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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been given a stark ultimatum by US lawmakers, as the role each played in Russian gaming of the US election goes under the microscope. The three firms have faced challenging questioning at this week's Senate and House Intel Committee meetings, though arguably nothing so blunt as the deadline laid down by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein this morning. Speaking as part of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Feinstein told legal representatives of the trio that if they wouldn't fix things, the government would be forced to step in and do it for them.

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Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Facebook adds food ordering to fuel your social addiction

Hungry and have a Facebook addiction? Mark Zuckerberg can help, with the addition of take out ordering directly within the social network. It's part of Facebook's attempt to get you to stay within the clutches of its app empire, rather than allowing you loose to do something as mundane as feed yourself.

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Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Bad news if you're a Facebook user who hasn't been swayed by the magic that is virtual reality yet. The social network may not have had its name on above of the door of the fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, but ways to squirt increasing amounts of VR into your Facebook experience were a frequent topic during the opening keynote. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg himself made the intention clear.

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Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

Whatsapp exploit can give a glimpse of your sleep, chatting habits

WhatsApp, despite its claims to privacy and end-to-end encryption, has never really recovered from the scandals that plagued it, especially after its acquisition by Facebook. This recently discovered vulnerability doesn't help it either, especially when it can, amusingly or not, be used to establish infidelity. All that from an exploit that allows others to see your online and last seen status, which can eventually be correlated to your sleeping patterns and who you might be chatting with.

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As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

As Vegas shooting news shows, Google and Facebook are failing you

Google and Facebook have faced renewed criticism today, over their promotion of "fake news" in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting. In Google's case, the search giant was found to be including misleading pages from the controversial 4chan message board among its "Top stories" for results for incorrect speculation around the shooter's name on Monday morning. The company has blamed its algorithm for the mistake.

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These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

Twitter set the cat among the pigeons (or whatever bird its logo actually is) yesterday, with news that it was testing out 280 character tweets. The double-length messages have met with mixed responses online, with some users embracing the fact that they have more characters, while others worry it's an end to the forced-brevity that helps make the service so appealing. However, not everybody got to play.

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Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram has tweaked its comment controls, adding more granularity over who can respond in an attempt to cut down on harassment and bullying. The photo and video social network has faced criticism for handling offensive and threatening comments against its users poorly, in addition to offering mediocre tools for them to manage their accounts. Indeed, until now it was effectively an all-or-nothing approach.

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Facebook news articles could soon get their own paywall

Facebook news articles could soon get their own paywall

Facebook is set to launch a subscription service for publishers, allowing news organizations sharing their stories through the social network to charge for content. The move comes as Facebook tries to address both rising news media concerns that the site's algorithm has too much control over their long-term fate, and issues around the propagation of "fake news" in the timeline. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, moves are underway to address both of these things.

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Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram makes sliding into DMs more graphic

Instagram's Direct messaging is getting an upgrade, with the ability to reply to posts with stickers or even split-screen selfies. The new feature is billed as a way to have "visual conversations" by the company, though without them taking place publicly. It should cut down on "what photo were you talking about?" confusion in chats, too.

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Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

It’s a tad difficult to define Reddit in a simple sentence. Internet veterans will compare it with electronic bulletin board systems (BBS) or the younger Internet forums. Others might classify Reddit as a news aggregation site. While many will simply call Reddit a big mess. Soon, however, the site might have a new name under its belt: video sharing site. Yes, the Internet’s most famous or infamous discussion forum will soon let you natively embed videos of cats, dogs, haircuts, planets, and anything above, below, and in between.

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Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Crowd Surf could make you care about Stories

Snapchat Stories may finally serve a purpose beyond shameless self-promotion and giving advertisers another route into your wallet. A new Snapchat feature, previewed at Lorde's concert at Outside Lands this weekend, promises to turn the photo messaging app into a crowd-powered media tool. Dubbed Crowd Surf, it takes multiple snaps and then seamlessly combines them.

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