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Massive Instagram update adds 5 new filters

December 16, 2014
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Instagrammers: You're getting new filters for the first time in two years. The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. See also: 30 Instagram pets that colored our world in 2014 Instagram's...

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Can I really take a social media vacation?

December 15, 2014
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Stories about unplugging for the holidays abound at this time of year. Most deal with shutting down email and counsel leaving the computer behind. They also tend to skirt the whole issue of social media. It’s attached to your mobile devices, after all, so it’s pretty hard to leave it all behind

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Facebook drops Bing in favor of its own search tool

December 13, 2014
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Facebook has quietly removed Microsoft-owned Bing as its primary search engine, according to a new report. The social network pulled Bing search from its Graph Search platform in exchange for its own search tool that will allow users to find information related to friends' posts and comments, Reuters reported. See also: 6 browser extensions...

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YouTube finally lets you make GIFs without leaving YouTube

December 12, 2014
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This story was updated at 11:52 a.m. ET to include comments from YouTube and PBS. Without any fanfare, YouTube has introduced a built-in GIF creation tool for selected videos and channels. Andy Baio, a former CTO of Kickstarter, first spotted the update on Thursday.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is ‘thinking about’ a dislike button

December 12, 2014
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Facebook is considering ways users can express their feelings beyond the Like button, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a Q&A at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park Thursday "We're thinking about it," Zuckerberg said when asked whether the social network would ever add the long-requested dislike button. See also: 10 best tech companies to...

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Instagram’s nice factor is key to its victory over Twitter

December 11, 2014
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Right now on my Instagram feed, I see a photograph from one of my friends who snapped a picture of a man casually sitting next to his Christmas tree on public transportation "Low carbon Xmas shopping," the caption read. There's a cute dog with a bag of homemade treats and a Finding Nemo-themed drag-racing...

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Media experts discuss the future of storytelling at the Mashable Media Summit

December 11, 2014
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On Dec. 5, digital media experts descended on New York City for the Mashable Media Summit to analyze how technology is impacting the media industry and storytelling. See also: How the Media Summit unfolded on social media Speakers included Harvard University lecturer Jill Abramson, Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman and Cosmopolitan...

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We talked with Aaron Paul about his new app: Yo, Bitch

December 11, 2014
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If you happen to run into Aaron Paul — better known as Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman — and feel like calling him "bitch," that's not a terribly original impulse. The tormented character is synonymous with the word, and frequently says it throughout the critically acclaimed series' five seasons. In fact, "bitch" became a meme...

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Bring on bright and bold colors for our photo challenge

December 11, 2014
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If you're a sucker for saturation, you've come to the right place. For this week's MashablePhoto Challenge, capture vibrant, candy-like colors and bright hues. Whether it's a macro shot of a fuchsia rose or an image of beautifully bold street art, fill your frame with color and share it with us. See also: 15...

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Where Australians went and what we talked about on Facebook in 2014

December 10, 2014
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With 864 million daily active users, and 13 million of those in Australia, Facebook seems to know everything about us - right down to what toilet paper we prefer. See also: Australia's top YouTube videos prove we love pranks, sing-a-longs and weird stuff For its Year in Review ranking, the company crunched a lot...

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