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Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook is making it easier to handle your post-death digital footprint, introducing a new Legacy Contact feature which allows a pre-determined contact to turn a profile into a memorial. Legacy Contact builds on an existing option that converts the profiles of deceased Facebook users into stable shrines to their memory, allowing a trusted person to be nominated and that individual to then have some basic editing rights after a death has been confirmed. Alternatively, however, there's the option to have your Facebook account self-destruct when you yourself pass away.

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Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

Flipboard for Desktop arrives to clean up news

After five years of running on mobile platforms like the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone, Flipboard has arrived on the desktop. This system is ready to roll in your web browser - it's covering web-based content, after all - and is very, very similar to what you've seen on your mobile phone. Inside Flipboard's web browser-based console you'll be able to work with the same account you had on your mobile device. One decision in one place affects the other. All connected to the web, all made with the same clean design aesthetic.

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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

As a part of Twitter's quarterly earnings announcement earlier this week, the social network's CEO Dick Costolo and CFO Anthony Noto commented about how Apple's release of iOS 8 in 2014 led to a loss of 4 million active users. The information was related to Twitter's user growth, and as the number of active users per month is seen as an important benchmark for social networks, it was noted that the 288 million users Twitter was reporting could have been 292 million if not for the issues with iOS 8.

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Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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Instagram now loops like Vine

Instagram now loops like Vine

The war of the tiny media sharers continues. Instagram has had an internal update which allows videos shared to the service to loop. Just like Vine, whenever you tap the "play" button on an Instagram video, you're going to be watching that video over and over and over again, prompting Vince super-sharers to trade services. If they do so dare, of course. This is the next step in Social Networking, after all - adding ALL the features of competing services to do better than they.

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Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook changing its privacy policies is nothing new, but once in a while it manages to hit a nerve that causes privacy advocates and governments agencies to take notice. Especially when Facebook does so rather silently. That might be the case last weekend when the social networking giant made some modifications to its Privacy Policy change that, though still in plain English, is somewhat ambiguously worded in such a way that it can be open to interpretation and abuse. By Facebook, of course.

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Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Snapchat’s ‘Literally Can’t Even’ panned by users, critics

Yesterday saw the debut of Snapchat's first original web series, Literally Can't Even, and users of the ephemeral messaging app are widely giving it a big thumbs-down. The show is written by and stars Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, who play two 20-somethings living their life. The first episode, titled Sip & Surf Pool Party XXX, is just under 5 minutes long, and is a debut of Snapchat's initiative to create original content and publish it exclusively to the messaging platform. Read on to see what viewers had to say.

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Snapchat Discover video series taps Spielberg and Goldwyn

Snapchat Discover video series taps Spielberg and Goldwyn

The title of the web-based episodic video series about to be released by Snapchat is literally the following: "Literally Can't Even." This web series will follow the daughters of directors Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn as they go on comedic misadventures through life. The women will be playing alternate reality versions of themselves, as it were. Starting on the 31st of January - tomorrow - this web series will premiere in Snapchat's new Snap Channel. This is all part of Snapchat's new Discover initiative for expanding the reach of Snapchat into new forms of media.

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Facebook down because of Facebook

Facebook down because of Facebook

That's not an error in the title you've just read - Facebook itself was responsible for the Facebook outage last night. Apparently there wasn't any sort of hacking going on, nor did the end of the world come close to happening - instead it was a tiny glitch. This error happened, according to Facebook, when they "introduced a change" that affected their configuration systems. This includes Instagram too. Both services should be back in action 100% for users around the globe - if not, count on another statement arriving shortly.

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