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Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their …


Twitter sued over photo copyright

First stolen jokes, now pictures -- an award-winning photographer has sued Twitter over a copyrighted image that has been shared on the social media site.

Kristen Pierson filed suit in California over an image she took of Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li, which was being hosted and linked to on …


Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out.

The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse …


RIP to Twitter backgrounds: All user profiles on the web will now be white - BBC Newsbeat

Your customised Twitter background just died.

Say goodbye to sunlit landscapes, tiled pictures of Harry Styles and pugs in watering cans; from now on when you visit someone's Twitter profile all you'll get is white.

This blank canvas is meant to show off tweets themselves, rather than users' profiles.

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WhatsApp for Android now makes sure you never miss a conversation

WhatsApp has been updated on Android with a few useful new features, including an option to mark conversations as unread, as spotted by Android Police.

Tap and hold on any conversation pane and you’ll spot the new feature at the bottom of the menu. It adds a green circle to your selected chat so …


How to Increase Your Sales Using Instagram

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers. Here are some ways to market to different segments of consumers on Instagram.

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers on Facebook, …


Spotify bites back at Apple Music with weekly ‘mixtape’ playlist for each user

The music-streaming battle between Apple Music and Spotify isn’t just about which one has the Taylor Swift album: it’s about which one has the best playlists, and the ability to recommend them to the listeners who’ll love them.

Apple Music made a strong start on the first of those: the service has …

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Facebook Can’t Prevent Your Posts From Being Used Against You In Court

A New York state appeals court ruling that Facebook can’t challenge search warrants seeking users' private account information was a stinging defeat for Internet privacy advocates.

Facebook said in a statement that "overly broad search warrants -- granting the government the ability to keep hundreds …


First successful drone delivery made in the US

The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic.

The drone, made by Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey, took part in the demonstration, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Authority, in partnership with Nasa on …


Hackers claim attack on notorious cheating website AshleyMadison

Updated: July 20 at 2 a.m. EDT with statement from Avid Life Media.

A hacking group is threatening to expose millions of users of AshleyMadison, the extramarital affairs website, unless their demands are met.

The hack, first reported by KrebsOnSecurity, has been claimed by a hacker or group of …


Spotify's music map shows UK fans are obsessed with local artists

LONDON — Music fans in the UK have pretty geographically tribal listening habits, a new interactive map from Spotify has revealed.

Their Musical Map: Cities of the World project has mapped the unique tunes played in nearly 1,000 cities across the world, from Vancouver to Auckland. Analyzing some 20 …


Twitter buyout hoax will happen again, blame easy access to company web names

How hard was it for scammers to buy a fake Bloomberg site and move the market? Easy, due to rules that let anyone buy “company” websites.

News from “Bloomberg” about a Twitter TWTR buyout saw Twitter’s shares shoot up 8% on Tuesday, and then drop back down when traders figured out the story was …


Former Reddit CEO says the site's about to be purged

Steve Huffman's going to reveal Reddit's new content policy tomorrow, but one of his predecessors is promising that it'll be a "purge." Yishan Wong, who ran the site between 2012 - 2014 and has spoken in support of Ellen Pao, has decided to "declassify a lot of things," airing plenty of dirty …


Uber Has 30 Days To Comply With The Law Or Face Suspension In California

Uber faces suspension of its license to operate in the state of California within 30 days and up to $7.3 million in fines for refusing to comply with state laws, according to a judge.

The law requires Uber to hand over operational data regarding requests for accessibility to the California Public …


Facebook is turning business pages into storefronts

In case Likes are a bit too virtual for you, Facebook is continuing to push forward with "buy" buttons. Facebook tells BuzzFeed Newsthat it's now beginning to build online stores into a small number of business pages. This is only a test for now, but it's pretty clear where Facebook wants this to …


Facebook lets you choose what appears in your News Feed

If you're a regular Facebook user, you'll know that the posts that appear in your News Feed are visible because of an algorithm. It's part of the company's mission to reduce post overload, but it can often mean that you'll miss updates from some of your friends. In May, Zuckerberg and co. began …


Many videos on Facebook are stolen, and only Facebook can fix it

Updated: 7/8/2015 4:03 P.M. EST

Destin Sandlin simply can't issue takedown notices fast enough for the times his videos are stolen and uploaded to Facebook. And those are only the ones he finds or is notified about.

