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Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

On Wednesday Facebook announced that it is testing a new security checkup tool, something that is akin to the previous privacy checkup tool that users were seeing. Facebook has been criticized in the past for what some think are lax security measures, or then-convoluted menus that made finding security settings difficult for some. These changes bring the security settings directly to the user’s eyes, and makes them go through a quick checkup that ensures all the settings are as desired.

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Facebook starts adding restaurant critiques to newsfeed

Facebook starts adding restaurant critiques to newsfeed

Facebook is constantly tweaking things, and if you thought the changes to your newsfeed would die down for a while, think again. The social network is back with yet another tweak, this time testing critics' reviews of restaurants that the Facebook user may be interested in. It works a little like this: visit the page of a particular restaurant, and you may see links to critics' reviews of that same place, augmenting your own opinion (if you've tried the place yet) and that of your more discerning friends.

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Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Periscope, the live-streaming app/service that was acquired by Twitter earlier this year, has finally debuted on Android with a new app on the Google Play Store. Today's release comes roughly two months after the iOS version, which has become very popular since then among Twitter users, celebrities, and as tool for citizen journalism. At its core, the Android app functions the same as it does in iOS, letting you both watch and record live broadcasts on your phone, but there a couple features exclusive to this new release.

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Instagram starts sending Highlights emails to draw users in

Instagram starts sending Highlights emails to draw users in

This sort of this isn't new, as both Facebook and Twitter have been doing it for some time now, and the fact that it's owned by Facebook means it was inevitable, but photo-sharing social network Instagram has finally started sending emails to users that attempt to draw them back to the service. Titled "Highlights," the emails are the typical "recent activity you may have missed" fare, featuring a selection of the most popular photos shared by users you follow.

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See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

The newest batch of proposed Emoji have been released (in proposal mode) this morning. These 38 new images include such gems as Drooling Face, Raised Back of Hand, and Croissant. The list includes notes about proposed popularity, including suggestions based on Google searches. Imagine how popular a Selfie Emoji will be with Google hits at 233,000,000 in text and 138,000,000 in images. People want these tiny representations of complex ideas, and they want them now. Immediately! Before they have to resort to words!

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Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest is the go-to destination for wedding-planning brides and backyard barbeques, alike. Now as users scroll through pins during their lunch break, they may notice some new types of pins popping up that are seamlessly interconnected with the crowdsourced content. Pinterest is making itself more attractive to advertisers with new, targeted pins and video-like ads, dubbed "Cinematic Pins." The company has also remodeled the way it charges for ads, making them more efficient and "taking the risk out of how you spend" on advertising.

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Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

No matter how you look at it, no matter how Google wants to spin it, things aren't looking good for Google+. The tech giant's attempt to take a bite out of Facebook is slowly but surely getting dismantled, with the Photos part now said to be ready to break out on its own as early as late May, in time for Google's annual developers conference. Officially, it's a way for the social platform to slim down and focus on what it does best. Unofficially, it is also a sign of a lack of vision, direction, and confidence.

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Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Following a test period in mid-April, Twitter has rolled out its new search results interface to all users logged in on the website. The new layout doesn't change what your results would be, but presents them in a new, clean manner that emphasizes pictures and video, and offers in-depth filtering options. This revamp of the search function marks Twitter's largest update to its web app in several months now. The new layout makes it easy to sort results by top tweets, "live" tweets, accounts, media, and news.

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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Facebook delves into online garage sales with improved search

Facebook delves into online garage sales with improved search

If you're looking for used furniture or electronics online, after checking Craigslist and eBay, you might want to take a look at Facebook for that second-hand gaming console. Facebook is reportedly testing a new search feature that will make it easier to browse through Facebook sales. The social network's lack of listing fees is already making it an attractive destination for sellers. The real question is if improved searches will be enough to sway buyers away from verified sellers on places like eBay and Amazon.

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