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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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Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

Twitter to lay off 8% of workforce, cutting 336 jobs

With Jack Dorsey officially back in place at Twitter's CEO, the company has confirmed recent rumors, unfortunately, that it's eliminating a significant number of jobs throughout the company. As part of an effort to streamline operations, the social network is laying off 336 employees, making up 8% of its staff. As Dorsey put said in an email announcing the news to employees, the company is "moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow."

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Twitter tipped in plan to layoff workers

Twitter tipped in plan to layoff workers

Following Jack Dorsey being name the new permanent CEO of Twitter, a new report has surfaced claiming the company is planning on laying off workers across the company some time this week. The unnamed sources do not state the anticipated number of workers who will be let go; however, they do say it is likely every department in the company will be affected, and that engineers will most likely be the most greatly affected by the upcoming purge.

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