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Police can create fake Instagram accounts without warrant, says US judge

Police can create fake Instagram accounts without warrant, says US judge

A significant topic has developed over the last few months over the legality of whether law enforcement can create fake social network accounts to impersonate people for the purpose of trapping criminals. A new contribution to that discussion has been made after a US district judge said that police officers don't need to get search warrants in order to create a fake Instagram account and view the photos a suspect shares on the service. This decision will already have a direct effect on a case involving a suspect posting photos of stolen cash and jewelry.

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Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit Notes: users getting 10% equity with kinda-sorta currency

Reddit has just announced an odd initiative that aims to see 10% of the company's shares distributed among users, making true on a promise they made back in September after receiving $50 million in new funding. They're calling it Reddit Notes, and the details are still very slim. The basic idea is that Reddit Notes are to act a kinda-but-not-really form of currency that holds no real world monetary value, but can be used to "tip, donate, or trade" with other users for things of value.

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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 search tool gives Bing the boot

Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Bad news for Microsoft's search engine was revealed last week, as Reuters reported that Facebook has stopped showing Bing web results when users conduct a search on the social network. Facebook confirmed the information on Friday, but to add insult to injury the company noted that the deal with Bing had ended some time ago, but nobody really noticed until now.

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You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a Q&A session last night in which he spoke about Facebook's missing "Dislike" button. We've got the thumbs up, but we don't have the thumbs down. He took a stab at a question about this feature this week because it the Like button is "an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone in an important moment that someone put themselves out there to share." The Dislike button, on the other hand, wouldn't exactly be an addition made without risks.

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Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

The social network known as Facebook is such a force in our modern culture that we're discussing the ins and outs of comments on comments. Not even comments, but acknowledgements of comments - the "thumbs up" button on a comment inside the social network, the button you press when you don't want to take the time to type words, but you feel obligated to let the person know that you've read their comment. To them, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, good job, keep doing what you're doing.

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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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