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Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google adds an encryption lock to Gmail

Google initiates an unlocked/broken lock icon system in Gmail in honor of Safer Internet Day, showing whether or not emails are encrypted or not. Gmail email has been encrypted for some time. Not all other email services share this level of protection. Google's initiative - starting today - shows a tiny un-locked icon to the right of your "to" or "from" bar in any given email. This broken or unlocked lock indicates whether or not the person on the other end of your email works with a service that supports TLS encryption.

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Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

Twitter just sold your home screen to advertisers

The folks at Twitter have announced a system called First View, one in which they've allowed advertisers to engage you ASAP. The first spot on your Twitter feed right AFTER your first normal tweet - that's where the first advertisement will reside. "Marketers can drive significant audience reach with the top ad spot in the timeline", says Twitter - alongside Promoted Trends and Promoted Moments. This is only the latest innovation Twitter has revealed in their effort to monetize their social network.

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Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study

Is your amount of Facebook usage going up recently? It might be because you're not getting enough sleep. Researchers at the University of California Irvine have conducted a study recently that shows a direct connection between sleep deprivation and spending more time on Facebook. Now, this isn't the same as frequently being on Facebook leading to poor sleep patterns, but rather the opposite.

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Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter went into a collective outrage yesterday, and rightfully so, after a report indicated that the social network would be abandoning the reverse chronological order of its timeline in favor of one organized by an algorithm. And while another source indicated that any such change would be strictly opt-in, it wasn't enough to stop a large number of users from threatening to leave the network. Fortunately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the outcry — organized under #RIPtwitter — to assure everyone the real-time feed wasn't going away.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best with social media. It's not that I don't know how it works, it's more that I just don't care. I've got an Instagram account that I'll use on rare occasions to share a picture or two, but I've got all the same people on Facebook, so I usually just post on there. However, there are a lot of people who use Instagram so much that they need multiple accounts, which can be a pain.

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Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram's multiple accounts iOS app release begins now, sort of. What you're going to see, if you're super lucky, is the option to add multiple accounts to your single Instagram app. This was revealed as an option for the Beta users on Android not too long ago - now iOS users will be given the same opportunity. And lucky you, so very lucky, are you... if you get to use it. The roll out for now seems entirely random.

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Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter users and GIF fans, praise your deity of choice! The social network is currently testing a dedicated button for the internet's new favorite image format, with select users discovering it this week in Twitter's official mobile app. As seen below, those who have the magical button of internet awesomeness find it between the icons for adding regular photos and polls to tweets.

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Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

Facebook update tosses a new wrench in to your newsfeed

The already massive amount of code dedicated to deciding what you see on Facebook and what's skipped has just been given a kick in the pants. Facebook is now working with an element of humanity - another element, that is to say - this time relying on survey information delivered by the everyday user. Questionnaires were completed by Facebook users on which stories they'd rather seen, and the results of these tests are now informing what you end up seeing in your own personal Facebook feed every day.

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Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

Facebook and Instagram pics have an ASCII art secret

The folks behind Facebook's image upload software are revealed to have been translating images into ASCII art automatically. While we're not certain how web standards enthusiast Mathias Bynens happened upon this bit of code sorcery, we are sure that he's discovered something magical. To find the ASCII magic in a Facebook image or an Instagram image, the user has only to append ".html" after that image's ".jpg" marker. It's that easy, really.

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Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder, the dating service of choice for today's youth, has just updated its popular iOS app to include support for Giphy, the service makes adding GIFs to messages a breeze. Now that the hit image format is available, users can include GIFs in their conversations with matches simply by tapping a button next to the text input box. You'll be able to browse through Giphy's library of animations, as well as search or view which images are trending.

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Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook baking iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch in your timeline

Facebook has further baked Apple's 3D Touch into its app for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, adding pressure-sensitivity to your timeline. The added functionality, which takes advantage of the new touchscreen technology Apple introduced with the latest versions of its smartphone last year, builds on the Facebook app for iOS' 3D Touch-enabled quick actions from the homescreen.

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