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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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10-year-old becomes Facebook’s youngest bounty hunter

10-year-old becomes Facebook’s youngest bounty hunter

When I was a kid, I always thought that being a bounty hunter or a smuggler would be a cool profession. Of course, in my mind, I was thinking that I'd be Boba Fett, or Han Solo. In reality, those titles are far different than they're depicted in the Star Wars universe. But that doesn't make it any less interesting when a 10-year-old can claim to be the youngest bounty hunter ever.

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Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

Tweeting could cost jurors $1,500 under a new California bill

I'm the kind of person that gets on Facebook a few times a day, just to check up on the lives of my friends and family that I don't get to see very often. However, some for some people, social media is a deeply integrated part of their life, that they can't seem to go without for more than a short period of time. If you're one of those people, and you happen to get selected for jury duty, then you might find yourself having to pay a hefty fine.

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Twitter now lets you report multiple abusive tweets at once

Twitter now lets you report multiple abusive tweets at once

Twitter is an interesting platform. With a 140 character limit, conversations are comprised of either short, pointed messages, or an entire storm of tweets. And if these are abusive tweets, such an amount of them can make it hard to report to Twitter. At least until now.

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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Miitomo, Nintendo's new cute avatar-creating/messaging/photo app, has become an overnight hit in both Japan and the US, even seeing over 1 million downloads in the first 3 days alone. While there are plenty of clothing items to choose from, both serious and goofy, when it comes to dressing up your "Mii," there's surprisingly little cross-over from Nintendo's other game franchises, other than a Mario-style hat. That's about to change, as next week will see the release of new costume items based on Splatoon, the popular paint-shooting Wii U game.

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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

So far, 2016 has produced one clear trend in social media: pictures of face swaps. Now, Snapchat, one of the most popular apps for sharing such photo shenanigans, has been updated on iOS to include face-swapping right from the camera roll. This means you no longer need to have a second person in the frame with you, or try to point your phone's camera at an existing image. Snapchat will now let you scroll through your existing photos to see instant swaps.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook’s making another change to your News Feed, and this one involves which articles you will see. The social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you and others spend reading/viewing them. This tweak is necessary because of how many people consume content they enjoy — by reading it, but not liking or commenting on the article on Facebook. As well, Facebook is also going to show a greater diversity of articles sources.

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Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Brace yourself Twitter users, more of the thing you fear the most might be on the way — the much dreaded changes. The social network has begun testing some design and layout adjustments, as they've been known to do, but specifically within the beta version of the Android app. So far, the changes mostly focus on the navigation bar at the top of the screen, making it easier to switch between the main sections.

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Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Vine is all about watching short, usually funny, clips. They're specifically bite-sized videos, which deliver the maximum punch in this fast-paced world. But what happens when you want to dedicate some time to watching a whole bunch of Vine clips at once? Well, it's about to get a lot easier.

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Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

The internet is all about sharing things. Sharing photos, ideas, information, and anything else that can be converted into a digital format. So why is it so hard to share a tweet in a DM conversation? Users have long wondered why the simple act of sharing a tweet in a private conversation between other Twitter users is such a complicated process. Well Twitter has listened, and there's now a new button to solve this problem.

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