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Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

Twitter emailing some users: government might be hacking you

By now, it's no longer surprising to hear that there might be some state-initiated, even sponsored, cyber activity being undertaken in the interests of national security. Most of the time, these happen in secrecy. Rare and unusual are the times, however, when targets are informed of such activities by companies used as middle men in such incidents. That is precisely what Twitter is apparently doing by supposedly emailing an unknown number of users that they might be the target of some state-sponsored hacking attempts.

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Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter users that appreciate viewing and sharing photos on the social service might notice something is much more pleasing when viewing the site on the web. Twitter says it is no longer cropping images appearing in the timeline into rectangles, instead displaying square and landscape photos in full, eliminating the need to click on them to expand. Unfortunately, Twitter users that appreciate viewing as many tweets on the screen at once without scrolling will not be pleased by today's update.

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Twitter bot uses ‘forgery algorithm’ to turn selfies into art

Twitter bot uses ‘forgery algorithm’ to turn selfies into art

You probably saw the trippy pictures produced by Google’s neural networks this past summer, and maybe you even created a few yourself. There’s a new and similar tool out there, but it comes in the form an art forger. The Twitter bot, called "The Deep Forger", will take your selfie or whatever image you provide and transform it into a work of art based on a style of its choosing.

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Twitter’s quietly testing more emoji reactions

Twitter’s quietly testing more emoji reactions

A couple weeks ago, Twitter threw its users off a touch by replacing stars, that is “Favorites”, with new hearts, which represent “Likes.” People complained, as people tend to do, some bringing up good points: “liking” is for Facebook and hearts are for Instagram, and clicking a heart seems to convey something different — and less appropriate — than clicking a star in most cases. As an apparent solution, Twitter is testing other emoji reactions.

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Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter has introduced, and in a relatively quiet manner, ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs, which are animated GIFs with an unusual feature: you can scrub back and forth through them by swiping your finger (or mouse, for those on desktop). Signs of the GIFs cropped up in recent weeks, likely as part of a test on Twitter's part, but can now be enjoyed by all. The company isn’t particularly vocal about the new feature, but it appears ScratchReel might be made possible thanks to Snappy TV.

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Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Just in case you weren't already getting enough notifications on your phone, Facebook is here to bring you more. The company has launched Notify, an iOS app that delivers the latest news headlines based on user preferences. Turns out the early peek at the app a few weeks ago was mostly accurate, with Notify clearly aimed at competing with Twitter when it comes to delivering news in real-time.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens posters: we made the rest

Star Wars The Force Awakens posters: we made the rest

This morning Lucasfilm released a set of five posters depicting some of the main characters of the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This film will be released in December - not too long from now - and quite a bit of the plot and the details therein remain a secret. As such, we're not entirely surprised there's no Luke Skywalker poster. But we wanted one anyway, so we made one. We made a poster for Chewbacca as well, at Peter Mayhew's request.

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Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter has finally done it. They've made the change that many have been expecting for some now. The star icon for favoriting something is out, and now the social network is all about hearts. Because hearts are in. To really emphasize the change, the action is not even called "favorites" anymore, but is instead the universal "likes" from now on. In a blog post, Twitter says the change is going into effect from today on both Twitter and Vine.

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Twitter increases follow limit to 5,000 accounts

Twitter increases follow limit to 5,000 accounts

Twitter has a somewhat complex system of checks and balances in place when it comes to following other Twitter users and being followed by them. This is to avoid so-called "aggressive following," that is, the practice of following tons of people at once, then unfollowing everyone who didn't follow you back in a day or two. To help curb aggressive following, Twitter has a standard cap that all accounts are subjected to.

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Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter Moments, now with a side dish of advertisements

Twitter introduced a new feature call “Moments” on October 6, and now, less than a month later, the service has announced that it will be adding advertisements to Moments. They’ll be called “Promoted Moments”, and they’ll kick off starting tomorrow with ads for the movie Creed. These Promoted Moments are akin to Promoted Tweets, and are the latest way by which Twitter is looking to get advertisers on board with its platform.

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Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

Twitter polls coming to iOS, Android, and desktop

This week the folks at Twitter are releasing "Twitter Polls", a way to gauge interest in topics without a large amount of commitment from users. This system will be coming to iOS, Android, and desktop (web browser) versions of Twitter within the next few days. Once users like yourself are able to see the "poll" icon in their compose box, they'll be able to create their own poll with ease. Please feel free to ask all of your followers whether they like ham or cheese better - or which of the Star Wars films is their favorite.

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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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