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Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

These days, social media can feel less like a useful way to keep in touch with friends and family and more like a popularity contest fueled by influencers and celebrities who attempt to get as big a reaction as possible on everything they post. Instagram may be looking to change that behavior, as it's experimenting with a new feature that will hide likes to everyone but the person who published the post in question.

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger are down: Here’s what we know

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger are down: Here’s what we know

Brace yourself, social media addicts: Facebook is facing a massive outage across its main Facebook product, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp. Users around the world report difficulty accessing these platforms, with many reporting that they are completely down. The problem started around 6:30AM ET, at least based on reports from users. The issue impacts Facebook's mobile apps and websites.

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Ignore Facebook’s security advice

Ignore Facebook’s security advice

It's time to change your Facebook password. Again. The social network argues today's revelation that "hundreds of millions" of users' passwords were saved, in plaintext and unprotected, where thousands of employees could have accessed them, isn't bad enough that those users affected should be forced to update their security settings. I don't agree.

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Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

After getting your and your friends' data and bombarding you with ads, the next frontier for social networks is getting users to shop on or through them. Not even Instagram, who has evaded most high profile scandals last year, isn't immune from that desire. Granted, it already has a shopping feature but with the new Checkout feature that's rolling out, it will keep users from having to jump to brands' own online stores and, consequentially, keep most of the data for itself.

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Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Facebook reveals “Not without my consent” program in full effect

Today a new program from Facebook was released in order to combat the sharing of intimate images without shared consent. This is sometimes referred to as "revenge porn" and it's become a major problem across all forms of social media in the past half-decade. Today Facebook's pilot program revealed over a year and a half ago live in a new security-aimed hub called "Not without my consent."

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Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

Facebook just announced the loss of two of its most major executives. One was the Facebook head of product, the other was the head of WhatsApp. Chris Cox has apparently been wanting to leave the company for "a few years," according to company head Mark Zuckerberg. WhatsApp head Chris Daniels has also "decided to leave the company" - and Zuckerberg's used the same language in announcing the apparent self-made decisions by both leaders. If we analyze the language used by Zuckerberg in his note today, we can glean a bit before we move on to more grand analysis.

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Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook back online after hours of downtime: Here’s their excuse

Facebook was down yesterday, resulting in troubles with all of Facebook's various properties. This includes WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook proper. This is a good example for why one should not rely on one company to provide all of one's means of communication. Today Facebook revealed the reason why it had some troubles in the last day - a "server configuration change." I mean, yes I'm sure that's possible, but really?

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down: Huge outage leaves users waiting

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp down: Huge outage leaves users waiting

Facebook has been experiencing an outage that continues to impact some Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Oculus users. The issue has been ongoing for hours today, and though Facebook has acknowledged it multiple times, the reason for the outage remains unclear. In its most recent update, Facebook said that it can confirm the problem does not stem from a DDoS attack.

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How haqnii, yogi.mp4, and yogqq dominated Instagram likes

How haqnii, yogi.mp4, and yogqq dominated Instagram likes

Today there's a bit of business going on in Instagram with a crew of developers in Indonesia. Users @haqnii, @yogi.mp4, and @yogqq, as well as others, have set up a bit of a trick on Instagram. They've created a loop, with which any person who follows and comments with a tag will be up-voted by hundreds of accounts (all of which are run by bots). But that's not the end goal - that's just the hype.

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JetBlue Instagram promo kills feeds like OnePlus hammered phones

JetBlue Instagram promo kills feeds like OnePlus hammered phones

What would it take for you to delete all of the photos on your Instagram account? Is a chance at winning a year of free flights enough? If it is, then boy does JetBlue have a promotion aimed dimed at you. The airliner has announced an "All You Can Jet" sweepstakes that will give out a year of free flights to three different people, but before you can even get your name in the drawing, you'll need to wipe your Instagram account clean.

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Galaxy S10 update brings Bixby button remap, Instagram Mode

Galaxy S10 update brings Bixby button remap, Instagram Mode

The Galaxy S10 and its siblings aren't even completely in the public's hands but Samsung is already rolling out its first update to the device. That is probably for the best because it's an update that many won't want to skip. At least those who have considered the Bixby button the bane of their life. With the latest update, they can now remap that to what they want. Even better, the update may have a thing or two bonuses as well.

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All of Galaxy S10’s unique app features: Instagram, Adobe

All of Galaxy S10’s unique app features: Instagram, Adobe

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is now official, and of course, the phone's triple rear-camera is getting a lot of attention. In fact, that camera was one of the first things Samsung dove into during today's presentation in San Francisco. The camera segment of the show wasn't entirely focused on specifications, though, as Samsung had some app partnerships to announce as well.

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