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If people weren’t too happy with the first batch of sponsored posts by Instagram, those temper tantrums might reach a new level soon. According to Adweek, the Facebook-ownedimaging service is now rolling out video ads to users’ feeds, having been quietly testing themfor the past six months. So, starting today, don’t be surprised to unexpectedly run into a random 15-second video while you’re trying to find a picture of the next great brunch.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:56

Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the music listening and sharing experience inside Twitter.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 01:47

The reports of Twitpic’s survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following Twitter legal demands, the photo sharing service today announced that didn’t happen and it’s game over on October 25th. Users can now export their photos.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:27

After months of speculation and rumors, Apple just released details about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unintentionally. A day early. Someone is getting fired over this.

The devices were supposed to be announced at an Apple event tomorrow, but Apple scoops mcgee Mark Gurman noticed the two devices listed in the iPad User Guide for iOS 8 within iBooks. Whoops.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 06:06

In 2014, it shouldn’t come as a shock to hear that retailers are monitoring your movements and actions when you shop online.

Online stores commonly track your cookies (check their privacy statement) to find out where you’ve been, what you’ve searched for and what you purchased. Experts call these data points “bread crumbs.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:57

YouTube is losing a key distribution platform as Facebook’s home-grown videos become more popular, according to a report from Socialbakers.

Facebook is now poised to overtake YouTube in video posts in the News Feed, according to the researcher. The analysis was based on 20,000 Facebook Pages from brands, media, celebrities and entertainment companies and 180,000 posts over the last 12 months on desktop and mobile.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 05:53

The entertainment industry has been up in arms over the issue of digital piracy for years. Now, there’s a new ally in the fight: advertisers.

Last week, three associations representing the advertising industry banded together in the United States to launch an initiative to combat advertising that – often inadvertently – ends up on piracy websites. Ads from major brands have appeared on sites that provide unauthorized downloads or streaming of music, movies and television shows, funnelling revenue to the sites’ operators.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:10

Facebook is now the legal owner of WhatsApp, following a filing made with the SEC today. This is the final step in a process begun when Facebook announced its intent to acquire the messaging company in February of this year. The Facebook deal passed its final regulatory hurdle when it received EU approval to go ahead with the acquisition of WhatsApp last week.

In the filing, the company details the awarding of 177,760,669 shares of Facebook’s Class A common stock and $4.59 billion to WhatsApp stakeholders, plus 45,941,775 in restricted stock to WhatsApp employees to complete the deal. Koum will join Facebook’s board, and will also match Zuckerberg’s annual base salary of $1, without eligibility for the company’s bonus plan, though he does get a signing bonus of 24,853,468 restricted stock units as incentive for joining. Per the filing, Koum is joining Facebook with no fixed term of employment as part of the arrangement, but all indicators are that he wants to stick around to continue to build WhatsApp as a separate brand under the growing Facebook umbrella.

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Last Updated on Monday, 6 October 2014 11:07

If you were hoping that iOS 8′s ability to hide your device ID from nearby WiFi networks would render you invisible to nosy hotspot operators, you’ll want to dial back your expectations a bit. AirTight Networks’ Bhupinder Misra has found that Apple’s hardware address randomization only kicks in under a very narrow set of circumstances. You not only have to put your device to sleep and turn off location services, you have to turn off cellular data as well — in short, your iPhone has to become a paperweight. Even then, the masking only appears to work with iOS devices using at least an A7 processor, like the iPhone 5s.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 04:46

Mobile First Entertainment has launched the first iteration of an app designed to help social-media stars make more money from their big online audiences while bringing together a client’s various social-media streams all in one place. The app is customized for each client, and is ad-supported, with the creator/client using the customized app taking 75 percent of net revenues.

The app also handles issues such as sending push notifications to users about upcoming events, pending new content and more. The app will be adding subscription and e-commerce functions in coming versions.

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 04:30