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Sharing photos with everyone at an event just got much easier, thanks to the Slide app

Want everyone in the room to see the picture you just took? Slide lets you share images with strangers via Bluetooth. There are no contacts in the app. You can just push photos to anyone you want who is within 200 feet of you.

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More Instagram ads on the way after company flips switch on new API

Instagram flipped the switch on its new Ads API this week, making it much easier for businesses to advertise on the service. As a user, you'll likely notice a gradual increase in the number of ads, though Instagram will be careful to keep users on side.

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Twitter’s News tab lets you know what’s going on in the world today

Twitter's experimental News tab, which is live in Japan, aggregates top headlines from around the social network in a single list. It's one of the company's many ongoing attempts to curate Twitter's firehose of hashtags and tweets.

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Periscope’s new Couchmode feature lets you explore random streams fast

Periscope's new Couchmode for desktop lets you easily hit random streams to see whatever folks around the world are doing on the app. You don't need to sign up or sign in, so it's a great way to see what Periscope's all about if you're not in the know.

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Rich kids flaunt wealth on Instagram and Snapchat, will make your blood boil

Rich kids are taking to social media to rub their parents' wealth in everyone's faces. The "Rich Kids of Instagram" and "Rich Kids of Snapchat" accounts display in-your-face wealth.

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Facebook uses Lollapalooza to test a new live-streaming feature

If you can't get to Lollapalooza this weekend, Facebook has you covered: The world's biggest social network is testing a new Snapchat-style feature for streaming posts from live events.

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Chris Pratt calls for fan-created Facebook cover photos, hilarity ensues

Chris Pratt has launched a fan contest that will save him the trouble of having to create his next Facebook cover photo. Instead, he'll just have to wade through thousands of fan entries.

Facebook’s Aquila is a solar-powered drone that beams Internet down to earth

Facebook's testing autonomous, solar-powered aircraft capable of beaming Internet down to earth from the stratosphere. They haven't yet entered the testing phase, but Facebook expects them to deliver downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps.

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This guy quit his high-paying job to Periscope full-time

In June, Jon Jacques gained the courage to quit his high-paying job so he could Periscope full-time. Now, he's turned his hobby into a career and is helping those in need with donations he receives.

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Zuck says VR is Facebook’s next big thing as company reports healthy Q2 figures

Before Facebook gets into telepathy, Mark Zuckerberg says trends suggest virtual reality will soon become a major part of his social networking service. The CEO was speaking following the release of Q2 figures that beat expectations.

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Want to argue about politics and religion? Take it to this new social network

If you shy away from discussing big topics like politics, religion, and social news on the big-name social networks, but are still keen to make your voice heard, you'll want Roust. The new, invite-only social network positively encourages it.

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German privacy group pushes Facebook to allow the use of pseudonyms

Facebook insists on its users presenting their real name. A German privacy group takes issue with the policy and believes it to be a violation of privacy. Hamburg Data Protection Authority intends get users the right to use pseudonyms.

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Twitter’s U.S. user growth stalls as revenue jumps

Data published Tuesday for Twitter's Q2 showed sluggish global user growth, while in the U.S it didn't increase at all on the previous quarter. Better news came in relation to revenue, which jumped 61 percent on a year earlier to reach $502.4 million.

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Getting too many notifications of Periscope broadcasts? New ‘mute’ feature limits the noise

If you're an avid Periscope viewer but feel a little put upon when notifications from an over-enthusiastic user pop up on your phone a little too often, the live-streaming app's latest feature helps quieten things down.

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Google+ cuts its ties with YouTube, but don’t delete your account yet

Google announced that it will separate Google+ from YouTube, so users can upload videos and comment without the need for a Google+ account. However, if you have a YouTube channel, it would be a huge mistake to delete your Google+ account right now.

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