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Blocked! User outrage spurs Twitter to reverse policy change

Twitter on Thursday faced a wave of backlash after it changed its blocking policies. The company quickly backtracked.

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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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Say No to Selfies

Selfies aren't going away. But that doesn't mean you have to consign yourself to a future of horrible photos. Here are the selfies you'll want to avoid.

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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Sidecar and Lyft switch from donations to minimum fares in California

Sidecar says it's introducing minimum fares and rival service Lyft is reportedly making the move away from donation-based fares, too.

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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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Twitter now letting marketers target mobile ads by device, OS version, and Wi-Fi

Twitter will give advertisers more controls to serve different ads to users based on which OS version their mobile device uses.

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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.

Clockwise Podcast: Trouble with the curve

The institution of email, the utter pointlessness of curved phones, who should compete with YouTube, and Twitter's new custom timelines. Dan Moren welcomes guests Philip Michaels, Jason Cross, and Serenity Caldwell.

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Twitter's 'fail whale' artist follows up with 'IPO hippo'

YiYing Lu, the artist whose design became known as the Twitter "fail whale," creates an illustration to describe the Twitter IPO.

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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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