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How Facebook, Twitter, and Bing are giving researchers the perfect guinea pig (you)

Who needs Gallup polls? Social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter are opening the floodgates of data for social scientists, potentially ushering in a new age of understanding how we relate to one another.

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iLuv’s smartphone case with built-in remote shutter designed for the selfie obsessed

The iLuv Selfy is a smartphone case with a built-in wireless remote for shutter operation of your phone's camera, helping you take self-portraits easily. The Selfy "ecosystem" also includes accessories such as a mini tripod and hardware mounts.

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You can now use Twitter to add things to your #AmazonCart

Amazon has just rolled out a new feature called #AmazonCart, which lets users add items to their cart by including a hashtag in a tweet. So far, the capability is only available in the US and the UK.

Vine website gets major update, includes search and discovery features

Short-video service Vine has rolled out a brand new look for its website, offering desktop visitors a much richer experience. It's now possible to browse categories and search for videos, and you no longer need an account to access the site.

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Snapchat adds mobile messaging and video chat

Snapchat has introduced Chat, which lets you message your friends and video chat with them. Much like with Snaps, any conversation you have with your friend is deleted when you exit the conversation.

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Twitter boss hints at ‘whisper mode’ to enhance DM feature

Twitter boss Dick Costolo said the microblogging service could introduce a so-called "whisper mode" allowing users to move more easily between public and private conversations as the company looks at ways to improve its DM feature.

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Facebook rolls out a Anonymous Login button, and customized permissions for apps

In an effort to help developers bridge a trusted relationship with consumers, Facebook has introduced new ways to login, which include Anonymous Login. With it, you can now try out apps without having to share your Facebook data.

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Twitter hits 255 million users but slow growth worrying investors

Twitter's revenue is up, but so are its net losses. And although it picked up 14 million new users in Q1, taking its user base to 255 million, slow growth and a drop in timeline views knocked investor confidence Tuesday.

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Wondering about your selfie’s popularity potential? Here’s an algorithm to predict that

A researcher from MIT has discovered the properties of the most and least popular images on the Internet, thanks to an algorithm that's based on image analysis and social cues.

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Best Facebook Apps

Behold the best Facebook apps (applications) ever: We sort through the quizzes and virtual pet apps to bring you Facebook’s top games, utilities, productivity tools and more.

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Facebook Messenger update brings new interface, video sharing, and more

Facebook has revamped its Messenger app with a new interface, video sharing, and a quicker way to send media files to other users. The update's available now for iOS users and should arrive later in the week for the Android platform.

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Woman spends $15,000 on plastic surgery to look better in selfies

Looking for a way to improve her look in photos taken with her iPhone, a Los Angeles woman decided to invest thousands of dollars in plastic surgery in order to improve every selfie posted to Instagram.

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Pinterest launches Guided Search to send you on a journey of discovery

Pinterest is trying to take search in a new direction with the launch of a new feature for mobile. Guided Search is a visual-based offering designed to make looking for stuff more fun, with the chance that you might end up somewhere you didn't expect.

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Vic Gundotra, head of Google+, abruptly leaves company

Google senior vice president and head of Google+ Vic Gundotra announced the end of his eight-year tenure at Google. Gundotra did not reveal what project he has moved on to, however.

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Instagram enhances ‘Explore’ tab, includes content you may actually care about

Instagram's "Explore" tab now includes photos with more depth and meaning. Instead of random popular photos that bear no relevance to users, the tab now displays "liked" photos from the people you follow.

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