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Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

As the world's most popular social network, Facebook's biggest competition in recent years has been Snapchat, the messaging app that's hugely popular with teens. In order to prove that it's still hip and cool to the younger generations, Facebook has just released a new social media app for iOS called Lifestage, and to make sure it doesn't catch on among boring adults, it can only be used by those who are 21 or younger.

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Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Photo-sharing social network Instagram took a big swipe at rival Snapchat earlier this month with the launch of Instagram Stories. But whether or not you feel like it's a cheap copy or it one-ups Snapchat's version, the feature is turning out to be very popular among users. The only draw-back at this point is that Instagram Stories can only be viewed in the mobile apps, and not on the desktop via browser.

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Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

Twitter adds night mode option to iOS app

If you're one of the many, many smartphone owners who uses their device in bed before falling asleep, especially for browsing Twitter, there's good news on the way. The social network seems to be catching on to the growing trend of "dark modes" available on various OSes and apps, and introduced a "night mode" option to its own mobile app last month, albeit only on Android. iOS users may soon get in on the eye-saving goodness, as dark mode has arrived on the latest beta version of Twitter for iPhone.

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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, it seems like just about every social media service is adding a stickers feature to their photo-sharing capabilities, regardless if it's something users are asking for or not. Apple's revamped Messages app in iOS 10 is getting stickers (along with a bunch of other annoying visual effects), and now Twitter is jumping on bandwagon.

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Find your Pokemon Go partner with PokeDates dating service

Find your Pokemon Go partner with PokeDates dating service

There's a huge number of people around the world now playing Pokemon Go — well, when the servers are working, that is — including plenty of single men and women monster hunters. 'What if there was a way for people to browse other singles, find a match, and go out a play Pokemon Go together?', you say. First, I'd say you're pretty smart; second, unfortunately, someone has already thought of it: PokéDates.

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Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Of all the questions about Twitter, the most common is probably "how do I get verified?" Now, the 140-character social network is throwing open the verification process to applications, inviting those who believe they're notable enough to get the coveted blue tick to apply for consideration.

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Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Messenger on Android gets Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles, the articles from participating publications that load instantly when clicked, have made their way to Messenger. The social network opened up Instant Articles to all publishers a few months back; it only makes sense that they’d expand them to cover Messenger, too, as they've done today. Kicking them off are Instant Articles on Android, but they'll be coming to iOS in future weeks, too.

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Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Nissan dealership used Twitter to sell a car

Is Twitter evolving into the next Craigslist? Probably not, but one European user relied on the social network to buy a car — and not from a private owner, but an actual Nissan dealership. The car maker has revealed that it's become one of the first companies to sell an automobile on Twitter, with Raul Escolano purchasing a Nissan X-Trail from a dealership in Spain.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

The last few weeks have seen a number of social networking accounts belonging to high-profile tech company CEOs getting hacked and making posts. First there was Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, with his accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest getting breached. Then the same thing happened to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Quora profile. The latest to join the club is Twitter's Jack Dorsey, who saw his account on his own platform briefly compromised this weekend.

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Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out a feature for Pages that allows users to share a message in multiple languages, making them more friendly to a larger, more diverse customer base. Starting today, Facebook is testing that same multi-language story feature for individual Facebook users, giving them the same status tool that’ll eliminate the need to publish multiple versions of the same status or publish one very long status that contains multiple language versions of the same message.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Back in April, Facebook announced it was opening up its Messenger service with an API and tools to create chat bots. While it's still not clear just how useful mobile users are finding these bots, it's obvious that developers think they are loved — or at least love making them — as there's now over 11,000 bots available on the platform. With that much saturation, Facebook needs to be on the ball about making sure bots are organized and easy to use. Thankfully an update with that in mind has been released.

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