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Twitter on Android finally gets the timeline right again

Twitter on Android finally gets the timeline right again

The word “timeline” itself suggests something chronological in nature. Back when social networks were simpler and less assuming, that was definitely the case. These days, however, they have redefined timelines to be anything but chronological, forcing you to see something that may have happened days ago just because it’s trending. Twitter is, fortunately, giving users back the ability to decide what they want to see first, but its wording makes it clear what its preference really is.

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Instagram changed your feed, and users are seriously unhappy [Update: Rolled back]

Instagram changed your feed, and users are seriously unhappy [Update: Rolled back]

Instagram has updated its app with a new way to scroll through photos, and users are seriously unimpressed. Gone is the familiar scrolling UI that Instagram has used from the start, with friends' photos and videos posted in a long timeline. In its place is a whole lot of tapping to move through the feed.

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Google+ APIs may start failing as early as next month

Google+ APIs may start failing as early as next month

Very few will probably mourn the loss of Google+. Some might be even more surprised to hear it was still in operation after all these years. Google, however, probably couldn’t be rid of it fast enough because of how it has become an albatross around its neck. It has already pushed the shutdown of the service a month in advance but even before that, it will be shutting down the APIs that apps may still be using, surprisingly. In fact, those apps and API may start failing in January, which could make Google+’s death even more inglorious than it already is.

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Facebook clarifies its “data sharing” partnerships

Facebook clarifies its “data sharing” partnerships

The PR team at Facebook is undoubtedly working overtime these days. Just hours after a major exposé, the social networking giant issues a public clarification and defense, in contrast to previous days, even weeks, of silence it used to practice. Then again, when you're as embattled as Facebook, you do have to do damage control ASAP. So when the New York Times once again called attention to extremely favorable partnerships that may have shared too much user data with companies, Facebook has unsurprisingly come out with a statement that unequivocally denies any wrongdoing, legal or moral.

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Facebook gave tech giants too much access to data without consent, report [UPDATE]

Facebook gave tech giants too much access to data without consent, report [UPDATE]

Facebook admits it has a lot of work to do to regain users’, not to mention governments’, trust. If so, it’s doing a rather terrible job of it. Or rather, it has never done a good job and all its warts are just now coming to light. The latest in a never-ending stream of reports is a revelation that Facebook as given as much as 150 companies, including many of the biggest tech companies, nearly unrestricted access to users’ and their friends’ data. All without their knowledge, much less their permission.

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This new tool reveals if your Facebook photos were exposed

This new tool reveals if your Facebook photos were exposed

Facebook has launched a tool allowing users to check if they were among the 6.8 million people whose private photos may have been exposed to third-party apps, the latest in the social network's ongoing series of data lapses. News of the security goof broke last week, with Facebook admitting that its photo API had been giving much greater access to user images than intended - including even photos that had never been shared.

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Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Facebook has probably become one of the most suspected, even hated, tech companies of late. It may have even managed to surpass Google to some extent. But the infamy and exodus that Facebook is now being subjected to is really just the height of a trend that has been happening lately. YouTube stars are burning out or exploding in spectacularly distasteful ways. Twitter’s 280-character expansion got the cold shoulder reception. Tumblr dug its own grave in trying to impress Apple. And Instagram and Snapchat seem to be locked into copying each other. The fire that drove social media’s growth has seemingly been reduced to smoldering embers and users are either jumping ship to other networks or quitting outright. But it’s not for the reasons that you might think.

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Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

Ailing social network Google+ will be shuttered four months earlier than initially intended, after Google found another security bug the affected more than 52 million users. The search giant had initially announced it would close down Google+ in August of next year, a deadline that itself had been established because the social network was the inadvertent cause of a security lapse.

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Instagram Close Friends list locks Stories down to your VIPs

Instagram Close Friends list locks Stories down to your VIPs

Feel free to retire your finsta, with Instagram adding the ability to limit which of your friends can see your Instagram Stories. The new Close Friends feature adds an extra level of control over who can view photos and videos shared on Instagram, without being as restrictive as a completely private account.

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Facebook is down: Zuckerberg’s bad month gets even worse

Facebook is down: Zuckerberg’s bad month gets even worse

Facebook is down, taking Instagram with it, and it's just the latest in a series of headaches for the beleaguered social network. The company confirmed the outage, which began earlier on Tuesday, today, forced to resort to Twitter in order to confirm that no, it's not just you, Facebook is down.

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Tumblr booted from iOS App Store over explicit content

Tumblr booted from iOS App Store over explicit content

Mobile apps come and go but when popular ones like Tumblr suddenly disappear without a trace much less a warning, people naturally start asking questions. And when that has been the case for days, not just hours, people start worrying. While the folks over at Tumblr have regularly updated users with “we’re working on it” messages, it has now come out with an explanation on what really happened. And, unsurprisingly, it’s all about the social network being used as a channel for peddling illegal content.

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Save Google+ petition pleads for reprieve

Save Google+ petition pleads for reprieve

Google may have signed the death warrant for Google+ but some of its most devoted users are calling for a reprieve, with a Change.org petition demanding the oft-mocked social network be allowed to live on. The search giant announced that the writing was on the wall for Google+ earlier this month, conceding that the site it hoped to eventually overshadow Facebook and Twitter simply hadn't lived up to expectations.

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