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Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook may be the natural home of over-sharing, but new Facebook Login options mean users now have more granular control over what third-party apps can know about them. Announced at F8 2014, the amended "Log in with Facebook" option will now serve up an "Edit the info you provide" link, where tweaks to exactly what gets passed over from your profile can be made. However, while the new feature may have been a year in the making, it's not a complete fix for online privacy.

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Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

Google Plus is now on Twitter (don’t panic)

So, uh, this is awkward. That social service you don’t really use is on the one you probably do. Today, Google Plus opened a Twitter account. You might assume (as many did) it's a troll account, but it’s not. The official Google account has retweeted their first tweet, and the Google Plus Google Plus account posted a link to their new Twitter account. It’s got people wondering what’s going on, but it’s pretty simple: they’re recruiting. In an attempt to get more traction in the social space, Plus is taking to Twitter to spread the word.

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Secret anonymous sharing app shuts down

Secret anonymous sharing app shuts down

Secret, the chat app that lets you post your deepest, darkest, or just humourous secrets has closed for good. Secret launched in the beginning of 2014, at a time when another identity-free app, Whisper, was garnering buzz. At its peak, the app had over 15 million registered users. The app hit a speed bump in the beginning of the year when its co-founder left after the app's re-design. In less than a year and a half since its launch, Secret has already shuttered.

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Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

Hungry? ‘Twitter Food’ curates tweets for foodies

You’re going to be on social media, and you’re going to talk about food; you can’t help yourself. Twitter knows. They see you doing it. Rather than leave you searching for hashtags, the microblogging site is going to start curating food content for you, but it won’t just be filtered pics of half-eaten hamburgers. Twitter Food will bring you best-of food tweets as well as the “best conversations” from “top foodies” on Twitter. The account is live today.

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Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Even if you don’t use Facebook as a way to share every mundane snippet of your day, there’s a good chance you use the social network’s Messenger app, which allows users to chat with each other, send files, and make voice calls. Joining that starting today is another feature, one that is keeping it on par with some other chatting app alternatives: video calling. With this, and as you’d expect, users can call each other and do so with live video feeds so they can see the person they’re talking to.

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Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Just in time for Spring, Instagram is announcing three new filters “inspired by weekend adventures outdoors”. Lark, Reyes, and Juno offer Instragrammers the chance to enhance photos for use with the social medium in new ways, while still capturing a distinct style that makes Instagram attractive. These three join the Color and Fade tools introduced last month, and the five new filers Instagram launched in December: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. In addition to the new filters, Instagram is also letting users add emoji to hashtags.

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Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter Highlights lures lazy users with friends’ activity

Twitter has rolled out Highlights, a new feature aiming at summarizing some of the peaks from your timeline that you might have otherwise missed. The new tool automatically cooks up a summary of the most interesting things the people you're following are tweeting, along with local trending topics, twice a day. For Twitter, meanwhile, it's another way to try to maintain active users.

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Vines can now be shared to multiple social sites at once

Vines can now be shared to multiple social sites at once

Vine is equal parts amazing and terrifying. The looping, quick-hit videos are often hilarious, or maybe even amazing, but before you know it you’ve wasted a lot of time on the platform. To make those looping takes easier to find, Vine is announcing a new sharing feature for the service. Users who want to share a Vine can now distribute it to multiple sources at once — including Tumblr, where looping videos need to be. The update will hit iOS first, with Android support “coming soon”.

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Blogging platform Medium now lets you block accounts

Blogging platform Medium now lets you block accounts

With growth come pains for a social entity. Medium, though meant for the written word, still has a very implicit social aspect. You can comment on a blog post via a pop-out sidebar, so interaction is a s key as unique blog posts. Saying they want the platform to be “a safe place for everyone to share their stories and ideas”, Medium has introduced the ability to block accounts. Rather than force users to suffer trolls or harassment, Medium is giving us an out.

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Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

If you visit Twitter while logged out (on the desktop), you’ll see a new landing page. In an attempt to encourage more users, Twitter ha launched a new homepage that shows you what categories may be of interest to you. Those tabs lead you to a stream of tweets you can peruse, which is the hook. If you’d like to do more — say retweet or reply to a post — you’ll need an account, or to log-in. The page seems geared to encourage more to sign up for the microblogging service.

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