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Publishers readying the next barrage of Instant Articles, coming to Facebook soon

Last month saw the official launch of Facebook's Instant Articles, but after the launch they were few and far between. Publishers are readying the second wave of Instant Articles, which should be much bigger, and is coming soon.

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Amazon’s new Instant Preview feature shares the perfect quote and a preview of the Kindle ebook

Users of the Amazon Kindle app for Android will notice a bevy of new sharing options have been added. Amazon's new feature called Instant Previews will allow those you share with to read a portion of the book for free without needing to sign up.

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Taylor Swift tweets ensure 1989 will be available on Apple Music

Less than a week after Apple said it would pay royalties to musicians during Apple Music's free trial, Swift said she would allow the service to stream her album, 1989, which features popular hits Shake it Off, Blank Space and Bad Blood.

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You can now use Messenger without a Facebook account

Facebook's highly successful Messenger app is taking another leap forward by unshackling itself from the bounds of a Facebook profile. Users can now sign up for the the messaging app without a social media account.

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Facebook A.I. is better than ever at generating images and recognizing faces

Facebook has released a number of studies this year highlighting their advances in artificial intelligence and its many applications. Among them are the ability auto-generate small images, and advancements in facial recognition.

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Instagram’s updated Explore feature takes on Twitter with focus on real-time events

Instagram has overhauled the Explore feature of its app by helping users to more easily surface content relating to real-time events. The app's search algorithms have also been updated, enabling Instagrammers to more effectively locate relevant content.

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Forget Tinder: Use this new app to break up with your significant other

Ever wish you could break up with your girlfriend by sending her a voicemail of a Scottish man singing: “Your boyfriend doesn’t love you anymore ..."? Lucky for you: Binder, which is available for iOS and Android, will let you do just that.

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This app helps you find out who’s free to hang in your neighborhood

A new app called Free helps you find out if your friends are free to hang out and coordinate activities together. That way, you're never left with nothing to do on a Friday night. Free is iOS only.

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Swarm finally brings back Mayorships, gives us a reason to check-in at Starbucks

Here's some good news: One of the original, and most fondly remembered social gaming features is back. Swarm, has reintroduced Foursquare's Mayorship titles, but with a few cool alterations to make them even more fun.

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Snapchat boss wants his messaging app to make money without being ‘creepy’

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said Monday that video ads on the app are more about context than targeting, a fact he hopes makes the service less "creepy" in the minds of its 100 million active users.

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What the prez?: 15 most revealing quotes from President Obama’s chat with Marc Maron

President Barack Obama appeared on WTF with Marc Maron for an hour conversation on his love of self-deprecating humor, gun laws, parenting, and more.

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Do you really want complete digital privacy?

Recent comments from Tim Cooks sparked controversy about digital privacy. Everyone seems to agree that more is better, but no one seems willing to pay for it.

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Myspace founder Tom Anderson’s two-year-old selfie is just now getting attention

Tom Anderson posted a selfie captioned "I am behind on processing photos! In other news, I think Japanese sushi is good for my skin :-)." In a classic case of delayed virality, the now 2-year-old selfie is just now getting Internet traction.

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Twitter tries to improve its shopping experience with full-fledged product pages

In an effort to expand its shopping experience, Twitter announced Collections, which introduce product pages on the social media site for the first time. The new feature will roll out today for Twitter's website and mobile app.

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European regulators block Facebook’s Moments app due to privacy concerns

Facebook isn't offering its new "Moments" app in Europe due to facial recognition concerns. European regulators want an opt-in option, but Facebook has no timeline to implement such a feature.

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