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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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Facebook says annoying birthday alerts were a bug

Facebook says annoying birthday alerts were a bug

As with phone numbers, remembering someone's birthday has become less necessary thanks to the intrusion of technology into our everyday lives. In this case, you're likely to know it is someone's birthday because Facebook makes sure it tells you -- only, recently, the social network has seemed to go far out of its way to make sure you see birthday notifications, having them pop up anywhere you happen to have Facebook connected. Fortunately, that's not a permanent annoyance.

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Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Facebook’s “echo chamber” is your fault

Far from an echo chamber of reinforcing beliefs, your Facebook newsfeed is actually a hotbed of controversy: if it's not, Facebook argues, you've only yourself to blame. Much has been made of the ever-evolving algorithms that control which stories you see when you log into Facebook, including accusations that users are being fed a diet of shared articles that only ever support rather than challenge their pre-existing opinions. Instead, the social site's own research indicates, there's already a fair chance contrasting content is being served up, you just might be too overloaded to look at it.

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With Reddit Original Video, you are the product

With Reddit Original Video, you are the product

You may have heard of the new service Reddit Original Video announced just this afternoon. If you're like any one of the millions of content creators on the web today, you might be wondering how you're going to get in on it. You aren't. This isn't the same sort of deal as YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video service. It's not quite that massive. Instead, Reddit Original Video is going to be more like a content creator in and of itself. It's a video team, filming and sending video to you.

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Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

This morning it's become apparent that those with Apple Watches out in the wild are wishing they had more Apple Watch friends. As such, a Reddit group has been created called "Lonely Heartbeats," one that's aimed at connecting one Apple Watch wearer to another. Relatively anonymously. This heartbeat collective isn't only for sharing the beat of your heart through your watch, it's also for sharing drawings and connectivity of all sorts through your wrist. Connecting with a stranger isn't all that difficult - all Watch owners need is an email address.

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Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

Why use words? Emojis dominate Instagram

If you were to comment on Instagram with actual words and phrases, you'd look out-of-place in a sea of emojis and hashtags. It makes sense that on a platform ruled by images, emoji would be the language of choice. If a picture is worth a thousand words, do emoji carry the same weight in prose? Some would consider the pictorial designs worth a few phrases at best, but a team of Instagram researchers took a look at the way users are writing on Instagram comments and found that the online language is evolving towards emoji.

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Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook massages privacy with anonymous login and more

Facebook may be the natural home of over-sharing, but new Facebook Login options mean users now have more granular control over what third-party apps can know about them. Announced at F8 2014, the amended "Log in with Facebook" option will now serve up an "Edit the info you provide" link, where tweaks to exactly what gets passed over from your profile can be made. However, while the new feature may have been a year in the making, it's not a complete fix for online privacy.

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