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Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

Facebook launches mid-roll ads in Live and on demand videos

As the rumors foretold, Facebook is getting ready to launch mid-roll video ads. Though we heard last month that it was considering letting publishers play ads during on demand videos, this roll out includes Live videos as well. In other words, there's no escape from the Facebook ad invasion.

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WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

We're dealing with a bit of déjà vu today, as WhatsApp has decided to roll out a massive update to its years-old Status feature. Early adopters will remember that WhatsApp launched as an application for sharing your status with friends and family, which means this feature was in place before even messaging - now the main draw of WhatsApp - was introduced. Today's update to the Status feature is a revamp in every sense of the word, but you'd be forgiven if you find it instantly familiar.

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Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Earlier in the month, Snapchat said that it would make its hard-to-obtain Spectacles easier to buy in 2017. Today it's making good on that promise by finally putting Spectacles up for sale online. That means no more waiting in line to purchase your Spectacles from a kiosk, though a fair amount of waiting is still in your future if you decide to buy online.

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US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

US may require visitors to hand over social media passwords

The Department of Homeland Security is mulling over additional ‘security’ measures that may affect visitors arriving in the U.S. from certain countries, namely the seven Muslim-majority nations recently targeted by Trump’s ban. According to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, one such security measure may involve having visitors provide the passwords to their social media accounts as a requirement in order to gain access to the nation.

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Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter’s next round of safety measures includes hiding abusive tweets

Twitter's history with abusive users is pretty well known at this point, and it's been in the news a lot lately. Twitter has been promising to implement new tools that will combat abuse for a few months now, and today we're finding out what the next step in that fight is. Over on the Twitter blog, the company outlined three new features that will be added in the coming weeks and should hopefully contribute a lot in cutting back in the amount of abusive users and tweets.

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Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Time is running out to download your Vines: Here’s how

Today is the day that Vine becomes Vine Camera, which means it's also the last day to save your Vines if you haven't done so already. Twitter announced what is essentially the death of Vince back in October, but the day has arrived at last. If you don't want your Vines to be lost forever, here's what you need to do to download them.

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Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position, it has been announced, and he will be moving on to focus on his role as chairman for Snapchat-owner Snap, Inc. Lynton has served as head of the entertainment division for the last 13 years, and was among the executives affected by the studio's huge security breach in 2014 that saw emails, films, and personal data leaked to the internet.

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As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

Instagram's Stories feature is still relatively new, but parent company Facebook is wasting no time in monetizing it. Today Instagram announced that full screen video ads will soon play within Stories, and it starts with partnerships with around 30 different businesses. From there, it seems safe to assume that Instagram will expand Stories ads quickly, letting more and more companies run ads.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an "online database" of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an official account of the organization, and was subsequently met with concern.

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This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

If you're an iPhone user and you've been itching for a way to upload your Live Photos to Instagram, then good news: you can now do exactly that by turning them into Boomerangs. Instagram is rolling out this new functionality right now, giving users a somewhat easy way to upload Live Photos to Instagram Stories. Best of all is the fact that you won't need to update the app to begin doing this - assuming your app is on the current version, you should see these features pop up automatically.

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Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

As we find ourselves in the final days of 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is looking to what his team can do in 2017 to improve the platform. Dorsey went straight to the source yesterday, asking Twitter users what changes they'd like Twitter to make in the new year. He got a ton of replies, with users requesting everything from better security to a stronger and more transparent approach to combating abuse.

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