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Google+ for Android turns your phone into a snowglobe

Google+ for Android turns your phone into a snowglobe

Google is adding a feature to the Android version of Google+ this month in their newest update that'll turn your device into a snowglobe. What you'll be able to do is open Google+, open a photo inside Google+, and shake to see snow. This is an addition to the Auto Awesome snowing feature shown off earlier this month in photos Google+ saw fit to have such fanciful flakes. These images appear as .GIF files and can be shared as such.

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Instagram Direct makes private messaging a reality

Instagram Direct makes private messaging a reality

There's a little bit of a shift going on at Instagram, one that makes the person-to-person exchange a real deal. This update is called "Instagram Direct", and it's essentially a messaging service inside the photo-taking social network. This update is coming to iOS today in Instagram 5.0, Android's Instagram 5.0 today as well - the Windows Phone version is still classified as being in beta mode, so we'll be waiting a bit longer on that front.

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Twitter adds private DM photos and new swipeable mobile apps

Twitter adds private DM photos and new swipeable mobile apps

Twitter has added support for private image sharing via direct message, in an update to the 140-character messaging service that also sees new, swipeable timelines in the mobile apps. The update, which is released for both the iOS and Android versions of the Twitter app, also brings direct messages further out into the open, adding a new tab in the navigation bar for the private communications.

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Instagram Business Lead exits to become Snapchat COO

Instagram Business Lead exits to become Snapchat COO

If there was any doubt that the likes of Instagram and Snapchat were in a head-on battle before, they've all been erased with news of a relatively major employee change-up. This push includes an Instagram (read: Facebook) business lead in charge of advertising for the photo-sharing group leaving, and heading to Snapchat to become their COO. This former business lead for Facebook's Instagram unit goes by the name Emily White.

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Apple acquires Topsy Labs Inc for Twitter analytics

Apple acquires Topsy Labs Inc for Twitter analytics

Apple would appear to be readying themselves for a full-on Twitter analyzation push if today's suggestion that they've acquired Topsy Labs Inc is true. Apple's own Tim Cook joined Twitter earlier this year while Twitter itself went public just weeks ago, turning in to a publically-traded company and eschewing forth changes that will forever reflect their status as a real-deal board-run business. With Apple appearing to look into Twitter a lot more closely with this buy, it would appear that Twitter has nowhere to go but up.

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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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Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Having seen the writing on the wall, Instagram appears to be preparing for head-on battle with the likes of Snapchat for social micro-networking supremacy on the smartphone. Reports today suggest that Instagram will be rolling out private messaging before too long, allowing people to send images and videos direct to one another without the pesky in-between of the public. Snapchat’s mainstay, meanwhile, remains the self-destructing messaging market.

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Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone lands today (but it’s half-baked)

Instagram for Windows Phone arrives today, landing in the Windows Phone Store complete with Live Tile support. However, the much-anticipated app is lacking a few features compared to its iOS and Android cousins, most notably that video support isn't present at release. Whereas the existing apps for other platforms allow short video clips to be recorded and shared, Windows Phone users will need to wait for a future update to get that functionality.

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Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Word this week on the ever-growing messaging service known as Snapchat is that they've rebuffed Facebook's advances not once, but twice over the past year. While you'll want to take this whole collection of points with a grain of salt due to their entirely anonymous nature, the Wall Street Journal suggests that "people briefed on the matter" have made it clear: Snapchat will not be part of Facebook. At least not any time soon.

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