Social Media

FTC and Machinima reach settlement: it’s actually about ethics in game journalism

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with YouTube network Machinima over allegations that the company contracted popular YouTubers to create paid advertisements under the guise of unbiased, independently produced video…
Movies & TV

Kanye West and Miley Cyrus’ breast help MTV’s 2015 VMAs set Twitter TV record

MTV's 2015 VMAs may not have had as many viewers as last year's show, but the event more than made up for it in tweets. The awards show was the most tweeted about non-sports event since Nielsen began tracking in October 2011.

Stories you missed this week: Wiz Khalifa ‘hoverboard’ arrest, the next Hummer

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That's why we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week — just for you. We've got news of Apple's iPhone 6S September 9 event and more.
Social Media

17-year-old gets eleven years in jail for tweeting pro-ISIS content

17-year-old Virginia resident Ali Shukri Amin was sentenced to 11 years in jail today for running a Twitter page that solicited support for the terrorist group ISIS. The sentencing raises the issue of what types of online activity should be…

Vine gives users ability to add music directly from phones, adds music discovery features

New music functionality on Vine gives users the ability to add music directly from their phones. Users can add a song from the app's new music library, or upload a track themselves, and then 'snap to beat' to create "seamless loops."
Social Media

‘1 in 7 people on Earth’ used Facebook on Monday, Zuckerberg proclaims 1:39

A billion people used Facebook on a single day this week, a massive number whatever way you look at it. In a post announcing Monday's extraordinary stat, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made clear he isn't stopping there, though we…

No more cropping: Instagram now lets you post landscapes and portraits

Wish you didn't have to crop a photo for Instagram? The photo-sharing social network now lets you post photos in landscape or portrait orientations, in addition to the square. It also applies to videos.

New Flipagram camera feature lets you create real-time videos to favorite tunes

Flipagram's new Music Video Camera lets you create short clips to popular music, in real-time. The feature allows users to easily record themselves lip-syncing to favorite tunes – a popular trend on social media, Flipagram says.

Are selfies leading to a lice epidemic among teens?

The National Pediculosis Association told the Huffington Post that while lice can be found across the nation, there's no evidence to suggest that it's disproportionately affecting teenagers who really like their front-facing cameras.
Social Media

Police arrest wanted man that posted his location on Facebook

Probably someone that shouldn't be allowed to carry a smartphone anymore, a man wanted for harassment via text messages posted his location on Facebook and led the local authorities right to him.

Facebook launches M, a virtual assistant with a human element

Google Now, Siri, and Cortana better watch their backs because there is a new sheriff in town. Facebook's M aims to be the best virtual assistant by combining artificial intelligence and actual human beings.
Movies & TV

The Walking Dead, Scandal can claim the most loyal fans on Twitter, says Nielsen study

When it comes to tweeting about their favorite show, fans of The Walking Dead and Scandal are the most loyal, according to a new Nielsen Social Study. Viewers of the two shows were more likely to tweet about three or more episodes during…