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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Facebook Snooze temporarily mutes your incredibly annoying friends

Depending on how many friends you have on Facebook, your News Feed might be a fairly crowded place, filled with stuff you may not necessarily want to see. In an effort to let us manage what we see and what we don't, Facebook is testing a new feature called "Snooze." This allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time, giving you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don't want to see.

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Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat's Discover already hosts a wide range of publishers from both traditional and digital media, including NBC, CNN, Buzzfeed, and Mashable, but its latest expansion will introduce more local content with an interesting twist. The social media giant will soon be adding college newspapers, however their content will only be viewable if you're on a particular school's campus.

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WhatsApp turns to business accounts to make some cash

WhatsApp turns to business accounts to make some cash

WhatsApp is unquestionably one of the most popular apps in the world, but thus far, it hasn't been all that great at actually making money for parent company Facebook. Facebook, of course, has enough money in its coffers to let some apps and services mature a bit, but generally speaking, not making any significant money from a $19 billion purchase isn't really a winning strategy. Now it looks like WhatsApp and Facebook may have figured out a way to make money by offering new services to enterprise customers.

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Tinder Gold lets users pay to see their likes, becomes top-grossing app

Tinder Gold lets users pay to see their likes, becomes top-grossing app

Popular dating app Tinder rolled out a new optional, paid subscription feature this week dubbed Tinder Gold, allowing users to find out who has liked them without the need to do the same by swiping to the right. This certainly isn't the first paid option Tinder has debuted, but what's interesting is that the app shot to the number one spot on the top-grossing list in the iOS App Store only a day after Tinder Gold launched.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit made an announcement today that will likely cause some controversy among its massive community. Reddit's native video platform is going live across the entire site in an expanded beta test. Previously, the Reddit video player was only available in around 200 communities as part of a limited testing phase.

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Facebook sneaks into China with photo sharing app

Facebook sneaks into China with photo sharing app

China and its strict censorship laws have banned western internet media and social platforms like Twitter, Google, and especially Facebook, but the latter has recently managed to work its way through the country's "Great Firewall." How? It seems the social media giant created an app called Colorful Balloons, which functions just like its own photo-sharing app Moments, and released it to Chinese users through a local company.

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Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Apple Instagram makes #ShotoniPhone the star

Fashionably late or just... late? Apple has finally joined Instagram, and just as the media-centric social network has become the go-to place for people to show off their glamorous lifestyles and myriad talents (even if that demands some very careful framing and a bucket-load of filters), so the Cupertino behemoth is using its account to pimp its own abilities. Namely, its iPhone cameras.

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Facebook Stories are heading to desktop: feature in testing now

Facebook Stories are heading to desktop: feature in testing now

Back in March, Facebook launched 'Stories,' a Snapchat clone that has, predictably, become pretty popular among the service's users. While that feature launched only on mobile and still is only available through the app, it will soon be making its way to the desktop version of Facebook, the company has revealed. Desktop Stories are currently in testing.

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Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

Instagram Stories: 1 year on, Snapchat should be terrified

It was a year ago today that Instagram rolled out a new feature called Stories, which allows users to post videos and photos to a feed that lasts 24 hours before disappearing. It sounded instantly familiar, as it was basically a copy of Snapchat's own Stories feature, and those similarities were all a lot of people talked about after the reveal. It's fitting, then, that a year later we're talking about those similarities once again, but for vastly different reasons.

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WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

WhatsApp just hit a major milestone

Financial reports have been landing over the past couple of days, and in determining the who had a good quarter and who didn't, we can safely count WhatsApp among the winners. As part of its end-of-quarter financial report, WhatsApp announced that it has surpassed a major milestone in terms of user count. If there was ever any question that WhatsApp would become one of the world's most popular messaging apps, the matter can now be laid to rest.

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