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Facebook is down: tiny details

Facebook is down: tiny details

Today Facebook has gone down for thousands (if not millions) of users around the world. Blackout began at around 11:30 AM Central Time in the United States and appears to have affected areas in Europe and Asia as well. A live outage map suggests that most users reporting problems come from the United States, centering in around New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Twitter complaints are coming at an increasing speed at the time this article is published, with just a few tweets a minute at 11:40 AM Central Time up to over 80 tweets per minute closer to 11:50 AM Central Time.

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How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

How Facebook plays 360-degree keep-away from YouTube

This afternoon Facebook launched its 360-degree video initiative, and with it a brand new security measure to keep content exclusive. Facebook's 360-degree video feature is much like YouTube's very similar 360-degree video feature. Once you're watching a video, you're inside a sphere of content, able to turn any direction to see a different angle on your environment. The big difference here between the two services is the way they execute and display a flat video file made spherical - in effect making both services mutually exclusive.

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Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook 360 videos begin to roll out in news feed

Facebook has been teasing its plans to produce 360-degree video for users for a while now. The big thing we didn’t know about the 360 video plans was just when the videos would launch. As of today Facebook has announced that the 360-degree videos will begin rolling out in News Feed.

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Periscope debuts web profiles for users

Periscope debuts web profiles for users

Twitter-owned Periscope has just launched a new feature that brings the service in line with other social networks like, well, Twitter. Periscope users are now able to set up profile pages on their accounts, writing a few lines of information about their interests, what type of content they broadcast, or even their location and personal homepage. Users will have their own periscope.tv/username URL, where all their recent broadcasts can easily be found.

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Spotify’s “About Page” aims to keep artists involved

Spotify’s “About Page” aims to keep artists involved

This week Spotify launches their "About Page" for artists in an effort to bolster their competitive edge against services like Tidal. Given Tidal's recent exclusive dealings with artists like Prince, this move seems like a direct effort to prove to artists that they, too, are willing to go the extra mile and be a service that artists will be smart to continue using. These About Page listings have a number of features that focus on the artist and their popularity on Spotify.

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Facebook is getting a Dislike button

Facebook is getting a Dislike button

For years, Facebook has steadfastly refused to give the Like button its negative counterpart, but according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg the Dislike button's time has come. While the social network has long argued that there's no place for negativity among its 1bn+ members, Zuckerberg conceded today that there are times when saying you "Like" something with a click is at odds with the message itself.

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Soon everyone will know what you’ve looked at on Facebook

Soon everyone will know what you’ve looked at on Facebook

Facebook's new "read receipts" will soon tell your friends what you've looked at on the social network. Not ALL things on Facebook will have these little markers - at least, not at first. For now, Facebook is testing this "seen" feature for events. They suggest that you'll be able to "coordinate with guests" based on which of your friends have viewed said event - having little or nothing to do with whether or not they've actually committed one way or the other.

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Snapchat adds pay-for-Replay and selfie filters

Snapchat adds pay-for-Replay and selfie filters

Ephemerality has always been the Snapchat way, but now the self-destructing social network is offering snap replays for a price. In a new update today, users can opt to buy more Replay access at the price of three for $0.99, finally putting a cost on experiencing someone's evaporating moment again.

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Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook has just revealed a new project its been working on with an education app for teachers that helps track students' progress and makes it easier to create custom learning plans. The software is a result of partnering with Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit organization with some of the best ranked schools California. A Facebook stepped in to help the organization rebuild its Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) software, which wasn't proving very useful.

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McDonald’s all-day breakfasts approved, Twitter reacts with gifs galore

McDonald’s all-day breakfasts approved, Twitter reacts with gifs galore

McDonald's franchisees have voted to make all-day breakfast menus a reality at a select number of restaurant locations throughout the United States. The first wave of updates to McDonald's breakfast menu offerings will begin at 14,300 US-based restaurants starting on the 6th of October. After that, the whole world may be able to stomp out the tyranny of having to arrive at McDonald's before 11AM to receive the deliciousness of breakfast-like foods.

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Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram has revamped its Direct feature, aiming to turn the photo messaging system into a real alternative to Twitter DMs and even dedicated IM apps. The new Instagram Direct - available in v7.5 of the app for both iOS and Android - supports threaded messages, a much-requested feature for common conversations, in addition to renaming support for group chat.

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Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

Direct Messenger lets you use Twitter DMs and nothing else

While Twitter has been revamping its Direct Messages feature recently, including the elimination of the 140-character limit, letting users message people not following them, and supporting pictures & URLs, its official apps still heavily focus on the rest of the social network's uses. For those who've been wanting to just use Twitter's Direct Messages as a stand-alone chat app, now there's the unofficial app Direct Messenger for iOS.

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