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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

YouTube Red: subscription service for ad-free video and music

This morning YouTube debuted "YouTube Red", Google's first attempt at making a fully ad-free subscription-included video service. This service will be delivered for $9.99 a month and will include the entirety of YouTube without any advertisements whatsoever. This service also includes the ability to play videos on your smartphone or laptop offline - similar to downloading said video, sort of. YouTube Red also includes YouTube Music and includes a full subscription to Google Play Music - streaming all the music you want.

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Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

This week the folks at Twitter are releasing "Twitter Polls", a way to gauge interest in topics without a large amount of commitment from users. This system will be coming to iOS, Android, and desktop (web browser) versions of Twitter within the next few days. Once users like yourself are able to see the "poll" icon in their compose box, they'll be able to create their own poll with ease. Please feel free to ask all of your followers whether they like ham or cheese better - or which of the Star Wars films is their favorite.

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Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook's new Instant Articles feature, which converts news articles from a wide range of sources into quick-loading pages that display right in users' News Feed, is now coming to mobile users months after debuting on the web. The social network announced that the format is rolling out to its iPhone app, with Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox saying that there will be thousands of Instant Articles appearing each day.

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What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

Facebook is sending out warnings - as of this week - to users that may be the subject of hacking efforts by 3rd party systems. The message their receiving suggests that they "may be the target of attacks from state-sponsored actors." What in the world could that possibly mean? This message is actually super simple and should very well have been simplified further before reaching the public. State-sponsored actors are just hackers sponsored by the government. Not the United States government (not in this case), but potentially harmful nonetheless.

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Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

Now Facebook will warn if you’re under state-sponsored attack

It's a sign of the times that, just as Facebook warns which of your friends and family will see your posts, now it'll flag potential state intrusion too. The new alert will appear if the social network believes an individual's account is being "targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, said today.

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Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Yesterday, Facebook released some data in honor of Spirit Day and National Coming Out Day revealing that the social network has seen more Americans than ever coming out on the site. The company determined this using information about U.S Facebook users, using things like users’ specifying a custom gender on a profile, or using the profile to “express a same-gender attraction.” When looked at, the data then shows three large trends taking place.

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Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential

Bublcam Review : 360-degrees of spherical camera potential

The Bublcam does one thing very well: describe itself - in its name, in its industrial design, and in its product. While several 360-degree "spherical" cameras are already on the market, Bubl Technology have done the best job in creating a device that's simple to understand and use from start to finish - WITH high-quality results. This device has four cameras, each pointing in a different direction to create videos and photos that are spherical in shape, fully prepared for immersive viewing online and in the new virtual reality ecosystem.

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Dropbox Paper launched as set of collaborative tools for teams

Dropbox Paper launched as set of collaborative tools for teams

This week the folks at Dropbox have turned the switch on for Paper, the final name for the until-now-beta release of "Notes." What was Notes now becomes officially "Paper", and the invites are beginning to be sent. Paper is a set of collaborative tools for teams that work on the internet and off - and though there'll be software for smart devices in the future, Paper will launch first as a web app only. Paper looks sort of like a blog - a very simple layout with the ability to display files that you upload, shared with people you allow to see it.

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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook has tools/features that let you relive past moments, but not all moments are something you want to see crop up in your newsfeed. Lost loved ones, ex lovers, broken friendships...all things that may pepper your past Facebook statuses, tags, photos and more. Some users may even avoid features like "On This Day" because they don't want something painful to pop up. Now Facebook lets you filter them out forever.

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Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

This week Facebook has released a barrage of updates for their Video initiative, bringing the world up to speed with their goings-on behind the scenes. In addition to the bits and pieces we've already seen, Facebook Video is set to be a fully integrated service, aiming to compete - albeit indirectly - with services such as YouTube. Earlier this year Facebook revealed 360-degree video with brands like Lucasfilm for Star Wars - and that's just the start. Live video is also beginning to take hold on Facebook.

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