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Social Media Doesn't Make Life Better, Growing Numbers Of Chinese Say

While more and more people in China are embracing the Internet, a growing number of people feel that social media is ripping them away from other, more important, things in life.<p>The Kantar China Social Media Impact Report revealed that the number of people who said that social media had made their …

Amazon, Google and Microsoft escape Adblock Plus, for a price

It's long been rumored that Google, among other companies, has been paying Adblock Plus in order to get through its filters. Now, <i>Financial Times</i> says that it's not only Google that's been paying the ad-blocking service to be part of its whitelisted websites, but also Microsoft, Amazon and ad …

Tumblr raises the alarm for net neutrality

(again)<p>Between the SOPA blackout and the day of action for net neutrality, big names on the internet like Reddit, Netflix, and Tumblr have harnessed their vast platforms to call their users into action. Today, Tumblr continued that recent tradition by placing a big yellow button in everyone's …

Twitter Is Opening A Research Facility In India

Twitter is planning a new research and design centre in Bangalore, its first office of that kind outside of the US, The Financial Times reports.<p>The new Indian office follows Twitter’s acquisition of Bangalore-based startup ZipDial last month. The company will be using that team as the basis for the …

Instagram videos on iOS and Android now auto-replay

Instagram videos on iOS and Android now replay automatically, a Vine-like looping feature that could force users to watch all the way through.<p>In an update Tuesday to its iOS and Android apps, the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing service changed the way videos uploaded to the service play. …

Another Twitter Update! This One's a New Homepage, Designed to Lure New Users.

Twitter's homepage is a very popular billboard that's basically empty. Time to change that.<p>Twitter is experimenting with yet another new product tweak — a homepage designed for people who visit Twitter but don’t have their own account.<p>Twitter’s existing homepage that new users see is almost a dead …

Social Media

8 Hidden Facebook Tricks You Need to Know

More than 1 billion people regularly use Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they know all the hidden tricks for using the social media platform. Both …

Social Media

Facebook to remind UK users to register to vote

LONDON — If you're eligible to cast a ballot in the UK general elections in May, you'll see an update in your Facebook newsfeed Thursday reminding …

Great Britain

This App Actually Lets You Send Screenshot-Proof Messages And Photos

Got confidential information? Snapchat isn't safe. Email isn't safe. Phone calls aren’t even safe.<p>But there’s now a way to send confidential text messages, photos and documents without fear of the dreaded screenshot. Confide, an app that launched in January 2014 as a way to send confidential texts, …

Bloomberg: Twitter is reconnecting its firehose to Google

Tomorrow Twitter will release its latest quarterly earnings figures, but ahead of that <i>Bloomberg</i> has word that the service is bringing its "firehose" of data back to Google's search results. The two have been estranged ever since 2011 when Google announced its agreement to access Twitter's data …

Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'

Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users<p>Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate …

Gather all ye tweets: Poetweet turns them into instant verse

You may be a poet without even realising it. There's one easy way to find out: Poetweet, a website that turns your everyday proclamations into meditations on the nature of breakfast, rain, public transport and the myriad other ordinary observations you make about ordinary occurrences.<p>It's real easy …

Social Media

Tidal, The Hi-Fi Music Service Jay-Z Is Buying, Expands To 22 More Markets, Reports Only 12K Users

Where Neil Young’s Pono may have flopped with critics, another hi-fidelity music service soon to be owned by a music superstar is hoping to fly. Tidal, a new hi-fi streaming service from Norway’s Asipro, today announced that it will be adding 22 more countries to its list of active markets this …

Home Audio

Jenny Slate And Paul Dano Star In Gap’s New 12-Part Instagram Microseries

Gap is going from dressing normal to getting weird. For its upcoming Spring campaign, the brand has launched a 12-part “microseries” on Instagram video, starring Jenny Slate, co-creator and voice of <i>Marcel the Shell</i> and star of <i>Obvious Child</i>, and actor Paul Dano, called “Spring is Weird.”<p>Each episode …

HeartThis Lets You Shop All Your Favorite Stores From Just One App

A new mobile application called HeartThis wants to make shopping across multiple retailers more convenient for smartphone users. The app, which is making its official debut later today on stage at StartX’s Demo Day, puts over 330 stores in one place, allowing you to buy from places like Dillard’s, …

Dropbox Now Lets You Open Files Directly in Native Apps

Saving your files in the cloud is convenient for accessing your files from anywhere, but having to upload files again for every revision can be cumbersome. To make your life easier, Dropbox is today introducing a new feature that allows you to open files directly in their native desktop …

Swiftkey starts predicting emoji for iPhones and iPads

Swiftkey for iOS is but a baby compared to the Android version, but at least its developers are starting to bring more and more features to iPhones and iPads. This latest update integrates (over 800!) emojis right into the keyboard and gives Swiftkey the power to predict the smiley you're bound to …

Emoticons in texts can rack up huge bills

<b>People using the little icons that denote happy, sad or other emotions in their text messages could be racking up big bills, the BBC has learned.</b><p>Consumer website MoneySavingExpert has received a large number of complaints about the issue.<p>It seems to affect older models of phones, including some …

You can now save your Snapchat Story as one seamless video

But you still can't create groups<p>Snapchat Stories have emerged as the social network's single most important feature over the past year. Until now, though, your only option for saving your Story was to download each photo or video individually, which can be an arduous process — particularly if you …

Amazon Just Admitted It's Making Less Than You Think

Investors need to wise up to Amazon's accounting games.<p>Shares of Amazon AMAZON.COM INC.<p>surged after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings …

Investing

LinkedIn Beats In Q4 With $643M In Revenue, EPS Of $0.61

LinkedIn today reported the results of its fourth financial quarter of 2014. The company handily beat Wall Street’s expectations with its revenue of $643, up 44% from the year-ago quarter, for non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.61. Wall Street expected earnings per share around $0.53 and revenue of …

Investing

Tumblr Now Lets You Filter Post Archives by Content Type

Finding that old post you once saw on Tumblr can be difficult if you don’t remember when it was published. You’ll have a bit of an easier time now – the platform has been updated with a search filter to show you only certain types of entries.<p>Whereas you used to only be able to find posts on a …

The Art Of Street Eating In New York City, Captured In Photos

New Yorkers are a very skilled, if unique, breed. They're accustomed to greeting a cat in the neighborhood bodega, they know where to score a steaming hot bowl of ramen at 5 a.m. and they treat subway rats like second cousins (well, sorta).<p>One thing New Yorkers have certainly mastered is the art of …

The History Of The Belgian Waffle, Which We've Apparently Been Eating All Wrong

"Would you like a little bling with that?" was the last thing I expected to hear when ordering a waffle on Centre Street in Manhattan, but it was a welcome question that resulted in a snowy deluge of powdered sugar on a piping hot Liege waffle. Here in New York, one of the city's greatest perks is …

13 Things Guys Think About Missionary Sex

Missionary is the Ross Geller of sex positions.<p><b>1. Oh, great, we're having sex.</b> To be fair, this is realistically the only thought going through our heads during sex. During all of it. Hell, we're probably thinking, <i>I just had sex</i>, for an hour afterward. But little do we know we're about to get stuck …