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
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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.

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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Facebook adjusts Newsfeed to make updates from Pages better, prefers links over plain text

Facebook adjusted the way it promotes Pages in the Newsfeed, choosing to privilege posts that include link-sharing instead of posts that just have text. But big-name Pages users, including Justin Bieber's team, have already figured that…
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Instagram is growing faster than Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest combined

A global survey indicates that Instagram continues to grow faster than competitors. It also underscores Facebook's continued dominance – even if teens are leaving, Mark Zuckerberg's company is still killing it.

Magazine reader Issuu joins the Android Army, offers 15 million publications

Issuu is known for its high-quality presentation of magazines and newspapers. But only now is the platform going native on mobile. Issuu is making its Android debut.
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Email is 40 times more effective for marketers than Facebook and Twitter, survey says

If you want to tell everyone how you're feeling or share a link, social networks are the way to go. But if you want to acquire customers, email is still a better tool – for now – according to a survey.
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To catch a child predator, Mom pretends to be daughter on Facebook

A Canadian mother posed as her daughter on Facebook to entrap a child predator, which led to the predator's arrest. If she had not paid attention to her child's online activity, her daughter could have put herself in danger.
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Want to pay with a tweet? Twitter nears e-commerce deal, according to report

Twitter is making a deal with e-commerce startup Stripe, according to a report. If accurate, this may be a big step for Twitter into the world of online shopping and digital retail.