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Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

This morning Twitter turned up the juice. In addition to allowing certain celebrities know what followers to follow back, they released some limits on video posting. Posting, that is, videos that are far longer than they used to be, both on Twitter itself and through Vine. Users of all sorts will be able to upload videos with a maximum file size of 512MB and a length of 2-minutes and 20 seconds.

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Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

Twitter Engage Review : watching your followers closely

This morning you'll find an app in the app store by the name of Twitter Engage. This app works with "creators", as Twitter calls them, making it easier for them to "interact with their fans and grow and retain an audience." Twitter Engage's release uses terms like "popular creators" and "influential creators" to suggest that this app is not just for your everyday Joe Schmo. This is about the big guns. The people that want to make a difference. The people that make trends happen.

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Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Selfies, food photos, gratuitous humble-brags... Instagram has them all, and it also has, as of today, 500 million members active every month. The new user milestone comes on the heels of the photo sharing service's big brand revamp which left many members spitting over the pared-back icon and more minimalistic app, but that controversy doesn't appear to have had a negative impact on how many actually use it.

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Tumblr launching live video, too

Tumblr launching live video, too

Not to be left out of the Live Video trend in social networks everywhere, Tumblr has given hint of their launch of the service starting tomorrow. Reports suggest that while Tumblr hasn't released anything official (press releases or the like), they have begun some viral marketing - which is odd, given they are a platform and not a service to be marketed... so to speak. A set of "Live Video on Tumblr" posts have been made on Tumblr via what may or may not be an official Tumblr-made account*. Time will tell. For now, there's Live Video, likely coming this week.

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Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat has ever-so-carefully come clean about copying. You'd think with the service being a popular mobile app the copied material might be code or UI design, but it turns out it's their popular photo filters. The company has admitted that employees copied the designs from makeup artists who share their designs on YouTube, Instagram, and other sites. Artists have been aware of this for some time, and grown frustrated over the lack of credit.

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Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

We all know that Snapchat's meat and potatoes are selfies and videos, but that doesn't mean the company isn't interested in exploring new ideas. Snapchat made a solid attempt at creating original video content, but after that was shut down last fall, its ready to try something different. It's not video-related this time; instead, it's text — no, not text messaging. Rather, the text you see when reading a magazine, or in Snapchat's case, a digital magazine.

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Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook is rolling its suicide and self-harm prevention tools out to users around the world, the company announced on Tuesday, doing so in collaboration with local partners. This follows a controversial update Facebook had rolled out to its suicide prevention tools last year; in that instance, users flagged as suicidal would be temporarily locked out of their Facebook account, being unable to access it until they viewed helpful materials designed to prevent suicides.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

The Facebook Messenger app continues to see updates and changes this week, following the Android version's new support for SMS. The latest version of both the iOS and Android app introduces a Home tab, which, replacing the previous launch screen, basically acts like an inbox for the messaging platform. In addition to a list of recent conversations, this screen will show which contacts are currently online, upcoming birthdays, and the friends you chat with the most.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

Welcome to your echo-chamber: Twitter turns on self-retweets

If there's nothing so lovely to you as the sound of your own voice, rejoice: today, Twitter has turned on the ability to retweet your own tweets. The functionality was promised as part of Twitter's big update back in May, when it also announced changes to how @-names were counted to the 140 character limit.

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Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter makes it easier to block the trolls that won’t go away

Twitter, which has previously been under fire over claims that it doesn’t do enough to stop abusive users, has introduced a newly streamlined blocking process that makes it quicker than ever to block a user. Blocking a user is nothing new, of course, but Twitter is making sure you can do it as quickly and easily as possible, adding 'block' to the same menu where 'mute' is located.

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Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its network

Microsoft will buy LinkedIn for $26.2bn, the two companies have announced today, with the surprise acquisition of the business-focused social network continuing Satya Nadella's strategy to further invest in services. The deal - announced while Microsoft is also readying at least one new Xbox One console for unveil this morning - will see LinkedIn retain its own brand rather than be subsumed into Microsoft-whole.

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