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State AGs tell Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids plans

In a new letter, attorneys general representing 44 U.S. states and territories are pressuring Facebook to walk away from new plans to open Instagram to children. The company is working on an age-gated version of Instagram for kids under the age of 13 that would lure in young users who are currently not permitted to use the app, which was designed for adults. “It appears that Facebook is not responding to a need, but instead creating one, as this platform appeals primarily to children who otherwi...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Software, United States, Computing, Cyberbullying, Terms Of Service, Trump, Congressional Democrats, Online Grooming


Area Man Wants You To Check Out His Blog

After threatening for months to disrupt social media with a bespoke platform that would allow him to bypass community guidelines (and the embarrassingly long list of platforms he’s been banned from), our big patriotic boy has finally made good on his promise. Folks, the wait is over — the future is now, and it’s a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Instagram, Software, Computing, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Donald J Trump, Brad Parscale, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Far Right Politics In The United States, Internet Manipulation And Propaganda


For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back. Facebook’s Oversight Board, an external Supreme Court-like policy decision making group, will either restore Trump’s Facebook privileges or banish him forever on Wednesday. Whatever happens, it’s a huge moment for Facebook’s nascent experiment in outsourcing hard content moderation calls to an elite group of global thinkers, academics and political f...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Supreme Court, Social Networks, Minneapolis, Stanford, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Nick Clegg, President, Computing


Instagram Realizes It Had a Clubhouse In Its Heart All Along

As more and more social media platforms start cooking up their own Clubhouse clones, Instagram is adding new features to its existing livestreaming service to get in on the voice chat craze. On Thursday, Instagram announced it’s rolling out the option to turn off your audio or video while using Instagram Live.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Software, Facebook Messenger, Computing, Freeware, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Business Finance, Adam Mosseri, Video Software


India Cracks Down on Social Media Posts Criticizing Its Pandemic Response Amid Brutal Second Wave

India’s government reportedly ordered Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to censor dozens of posts criticizing the administration’s response to the pandemic, arguing that they were misleading or could hinder emergency response efforts. The crackdown comes amid an unprecedented surge in covid-19 cases and deaths in India…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Instagram, India, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Trumpism, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, South of Market San Francisco, Universal Windows Platform Apps


How to Set Up Instagram's New Anti-Harassment Tools

Instagram is adding two new anti-harassment tools aimed at cutting down abusive messages you might receive on the platform. Here’s a quick look at how to set them up once they arrive.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Email, Bullying, Software, Abuse, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Internet Privacy, Internet Censorship, Internet Troll, Video Software, Technology Internet


The best photo editing software for 2021

Whether you are prepping your photos for print or Instagram, here are our picks for the best photo editing software options.
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Computing, Buying Guides, Sponsored 2021


Do you have information about something going on in the genre (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) entertainmen

Do you have information about something going on in the genre (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) entertainment industry? We want to know! Email us at [email protected]—not just with info, but if you’ve made art or a cool fan film that you’d like us to showcase, or anything else, you can send that too! Don’t forget you can follow…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Email, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Human Interest, Io9, Video Software, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Entertainment Culture


Facebook is expanding Spotify partnership with new ‘Boombox’ project

Facebook is deepening its relationship with music company Spotify and will allow users to listen to music hosted on Spotify while browsing through its apps as part of a new initiative called “Project Boombox,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday. Facebook is building an in-line audio player that will allow users to listen to songs or playlists being shared on the platforms without being externally linked to Spotify’s app or website. Zuckerberg highlighted the feature as another product desi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, Mexico, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, Thailand, Computing, The Social Network, Reporter, Operating Systems, Zuckerberg


You Can Finally Flag Bad Takes Directly to Facebook's Oversight Board

If you have problems with any hate speech, harassment, or generally bad takes that appear on your Facebook feed, good news! On Tuesday, the (supposedly) independent Oversight Board announced that users can appeal directly to it directly regarding questionable content that’s been left up on Facebook and Instagram. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Oversight Board, Facebook s Oversight Board, Technology Internet


Cybercriminals Bought Facebook Ads for a Fake Clubhouse App That Was Riddled With Malware

Cybercriminals have been pushing Facebook users to download a Clubhouse app “for PC,” something that doesn’t exist. The app is actually a trojan designed to inject malware into your computer. The popular new invite-only chat app is only available on iPhone but worldwide interest in the platform has risen and users are…
Tags: Iphone, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Malware, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Software, Security Breaches, Computing, Operating Systems, ESET, Computer Programming, Lukas Stefanko, the Facebook


Facebook Sure Seems Desperate To Pass This Latest Data Breach Off As Old News For Some Reason

In the aftermath of bombshell reports of a massive data breach that may have compromised the personal information of as many as 533 million users, Facebook has committed absolutely to trying to spin the leak as old news, no big deal, definitely nothing to see here, no need to even think about this too much at all,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Data Breach, Software, Computing, Data Protection, Operating Systems, General Data Protection Regulation, Mike Clark, Internet Privacy, Andy Stone, Liz Bourgeois, Universal Windows Platform Apps


The best webcams for 2021

The webcam on your laptop isn't good, but one of these higher-resolution webcams should fix your blurry Zoom calls.
Tags: Mobile, Photography, Trends, Computing, Logitech, Streaming, Best Of, Skype, Video Calling, Tier 4, Onsite-us


