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Instagram finally snags Snapchat’s beloved selfie lenses with new face filters feature

A slew of new features are coming to Instagram Stories today, including reverse video, hashtags, and an eraser.

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Opera 45 goes social with sidebars for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram

Opera 45 lets you easily share content with friends thanks to built-in messaging features.

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Mingis on Tech: H-1B visas and the future of Facebook Live

While some changes may be coming to the controversial H-1B visa program in the U.S., the same can't be said for Facebook Live, which is under scrutiny after users posted disturbing videos.

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Twitter will stream video news from Bloomberg all day, every day

Twitter and Bloomberg are creating an online news channel for cord cutters and social media addicts.

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Facebook wants people to type from their brain and hear with their skin

Facebook revealed Wednesday that it is working on technology to let people type straight from their brains at 100 words per minute, besides disclosing another project directed at allowing people to hear with their skin.

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Facebook will let you play songs from Spotify and Apple Music inside Messenger

At its F8 developers conference, Facebook unveiled Messenger Chat Extensions for creating in-app experiences, including sharing and playing songs from Spotify and Apple Music.

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Hands-on: Oculus Rift's Spaces shows Facebook doesn't understand social VR

Oculus Rift's Spaces, Facebook's first stab at social VR is cold, sterile, and very corporate. There are better options for digital hangouts.

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How to use Snapchat’s new augmented reality 3D world lenses

Snapchat is retaliating against Facebook’s clone wars by boosting its AR camera capabilities. Here’s how to add 3D animated objects to your Snapchat messages.

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Facebook Spaces wants you to hang out with your friends in VR

Facebook is making it possible to hang out with your friends in virtual reality using Spaces, a new app the company launched Tuesday for the Oculus Rift. The app will allow people to join a shared, immersive video call, represented by a personalized avatar.

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Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented reality

Facebook's efforts to embed camera functionality in all the apps it runs isn’t just a push to crush Snapchat. The company will be using those cameras as a way to create a developer platform for augmented reality, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday.

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Instagram Stories hits 200 million daily viewers, surpassing Snapchat after all

Instagram continues to replicate Snapchat features, including pinning stickers to videos.

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Twitter sues the U.S. government for demanding it unmask critical 'alt' account

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account that is critical of the immigration service.

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Facebook's rocket ship icon is a test flight for a secondary news feed

If your Facebook feed has a rocket-ship icon, it's because the social media platform is testing a secondary news feed with users worldwide.

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Twitter changes its default profile photo from an egg to a human-shaped blob

The egg that's come to represent Twitter's anonymous trolls is gone.

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Twitter stops counting usernames in replies toward the 140-character limit

This change is coming to Twitter’s iOS and Android apps as well as Twitter on the web.

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Facebook goes full Snapchat with disappearing Stories

Camera filters, selfie masks, and direct messaging are coming to the main Facebook app. Good luck, Snapchat.