Twitter Confirms Changes to What Users See in Their Timelines

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Twitter just took another step toward becoming more like Facebook.

Several days ago, we noticed that Twitter rolled out an experiment to some users that began showing actions — like favorited tweets — on the main Twitter timeline. (Earlier this month, it experimented with showing tweets from accounts users didn't follow.) At the time, it appeared this feature was just a test, since it hadn't been universally deployed to all users.

Now, Twitter has updated some key language on its help page that indicates a permanent change, as Quartz pointed out. Read more...

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Don’t Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App

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You might hate being forced to use Facebook Messenger — but that doesn't mean the app is invading your privacy or part of some vast conspiracy to track all of your actions.

In the days since Facebook started requiring iPhone and Android users to download the stand-alone Facebook Messenger app to continue chatting with friends and family members, the backlash has been swift.

As Facebook is well aware, its users do not like change (see News Feed, Beacon ads, Timeline, OpenGraph, the Instagram terms of service changes, and every design change in the company's 10-year history). So it's not surprising to see Facebook Messenger as the number one app in the App Store (because everyone is being prompted to download it), or that it has a 1-star rating (because everyone is being prompted to download it). Read more...

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Facebook’s Bolt Faces Challenges Over Its Name Before It’s Even Launched

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Bolt — the rumored photo messaging app Facebook accidentally leaked — has't even been released, yet it's already facing potential legal threats over its name.

Last week, some Instagram users reported seeing in-app ads for a photo messaging app dubbed "Bolt." Rumor has it that Bolt will be Instagram's version of Snapchat and the app could drop as early as this week.

Bolt would join Instagram Messenger, Slingshot and WhatsApp as a Facebook-owned photo messaging solution. But beyond standing out in a crowded space (in the same company no less), Bolt's biggest problems might come down to its name. Read more...

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Oculus Fights Claims It Pilfered VR Tech

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Talk about VR Wars! Oculus VR — the company Facebook is buying for $2 billion — has formally responded to claims that some of the technology in its Oculus Rift headset belongs to ZeniMax Media. Oculus says it is "disappointed but not surprised" by ZeniMax's actions and vows to prove that all of "[ZeniMax's] claims are false"

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that ZeniMax, the owner of game studios such as id Software and Bethesda Game Studios, sent letters to Oculus and Facebook, alleging ownership of some of the key technology in the Oculus Rift headset

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Another Security Flaw Gets the Heartbleed Treatment, But Don’t Believe the Hype

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Breathless reports of a new security flaw affecting OpenID and OAuth — the technology that powers the identity logins for services such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn — hit the news Friday. Dubbed "Covert Redirect," the flaw could enable malicious sites or links to grab a user's login information.

The announcement of Covert Redirect is straight out of Heartbleed's marketing manual, coming with both slick website and fancy logo. Coupled with the widespread usage of OAuth and the growing awareness of potential security threats, Covert Redirect certainly sounds bad

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Join Us Live From Instagram’s Mystery Event

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Instagram is holding a mystery press event Thursday morning in New York City, and Mashable is covering all the action live.

To prepare for the event, the company sent out physical Instagram images printed on canvas. It's unclear what the photo-sharing app will unveil, although we've made a few guesses.

Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom will be in attendance, which means the announcement will be significant

What do you think Instagram will reveal at its event? Sound off in the comments, below.


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The Short Film That Takes Place Entirely Inside a Computer

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Warning: The above video contains brief moments of imagery that is NSFW and may be objectionable to some viewers.

The contents of a computer screen is the unlikely — yet incredibly apt — setting for Noah, a new short film that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available to view online.

Directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, Noah was part of TIFF's Student Film Showcase. The logline of the film reads:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager's computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age. Read more...

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The Short Film That Takes Place Entirely Inside a Computer

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Warning: The above video contains brief moments of imagery that is NSFW and may be objectionable to some viewers.

The contents of a computer screen is the unlikely — yet incredibly apt — setting for Noah, a new short film that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available to view online.

Directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, Noah was part of TIFF's Student Film Showcase. The logline of the film reads:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager's computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age. Read more...

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How to Embed Your Instagram Video

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Now that Facebook has unveiled video on Instagram, creating videos is an easy process. It makes good on Instagram's intention: bring simplicity to the video experience.

It's hard not to see Instagram video as a response to Vine, Twitter's uber-successful video sharing tool. And although Instagram's video feature improves upon Vine, it's also lacking a core part of the Vine experience

Namely, the ability to embed your videos elsewhere.

This isn't a huge surprise. Instagram never made it particularly easy to embed or syndicate photos. The app supports the oEmbed standard, which means that services such as Embedly and web apps such as WordPress can display Instagram photos inline or in other apps. But there is no easy "embed" button for end-users. Read more...

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Instagram Adds Video

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Video is coming to Instagram. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom officially introduced the rumored video functionality to an audience in San Francisco on Thursday.

Described as "everything you love about Instagram — and it moves," video is designed around three core principles:

  • Simplicity — It needs to be easy to use and edit

  • Beauty — "We need to do to video what we did to photos."

  • Community — Instagram continues to look and work the same way when it comes to sharing and viewing content.

Like Vine and other short-video services, video is limited. With Instagram, the time is limited to 15 seconds. Read more...

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