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Facebook finally favors your friends over brands

Facebook finally favors your friends over brands

If you've been finding yourself perturbed by the number of sponsored posts that have been popping up in your Facebook News Feed, take heart: today the company announced changes to its News Feed algorithm that should result in seeing less from brands and more from your friends. Unsurprisingly, Facebook left most mention of brands or their ads out of their announcement, instead opting to discuss its list of "News Feed Values."

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PlayStation 4 drops Ustream as live-streaming broadcast option

PlayStation 4 drops Ustream as live-streaming broadcast option

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer that likes to broadcast your gameplay live on the Ustream service, you've got about one month to move your streaming to another platform. Sony has announced that the PS4 will be dropping support for Ustream on August 1st, meaning players won't be able to stream to it, nor will they be able to find Ustream content on the console's "Live from PlayStation" section.

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US Customs wants to check social media accounts of foreign visitors

US Customs wants to check social media accounts of foreign visitors

In addition to providing documents on their identification and travel permissions, foreign visitors entering the US may soon be asked to give their Twitter and Instagram accounts to Customs and Border Protection. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a new proposal to the Federal Register that would update the required entry forms with a question asking for travelers' accounts names on social media.

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Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat has ever-so-carefully come clean about copying. You'd think with the service being a popular mobile app the copied material might be code or UI design, but it turns out it's their popular photo filters. The company has admitted that employees copied the designs from makeup artists who share their designs on YouTube, Instagram, and other sites. Artists have been aware of this for some time, and grown frustrated over the lack of credit.

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YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

If you're old enough to remember using MySpace in its prime, you're probably also familiar with the early YouTube sensation of Lonelygirl15. It started off exactly 10 years ago as just an everyday teenager speaking into webcam in a simple format that become known as the "vlog." This was long before everyone knew what "web series" or "going viral" meant. It went on to be revealed as a scripted series, and still survived for two years before fizzling out. But now it's back, with Lonelygirl15 posting her first video in eight years.

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Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

We all know that Snapchat's meat and potatoes are selfies and videos, but that doesn't mean the company isn't interested in exploring new ideas. Snapchat made a solid attempt at creating original video content, but after that was shut down last fall, its ready to try something different. It's not video-related this time; instead, it's text — no, not text messaging. Rather, the text you see when reading a magazine, or in Snapchat's case, a digital magazine.

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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads. When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur. But this week, Reddit has announced the launch of its own native media upload option, with support for images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB, which are then hosted on the site itself.

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Twitter makes big changes to 140 character limit

Twitter makes big changes to 140 character limit

Twitter started off with a pretty simple premise. You get 140 characters to say whatever you want to the world. You could tweet at specific people, or just put your thoughts out there for all to see. Since its launch, it's slowly evolved to include Tweeting video, photos, and more. Currently, all of these extras eat into your character count, but not for long.

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Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

Twitter for Android gets automatic Night Mode UI

It's a safe bet that nearly everyone with a smartphone has used it while laying in bed at least a few times. And there's at least one app that you open up that's always way too bright. Despite having your brightness turned all the way down, the white background can be painful to look at. This is why some apps have a special "night mode" which gives you a dark background with light text, as opposed to the other way around.

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Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit, "the front page of the internet" as the site boasts, has finally caught up to just about every major social media platform this week by introducing embeddable threads. You know when you're on a website and come across a tweet, Instagram photo, or YouTube video in the middle of the page, and clicking on it takes you directly to that content on said social network? Well, now the same thing can be done with Reddit posts.

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Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Employers have long relied on the practice of checking job applicants' social media accounts as part of the application process to help determine if they'll be a good fit for the company. Now the federal government will do the same as part of their background and security clearance investigations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the new policy on Friday, and it highlights the fact that our social media presence is more and more seen as a reflection of our character.

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