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Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

No, this isn't a title for the next thriller film. Twitter is starting to spread a new feature to its users that ensures that you will be up to date on what happening, even when you're not really paying attention. But while "While You Were Away" may feel heaven sent for those who want to stay abreast of whatever happens around them, even when they can't spend the whole day monitoring their timelines, some users have found the concept and its implementation rather confusing.

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Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Leave it to Captain Kirk to stir up trouble. Star Trek actor William Shatner took to Twitter today to complain about — well, Twitter. Their latest advertising move has ruffled some feathers, where the micro-blogging platform is essentially selling your friendship. By putting promoted accounts in your ‘Following’ list, Twitter is taking an interesting trip down a dark path. The first offender is MasterCard, where Shatner noticed they’d popped up in his Following list, though he didn’t follow them at all.

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Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google’s own social network, Google+, has been updated for iOS users. The new-look social app brings in a higher resolution to better support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as some updated (and much needed) sharing options. The sharing is interesting because it adapts a very Android-y feature found in iOS 8, giving you the ability to add Google+ to your sharing options. Google+ users on iOS will also get the ability to vote on polls.

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Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Recording videos from our mobile devices is easy peasy, thanks to developments in camera sensors and photography apps. But no matter our best efforts and best technology, we sometimes still end up with blurry shots, shaky frames, washed out colors, and dark results. If that is usually your case, Google+ is now providing a one-click solution called Auto Enhance that will, as the name says, try to touch up your recorded video to make them look and sound better than ever before.

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The big Instagram losers lost millions

The big Instagram losers lost millions

Instagram's cull of spam accounts and users not toeing the line over community guidelines has taken a huge bite out of the follow counts for many high-profile users, a pre/post "Instapurge" survey has revealed. Announced last week as part of the photo-sharing social network's ongoing war against fake profiles, the spam sweep took effect yesterday and wiped anything from a handful of followers from some user's accounts, to several million from others - including Instagram's own account, in fact. Among the biggest losers have been musicians, with Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift all seeing their fan numbers tumble, but it's the non-celebrity users who have been most vocal in their outrage.

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Don’t panic if your Instagram follower count just dived

Don’t panic if your Instagram follower count just dived

Instagram has flipped the kill-switch on spam accounts, and it's a move which is likely to prompt some surprise among users of the photo sharing social network, as their follower counts take a hit. The company announced earlier this month that, while it may have 300 million users, it also has something of a spam account problem, and one it intended to deal with. While verified accounts for celebrities and other high-profile users was one strand of that, the other is a cull of fake profiles that has taken effect today.

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Facebook Groups testing ‘Sell Something’ button

Facebook Groups testing ‘Sell Something’ button

Facebook Groups is a strange (but cool) little app. You can exist within your own group, or join a new one blindly based on a common interest.. A new feature might hint at why Facebook created Groups, though, or at least something they had in mind when launching it. A “Sell Something” button has popped up next to the “Write Post” button for some users, which brings up a very Craigslist-like posting window. Users can add a picture of the item they’re trying to unload, along with pickup or delivery options.

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Facebook AI ‘assistant’ could save you from embarrassment

Facebook AI ‘assistant’ could save you from embarrassment

For many users, Facebook holds a large amount of information about their life -- pictures of family and friends, habits and preferences, activities -- and that information is usually shuttled out to a large group of individuals. This is a good thing in many ways, but the ease with which it allows sharing has been many folks' undoing. Over-sharing is a big problem, of course, but also drunken sharing and its various subsets. It's no secret Facebook has been putting a lot of effort into developing deep learning artificial intelligence, and in the future that AI might save you from these common, and often embarrassing, problems.

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Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has announced via a blog post they are (probably) larger than Twitter. Their service has grown to well over 300 million users, but the real story is how many are using it. According to Instagram, they have a monthly active user number almost as high as their overall user metrics. At 284 million users monthly, they’ve likely outpaced Twitter. Put that way, it’s easy to see why Twitter recently copied the very thing people like about Instagram, rolling in the same filters and ease-of-use.

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Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

Google+ adds custom gender option to profiles

If you've been putzing around in Google+'s settings today, you might have noticed some new options under "Gender". Google software engineer Rachael Bennett announced on the company's social site today the arrival of "an infinite number of ways" for users to display their gender identity. Previously those who didn't want to use the "male" or "female" options were only given an "other" selection, but now there are four options, one of which is customizable.

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