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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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Giphy wants to save your Vines

Giphy wants to save your Vines

Twitter's decision to axe Vine arguably prompted more interest in the short video sharing service than it has generated in months, and now Giphy is stepping in to help preserve the tiny clips. The announcement yesterday was part of a number of steps Twitter is taking to try to set itself on a more profitable path, and was met with disappointment by those who had built social careers on squeezing near-cinematic entertainment into six seconds. Now, GIF-fan Giphy is weighing in.

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Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

The scariest time of year has arrived, and I don't mean election season. To help users get in the Halloween spirits, Facebook Live has taken a page from Snapchat and rolled out some spooky new face filters that take the form of masks. Among the options to choose from are a witch, skull, jack o'lantern, and a handful of animals, including a panda.

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Twitter confirms 350 layoffs in attempt to increase profits

Twitter confirms 350 layoffs in attempt to increase profits

Following the recent news that it had failed to attract acquisition offers from a handful of potential suitors, Twitter has revealed that it will be cutting 9% of its staff. The announcement came alongside the social network's Q3 financial earnings for 2016, and the layoffs will account for roughly 350 employees. This is all part of a restructuring plan for the company that aims to reach profitability by 2017, and it's a similar move to what CEO Jack Dorsey did last year when over 300 people were fired in an attempt to reduce costs.

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You might download iMessage for Android soon

You might download iMessage for Android soon

Apple's iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and OS X machines might not stay away from Android forever. It has seemed like Apple wanted to keep the app to their own devices through the future, but that may change. Word from the rumor wire suggests that Apple is testing at least one version of iMessage for Android now.

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Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter's Periscope — these social networks all have features that allow users to stream or watch live video from their mobile devices, and now it appears that Instagram is joining their ranks. Russian news outlet T Journal has discovered the functionality within the Instagram Stories feature, albeit in an incomplete, non-working state.

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Netflix is down, so is Spotify and Twitter

Netflix is down, so is Spotify and Twitter

Netflix and Twitter were amongst an array of websites and services taken down this morning by a DDoS attack. This list of sites and services also appears to have included SoundCloud, Disqus, PayPal, Spotify, and Reddit. Spotify reported issues to the public starting at 8AM Central time this morning, the 21st of October, 2016.

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Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Now you can stream Facebook video to your TV

Facebook has been doubling-down on streaming lately, pushing election debates and more to its addicted audience, and now the social network is adding casting support to your TV. The update allows Facebook to hook up wirelessly to one of a number of set-top boxes or dongles - including Apple TV and Chromecast - and it works both from the mobile app and the browser. The goal, Facebook says, is to broaden the number of ways you can watch video content shared by your friends on the service.

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Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Snapchat rolls out Story Playlists, ending Auto Advance frustrations

Frequent Snapchat users will be pleased to hear about a set of changes coming to the app's popular Story feature. The first is a removal of the Auto Advance setting, which would automatically play every new video from friends, jumping to one after the other, when you only wanted to watch one. Replacing this is something new called Story Playlists, which lets users choose which friends' videos they want to watch and in what order.

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Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Now you can buy Fandango movie tickets right on Facebook

Fandango, one the most popular ways to buy movie tickets online, has just partnered with Facebook to launch a feature allowing users to look up and pay for tickets right within the social networking app. In a surprising twist, it actually sounds like something that will be useful, unlike the whole messenger chatbot trend going on right now. Users can simply lookup a movie on Facebook, and buy their tickets right from the film's page.

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Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

Elon Musk turns to Twitter for help with SpaceX explosion footage

As you might've already heard, a little over a week ago saw one of SpaceX's rockets explode on its launch pad just prior to its mission to deliver a Facebook satellite into space. Thankfully no one was hurt when the Falcon 9 rocket was lost, but the mishap comes as a surprise following SpaceX's recent string of successes at landing rockets at sea. Turns out, the private space agency is also a bit confused, and now CEO Elon Musk has put out a request for help from witnesses.

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