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Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

In the past year we've seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It seems drones could be next on the company's list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California.

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Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

It seems like every day we get closer to being able to do anything and everything through Facebook. The latest step is ordering food for delivery via the social network behemoth. That's right, the company is now testing new feature that allows both web and mobile app users to look up nearby restaurants and place an order, all without leaving Facebook.

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Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook is once again planning to adjust your News Feed, this time to reduce the number of links you see that lead to spammy and/or advertisement-filled websites. The move aims to improve the quality of content that users see, eliminating things that Facebook decides are 'sensational,' 'misleading,' or 'spammy.' In their place will be links to things that Facebook considers more informative. The change is beginning to roll out to users starting today.

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The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

If you've been following the Nuggs for Carter saga on Twitter (and let's be honest: it's been hard to ignore), then you might like to know that it appears to be done today. The whole ordeal kicked off when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's how many retweets he'd need to win a free year of chicken nuggets. Wendy's reply offered a magic number of 18 million, sparking one of the biggest social media stories of the year thus far.

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Facebook said to debut original TV-like shows in June

Facebook said to debut original TV-like shows in June

As more and more tech and social media companies look to get into the television game, Facebook may be about to make one of the biggest plays. The social network giant is reportedly developing almost two dozen original shows which will premiere as early as mid-June. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has commented in the past how they have a goal to draw users in with more original content, and TV shows would be a prime way to generate more ad revenue.

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Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Fake news, meet real news. Social media has recently come under fire for its role in the spread of fake news, and various networks have tried to address the problem in different ways. Twitter seems to have opted to fight fake news by increasing the amount of its real news content. That will be via a soon to be announced partnership with Bloomberg, which, among other things, is expected ti bring in the ad revenues Twitter is in dire need of.

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Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

While the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps might be common, everyday communication features on smartphones in the US, in developing countries around the world these apps can be a little resource-heavy for the less powerful devices used or in low data bandwidth conditions. To help address that situation — and continue to draw in more users — Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite have been rolling out to more regions, with the latter now available in over 130 countries.

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Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn't hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having a hard time making money from those users.

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Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Despite whatever controversy it may have caused when it first launched, Instagram Stories has certainly taken off in the time since then. Today Instagram revealed that Stories has attracted 200 million users, joining the recently announced milestone of 375 million users for Instagram Direct. As a result of these big numbers, both Stories and Direct are getting some new features today.

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Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram announced today that its Direct feature has pulled in an additional 75 million users since November 2016, bringing the total number of users up to an impressive 375 million. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

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Twitter Lite launches to save on data, storage space

Twitter Lite launches to save on data, storage space

Sometimes having and maintaining a social media presence can be difficult when you've got a tiny data cap, but today Twitter is looking to ease that particular burden for its users. The company has announced Twitter Lite, a pared down version of its mobile site for folks who need to make a compromise between data-light and feature-rich.

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Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook has expanded the charity aspects of its platform, making it possible for users to launch personal fundraisers. These fundraisers are available across six different categories, including Education, Crisis Relief, Medical, Personal Emergency, and more. Those who use the platform to raise funds will pay about seven percent in a fee that goes toward Facebook's various costs including vetting and fraud protection.

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