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Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook stickers hit web chat

Facebook has added stickers support to its web chat, carrying the jumbo emoticons over from the mobile apps to the desktop interface. The popular images - which some IM users love, while others find them infuriating - have been featured in Facebook's mobile chat service for some time, but have quietly been added to conversations in the desktop browser.

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Twitter reportedly prepping location-based advertisements

Twitter reportedly prepping location-based advertisements

Advertisements are an art form - they must be presented with a carefully tailored equilibrium, brought before relevant audiences while being interesting enough to catch attention but not obnoxious enough to warrant being hidden. Location-based advertisements bring relevancy to their presence, attempting to present a product or service someone may need or want during a moment when they're in a position to get it. According to sources who spoke with the folks at Ad Age, Twitter is developing this geographically-focused type of advertisement option for its advertisers.

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Major brands pull Facebook advertisements over hateful content

Major brands pull Facebook advertisements over hateful content

Facebook has once again come under fire for its content policy, which many organizations, companies, and users say is too lax in light of hate speech and violent content. Earlier this month, the social network finally banned videos of decapitations, but has still allowed large quantities of controversial content - many of it gender-based, according to some organizations - to persist. For this reason, more than a dozen big-name companies have pulled their advertisements from the social network.

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Being a Better Tweeter

Being a Better Tweeter

I have been using Twitter continually for about three years now. I'm not sure of the exact date, or my first tweet, because Twitter still hasn't given me the option to download my entire archive yet, though every time I check, the "Deactivate my account" option stares back at me from the bottom of the Settings page, where the archive option is supposed to appear someday. It taunts me, that deactivation option, because like all good things, Twitter occasionally makes me sick. There are days when I love it, and days when I can't stand it. There are days when I can't stand myself as a tweeter. To paraphrase a misogynist saying, show me a beautiful social network and I'll show you a guy who's tired of checking his @replies.

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Google+ for Android 4.0 update adds smart photo tweaking and more

Google+ for Android 4.0 update adds smart photo tweaking and more

Google+ stepped up as the hub of Google's "context ecosystem" at I/O last week, with 41 new features now being joined by an updated Android app to take advantage of them. Google+ for Android 4.0 arguably makes its biggest advances in how photos are handled, tapping into the new auto-highlight and auto-enhance functionality which can automatically edit photos as well as pick out which are the most interesting from your uploads.

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Google+ gets revamped with over 41 new features

Google+ gets revamped with over 41 new features

Today the folks from Google have been going quite fast here at IO with the news. From Android, Chrome, and more, but now we're focusing on an area they've been giving a lot of attention lately. Google+. Google's social network is about to get a major overhaul, which users will start seeing later today. They've confirmed over 41 new features are coming, as well as a brand new news stream.

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Facebook used Pixar illustrator and psychologist to develop Finch emoticons

Facebook used Pixar illustrator and psychologist to develop Finch emoticons

Facebook engineer Arturo Bejar talked to the folks over at Popular Science, discussing how the new emoticons available for Messenger were created. In early 2012, the engineer crossed paths with a UC Berkeley professor of psychology who specializes in emotions, Dacher Keltner, who soon partnered with Facebook to offer his expertice. Soon after Pixar illustrator Matt Jones was on board as well.

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Twitter bumps API v1 retirement date

Twitter bumps API v1 retirement date

Twitter has sprung a minor announcement on us this night, stating that it is bumping the retirement date of its API v1 from May 7 to June 11. The decision to do this was simple: it provides more time for blackout testing. Says Twitter, it'll send out a tweet when it has the next blackout test time, but for now developers with any questions or concerns is being encouraged to speak them over the microblogging network's developers forum.

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Facebook changes lax policy, bans decapitation videos

Facebook changes lax policy, bans decapitation videos

Facebook has been criticized over the years for banning things people feel shouldn't be banned, such as perfectly innocent pictures that resemble, at first glance, something obscene. While the social network may seem trigger-happy when it comes to banning certain content, they have been surprisingly lax when it comes to graphic videos of decapitation. That has finally changed, with the company saying it will pull the content.

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