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BlackPeopleMeet PR agency IAC “parts ways with” Sacco for racist tweet

BlackPeopleMeet PR agency IAC “parts ways with” Sacco for racist tweet

A PR agency that handles CollegeHumor, OkCupid, the Daily Beast, Vimeo and other high-profile web properties has "parted ways with" a corporate communications officer over a tweet deemed offensive by the company and some of the grassroots public. The tweet came from one Justine Sacco's personal account, not a company account. It informed her followers that she was about to fly to Africa, commented on the AIDS epidemic on that continent -- and implied that she thought her being white inoculated her against the deadly disease.

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Facebook “Dislike” thumbs-down finally here, but only in Messenger

Facebook “Dislike” thumbs-down finally here, but only in Messenger

Facebook has at last answered your cries for a "Dislike" button, sort of. You will not be able to thumbs-down statuses and other types of posts in news feeds and timelines, but you will be able to send a thumbs-down in private messages via the mobile app. And you will be able to send a whole lot more types of thumbs to express a range of sentiments.

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Twitter may soon allow you to edit tweets: anonymous employees

Twitter may soon allow you to edit tweets: anonymous employees

Twitter is working on an edit feature. Meaning you could soon be able to edit your tweets -- with some caveats. You won't be able to write a tweet, publish it, wait a few hours, and then replace the content of the tweet with entirely different and unrelated content. Twitter is still working out the details of what you can and can't do in edit mode, but the feature is on the horizon.

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Twitter “Promoted” account tweets to appear in mobile timelines

Twitter “Promoted” account tweets to appear in mobile timelines

Twitter is rolling out a new advertising option for mobile devices. Advertisers will now be able to send a tweet into mobile Twitter app users' timelines with a "Promoted" tag and follow button appearing below the tweet. The option has been in beta testing mode for some time now, and today the company is extending it to all advertisers.

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Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook is rolling out a new feature whereby users can donate to any nonprofit on Facebook through the nonprofit's page or by clicking a button on posts pushed by that page. This should theoretically make it easier to donate to nonprofits without them having to constantly ask for money. Facebook's 1 billion users are, to say the least, a deep well of support, not all of which has yet been tapped.

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Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter “Nearby” would show local tweets on a map

Twitter has been field-testing a new native app feature that shows a map of tweets occurring near the user in real time. The feature appears as a separate column in the app and shows tweets from other users regardless of the follow relationship between the users. It's called "Nearby", and it could be Twitter's next granular advertising targeting gambit.

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Facebook news feed videos now autoplay with iOS app update

Facebook news feed videos now autoplay with iOS app update

Facebook will now autoplay videos when you scroll past them in your iOS Facebook app. The change was added with today's version 6.8 rollout for the app. There is no way to opt out of this change but you can adjust some of the playback features for autoplay to minimize the distraction, if peace is what you seek.

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Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook's "Like" button could be getting another overhaul. The company nixed the ubiquitous thumbs-up symbol, starting with a rollout at that began a month ago. Now it could be getting a more emotionally complex character in the guise of a "sympathy" button.

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Two million social media account credentials stolen and published

Two million social media account credentials stolen and published

The credentials for two million compromised accounts for social media sites and other websites have been posted online. They include credentials for Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, a payroll service, and many others. The security breaches are believed to have been made possible through malware installed on user computers, not weaknesses in the websites themselves.

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Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google has filed a patent that would alert you to important updates from friends on multiple social networks and give you the option to send them a canned response. "I got my dream job!" could be replied to with a canned "Congratulations!" with a click, for example. The patent, which was filed last week, could put Google further in the social media game, which so far it hasn't managed to dominate by any stretch.

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Instagram saw busiest day ever on Thanksgiving

Instagram saw busiest day ever on Thanksgiving

Instagram has indicated that this year's Thanksgiving Day was its busiest day ever. More photos and videos were shared on its network on that day than on any other day in its history. However, the company did not release exact figures, possibly indicating its growth may not be as marked as in previous years.

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Google Plus iOS app updates design, adds hi-res media backups and mapping

Google Plus iOS app updates design, adds hi-res media backups and mapping

Google has issued three key updates to its Google+ app for iOS. Two of the updates apply to all iOS versions for which the app is supported (6.0 and later.) The third update applies only to iOS 7. All of the updates went live this morning.

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