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Facebook down for wall posts, status, and payments, it’s not just you

Facebook down for wall posts, status, and payments, it’s not just you

This morning the folks responsible for keeping an eye on uptime for Facebook components of all kinds up and running have reported downtime for their Payments system specifically, while reports of downtime for statuses and wall posts have also appeared across the USA. The status updates on the Payments system for Facebook can be found at the official Facebook developers live status webpage, currently reporting "Payments is down" since 7:41 AM today. It would appear that the Payments system was also having trouble back on the 4th of October as well as the 11th, both time having resolved statuses day-of.

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NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in ID badges for this year's New York Comic Con were used to spam attendees' Twitter accounts the moment they walked into the Javits Center. The spam took the form of overly enthusiastic tweets like "#NYCC is the Best Four Days of my Year!" and "So much pop culture to digest! Can’t. handle. the. awesome.", followed by a link to the NYCC page on Facebook. Attendees were not warned ahead of time about this, and the spamming was intentional.

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Facebook invisibility axed: here’s what you can do

Facebook invisibility axed: here’s what you can do

All the way back in 2012, the folks at Facebook began cutting out a privacy measure - this week they're completing the job. This measure went by the name of "Who can look up your Timeline by name?" and it included the ability to block your name from search results of the public. This was never an all-encompassing privacy tool - people could still find you if they tried hard enough - but now it'll be gone from Facebook options for real, and forever.

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Twitter for Android tablets appears limited to Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (for now)

Twitter for Android tablets appears limited to Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (for now)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is currently the subject of a score on the part of Samsung with a deal with the developers responsible for Twitter, receiving the first big Android tablet-based update to the app as an exclusive. It's unknown how long this particular update to the app will be limited to the Galaxy Note 10.1, but it's possible that it'll be out in a matter of weeks - at the moment, Twitter's release suggests it'll be out "by the end of the year."

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Samsung acquisitions aimed at gaming, social media, mobile search, and mapping

Samsung acquisitions aimed at gaming, social media, mobile search, and mapping

There's a document out there in the wild being reviewed by the press that suggests Samsung is in the market for a large cross-section of software startups in the near future. This document happened across the desks at the Wall Street Journal where they've suggested Samsung will be after games, mobile search, social media, and mapping-related services soon. A specific list of companies on this list includes Everything.me and Rounds from Israel, Glympse from Seattle, Green Throttle Games from Santa Clara, and Unity Technologies from San Francisco.

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Twitter juggles traders, advertisers, TV networks as Nielsen talks tweets

Twitter juggles traders, advertisers, TV networks as Nielsen talks tweets

A Nielsen report being released today shows Twitter's TV watching audience does not watch the same programs as the TV watching public as a whole: Twitter users mainly skew younger and more urban, and they talk about different shows. This reveal and others like it could affect which TV networks and advertisers participate in Twitter's advertising pièce de résistance Twitter Amplify, first launched in May.

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Twitter IPO plans revealed

Twitter IPO plans revealed

Just a moment ago, Twitter's filing for initial public offering went live at the SEC. This filing and the hype surrounding it include a variety of facts provided by the company to show potential buyers of their stock once it comes time to invest. In addition to the stock being made public here, Twitter went so far as to Tweet about it, too, straight from Twitter's Twitter, as it were.

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Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

As Instagram is, as they say, "a growing business", they've decided that it's finally time to take charge of their own destiny with a variety of advertisements throughout the feeds of users. In an announcement this week, the folks at Instagram responsible for letting the public know what's going on in their free and publically available app have suggested that they're aiming to make this transition as easy as possible, easing in to the program with "brand that are already great members of the Instagram community."

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NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

The NSA is hoarding vast quantities of metadata about millions of internet users, piecing together records of their social networking use, locations, and other personal details, it's alleged, even if those individuals aren't in any way suspected of illegal activities. The year-long record of user data is gathered as part of a clandestine program called Marina, The Guardian reports, with leaked documentation about the system indicating that it uses browser tracking and more to build up automatic summaries of "pattern-of-life" activity and movement.

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