Kate Knibbs

Kate Knibbs

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kate Knibbs is a writer from Chicago. She is very happy that her borderline-unhealthy Internet habits are rewarded with a job. You can find her at @kateknibbs on Twitter. E-mail her tips, rants, comments, and pictures of your talented animal friends at kateknibbsfreelance@gmail.com

Twitter wants to be the place where you’ll discover the next Justin Bieber (Updated)

Step aside, YouTube. Twitter announced a partnership with Lyor Cohen's music company, 300, to develop software and analysis tools that could help discover the next Justin Bieber.

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For its 10th birthday, Facebook gave itself the gift of soaring stocks

Facebook has plenty to celebrate as it turns 10: the company's stock is spiking, thanks to an earnings call that revealed a successful mobile ad plan.

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Instagram hoax: Oprah is not giving scholarships just because you follow her

A hoax is gaining steam on Instagram: An account set up to look like Oprah's OWN network is gaining followers by promising fake scholarships. Thousands are getting fooled.

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Racist anti-Obama Facebook rant gets New York cop punished and suspended

A police officer in suburban New York was suspended for posting a racist diatribe against the President of the United States on Facebook. Town's mayor says "these statements undermine confidence in law enforcement."

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Twitter found a way to make money every time you refresh your feed

Twitter is attempting to make more money from page refreshes by coming up with ways to encourage users to refresh their Timelines. It's reported that Twitter users opened and refreshed the service 158 billion times last year, which equals a significant payout.

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Facebook users will have a chance to be on ‘American Idol’ without judges’ scrutiny

Facebook has teamed up with reality show "American Idol" to show the profile pictures of people who vote through social media on the program. The long-running reality show is also partnering with Google on a new fan-voting option.

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Twitter refocuses on Instagram, adds photo-tagging to Android app

Twitter released an update for its Android app that gives users new photo-editing tools. This update is meant to help the platform compete with Instagram...but it's not a big-enough change.

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Facebook rumored to be hiring editors to curate stories for its upcoming ‘Paper’ project

Facebook is said to be hiring editors for its upcoming mobile news app, Paper, sources say. Will these curators make Facebook a true news destination that resembles Digg and Flipboard?

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Prince understands the Internet like it’s 1999, sues Facebook users for $22 million

Prince filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Google Blogger users. If the eccentric singer wins, 22 individuals will each have to pay $1 million each to the Purple One.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks CNN’s Twitter and Facebook accounts

The Syrian Electronic Army has turned its attention away from Microsoft and has targeted CNN for its representation of the conflict in Syria. The SEA hacked CNN's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Professional photographers reach out to citizen journalists on social media

Photojournalists are helping citizen journalists navigate the confusing world of photo licensing, even though technology like smartphones and social media sites have pitted them as rivals.

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Twitter adds new analytics tool to help power users get more clicks to their links

Twitter debuts Analytics for Twitter cards, a new analytics service for the micro-blogging site's power users. Particularly helpful to accounts with huge followings, this tool will help brands see which tweets work.

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Facebook pays $33k to security researcher for finding, reporting huge bug in social network

Facebook handed out its biggest bug bounty yet, giving a Brazilian computer programmer $33,500 for finding a potentially devastating bug. But he vows to keep searching and rid the social network of more bugs, he tells Digital Trends.

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Snapchat unveils new anti-hacking tactic that it hopes will close security loophole [UPDATED]

Snapchat has a new anti-hacker tactic to prevent abuses. That's certainly a good sign for the app, which is prone to security mishaps. A less-good sign: The hacker who helped them develop the tool has publicly denounced the company.

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Facebook, Twitter, Google just say no to marijuana ads

Even though marijuana is now legal in Washington and Colorado, major Web companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter are not letting weed-related businesses advertise online.

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