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Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Here’s how to add Instagram Live replays to your Story

Instagram announced today that the number of people who use Stories on a daily basis has grown significantly since the last time we checked in. Back in April, Instagram announced that Stories had hit 200 million users, but in the roughly two months since then, that number has grown by 50 million people. To celebrate a quarter of a billion users for Stories, Instagram is rolling out new features that allow you to preserve your Live broadcasts for a short time.

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New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

New Twitter update gets lighter and faster

Twitter is getting a bit of a redesign across a number of different versions today. Though this redesign isn't anything drastic - you'll still know Twitter when see it, in other words - it does make quite a few quality of life improvements across the board. These new features and tweaks are coming to iOS, Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite, though you may not see them right away.

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Facebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFs

Facebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFs

Although GIF is technically just an image format not unlike JPG, PNG, and BMP, its built-in ability to support animations has made it synonymous with creative, ridiculous, and sometimes entertaining forms of expression. It has also become one of the biggest vehicles of such expression on social networks like Facebook. In gratitude and in celebration of the image format's 30th birthday this 15th of June, Facebook is giving out some GIFy treats while also contemplating one of the biggest mysteries of the universe: how to pronounce GIF.

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Instagram Archive gives you private posts

Instagram Archive gives you private posts

Instagram, by its very nature, is great for posts you don't mind the entire world seeing, but what if you want to use Instagram with a little more privacy? Thus far, you haven't really been able to create posts that only you can see. That all changes today with the roll out of a new feature called Instagram Archive.

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Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

A man has been sentenced to death this week in a government court of law for committing "blasphemy" on Facebook and WhatsApp. Mr. T. Raza, age 30, was found guilty in a government-sanctioned "antiterrorism court" in a first for the country. This man will be put to death for his crimes against society unless he appeals the sentence, at which point it'll be taken to a higher court.

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US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

The US government has approved social media background checks applied to individuals applying for a visa, it has been announced. The controversial move will require visa applicants to provide a list of their social media handles from the past half-decade, as well as 'biographical information' from the past 15 years. The decision to approve this new vetting method was made by the Office of Management and Budget.

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Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

If you've been using the internet for the last 15 years or so, you probably remember, or at least came into contact with, del.icio.us, the pioneer of social bookmarking websites. Founded in 2003, the site had a number of good years before it eventually changed hands more than a few times, and has been considered mostly a forgotten relic since then. But now the sun is setting for del.icio.us, as the service will be shuttered later this month following its sale to rival Pinboard.

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Snapchat Spectacles launch in Europe, both online and at vending machines

Snapchat Spectacles launch in Europe, both online and at vending machines

It's taken a little while for Snap's Spectacles to make their way out of the US, but today they're finally landing in Europe. Snapchat announced the Euorpean release of Spectacles earlier today, opening online orders for a number of regions. Of course, if you want the true Spectacles experience, you'll also be able to stop by a number of self-serve vending machines to pick up a pair.

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Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

In the past year we've seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It seems drones could be next on the company's list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California.

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Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

It seems like every day we get closer to being able to do anything and everything through Facebook. The latest step is ordering food for delivery via the social network behemoth. That's right, the company is now testing new feature that allows both web and mobile app users to look up nearby restaurants and place an order, all without leaving Facebook.

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Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook is once again planning to adjust your News Feed, this time to reduce the number of links you see that lead to spammy and/or advertisement-filled websites. The move aims to improve the quality of content that users see, eliminating things that Facebook decides are 'sensational,' 'misleading,' or 'spammy.' In their place will be links to things that Facebook considers more informative. The change is beginning to roll out to users starting today.

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The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

If you've been following the Nuggs for Carter saga on Twitter (and let's be honest: it's been hard to ignore), then you might like to know that it appears to be done today. The whole ordeal kicked off when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's how many retweets he'd need to win a free year of chicken nuggets. Wendy's reply offered a magic number of 18 million, sparking one of the biggest social media stories of the year thus far.

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