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WhatsApp Will Turn Your Account Into a Useless Zombie If You Don't Accept Its New Privacy Policy

After facing international backlash over impending updates to its privacy policy, WhatsApp has ever-so-slightly backtracked on the harsh consequences it initially planned for users who don’t accept them—but not entirely.Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Operating Systems, Internet Privacy, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Cross Platform Software, Private Message


Archiving Facebook Messages Just Got a Lot Easier

Facebook recently announced a bunch of new features for Messenger and Instagram DMs on its apps. Media messaging is now streamlined, chats are easier to archive (and unarchive), and Instagram DMs now include read receipts. Let’s investigate at all the new features and how to use them.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Facebook Messenger, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Google Allo, Windows Live Messenger, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Private Message


Conservatives Demand Supreme Court Overrule Fake Facebook Court, Others Weigh In

On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board, the pseudo-legalistic, questionably independent body that the company claims has the power to review and potentially overrule official moderation decisions, issued its not-so-final proclamations regarding the status of Donald Trump’s account.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Instagram, Articles, Joe Biden, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Breitbart, Jim Jordan, Tom Cotton, Clarence Thomas, Frank Pallone, David Segal


How to Automatically Caption Your Instagram Stories

You can now add a “captions sticker” to Instagram Stories that automatically transcribes your audio into subtitles without the need for third-party apps. This is a helpful tool for creators and audiences alike, as live-captioned videos are more accessible to people with auditory disabilities and those who prefer…Read more...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Software, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Facebook Applications, Closed Captioning, Assistive Technology, Video Software, Subtitles, IGTV, Technology Internet, Subtitling


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


Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned

A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former’s ad platform, according to a Signal published on Tuesday. The ads were meant to show users the bevy of data that Instagram and its parent company Facebook collects on users, by... targeting…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Software, Gizmodo, Signal, Operating Systems, Adtech, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Market Segmentation, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet


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


How to Fix Your Phone After Downloading 'WhatsApp Pink'

Security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia took to Twitter the other day to warn about a new scam making the rounds—the goofily named “WhatsApp Pink.” This Android app promises to be a fun new variant of the popular chat app that comes with an all-pink UI. And while the “pink app” part might be true, the app isn’t…Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, Software, Lifehacks, Yo, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Rajshekhar Rajaharia, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


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 ‘Voice of President Trump’ Gets Double-Banned by Facebook

It must be hard, getting 86'ed from a venue, watching as 2.7 billion people stroll past a skinny, pale bouncer. Maybe you mull around the dumpster outside, in a cloud of cigarette smoke with the Nazis and Laura Loomer, talking about how much that party sucks, actually, that this alley area is way better, and we should…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Nazis, Nbc News, Articles, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Liz Cheney, Lara Trump, Laura Loomer, QAnon, Social Media Use By Donald Trump


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


LinkedIn Adds Stories-Like Cover Letter Videos to Profiles to Help You Impress Potential Employers

Many of LinkedIn’s newest features makes it feel less like a job-seeking platform and even more like Instagram. But that seems to be what it’s going for.Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Microsoft, Linkedin, Software, Recruitment, Operating Systems, Cohen, Technology Internet


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


Get a Free Six-Pack of Beer for Decluttering Your Home

Given all the quarancleaning that has been going on over the past year while we were stuck at home without much else to do, your 2021 spring cleaning may be a light lift. On the other hand, you also may have gone a little overboard with online shopping this year—both out of necessity and as a stress reliever—and…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, Software, Beer, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Venmo, Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin, Abnormal Psychology, Obsessivecompulsive Disorder, Compulsive Decluttering


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


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


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


Use This Visual Search Engine to Find Images With Similar Energy

Sometimes you see a pattern on something—like a piece of clothing you can’t afford, or vintage wallpaper in a historic home—and fall in love. Sure, you can snap a photo of it and use it as a comparison, but that only gets you so far. If only there was a way to search for images using an actual image, instead of…Read more...
Tags: Pinterest, Instagram, Image Search, Software, Lifehacks, Computer Vision, Operating Systems, Kevin Kelly, Jacob Jackson, Internet Search Engines, Applications Of Computer Vision, Technology Internet, Image Retrieval


Facebook's New Ad Campaign Tries To Remind You That Targeted Ads Are Good, Actually

Just two months after running a full-page ad decrying Apple’s impending updates, Facebook is rolling out another campaign meant to defend the targeted ads that make up about 98% of its multi-billion dollar revenue stream.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Ipads, Software, Grace Jones, Operating Systems, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Internet Privacy, Dipayan Ghosh, Social Information Processing


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


Protect Yourself From Facebook and Instagram Ad Scams

Shopping on social media has come with more risks as the pandemic grinds along. Since last year, scams from online purchases make up nearly half of all complaints in the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker, with many of those complaints pointing a finger at shady ads on Instagram and Facebook. Here’s how you can…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Fraud, Software, Lifehacks, Better Business Bureau, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Facebook Here, Confidence Tricks, Video Software, Technology Internet


You Can Now Restore Recently Deleted Instagram Posts

Instagram is adding a new “Recently deleted” folder to the app’s menu that temporarily stores posts after you remove them from your profile or archive, giving you the ability to restore deleted posts if you change your mind.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Social Media, Software, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Facebook Applications, Video Software, IGTV, Computer File, Technology_internet


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



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