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Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

The already massive amount of code dedicated to deciding what you see on Facebook and what's skipped has just been given a kick in the pants. Facebook is now working with an element of humanity - another element, that is to say - this time relying on survey information delivered by the everyday user. Questionnaires were completed by Facebook users on which stories they'd rather seen, and the results of these tests are now informing what you end up seeing in your own personal Facebook feed every day.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder, the dating service of choice for today's youth, has just updated its popular iOS app to include support for Giphy, the service makes adding GIFs to messages a breeze. Now that the hit image format is available, users can include GIFs in their conversations with matches simply by tapping a button next to the text input box. You'll be able to browse through Giphy's library of animations, as well as search or view which images are trending.

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Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook has further baked Apple's 3D Touch into its app for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, adding pressure-sensitivity to your timeline. The added functionality, which takes advantage of the new touchscreen technology Apple introduced with the latest versions of its smartphone last year, builds on the Facebook app for iOS' 3D Touch-enabled quick actions from the homescreen.

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Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Twitter was down, takes blame for downtime

Overnight Twitter was down, resulting in some less-than-thrilled Twitter addicts. As such, a cause was sought! Twitter has, as of this morning at 10AM Pacific Time, figured out what the cause was and has fixed their system to compensate. It would appear that no external factors were at play, only internal. So no worries, only Twitter accidentally breaking on the inside on its own.

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Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter may move "Beyond 140" within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a "Read More" button, but still - keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.

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Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

Facebook bug celebrates 46 years of friendship

A Facebook bug is seriously overestimating some friendships today, with some users being congratulated on their 46 year anniversary. The social network has long celebrated the day on which users first friended each other, but a glitch in the system is leading some to see messages suggesting that happened 35 years earlier than Facebook itself first coming online.

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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

It's been known for some time now that personal drones are the "next big thing," so that means it's time for connections to be made between them and our everyday mundane internet activities. Twitter seems to be the first to step up in the social networking category, as the company has applied for a patent for a drone that interact with Twitter accounts, as well as be controlled by tweets. The patent, titled "messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," was filed in June of this year and became published last week.

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Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s are getting a lot more social, with Facebook switching on support for the Harry Potter-esque moving images. Launched as a camera feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Live Photos combine a 12-megapixel still with roughly 1.5 seconds of video either side of it, but initially the sharing options were limited.

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Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.

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Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook Live, the social network's take on Periscope's live streaming service, is now becoming available to verified Pages following its debut for celebrities and other influencers. Among those gaining access to the new feature are sports teams, media companies, and businesses. In other words, brands. Facebook notes that live streaming via the feature is still limited to the iOS app.

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