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Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

These days, social media isn't just about flooding the world with your status updates. Networks have gotten a bit smarter, a bit more thematic. They are trying not to just blabber on about what people had for lunch or funny cat pictures. Social networks are becoming somewhat more informative and more relevant by trying to showcase what's happening in the world around people. In light of that, Instagram soft launched off its own video channel of curated content, starting with all the Halloween videos you can stomach.

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VSCO Cam unveils sister app for making GIFs: DSCO

VSCO Cam unveils sister app for making GIFs: DSCO

The makers of VSCO Cam, the popular photo-editing app on iOS and Android, have just launched their newest app, DSCO, which focuses on the ever-growing popularity of GIF creation. There's already a number of popular apps that offer tools for creating and sharing GIFs in a simple manner, so what's one more, right? Actually, DSCO relies on the same clean app design and tasteful use of filters that made VSCO Cam a huge hit.

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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

The most important pull-down menu on the entirety of the world's most used social network sits right up front and center of your best friend's profile page. This menu hides under the "Following" button, and inside you'll find the most excellent option Facebook has ever offered. The menu item you're looking for is "Unfollow." With this option you'll retain your friendship 100% without having to see your friend's posts in your news feed. You have the power to sort out what you want to see and what you're tired of seeing on Facebook without any negative repercussions.

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Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

The team at Instagram have announced that they're now working with more than 400-million monthly active users. Up from 300-million monthly active users nine months ago, Instagram appears to be growing at an increasingly quick rate. Instagram representatives also made clear that more than 80 million photos are being shared per day and that a whopping 75% of the entire community is international - that's outside the United States, in this case.

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Tupac is Not Alive: Viral Media Gone Haywire

Tupac is Not Alive: Viral Media Gone Haywire

Tupac is dead - but due to the viral nature of news coverage on the internet, this week millions may question that fact. This story begins with a headline that read "Dying LVMPD officer says 2Pac paid him 1.5 million dollars to help 2Pac fake his death" originating at a website by the name of DailyMediaBuzz. This website produces fake news - there is no legitimacy to this story in the least. But that's not stopping news sources like The Daily Mirror, who appear to have no qualms with producing a story they know may be entirely falsified.

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4chan sold to 2chan by creator moot

4chan sold to 2chan by creator moot

This week it's been announced that the creator of 4chan has sold the anonymous image forum to Hiroyuki Nishimura. Nishimura was the founder of 2channel, a Japanese textboard webpage founded back in 1999. That textboard gave rise to the internet's era of anonymous message boards and the webpage Futaba Channel, the predecessor of 4chan. Chris "moot" Poole moved away from leadership of 4chan back in January of this year, and has now sold the site outright, leaving leadership entirely.

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Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram has finally gotten with the times and dropped its requirement that photos be in a square format. The social network has updated both its iOS and Android apps and now allows users to post photos in landscape and vertical orientations, in addition to the classic square. The same size change is applied to videos too. This will likely be a welcome change to Instagram users, who for years already have been taking photos and video on devices with rectangular screens.

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Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Twitter removes backgrounds from timeline, moves to tweets

Did your Twitter timeline's custom wallpaper just disappear on you? No need to panic, there's nothing really wrong There is no widespread Twitter bug. Actually, yes do panic because since it's not a bug, it means there's nothing to be fixed. In a still unexplained move, Twitter removed custom background images and design from your profile and home timeline page. Fear not, it hasn't completely disappeared into nothingness. You can still see them, but only if you're viewing individual tweets and nowhere else in the Twitterverse.

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Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Good news for Instagram fans, or just users who are tired of the social network's small resolution for displaying photos: the service is now storing images at a size of 1080 x 1080 pixels, a big increase over the previous 640 x 640 resolution. Unfortunately, both the mobiles apps and Instagram's website are still displaying photos at the smaller size by default, but it was discovered that the larger sizes can still be found by playing around with the web view's source code.

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White House (mostly) ends its ban on social media and photos

White House (mostly) ends its ban on social media and photos

After 40 years of banning photography -- and later on social media -- during White House public tours, the Obama administration has decided to lift the limitation. Michelle Obama announced the change today on the White House's Instagram page, showing the White House's photography ban sign and saying those rules no longer apply. She ripped the sign in half, and thus ends an era, at least for the most part. There are still some limitations on what you can use to snap your pictures.

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New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

New Twitter feature collects tweets based on products and places

Twitter has just announced a new feature for its web and mobile apps that will collect tweets and media about products and places onto dedicated pages. The feature is currently being tested on a limited number of such topics, but new updates to the Twitter apps for iOS and Android make it possible to come across dedicated pages in the timeline, as well view collections put together by select high-profile users.

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