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Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Selfies, food photos, gratuitous humble-brags... Instagram has them all, and it also has, as of today, 500 million members active every month. The new user milestone comes on the heels of the photo sharing service's big brand revamp which left many members spitting over the pared-back icon and more minimalistic app, but that controversy doesn't appear to have had a negative impact on how many actually use it.

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Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook is rolling its suicide and self-harm prevention tools out to users around the world, the company announced on Tuesday, doing so in collaboration with local partners. This follows a controversial update Facebook had rolled out to its suicide prevention tools last year; in that instance, users flagged as suicidal would be temporarily locked out of their Facebook account, being unable to access it until they viewed helpful materials designed to prevent suicides.

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Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

If there's nothing so lovely to you as the sound of your own voice, rejoice: today, Twitter has turned on the ability to retweet your own tweets. The functionality was promised as part of Twitter's big update back in May, when it also announced changes to how @-names were counted to the 140 character limit.

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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook’s previously announced 360-degree photos support has gone live. Starting today, users can upload 360-degree panoramas to their Facebook account for their friends to see on desktop or mobile. When browsing Facebook, you’ll know if you’ve come across a 360-degree photo due to a small compass icon that’ll be placed on its right side. That aside, uploading 360-degree photos isn't any harder than uploading an ordinary photo.

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32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

32M Twitter login credentials reportedly leaked by hacker

LeakedSource has published a searchable database that has the credentials of millions of user accounts from different social networks on the web. The latest addition to the leaked database of user credentials is claimed to be a massive leak of Twitter user data.

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Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video is great, but not if you want to give the world a 24/7 look at your hamster, backyard, or whatever you’ve got around that’s at least mildly interesting. That changes with Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video support launch, adding a non-stop broadcasting option to the social network’s live video platform. There is a downside, though — you won’t be able to save the videos for viewing later on.

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Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

If you're keen on watching a Facebook Live Video but don't have any in particular in mind, you can check out Facebook's interactive live video map to see who is streaming. The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.

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Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may not be willing to extend its notorious 140 character limit, but the social network is reportedly going to allow you make better use of those characters. While CEO Jack Dorsey is adamant that the limit should not be lifted - "it's a good constraint for us," he said, earlier this year - reports now suggest that Twitter plans to change how embedded photos and links count to that number.

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70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

In this age of technology, looking for love often means using some sort of online dating service. After all, what could be easier than filling out a profile, adding some pictures, and sending out a few messages? Well, it might be easy for you to fill out all of that information, but it turns out it's just as easy for someone to post all of that information for all the world to see.

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Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Instagram has a colorful new icon and not everyone’s happy

Prepare your finger for "where's Instagram gone?" confusion, as the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing network dramatically changes its app icon and overall style. The refresh, revealed today, sees Instagram switch to a far cleaner, more colorful aesthetic, ditching the detailed - but aging - camera graphic of old, in favor of a pared-back version.

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Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope is making videos permanent by default

Periscope may have launched #save to allow live-stream videos to live on for more than 24 hours, but soon each broadcast will be saved by default. In a complete flip from the ephemeral video concept Periscope launched with, in a few weeks time the company will switch over to making permanent footage the status-quo.

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