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Shazam now lets you know what artists have Shazamed

Shazam now lets you know what artists have Shazamed

It seems that everyone and anyone in the music streaming biz is scampering now that Apple is launching its own Apple Music service. Google has unexpectedly added free ad-supported streaming radio to their service. Tidal abruptly fires its CEO almost in panic over an impending competition. And now Shazam has announced a new feature that goes slightly beyond its regular music discovery feature and into the realm of social networking for artists. Coincidentally, that's the very same feature that Apple has been advertising from the get go in Apple Music Connect.

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Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook eyeing next billion users with upcoming Africa office

Facebook is eyeing the future and as such will be launching its first office in Africa, it has been announced. The office will be in a Johannesburg suburb and will be run by Nunu Ntshingila. So far Facebook has about 120 million users in Africa, a small number compared to the more than a billion people who call it home. The social network's Internet.org and Facebook Lite will play a part in getting users on board.

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Facebook couldn’t buy Snapchat, so it’s “borrowing” its features

Facebook couldn’t buy Snapchat, so it’s “borrowing” its features

If at first you don't acquire, emulate. Having been spurned by Snapchat, Facebook has instead borrowed the photo editing features from the short-lived picture messaging service. The new photo uploader, complete with various text overlays, stickers, and filters, was revealed earlier today and spawned instant comparisons with how Snapchat offers simple graphical tweaks to its self-destructing pictures. If Facebook's track record tells us anything, however, it's that a positive reception to its changes is anything but guaranteed.

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Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

Facebook tries to outdo Snapchat with new photo uploader

You know what they say when in Rome. In this case, though, it's "when in photo sharing land, do as Snapchat does." Facebook has silently started to roll out a new version of its photo uploader and with it came a batch of new features that puts it on par with Snapchat. That means swipeable filters, text overlays, and, of course, stickers, making it possible to produce almost every form of whimsy and hilarity using nothing but some regular-looking photos and a sense of humor.

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Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter seems to be making it a trend to develop its own emoji to coincide with holidays and special events. The social network started this off with sporting events like the World Cup 2014, NBA tournaments, and more recently with Star Wars emoji for the Star Wars Celebration event back in April, a character for the debut of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video in May, and emoji to celebrate Ramadan earlier this month. Now the site is giving us special tennis characters in honor of Wimbledon.

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Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook has introduced its latest diversity report, which details information on its own workforce. There has been little change over last year, unfortunately, showing mostly the same numbers we saw in summer 2014 -- something that doesn't fit well with the social network's diversity goals. Facebook reported its initial diversity numbers in 2014, as did many other big name businesses in the industry. Said the social network’s Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams, “Having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do for our business.”

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Privacy fears halt Facebook Moments in Europe

Privacy fears halt Facebook Moments in Europe

Facebook Moments' smart people-spotting AI won't fly in Europe, with the smartphone app not being released until users can opt-out of facial recognition. The software, launched earlier this month for iOS and Android devices, promises to fill in the gaps in your galleries by combining pictures and video taken by multiple people all attending the same event. To do that, Moments uses its increasingly accurate face-recognition tech, and it's the legality of that which has the app's European launch on hold.

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New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

Twitter has just announced a new feature for its web and mobile apps that will collect tweets and media about products and places onto dedicated pages. The feature is currently being tested on a limited number of such topics, but new updates to the Twitter apps for iOS and Android make it possible to come across dedicated pages in the timeline, as well view collections put together by select high-profile users.

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Emoji alert: Tacos, Hot Dogs, Unicorns appear with Unicode 8.0

Emoji alert: Tacos, Hot Dogs, Unicorns appear with Unicode 8.0

Next-wave emoji arrive with the release of Unicode 8.0 this week. This means that, while we do need to wait for software creators to implement the code, we'll be seeing such emoji as Hot Dog, Unicorn, and Taco sooner than later. This is great news for those that love food. And unicorns. We've got the full list of new emoji set to be released in the immediate future as well. Have a peek and let us know what you'll be voting for in the wave after the one we're in right this minute!

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Twitter Project Lightning to curate tweets into events

Twitter Project Lightning to curate tweets into events

Twitter is readying a new breaking-news and event platform, Project Lightning, which will package tweets and multimedia in the hope of converting new users. While the current Twitter process involves following individuals or companies and manually curating what shows up in your stream, Project Lightning will be a temporary aggregator of content across the Twitterverse, visible to both logged-in users and unregistered newbies alike.

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Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook’s showing status suggestions to some users

Facebook posting. Do it often enough and you’ll start to feel like you’re repeating yourself. Maybe you feel like having some banal online banter, but you’ve nothing witty to say. Life has been boring. You’re out of material. In the future that might not be an issue. Some users are reporting seeing status ideas on their Facebook, which are presented as “Suggested Topics” and include things that are trending on the social network. A popup prods users toward the suggested topics.

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Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook gauges attention to bypass lackluster “Likes”

Facebook doesn't need you to "Like" something any more to know you're interested: just by taking the time to read, the ever-seeing algorithm is learning. The social networking behemoth has announced the latest iteration of its News Feed system, no longer tracking just "Likes" and comments, but comparing the relative attention each post garners to figure out what users might really be intrigued by.

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