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Miitomo, the other Nintendo-related mobile app, gets first update in weeks

Miitomo, the other Nintendo-related mobile app, gets first update in weeks

Remember Miitomo? That kinda-sorta mobile game from Nintendo that already had its brief moment in the spotlight before fading from popularity even before the behemoth of Pokemon Go was released? Well, if you still happen to have it installed on your phone, there's an update for iOS and Android available that introduces a new mini-game for earning clothing items. Assuming you still want to play, that is.

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Tumblr rolling out ads on blogs, users to get cut of revenue

Tumblr rolling out ads on blogs, users to get cut of revenue

With little warning, Tumblr has announced that advertisements are coming to all user blogs — starting today. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, seeing as how Yahoo has struggled to turn a profit from its $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr back in 2013, and it comes just after the announcement that Verizon will purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion.

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Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, it seems like just about every social media service is adding a stickers feature to their photo-sharing capabilities, regardless if it's something users are asking for or not. Apple's revamped Messages app in iOS 10 is getting stickers (along with a bunch of other annoying visual effects), and now Twitter is jumping on bandwagon.

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Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

Netflix debuts ‘Flixtapes’: shareable mixtapes for streaming video

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you likely remember mixtapes. If you didn't, a mixtape is like the physical form of a playlist; a collection of songs from different artists, usually grouped by a theme or mood, recorded on a single audio tape that could be shared between friends and romantic interests. Well, Netflix has just updated that ancient practice with a new feature called "Flixtapes" — a shareable playlist of movies and TV shows for, well, Netflix.

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Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut unveils chatbots for Messenger and Twitter

Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more. The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they’ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall. This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.

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Look at the crazy lengths Facebook goes to in testing its mobile app

Look at the crazy lengths Facebook goes to in testing its mobile app

Social media giant Facebook has one of the most popular mobile apps in the world, and today it's showing just what it takes to comprehensively test the changes it makes to that app. Constant testing is something Facebook needs to take seriously, as it frequently rolls out new updates for its mobile app. Should those updates break something - even if the problem is present on just a few of the many phones available today - the app's popularity could have pretty dire consequences for a sizable portion of its users.

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Twitter bumps up GIF size limit to 15MB

Twitter bumps up GIF size limit to 15MB

If you fancy yourself something of a GIF connoisseur, then you may be pleased to hear this: Twitter has upped its GIF size limit to 15MB. Before today, Twitter users were limited to using GIFs that maxed out at 5MB in size, so this is a pretty significant upgrade for those who have decided to forgo the whole typing thing and have instead chosen GIFs as their main form of communication on the social media platform.

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Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Assuming you haven't already had enough of this election cycle (we're guessing you have), Twitter is ready to dish out another heaping helping of politics. The social media site announced today that it has partnered with CBS to bring users live streams of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Presumably, it'll be sort of like Twitter's live stream of Wimbledon, only with less athleticism and more facepalms.

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Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Is Twitter evolving into the next Craigslist? Probably not, but one European user relied on the social network to buy a car — and not from a private owner, but an actual Nissan dealership. The car maker has revealed that it's become one of the first companies to sell an automobile on Twitter, with Raul Escolano purchasing a Nissan X-Trail from a dealership in Spain.

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Twitter kicks off sports coverage with Wimbledon live stream

Twitter kicks off sports coverage with Wimbledon live stream

It isn't exactly a secret that Twitter wants to break into the world of sports streaming, and today we're getting an early look at its vision for sports coverage with live interaction between Twitter users. The social media giant is live streaming Wimbledon today, complete with its own dedicated video player and a live feed of Tweets discussing the match to go along with it.

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Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat has revealed a new archive feature for its immensely popular app today, introducing us to Memories. Sort of like Stories but more permanent, Memories aims to allow users to recall Snaps that are more than a day old and either watch them on their own or put them together into a new story that's shareable with friends. Snapchat positions this as a good way to look at back at trips or put together a little something for a big life event, like a birthday or an anniversary.

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Facebook finally favors your friends over brands

Facebook finally favors your friends over brands

If you've been finding yourself perturbed by the number of sponsored posts that have been popping up in your Facebook News Feed, take heart: today the company announced changes to its News Feed algorithm that should result in seeing less from brands and more from your friends. Unsurprisingly, Facebook left most mention of brands or their ads out of their announcement, instead opting to discuss its list of "News Feed Values."

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