Facebook Lets Users Restrict Commenting to a Small Circle of Friends

Facebook users will soon get more control over who can comment on their public posts, according to an announcement by the social media giant on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Networks, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Social Software, Internet Privacy, Like Button, Criticism Of Facebook, Technology Internet, Privacy Concerns Of Facebook


How to Celebrate a Friend With More Than Another Social Media Shoutout

When a friend accomplishes something noteworthy, it often comes with a formulaic response: a congrats with a text message or FaceTime call, accompanied by a social media post. It’s a kind show of support, but deep down, you might feel that you can—and should—do better.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Facetime, Operating Systems, Text Messaging, Private Message


Crop out pesky photo bombers on your computer or mobile device

Editing photos can be complex, but cutting them down is easy. Here's how to crop a photo using native and web tools on most computers and mobile devices.
Tags: Image Editing, Photography, Windows, Trends, How-to, Computing, Chromebooks, macOS, Tier 4


How to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer

From a cable to the cloud, there are many options for safely moving images from your iPhone to a computer.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Photography, Trends, How-to, Other, Computing, Tier 4


Facebook Working on Instagram Product for Children Under 13 Years Old

Facebook, the social media behemoth that owns Instagram, is developing a new Instagram product for children under 13 years of age, according to leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed. Instagram users must currently click a button declaring that they’re at least 13 years old, or that the account featuring a kid under…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tobacco, Buzzfeed, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Tobacco Control, Pavni Diwanji, Video Software, BuzzFeed Instagram


YouTube's TikTok Clone Has Arrived

After a slew of TikTok competitors cropped up across the U.S. this past summer, it looks like we’re getting yet another name added to that list. Enter YouTube Shorts, which the company rolled out in beta on Thursday for its American audience after testing the program over the past few months in India. Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Sony, Video Hosting, Warner Music Group, Mobile Applications, India Read, Video Software, Music Software, Tiktok, Application Software


How to Create a Digital Baby Book

It’s nearly as cliché as every new parent’s plan to “sleep when the baby sleeps”—you buy the sweet baby book with all its spots for keepsakes, photos, and handwritten memories. You’re going to document baby’s first tooth, first haircut, first word, first everything. You tuck it away on a bookshelf for safe keeping,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Email, Software, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Shutterfly, Spamming, Human Interest


Slice and dice your photos by cropping them on PC or Mac

Editing photos can be a pain, but cutting them down is easy. Here's how to crop a photo using desktop and web-based tools, whether on a Windows PC or a Mac.
Tags: Photography, Windows, Trends, How-to, Computing, macOS, Tier 4


How to Use TikTok's New Anti-Bullying Tools

An unfortunate side effect of any social media platform’s success is a correlating increase in cyberbullying and harassment, and TikTok is no exception.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Social Media, Software, Abuse, Social Issues, Computing, Cyberbullying, Lifehacks, Internet Culture, Video Hosting, Video Software, Tiktok, Application Software, Social Networking Services, Technology Internet


How to Make Your Hashtags More Reader-Friendly

Communicating in the language of hashtags is an annoyingly universal aspect of social media. But if you’re using hashtags on your Instagram posts, tweets, or Facebook status updates, you should make sure they’re readable for people with visual and cognitive disabilities.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Social Media, Hashtag, Software, Reference, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Chris Messina, Collective Intelligence, Web 20, Computer Jargon


Instagram Rolls Out New Way to Say Something Stupid in Public

Instagram is expanding its livestreaming offerings with a new feature dubbed Live Rooms, which is just like Instagram Live but with up to three more people haphazardly broadcasting their thoughts into the world simultaneously. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Streaming, Livestreaming, Twitch, Operating Systems, Instagram Live, Video Software, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Internet Broadcasting


Twitter Passes Stimulus Package for the Very Online

Twitter is finally rolling out a way to get paid for tweeting that doesn’t involve putting a Venmo link in your bio, promoting a Patreon, or using the app to hunt for a rich spouse.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Pandora, News Feed, Computing, Operating Systems, Venmo, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Elliott Management, South of Market San Francisco, Samantha Cole


The best Adobe Lightroom alternatives for 2021

These full-featured desktop programs go beyond basic image organization to bring you powerful editing tools.
Tags: Photography, Trends, Other, Computing, Lightroom, Photo Editing, LUMINAR, Tier 4, RAW editor


The best Photoshop alternatives for 2021

Hate the daunting interface of Photoshop, or don't like subscriptions? Here are four Photoshop alternatives.
Tags: Photography, Trends, Computing, Best Of, Affinity Photo, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Pixelmator Pro, Corel Paintshop Pro, Tier 4


This Week in Apps: TikTok viral hit breaks Spotify records, inauguration boosts news app installs, judge rules against Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Food, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Twitter, Spotify, Europe, Real Estate, London


The best free photo-editing software for 2021

Don't want to pay a monthly subscription for Photoshop? We don't blame you. Check out our list of the best free photo-editing software you can use right now.
Tags: Photography, Trends, Computing, Best Of, Don, Gimp, Photo Editor, Tier 4, Guide to Free Resources



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