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Twitter starts experimenting with autoplay videos in timelines

It's been on the cards for a while, after all, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine have long included them. We're talking about autoplay videos, which Twitter has just started testing on its service.

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Instagram’s new Layout app lets you create multi-photo collages with ease

After last year's Hyperlapse, Instagram introduced its second standalone app, called Layout. Designed for creating multi-photo collages, Layout doesn't require Instagram to work – although its square photos encourages it.


The origins of newbie, noob, and n00b

We've all been newbies at one time or another, but have you ever been called a noob or a n00b? We take a look at where the term originated and discuss the difference in meaning when it's spelled differently.


Upworthy unleashed clickbait on the Internet, but now it wants to take it back

Upworthy cofounder Peter Koechley apologized for his site's usage of sensationalized, clickbait headlines. Moving forward, Koechley said his site will now focus on content that draw a wide array of emotions from readers.


Listen up! Now you can livestream Internet radio shows on your blog using TuneIn

Online radio service TuneIn has just launched a new feature that lets broadcasters, website owners, and bloggers embed a live radio player into their sites, a move that'll likely take the service beyond its already massive user base.


Vine tweaks its iOS app for faster videos, and adds an offline viewing mode

Vine this week rolled out a few enhancements for iOS users of its video-loop app. Besides a speed bump to make the app start up faster, users can also watch Vines offline, making it good to use any time, anywhere.

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For hosts with their hands full, PartySnapper app uses guests as event photographers

PartySnapper is an iOS app that aggregates photos taken by guests. Snap a photo with the app, and it's automatically shared with the host's iPhone or iPad.


Islamic State starts its own social network after being banned on Facebook and Twitter

The Islamic State have been kicked off Facebook and Twitter, so supporters have decided to start their own social network. It's already gone offline to protect the identities of its members.


Twitter makes it easier for you to tell the cops about abuse

Twitter is continuing to follow through on its promise to deal more robustly with harassment on the service, on Tuesday rolling out a new tool that makes it easier to report abusive tweets to cops.

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Soon, you’ll be able to pay your friends to Like you using Facebook Messenger

Facebook is introducing a new way to interact with friends: with money! Soon you will be able to send and receive cash from your friends in Facebook Messenger by linking your debit card to your account.


Stream music straight from Twitter with Rhapsody’s audio cards

Now you can share and listen to millions of songs while you tweet. Rhapsody announced a partnership with Twitter to bring its large catalog to the service, though it's only available for mobile devices at present.


Ikea predicts chaos, says no to massive hide-and-seek game with 32,000 players

Ikea's decision to allow a game of hide-and-seek at one of its stores last year may have seemed like a clever customer-relations move at the time, but now it looks like the whole thing has gotten a bit out of control.


Facebook’s new rules ban bare buttocks, breasts, and bias

Facebook published an updated version of its Community Guidelines, providing more detail about the content it allows its members to post. It includes new information on the site's stance concerning nudity, bullying, shaming, and violence.


Meerkat boss upbeat despite Twitter clampdown

Livestreaming app Meerkat may have been knocked sideways by Twitter's move to limit integration, but boss Ben Rubin seems pretty upbeat about the situation, and apparently feels no bitterness toward the social media company.

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