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Snapchat rolling out non-'creepy' ads that still might get creepy

The company has a fair amount of data that could be used to target its ads


Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets friends know you're safe

Facebook said it knows when you are in a danger zone

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Social Sites Gaining Market Share Faster Than Search Engines

The 2014 holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and the major social networks are about to see greater competition for ad revenue, according to Adobe. Here's how the companies stacked up in the third quarter of 2014.

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Snapchat and Other Online Services Need to Tighten Security

Regardless of the fact that some data leaks weren't the result of direct server hacks, Internet service companies need to do a better job of educating their users and offering stronger security measures.

For Advertisers, True YouTube Rivals are Few and Far Between

Online video is a valuable format for advertisers, and YouTube dominates the space. Even with so much money at stake, YouTube's would-be competitors significantly lag behind in the majority of metrics.

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Parse Delivers on Mobile Apps, But Not for Business

Facebook's MBaaS shines for consumer mobile applications, but misses some must-haves for business apps

#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Only one of the EU's proposed digital commissioners seems to be prepared to answer questions on Twitter

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Would an Anonymous App From Facebook be Creepy or Smart?

Facebook is preparing to launch a mobile app that would enable users to interact online anonymously, a move analysts said could be good or scary.

Q&A: How Yik Yak wants to weed out abuse and become the next Twitter

Yik Yak CEO Tyler Droll and Chief Operating Officer Brooks Buffington lay out their vision

French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

Tweeting money will be free of charge, the French bank offering the service said

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Why Google+ is the Place for Passions

The single biggest controversy about social media is whether Google+ is a dying wasteland of non-activity or a hive of conversation and engagement.

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Snapchat Denies it Was Hacked

After Snapchat accounts were used for spam and hackers said they'd stolen thousands of photos and videos, the photo messaging site released a statement saying the incident was due to user credentials found on other sites.

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Social Media Giants Fail in Response to Online Abuse

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are criticized in a scathing report from a campaign committed to eradicate technology-related violence against women.

China clamps down on doxing, limiting 'human flesh search engine'

Human flesh search engines had been used to expose corruption, but also to attack ordinary citizens

Uber's surge pricing earns it an 'F' on Better Business Bureau test

Some customers claim they were charged the higher amount without notice from Uber

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See Yah, Facebook. Teens Prefer Instagram

Teenage users have been drifting away from Facebook for the last few years, but now it seems they're in a mad rush to get away.

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Social Media Still Has Little Marketing Impact in Hollywood

Social media has a long way to go before it's a star in Hollywood. Film studio executives say that even when the most socially savvy stars tweet regularly to promote their latest project, it makes no difference overall.

Google, Facebook to discuss online extremism at dinner with EU officials

The Commission wants to curb social media recruiting for radical Islamist groups

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Why Ello Is Just an Overhyped Anti-Facebook, Social Wannabe

Ello is getting its 15 minutes of social media fame: More than a million people are still clamoring to join the invite-only, ad-free social network. However, CIO.com's Matt Kapko explains why you can't take it seriously as a Facebook...

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