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Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna just proved that once social networks went public, they put themselves on the same wobbly pedestal they themselves created. The way Snapchat was updated recently, it's fairly insulated from criticism from within its own network. But when a major influencer like Rihanna wants to take a shot at the company from another network, outside Snapchat's echo chamber, stockholders listen.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry is going after Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp companies, for alleged patent infringement. The company filed a lawsuit against the social media platforms today, accusing them of developing mobile apps that infringe on BlackBerry's "mobile messaging intellectual property." A spokesperson for BlackBerry claims the company has spent "several years" in talks with Facebook over the alleged IP infringement, apparently without any progress in the matter.

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Instagram audio and video calls may put even more pressure on Snapchat

Instagram audio and video calls may put even more pressure on Snapchat

Instagram has been playing the long game for Snapchat's users, and one of the way it's been doing that is by implementing features that Snapchat already offers. Of course, merely repurposing Snapchat features isn't enough, as Instagram has to try doing them better than Snapchat as well. The next feature on the list could be a big one, as it looks like Instagram is winding up to launch video and audio calling.

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Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

Snapchat Stories just copied an Instagram idea (for once)

When it comes to the war between Instagram and Snapchat, we're usually covering the features that the former borrows from the latter. Instagram has repurposed a lot of Snapchat's features in its quest to compete, and it has had no bones about naming the source of its inspiration. Today, however, those roles are reversed, as Snapchat is launching a new feature that actually came to Instagram first.

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Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Your days of Instagram creeping may soon be over

Instagram has had no problem in re-purposing features that first appeared in Snapchat for its own use, and today is no different in that regard. Instagram has started testing a new feature that alerts users when someone tries to snap a screenshot of the stories they share. Of course, snapping a screenshot goes against the whole "disappearing message" thing, which is one of the key draws of both Instagram Stories and Snapchat.

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You young people can leave Facebook now

You young people can leave Facebook now

As Facebook ages, its younger users seem to be leaving - or just not joining at all, in the first place. Where the social network in blue originally found purchase with college students, the years between then and now may have found the brand's social peak. Facebook remains the most dominant social network in the world, but according to one analysis firm, there's a limit to what young people will take.

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Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram users have long had to jump through hoops to share other users' content on their own accounts. Whereas the current workaround to the lack of a share button is taking a screenshot, a new Instagram test available to some users changes that. With the new "Regram" feature being tested, Instagram users are able to directly share another user's content in their own Stories.

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Instagram Stories Type Mode replaces photos with fancy text

Instagram Stories Type Mode replaces photos with fancy text

Instagram has introduced a new type of Stories mode the eliminates photos entirely. Called Type Mode, the new sharing option is exactly what it sounds like: a way to share images that contain only text via the platform's Stories feature. The new mode is for those times you have something to say but no image to say it with; users get access to fancy text and colorful backgrounds, though.

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Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories already offer quite a few different features for you to take advantage of, but if you ever feel like the stories you post need a little extra pizzaz, the new feature rolling out today might be for you. Instagram has announced that Stories now support animated GIF stickers, allowing you to add a little extra flair to the photos and videos you post as stories.

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Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram has added a feature that has some users upset: a small notice that alerts others to when you were last active on that app. As with Facebook's past decision to add read receipts to its chat platform, Instagram's new feature makes managing one's digital social life a little trickier. Fortunately, the company has given its users the ability to disable the activity status, making it possible to stop others from snooping on your habits.

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Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram Stories get WhatsApp cross-posting in new test

Instagram is experimenting with a new feature that allows its customers to cross-post Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp, a feature that builds upon the Facebook cross-posting it officially launched in late 2017. Only some Instagram users are spotting this feature at this time, and they all appear to be in Brazil. When the feature may roll out more extensively is unclear.

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Instagram recommended content rolls out in user home feeds

Instagram recommended content rolls out in user home feeds

Instagram is rolling out recommended posts to its users, a new reality first revealed via a test spotted in early December. The change is exactly what it sounds like -- a way for Instagram to push content it thinks you will like based on your own activity on the platform. The company explains on its help site that it determines which content to suggest based on the stuff that is "liked" by the accounts you choose to follow.

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