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How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

Pre-registration has begun for the first Nintendo mobile app, Miitomo, made for the masses to network socially. As this is Nintendo's first "smart device app", they've got a lot riding on its success. As such, they're making a big deal of how and when it'll launch. Starting today, Miitomo will allow pre-registration. In this pre-registration, users will attain Platinum Points for a new My Nintendo rewards program, one which will launch alongside Miitomo in March.

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ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

ISS commander, astronaut Scott Kelly answering questions live on Tumblr right now

If you've ever wanted to participate in a live, Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)-like session with an astronaut in space, your chance is RIGHT NOW. All you have to do is head on over to Tumblr, where NASA astronaut, and current commander of the International Space Station, Scott Kelly is answering questions from space. He's participating in an "Answer Time" session, or Tumblr's take on the AMA, where readers can ask any question they like, with the chance Kelly will respond.

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Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

Twitter users tank in Q4 earnings call

In an earnings call this afternoon, Twitter reported a 2-million active user decline over the past three months. This is at odds with what the company had projected: just the opposite, a 2-million active user increase. Twitter has also made an effort to show that this quarter (their financial Q4) showed a "strong" business side, with continued strength in advertising business, especially in video ads and "across major verticals, channels, and geographies."

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WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

WhatsApp Update: here’s what (emoji) you’re getting

This morning the updates began to arrive for WhatsApp, bringing on - amongst other bits and pieces - a whole new collection of emoji. this new version 2.12.441 allows users to roll with a tabbed collection of what you'll otherwise have been getting in iOS 9.1, but... you know... here on Android. This update to WhatsApp will only be showing these new emoji to users who also have the same last couple of versions of the app, so you might want to hold back on the delivery just yet.

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Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Twitter debuts controversial new algorithmic timeline

Starting today, Twitter is rolling out its new and improved timeline feature that nearly caused a revolt over the weekend. Originally rumored as a replacement for the social network's traditional reverse-chronological order timeline, the new un-named feature aims to make sure users don't miss important or popular tweets from the people they follow. Once in place, the feature adds a selection of said tweets to the top of users' timelines, similar to the existing "while you were away" feature.

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Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google initiates an unlocked/broken lock icon system in Gmail in honor of Safer Internet Day, showing whether or not emails are encrypted or not. Gmail email has been encrypted for some time. Not all other email services share this level of protection. Google's initiative - starting today - shows a tiny un-locked icon to the right of your "to" or "from" bar in any given email. This broken or unlocked lock indicates whether or not the person on the other end of your email works with a service that supports TLS encryption.

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Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

The folks at Twitter have announced a system called First View, one in which they've allowed advertisers to engage you ASAP. The first spot on your Twitter feed right AFTER your first normal tweet - that's where the first advertisement will reside. "Marketers can drive significant audience reach with the top ad spot in the timeline", says Twitter - alongside Promoted Trends and Promoted Moments. This is only the latest innovation Twitter has revealed in their effort to monetize their social network.

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Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Is your amount of Facebook usage going up recently? It might be because you're not getting enough sleep. Researchers at the University of California Irvine have conducted a study recently that shows a direct connection between sleep deprivation and spending more time on Facebook. Now, this isn't the same as frequently being on Facebook leading to poor sleep patterns, but rather the opposite.

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Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter went into a collective outrage yesterday, and rightfully so, after a report indicated that the social network would be abandoning the reverse chronological order of its timeline in favor of one organized by an algorithm. And while another source indicated that any such change would be strictly opt-in, it wasn't enough to stop a large number of users from threatening to leave the network. Fortunately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the outcry — organized under #RIPtwitter — to assure everyone the real-time feed wasn't going away.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best with social media. It's not that I don't know how it works, it's more that I just don't care. I've got an Instagram account that I'll use on rare occasions to share a picture or two, but I've got all the same people on Facebook, so I usually just post on there. However, there are a lot of people who use Instagram so much that they need multiple accounts, which can be a pain.

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Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram's multiple accounts iOS app release begins now, sort of. What you're going to see, if you're super lucky, is the option to add multiple accounts to your single Instagram app. This was revealed as an option for the Beta users on Android not too long ago - now iOS users will be given the same opportunity. And lucky you, so very lucky, are you... if you get to use it. The roll out for now seems entirely random.

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