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Facebook Is Killing Its Snapchat And Instagram Knockoffs

After nearly a year and a half in the App Store, the company finally killed off Facebook Poke, its failed attempt to cut off Snapchat's massive growth by making a clone with Facebook branding.<p>While those with the app can still use it (for now), it is no longer available in the App Store. The same …

Snapchat will allow users to easily save messages

Ephemerality, it turns out, is ephemeral.<p>Snapchat has ascended the ranks of the Apple App Store since its release in 2011 by offering mobile messaging without the digital paper trail. Once viewed, photos sent via the app vanish in seconds.<p>But buried in its product updates released last week was …

Twitter improves password-reset options, cracks down on suspicious logins

Almost a year after rolling out two-factor authentication for verifying your logins, Twitter is announcing another welcome security update. This time, it's an improved password-reset process and a smarter system for identifying suspicious logins. The new password-reset process is especially useful; …

Tumblr’s New App Has 3.3 Billion Unique Designs

The mobile app has enough ways for every Internet-connected person on earth to design a Tumblr.<p>Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social-media site, your identity and feed can only fit into <i>one</i> …

Facebook Has Resolved a Sitewide Issue That Caused an Outage

<b>Update (6:26pm Pacific):</b> Facebook says it has completed backend service repairs and everything should be back to normal. A company spokesperson provided the following statement:<p>Earlier this afternoon we experienced an issue with our serving infrastructure that prevented some people from accessing …