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Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

Social media in the dock: UK revamps offensive comment policy

The UK's head of public prosecutions has issued new guidelines for cases involving social media, a contentious area which has seen users of Twitter, Facebook, and other networks prosecuted for offensive or threatening messages in the past years. The new guidelines, Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC says, aim to cut the threat of "the potential chilling effect" of social media users being afraid of speaking their mind for fear of running the risk of arrest, while still giving law enforcement the power to stop those harassing, stalking, or threatening others, or publishing (or retweeting) grossly offensive or obscene messages.

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Facebook event set for arrival of “new product” next week

Facebook event set for arrival of “new product” next week

As if the announcement and launch of Facebook Home wasn't enough, Facebook has yet another event in the pipeline for next week that looks to unveil "a new product" that supposedly comes from "a big idea." The event is scheduled to take place on June 20 at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

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Twitter’s FollowMe creates highlight reels of your best tweeting moments

Twitter’s FollowMe creates highlight reels of your best tweeting moments

In an effort to help users gain more followers, Twitter has launched a feature called #FollowMe that allows users to create a short highlight reel that shows off their best tweets, photos, and Vine videos. It's sort of like a resume to show other Twitter users that you're worth following because of how hilarious you are, but don't blame #FollowMe if no one likes your highlight reel.

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Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare enjoys giving its users new ways to visualize all of their check-ins over the years, and they've introduced a new feature that makes that happen once again. It's called Time Machine, and while it may just seem like another feature for Foursquare to use in order to recommend other hot spots to go to, Time Machine visualizes all of your check-ins in the coolest way yet.

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Facebook hashtags go live, gives a shout-out to Twitter

Facebook hashtags go live, gives a shout-out to Twitter

Twitter is the pioneer of the hashtag, but since then, many other online services have been adopting the number sign as well, because why not? Twitter's biggest competitor, however, just now added support for hashtags. That's right, Facebook now lets you click on hashtags that your friends have long been posting to their status updates.

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Twitter API v1 retired: what does it mean for you?

Twitter API v1 retired: what does it mean for you?

We've been expecting this day for a while now, but after delaying the retirement of its API v1, Twitter has officially cut the cord and is requiring Twitter clients to use its new API v1.1. Essentially, this is the final breath for a handful of Twitter clients, including TweetDeck, SilverBird, and DestroyTwitter.

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Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook announced today that they have opened up their first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. It's located in a small town at the northern edge of the Baltic Sea, and is just 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It's an odd place for a data center, but Facebook says there are numerous reasons why they picked this location.

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Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

We've seen heat maps from Foursquare before, but we haven't seen anything from Twitter in a while. However, the micro-blogging service showed off a handful of heat maps today that map out all geotagged Tweets that make the maps look like a blue-and-white blotch of paint that spilled onto a canvas.

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Twitter CEO on security: “we haven’t moved quickly enough”

Twitter CEO on security: “we haven’t moved quickly enough”

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo spoke at the D11 conference today and discussed a wide range of topics involving the social media serivce, including Twitter's new two-factor authentication that they just recently started rolling out. Twitter was one of the few big services to play catch-up with the security feature, and Costolo knows it.

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Facebook intros verified pages and profiles, takes a page from Twitter

Facebook intros verified pages and profiles, takes a page from Twitter

In an effort to help users identify legitimate pages and profiles of popular celebrities and businesses. Facebook has rolled out their own verification system that's a lot like Twitter's own offering. Verified Facebook page and profiles will have a small blue checkmark next to their name, indicating that it's the official page or profile of said person or business.

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Twitter two-factor authentication rolling out now

Twitter two-factor authentication rolling out now

As tipped late last month, Twitter has begun rolling out two-factor authentication. This will allow users to require both a password and a verification code that gets sent to them via SMS on their mobile phone. The feature is disabled by default, so you'll need to go into your account settings in order to enable it.

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Twitter granted pull-to-refresh patent for “defensive purposes” only

Twitter granted pull-to-refresh patent for “defensive purposes” only

Twitter announced today that they have been granted a patent for the popular pull-to-refresh gesture that you see in many mobile apps. However, as a part of the company's new Innovator's Patent Agreement, Twitter agrees only to use the patent for "defensive purposes." Otherwise, the company will need Loren Brichter's permission, the man who invented the gesture.

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