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The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The big problems with Facebook Messenger Instant Games

In case you missed the news, games are now included on the ever-growing list of Facebook Messenger features. There are a lot of them, too, with arcade classics such as Arkanoid and PAC-MAN joining newer titles like Bust-A-Move Blitz and Words with Friends: Frenzy. It's frankly an excellent idea that makes Messenger more attractive as a chatting platform, but it's not without some glaring flaws at this early stage.

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Beme to shut down after acquisition by CNN

Beme to shut down after acquisition by CNN

The video streaming social media app Beme and the company that makes it have been swooped up by CNN. The announcement came from Beme co-founder and CTO Matt Hackett today, and it comes with some bad news for Beme users. According to Hackett, the app will be shutting down on January 31 as the Beme team focuses on new projects under the CNN banner.

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Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

Telegram app debuts new Telegraph blogging platform

The makers of the popular messaging app Telegram debuted a new blogging platform earlier this week, but one with a very interesting feature. Called Telegraph, it allows users to write and publish long-form posts with no requirement to create an account or sign in through other social network accounts such as Facebook or Twitter. In other words, it can be used to quickly write and publish posts to the web, completely anonymously.

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Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

Twitter announces new anti-harassment measures

As promised, Twitter has detailed some new measures its implementing to combat the troll problem it has. Twitter's struggle against online harassment has been well documented, and it's been said that those same struggles have prevented the social media company from finding a buyer. These features are rolling out today, with Twitter planning to make them more comprehensive as time goes on.

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Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat created a lot of buzz a few days ago by launching its new Spectacles wearable — sunglasses equipped with a camera — through a bright yellow vending machine placed in Venice Beach, California. The surprise release came without warning, and what's more, the vending machine is the only way to buy a pair of the $130 glasses. But the big yellow box has appeared in a second location today, giving those in central California another chance to snag a pair.

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Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Longtime users of Facebook's various chatting and messaging services may remember Rooms, the feature that debuted in 2014 that allowed users to create public rooms based on interests or topics where people can discuss and form communities. While the service never really caught on, the social media giant appears to be giving it another shot as Messenger Rooms, with a new public trial launching in Canada and Australia for Android devices.

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Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

We're getting wind of more Facebook features today, and these new ones center around the beloved job search. Facebook has confirmed that it is testing job posting features for business pages, giving users the opportunity to apply for those jobs without ever having to leave the site. Should these roll out on a wider scale, Facebook's implementation could do a lot to threaten other networks like LinkedIn.

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Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

At the end of October, Twitter made the rather surprising decision to pull the plug on Vine by announcing plans to discontinue its mobile app. While we still don't have a day the mobile app is scheduled to go offline, new reports suggest that may not actually happen. That is to say: Vine might be granted a reprieve assuming Twitter can find someone interested in purchasing it.

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Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

Facebook will begin testing ads on Apple TV and Roku devices

If you thought Facebook already has enough presence on the screens of your various devices, get ready for one more: the TV. The social network behemoth is gearing up to expand its ever-growing advertising network with a test that will run video ads within certain apps on the Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes. The tests could start as early as next week, but there's no word yet on a pre-determined video length.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

Late last week, GIPHY announced that it would soon be offering a tool to convert Vines into GIFs. By now, many of you know that Twitter will soon be pulling the plug on Vine's mobile app, giving GIPHY this window to launch a conversion tool and possibly pull in some more traffic. That tool is now live, just a few short days after it was originally announced.

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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