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Vine rolls out support for looping 720p HD video

Vine rolls out support for looping 720p HD video

Vine’s looping videos are a mix of hilarious and silly. The service, like most social entities, is a healthy blend of all kinds of interesting stuff. With visual media, we tend to gravitate toward the more accurate representation of what is going on, and that’s typically HD. Starting today, Vine will become available in 720p for your ‘prosumer’ shots. Ahead of the update, Vine videos had a maximum definition of 420p, which is like standard TV. Viewing in 720p is available for all; full HD uploads, not so much.

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Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook’s 10 year plan: AI, VR, and the flying web

Facebook may be best known for providing a route for former schoolfriends to annoy you with their baby photos, but the social site is also looking to bring the next generation of internet users online and give developers the tools to lure them. A combination of virtual reality, vast data centers, newly open-sourced coding tools, and innovative and less expensive web-delivery systems like drones were all on the agenda for Facebook’s second day F8 2015 keynote, along with how to teach an artificial intelligence about Lord of the Rings.

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Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook may be a major source of eyeballs for online news, but the social site is reportedly hoping to not only direct readers to stories but host those articles too, as it tries to keep surfers on its site and happy. Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are said to be in negotiations with a number of high-profile publishers, including BuzzFeed and National Geographic, to host content on Facebook's own servers rather than direct shared links externally. The strategy would help cut loading times, which are said to be a key concern at Facebook as it tries to ensure its users stick around, particularly on mobile devices.

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Twitter quietly introduces abusive language filter

Twitter quietly introduces abusive language filter

Twitter has been busy trying to stem the flood of abusive users and trolls, the latter of which it has been given a lot of grief over in recent times. Among its different efforts is a new one the social network has rolled out without much fanfare: a filtering tool that allows verified users in particular to filter out tweets containing abusive language. Verified users have been reporting seeing it roll out, and it appears that it is only available for the iOS mobile app at this time, though it'll likely be appearing elsewhere in the future.

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Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

Facebook Messenger adds money sending feature

If you're a Facebook user, there's a good chance you access the social network primarily through your mobile device -- and that you're likely friends with your real-life friends, making Facebook Messenger a convenient way to call or message someone. Facebook wants to extend the usefulness of its Messenger service, however, and it'll be doing so by adding a money-sending feature. Such functionality won't be arriving for every user today, but when it does arrive it'll be a simplistic way to send someone cash.

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Here’s what Facebook will (and won’t) allow in your posts

Here’s what Facebook will (and won’t) allow in your posts

You might have heard news that Facebook is changing up their rules a bit, releasing an update to their ‘Community Standards’ guidelines. Those rules are in place to safeguard the Facebook community at-large against content that is widely regarded as offensive or distasteful. But you’re not one of those people, right? We hope not, but some algorithm might not be able to pick up on your humor or purpose. Rather than leave things to chance, let’s clarify what can and can’t be posted to Facebook.

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Facebook updates community standards to clarify what’s not allowed

Facebook updates community standards to clarify what’s not allowed

Anyone who has a Facebook account and more than a few friends has undoubtedly seen content posted to the social network that they probably don't care to see. Facebook has recently updated its community standards in an attempt to highlight what sort of content is allowed on the network and the sort of content that isn’t.

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Facebook to close FriendFeed in April

Facebook to close FriendFeed in April

A flash from the past is being shut down, Facebook has announced. It's the now-dated social network FriendFeed, and the number of people still using it are dropping quickly, leaving little incentive for Facebook -- which bought it more than a handful of years ago -- to keep it around. Those still using the service will have a few more weeks to get any of their data off of it and say their final farewell, with the closure being scheduled to take place on April 9.

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Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

In a recent chat with Forbes, Google’s Sundar Pichai turned a few heads by noting Google+ would be considered as parts — not the sum of those parts. Rather than a social network, Plus would be a stream. And Photos. And Communications. Adding a bit of fuel to the fire was the subsequent dismissal/resignation of Dave Besbris as the head of Google+. Besbris took over for Vic Gundotra, who spearheaded Plus from inception. With a new boss in Bradley Horowitz, the circumstance around Plus might sound confusing. That’s because they kind of are.

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New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

Google really has some trouble putting Google+ in its proper place, or at least helping the public understand what it's all about. The much maligned social network, if you still could call it that, has weathered problem after problem but now it seems that the status quo isn't going to last anymore. Brad Horowitz, who will be standing at the helm of Google+, has just confirmed speculation that the service will soon be split up into a more photo-centric product called Photos and the traditional social feed called Streams.

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Facebook adds custom gender field to profiles

Facebook adds custom gender field to profiles

Facebook is joining the growing number of websites that have increased the options available when choosing one's gender on a profile. Today the social network has added the ultimate gender addition, one that seems most sensible to have -- a blank text field in which users can enter their own desired gender designation. This offers flexibility to those who don't identify with any of the pre-defined options available for selection, which includes everything from standard "Male/Female" options to things like "two-spirit".

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Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Facebook suicide prevention tool update inbound

Cries for help come in many forms, and in our digital age, many of them take place online. Facebook, being one of the biggest social networks out there, is peppered with depressed, suicidal, and otherwise troubling statuses making one's personal anguish known to a larger audience. The social network has previously had a tool that aimed to help those who might be suicidal, and now the network is updating it to be more robust. With the update, those who may be suicidal are temporarily locked out of their account.

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