Sandlin runs the educational series Smarter Every Day, which has accrued more than …


YouTuber PewDiePie Responds To Haters After They Discover He Made $7 Million Last Year

Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie is the king of the YouTubers. He’s a YouTube star with 9 billion views and Expressen, a Swedish newspaper, estimated that he made $7 million last year on advertising, a feat that is no longer an outlier in the burgeoning world of online stardom.

In the video Kjellberg …


Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

What’s Facebook working on in its three AI labs? A way to understand exactly what you share so it can serve that content to people with matching interests. Today in a public Q&A on his Facebook Page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a closer look at why Facebook is investing in AI, as well as detailing his …

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Periscope founder lets slip name of Twitter's 'Project Lightning'

Periscope chief executive Kayvon Beykpour has revealed that Twitter's curated news service, known as Project Lightning, will be called 'Moments' when it launches

Periscope chief executive Kayvon Beykpour has let slip the name of Twitter's forthcoming curated news service, previously known as …


Facebook scores a win in European class action lawsuit, but the fight isn’t over

A court in Austria has ruled that it doesn’t have jurisdiction to pass judgement on the ongoing class action lawsuit levelled by Max Shcrem against Facebook for alleged privacy violations.

While Facebook trumpeted the decision as a significant victory in the case, that’s not necessarily the end of …

Facebook made a huge move this week that could lead to its next billion-dollar business

Earlier this week, Facebook made a big change to its chat app, Messenger: It's no longer requiring people to have a Facebook account to join.

On the surface, that's exciting for people who don't want to join Facebook, but still want a non-SMS-based way to communicate with their friends.

Mostly …


Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

Instagram has real-time coverage of almost everything happening in the world. Now its unlocking that content with a revamped Explore tab featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content, plus a new Places Search. You’ll be able to see all the photos from Father’s Day or Coachella, scope …


Jay-Z’s Tidal music service loses its second CEO since launching this year

Apple Music may be sorting through its own not so behind-the-scenes shuffling ahead of its launch in one week, but the Jay-Z backed Tidal music streaming service is continuing to struggle at the top. Less than three months since starting the job of interim CEO, Peter Tonstad will no longer be …


Facebook’s concept for mobile ads uses rich imagery and 360-degree views

At an advertising conference in Cannes, Facebook is showing off what it believes could be the next iteration of mobile advertising.

Rather than viewing static images, users would have the option to scroll through various pixel-dense pictures or GIFs. Facebook’s concept apparently makes use of 3D …

Taylor Swift Had Apple Change Its Tune

Twitter unveils 'Project Lightning' to bring live events to life

Twitter is going live. After years of attempting to compete with market leader Facebook on its own turf, Twitter is poised to embrace the key aspect that differentiates the two social networks with a new feature, the code-named Project Lightning, which will allow users to follow live events through …


Starbucks Mobile Ordering Expands To 21 More States, Now Live In Over 4,000 Stores

Starbucks, whose embrace of mobile payments and mobile loyalty in-store has already established the company as a forward-thinker when it comes to new technology, is this morning announcing the expansion of its “Mobile Order & Pay” system to 21 more states, including 3,400 individual café locations …


Snapchat turns geofilter digital stickers into revenue source

Much of social media involves showing off where we are, whether it's watching a ballgame at Dodger Stadium, meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland or eating a pastrami sandwich at Langer's.

Now Snapchat Inc., the ubiquitous social media app among teens, has found a way to capitalize on those location …