Caitlin McGarryAssociate Editor, TechHive Follow me on Google+

Caitlin covers Apple news, social networks, and the sharing economy from IDG's New York bureau.

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Take that, Snapchat: Instagram Direct’s private messages stick around

Instagram Direct lets users privately send photos and videos in what is widely considered a shot at trendy messaging app Snapchat.

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Twitter’s app update introduces a trio of swipeable timelines

The social network has retooled its iOS and Android apps, adding a slew of new features.

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Facebook takes a look back at 2013's biggest moments

From Nelson Mandela to the Harlem Shake, Facebook recaps the year's most-discussed topics around the world.

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How and why to use Google+, the surprising champ of photo sharing

Google’s much-maligned social network is leagues above the rest when it comes to photo-sharing tools and privacy controls.

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Facebook pushes news to the top -- literally

So long, Lil Bub: A Monday News Feed update will feature news articles more prominently than memes.

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Fancred braves the crowded social sports field with redesigned iOS app

Do sports fans need another social network? Fancred combines the best of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in one sports-centric app.

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Twitter's new search tools make the 'town square' more personal

A Tuesday update for Twitter's iOS and Android apps let you search for and find just about anything on the social network.

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Dash turns dining out into a Seamless experience

A new iOS app moves mobile payments into sit-down restaurants.

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Wanna hang out? Nextt is the 'anti-social' network for real-life plans

Nextt is equal parts calendar, messaging app, and social network to push real friends away from the screen.

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The perfect Instagram photo: textured, bright, and blue

Instagram likes are hard to come by, but now you can win hearts with the help of image analytics.

Hula hopes to make hookup apps more responsible -- and the STD talk a little more fun

You can swipe to the right to pick a partner on one app and unzip their STD results on another. Welcome to dating in the 21st century.

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Facebook's phone-first strategy is paying off -- to the tune of $2 billion

Facebook makes almost half of its ad revenue from the ads you see on your phone.

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Twitter puts photos "front and center" on mobile

An update for iOS, Android, and Twitter's mobile site makes tweets more visual, and cuts down the number of taps needed to reply and retweet.

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Google+ wants you and your photos to never, ever leave

Google showed off 18 new features to its slow-growing social network in an effort to convince photographers of its awesomeness.

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Vowch strips social networking down to likes

People would rather see what you like than what you think. Vowch gets rid of all the pesky details and streamlines your life down to your likes.

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