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Twitter update brings photos to users’ feeds

Twitter update brings photos to users’ feeds

If you've been browsing around Twitter this evening and something seemed different, you're right -- an update has rolled out that brings photos in all their glory to users' feeds. Now when scrolling, most images will show up in a large preview window, showing a large portion of what the image is and leaving the user to decide whether its worth clicking on for the entire thing.

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Google+ Auto Awesome Movie: works in manual mode as well

Google+ Auto Awesome Movie: works in manual mode as well

This week the folks at Google have introduced a total of 18 new features to the Google+ social network, including a new "Auto Awesome" feature for movies. This feature takes the same feature that'd been introduced for Google+ photos and applies it - in a unique movie way - to movies uploaded to Google+. This system works in an automatic way, but can also be edited or used completely manually to create video online.

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Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

In December of last year, information surfaced claiming that Facebook would be rolling out video advertisements by this past summer, and later on in July, sources stepped forward claiming the social network could be rolling out TV-style ads by the end of this year. According to the latest batch of sources, however, this has changed, and Facebook has postponed the advertisements until next year.

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Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook has removed a graphically violent video that had been circulating around the social network, reviewing its policies on sharing in the process so as to reduce the amount of controversial content that is posted without any warning or consideration of audience. The company prompted raised eyebrows when it surprisingly permitted the sharing of a video showing a graphic decapitation earlier this week, with complaints both from regular users, police forces, and politicians.

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Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook resumes allowing beheadings as double-standards row reignites

Facebook has confirmed that it will resume allowing depictions of graphic violence, such as photos and videos of beheadings, to be posted on Timelines and Pages. It outright banned decapitation media from the site in May of this year when the Family Online Safety Institute made a formal complaint to the social networking giant, which lets children aged 13 years and older use the service. Facebook's rationale for this reversal is that it allows people "to condemn" violence. Meanwhile, women's breasts are still banned.

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Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

Facebook wrapping up removal of feature that blocked searches by name

In 2012, Facebook announced that users who never took advantage of the "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" feature would lose access to that search setting option, which had been around for a while and was swapped out with different options. Those who were using the setting could continue to do so, however, something that will change soon as the social network finalizes the removal for everyone.

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