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Twitter will call out rule-breakers

Twitter will call out rule-breakers

For the past year or so, Twitter has focused on updating its rules and policy to beef up safety, but with that comes a need for increased transparency. Today, Twitter announced a couple of new features focused on just that. They're relatively small changes in the grand scheme of things, but they should prove useful to larger Twitter userbase nonetheless.

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Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook launches 3D Photos for iPhone Portrait mode images

Facebook has launched 3D photos, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to add a 3D effect to images. The feature requires the user to take images with a dual-lens iPhone camera, which captures depth information. When shared, users who view the 3D photos can move their phone or VR headset around and view the subject independently of the background.

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Google+ shutdown: How to download and keep your data now

Google+ shutdown: How to download and keep your data now

Today Google announced they'd close Google+ for consumers - that means you, reader. This closure is due to several factors, the most important of these being the huge privacy bug uncovered this week by the Wall Street Journal. Other reasons aren't nearly as important - but they're there nonetheless. Besides the bug, Google+ never really got off the ground.

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Facebook Lite may finally come to iPhone

Facebook Lite may finally come to iPhone

The last few years have seen Facebook Lite grow significantly in popularity. The scaled-down social media app launched a few years ago as an option for users in countries with slow or poor data connections, along with benefiting those with aging Android devices that couldn't quite keep up with the regular app's flashier, data and resource-heavy features. Facebook Lite for Android is already in testing for the US market, and the good news is that an iOS version is now in the works as well.

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Facebook adds anti-bullying tools to help reduce harassment

Facebook adds anti-bullying tools to help reduce harassment

Facebook has introduced new tools to help its users deal with bullying and other similar issues. The biggest feature is arriving first for Android and desktop users, followed later on by iOS. With it, anyone can delete or hide a large batch of comments at the same time on posts that attract bullies. The company also has a new policy on engaging with public figures and more.

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Leaked Instagram feature lets users share other users’ photos

Leaked Instagram feature lets users share other users’ photos

Rumors about "regramming" on Instagram have been around for months, and though the feature still doesn't officially exist, new reports continue claiming it may one day be a reality. This week brings one such claim, with the report alleging that a "seamless sharing" feature is being tested internally as a way for users to share other users' posts.

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Facebook Dating is here, but it’s not for you (yet)

Facebook Dating is here, but it’s not for you (yet)

Back in May, Facebook made an interesting announcement that wasn't entirely unexpected: it wanted to break into the dating space. Today, a few months after that first reveal, Facebook Dating is rolling out to a select number of users as part of an early test. Assuming this test goes well, it may not be long before Facebook Dating goes live for all 2.2 billion Facebook users.

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GoPro HERO7 revealed: Three models, all simple, social

GoPro HERO7 revealed: Three models, all simple, social

Three GoPro HERO7 cameras were revealed this morning by the go-anywhere action camera brand. There's the GoPro HERO7 Black, Silver, and White to choose from, each of these coming with their own set of specifications, features, and price levels. GoPro upgraded the lot, but their emphasis this round or releases is on simplicity. They're trying to do what works and make what works simple to understand - and subsequently buy.

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Twitter just fixed its worst “feature”

Twitter just fixed its worst “feature”

Today Twitter reversed implementation of a "feature" in which users were shown "in case you missed it" and "recommended Tweets" instead of a standard chronological order. In a non-curated world, Twitter would display all the Tweets made by all the accounts one person follows, and it'd do so in reverse chronological order, with the newest Tweets showing up first. That's what Twitter was at the beginning. That's what it (temporarily) is again.

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Facebook pilot program offers new security tools to political campaigns

Facebook pilot program offers new security tools to political campaigns

Facebook has a new pilot program designed to help protect political candidates and their campaign staff from "bad actors." With the pilot program comes new tools, namely the ability to ask Facebook for "additional security protections" that can be added to accounts and Pages. The program is something admins for Pages associated with political campaigns will need to apply for.

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Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

This morning we've got some bad news for those of you who claim Path as your social network of choice, as its creators have announced that it will soon be shutting down. Path has been with us for nearly eight years now, originally launching back in November 2010. It isn't quite going make it to its eighth birthday, however, as the shut down is scheduled to happen next month.

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Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite, the social network's slim app for low-end devices and developing markets, has just received access to important community crisis tools. Called Community Help, the feature launched early last year as a way for Facebook users to offer (and find, when necessary) help from their community following disasters. Mobile users no longer have to use the regular Facebook app to access this feature.

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