but for pets

Doggy BnB helps pet owners find others nearby who can watch, feed, walk, or board their pets while the owner is away on vacation. The app also helps pet owners connect their pets with others in the neighborhood.

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10 totally innocent things you can’t do on Facebook

Facebook has removed an image showing a toddler's bottom, and warned the poster she'd be banned if it was posted again. It's not the first time Facebook has over-reacted, so here's ten more examples to prove it.

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The FDA wants drug companies to tweet about side effects

According to new social media guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S., any promotion of a drug on Twitter must be accompanied by information about its side effects.

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Turn your Instagram photos into View-Master reels with Reelagram

Remember View-Master, the stereoscopic image viewer? Now you can have your Instagram photos turned into View-Master reels, thanks to Reelagram. The service also lets you create gifts for other Instagrammers.

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Twitter World Cup analysis shows silencing effect of penalty shootouts

Twitter is a hive of vibrant activity, constantly buzzing with conversation, opinions, discussion, witticisms, and insults – except when a World Cup penalty shootout takes place. That's when things go very quiet indeed....

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Facebook Messenger is finally optimized for iPad

Facebook finally created an iPad app for Messenger. The social network will now push users of its main iPad app directly to the chat app when they tap on the Messenger icon.

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Facebook to be investigated by UK regulator over its controversial psychology study

The UK regulator responsible for enforcing the country's data protection laws has taken a keen interest in Facebook's psychology experiment, revealing on Tuesday that it's decided to launch an investigation into the controversial study.

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Words not needed: New ‘emojli’ social network only allows emojis

Believing social media apps to be annoyingly overloaded with spam, trolls, memes and hashtags, two Brit developers have decided to offer "something simpler" – an app where communication is by emojis only.

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Twitter acquires startup TapCommerce to enhance ad strategy

Twitter announced Monday it'd acquired mobile-ad company TapCommerce. The New York-based startup sells ads designed to encourage users to reengage with apps they've already downloaded onto their mobile device.

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Google will shut down Orkut social network at the end of September

Looking to shift more attention to the Google+ social network, Google will be officially shutting down the Orkut social network as of September 30, 2014 and will not be allowing anyone to create an Orkut account as of July 2014. Created approximately 10 years…

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Soccer World Cup continues to smash tweeting, streaming records

World Cup fever is sweeping the Internet: USA v Germany and Brazil v Chile are the latest games to set new records for online viewing and real-time tweeting as millions of supporters tune in.

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