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Google Photos can make albums for you when you’re too lazy to

Google Photos can make albums for you when you’re too lazy to

Admit it, it has happened to you too. We've all been there. Everything starts with good intentions, taking dozens, if not hundreds, of photos on your last dream vacation. Or those scrumptious meals you devoured on your culinary odyssey. While we may upload one or two on social media immediately, many more remain gather virtual dust inside our computers or mobile devices. Knowing how painfully tedious that process can be, Google is applying the full force of its image algorithms to turn Google Photos into you own personal, album-making assistant.

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Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

The founder of controversial messageboard 4chan, a place often described as part of the internet's dark underbelly, might not be the obvious candidate to join "Do No Evil" Google. Still, that's just what's happened, with Chris Poole - aka moot - announcing this week that he's climbing into bed with the search giant.

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Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook has opened up a new option to advertisers: fullscreen advertisements. The ads are part of its "Canvas" offering, which is limited to mobile and promises to better engage users than regular (read: smaller) ads. The user must click on an advertisement for it to go fullscreen -- once they do, it could offer up more than one type of medium, for example embedding an advertisement video within a larger image. These advertisements will show up on users' timelines.

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Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

When your special day rolls around (that’s to say, your birthday), Snapchat will have a little treat for you. Found in the new Birthday Party feature is a couple special birthday-centric lenses you’ll be able to unlock, something that will also be available on your Snapchat friends’ birthdays. The lens you get will be adjusted based on whether it’s your own birthday or that of a friend.

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Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook unveiled its Live Video feature in early December, and has more recently expanded it to all iPhones users in the U.S. While there's still no word about when Android users will be let in on the fun, iPhone users outside of the United States are also seeing the feature roll their way, with Facebook saying it is expanding the feature globally. Some users outside of the US are already reporting seeing the broadcasting option.

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Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook’s Instant Articles open to all publishers in April

Facebook will be opening Instant Articles up to all publishers this upcoming April, the social network has announced. The service, which is already being used by a few hundred publishers, will be available to all regardless of the publication’s size and location. The change will take place at the Facebook F8 conference on April 12, with the social network pointing interested publishers toward its documentation to “prepare for open availability.”

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India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

India rejected Facebook’s free internet, and that’s a good thing

Last year, Facebook launched their “Free Basics” program in India, which promised to bring free internet to all the citizens of the country. On the surface, that seems like a great and noble move. Unfortunately, not all was as it seemed, which is why in December, the country moved to ban the service. Facebook has been fighting hard ever since, but that battle appears to have come to a close.

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Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Facbook busts “six degrees of separation” myth

Everyone knows about the 6 degrees of separation (or of Kevin Bacon). The idea is that you can take any two people in the world, and connect them through no more than six total acquaintances. Well, the website that knows more about your friends than you do seems to think we're all a lot closer that we previously thought.

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Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Facebook cracks down on private gun sales

Peer to peer sales that are coordinated — and maybe even paid for through — Facebook are nothing new. The social network makes it easy to get in contact with someone, share pictures, and thanks to that money sending feature added to Messenger not too long ago, even pay for an item. Among the things being sold privately through Facebook were firearms, something the social network has now explicitly banned.

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Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook has further baked Apple's 3D Touch into its app for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, adding pressure-sensitivity to your timeline. The added functionality, which takes advantage of the new touchscreen technology Apple introduced with the latest versions of its smartphone last year, builds on the Facebook app for iOS' 3D Touch-enabled quick actions from the homescreen.

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Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Facebook Friend Finder truly and finally illegal in Germany

Legal cases usually take years because of appeal after appeal. But when they reach the highest court of the land, judgment is, more often than not, really final. That might be the case here with Facebook's ongoing, and now probably over, tussle in German courts over its Friend Finder feature. Now that the country's highest court, the Federal Court of Justice, has declared it illegal, there isn't much left for Facebook to do except to recoup its losses and to move forward. Without that feature in Germany, that is.

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Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

A Facebook bug is seriously overestimating some friendships today, with some users being congratulated on their 46 year anniversary. The social network has long celebrated the day on which users first friended each other, but a glitch in the system is leading some to see messages suggesting that happened 35 years earlier than Facebook itself first coming online.

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