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Syme social network offers encryption in a world full of spying

Syme social network offers encryption in a world full of spying

Online security is a topic that has never been as popular as it has since Snowden leaked a variety of documents revealing widespread spying by the United States government. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and other such networks have all been targeted by the NSA , and as such many users may no longer feel comfortable using them. This is where Syme, a new social network currently in beta, comes in.

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Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

As with many tech companies, Twitter has been caught up in the government spying fallout, and has taken steps to protect its users' data, the latest of which was an announcement on the company's blog this evening: forward secrecy. With forward secrecy, Twitter has essentially enabled a contingency plan against the possibility of some agency recording encrypted traffic and at some point in the future decrypting it with Twitter's private keys.

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Twitter gives advertisers targeting options based on device, OS, and WiFI

Twitter gives advertisers targeting options based on device, OS, and WiFI

In June, word surfaced that Twitter was working on location-based advertisements, something that would accompany keyword targeting and give advertisers more overall options. Today the microblogging website announced more good news for those advertising on the service -- increased mobile targeting options based on devices, mobile operating system, and Wi-Fi connectivity. There's also granular reporting analytics tossed into the mix.

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Twitter update brings photos to users’ feeds

Twitter update brings photos to users’ feeds

If you've been browsing around Twitter this evening and something seemed different, you're right -- an update has rolled out that brings photos in all their glory to users' feeds. Now when scrolling, most images will show up in a large preview window, showing a large portion of what the image is and leaving the user to decide whether its worth clicking on for the entire thing.

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Google+ Auto Awesome Movie: works in manual mode as well

Google+ Auto Awesome Movie: works in manual mode as well

This week the folks at Google have introduced a total of 18 new features to the Google+ social network, including a new "Auto Awesome" feature for movies. This feature takes the same feature that'd been introduced for Google+ photos and applies it - in a unique movie way - to movies uploaded to Google+. This system works in an automatic way, but can also be edited or used completely manually to create video online.

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Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

Facebook video ads delayed until 2014, says sources

In December of last year, information surfaced claiming that Facebook would be rolling out video advertisements by this past summer, and later on in July, sources stepped forward claiming the social network could be rolling out TV-style ads by the end of this year. According to the latest batch of sources, however, this has changed, and Facebook has postponed the advertisements until next year.

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Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook has removed a graphically violent video that had been circulating around the social network, reviewing its policies on sharing in the process so as to reduce the amount of controversial content that is posted without any warning or consideration of audience. The company prompted raised eyebrows when it surprisingly permitted the sharing of a video showing a graphic decapitation earlier this week, with complaints both from regular users, police forces, and politicians.

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