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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.

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Beefed-up Twitter abuse tools let you silence those notorious eggs

Twitter is adding more features to its anti-abuse tools as the fight against trolls heats up.

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Instagram's new galleries will let you share multiple photos per post

Instagram was already a time-suck. This new feature is going to make it worse.

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Facebook's latest Snapchat attack: WhatsApp status updates

WhatsApp rips off Snapchat Stories with new update that brings disappearing pictures, GIFs, and videos to statuses.

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Twitter's Vine dies today, so download your videos pronto

Vine is morphing into Vine Camera, and time is running out to save your precious Vines before they become part of history.

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What were the most disruptive iPhone apps of 2016?

From mobile augmented reality to social live-streaming, here are the trends that iPhone apps brought to the mainstream this year. And what we should expect in 2017.

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Snapchat's Groups let you chat with 16 friends at once

Snapchat Groups lets you share posts with up to 16 people at once.

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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.

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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