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Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger

Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.

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Facebook Instant Games puts games right smack in the middle of News Feed, Messenger

Facebook has launched Facebook Instant Games, placing social games directly within its News Feed and Messenger app and tacitly discouraging users from turning to other mobile games and third-party chat services.

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Facebook's latest experiment: Helping you find free Wi-Fi hotspots

Facebook may soon help you find the closest public Wi-Fi access point with a new feature in its mobile app.

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Instagram is shaking things up with live video and disappearing messages

Instagram just lifted one addictive feature from Facebook and the other from Snapchat.

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Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make following faster

You can grab your own code or scan another directly from the Twitter app for Android and iOS.

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Facebook privacy settings: How to control your ad preferences

Facebook targets ads based on your activity. You can check--and change--what it thinks your interests are in Ad Preferences.

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Twitter beefs up its mute tools and abuse policies to help you proactively silence trolls

Twitter has new ways to keep the trolls from getting at you, as well as beefed up anti-abuse enforcement policies behind the scenes.

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How to download and save a Facebook video

Facebook doesn’t officially provide links to videos for you to save. But all you have to do is trick your browser into thinking you’re browsing Facebook on your phone.

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Facebook taps machine learning to transform videos into works of art

Using a technique called style transfer, Facebook takes live video and turns it into something that resembles the work of Van Gogh, Picasso and other artists.

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Twitter alpha preps app shortcuts and round icons to take advantage of Android 7.1

The new tricks are neat, but this early release version of the app is quite crash-prone and shouldn't be relied on for everyday use.

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Twitter kills Vine

After Twitter failed to find a buyer, it's killing Vine and laying off 9 percent of its workforce.

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How to encrypt your Facebook messages with Secret Conversations

Facebook's new encrypted messaging feature, Secret Conversations, is now live for everyone on Android and iOS.

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Facebook's new Marketplace aims to become the world's largest yard sale

Facebook announced Marketplace on Monday. This new, mobile-only feature lets you buy and sell items on the social network.

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Facebook Messenger beams live video into your chat conversations with Instant Video

The concept is similar to a feature found in Snapchat, which allows you to augment your chat with some face-to-face conversation.

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How to turn on Twitter's quality filters and silence trolls

Twitter has a solution for stopping trolls: A new timeline quality filter that discards nasty tweets in your notifications

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Twitter is bringing an in-app Periscope button to all

Next time you're about to fire off a tweet, you can instead decide to go live with just a couple of taps.

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Facebook adds SMS to Messenger; here's how to enable it

If you're a heavy user of Facebook's chat app, this might be the best way to keep all your conversations in one place.

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Snapchat's Discover feature gets magazine-style makeover

Subscriptions and a larger Live element headline the social network's efforts to make content easier on the eyes.

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