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Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram wants to spotlight its citizen journalists

Instagram is exploring ways to blur the lines between its users and the mainstream media, with the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service hoping to enable broader reach for citizen journalists. Speaking during the Code/Mobile conference on how Instagram has been increasingly used as a way for regular people to publicize their experiences - whether that be during a civil uprising, a natural disaster, or a concert - co-founder and head of engineering Mike Krieger said the app's scope there is next in line to be emphasized.

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We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

We didn’t expect Kim Kardashian to love BlackBerry so much

Of all the people who could be the savior of BlackBerry, Kim Kardashian probably wouldn't have been our first guess, but it turns out the reality TV star turned mobile app kingpin could end up single-handedly propping up the second hand market. The controversial star was expected to discuss social saturation and the surprise hit game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood at the Code/Mobile 2014 conference, but she took an interesting detour via ailing BlackBerry and her ongoing collection of devices.

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Twitpic’s photo archive acquired by Twitter hours before deletion

Twitpic’s photo archive acquired by Twitter hours before deletion

Twitpic, the photo-sharing service built to be used with and almost completely reliant on Twitter itself, was forced into shutting down back in September, but its archive, full of years of user photos, was on its way to deletion until Twitter stepped in at the last minute. Oddly enough it was actually Twitter that forced Twitpic to close its doors, but at least now the latter's archive will be preserved as it is.

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Whisper staff suspended amid investigations into Guardian report

Whisper staff suspended amid investigations into Guardian report

Whisper, the social network/app built on the premise of allowing users to post brief statements and images in complete anonymity, has put its editorial staff on suspension, a decision made by CEO Michael Heyward. The decision comes as Whisper continues to defend itself in response to a newspaper report from The Guardian that said the company did in fact track its users even if they opted out of location-based features.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

Queen Elizabeth II’s first tweet triggers royal finger questions

When it comes to old-school meeting new-school, the Queen of England taking to Twitter for the first time is probably as odd as it gets. Queen Elizabeth II didn't get to send her first tweet in the privacy of her bedroom like many of us, either; instead, the message posted to the official @BritishMonarchy account was sent out by the Queen from the Science Museum in London, UK, to mark the opening of the new Information Age exhibition there. Only problem is, there's already some controversy about whether the Monarch actually did send out the tweet.

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Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

So you'd like to keep an eye on your local police department's doings, yes? Lucky you, there's a new Police Alerts segment being added to Google Now as we speak. This isn't brand new, on the other hand - it's all part of Google's team-up with Nixle earlier this year. If you don't see anything on your Google Now app now, you might also just be lucky - this isn't just a way to see what your local cops are up to, but a way for your local cops to inform you of emergencies.

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Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook has introduced Rooms, a new app adding yet another layer to social connections. Rooms isn’t like Facebook, nor is it a skinned version of like Paper. Rooms is a new way to connect and interact, where users create rooms based on interests. Though Facebook is looking back to the early days of the web as inspiration, we’d be remiss not to point out Rooms is a lot like another social service, form a different social provider. It also answers Facebook’s critics on one important front.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.

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Ello raises $5.5 million, solidifies ad-free existence

Ello raises $5.5 million, solidifies ad-free existence

Ello, the social network that’s also not a network (or very social), has raised another $5.5 million. The venture funding comes on the heels of a massive expansion last month that saw a flood of users bog down Ello servers, causing the company to freeze sign-ups for a bit. At a peak of roughly 45,000 new users daily, Ello was growing faster than could be comfortably managed. This new funding will help with that, but Ello has also made it nearly impossible to ever show ads on their network.

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