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Microsoft goes big on social, acquires LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion

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Microsoft has announced today that it will acquire LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion – or US$196 per share – in an all-cash deal. The move will allow Microsoft to leverage LinkedIn’s 433 million users to build out new services for enterprise, and drive engagement to its other enterprise cloud services like Office 365 and Dynamics CRM. According to Microsoft, LinkedIn will retain its independence and branding. LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner will […]

Facebook lets you choose who controls your account after you die

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What should happen to your Facebook account when you die? Starting from today, Facebook has given you the option to finally decide whether your profile should be deleted when you pass away, or have it maintained by somebody else on your behalf (called a “Legacy Contact” by Facebook). “By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving […]

Tinder experiment reveals online predators are using the app to meet underage girls

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A lot of people have done dating experiments on Tinder, like wearing a fat suit and seeing how many people will go to a frozen yogurt shop to meet a girl. This latest one, however, will send a chill down your spine. A Melbourne-based group have created The Tinder Experiment, where they confront the people who are using the app to groom underage girls into having sex. We noticed an alarming […]

Very stupid people are complaining about losing followers after Instagram’s spam crackdown

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Instagram has been cracking down on spam and fake accounts. However, not everyone is pleased with the move. “Social media celebrities” are really angry with the move because they are seeing their follower count drop, showing how influential they really are on the photo-sharing website. This is despite the company telling people since last week: We’ve been deactivating spammy accounts from Instagram on an ongoing basis to improve your experience. […]

Report: As Vic Gundotra departs, Google+ will fade into the background

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It feels like just yesterday that we first got our hands on Google+, the social network that was meant to put more control in the hands of its users through ‘Circles’, rather than a binary list of Friends. At the time, I wrote that “Google+ just feels like Facebook and Twitter combined with a few more and a few less features,” which wasn’t exactly a unique critique of the social […]

To those tweeting terrorist threats to airlines: what the fuck is wrong with you?

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“My apologies go out to all but why can’t y’all take a joke,” said one Twitter user named Alden Fernandez. This was in response to a tweet he earlier sent to American Airlines that a bomb was “going [to go] off on six of your aircrafts”. This is one of many tweets coming in from some very stupid and idiotic teenagers – because they think it’s pretty funny to send tweets […]

4chan adds WebM support for “better animated images”

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Google’s WebM video format now has an unlikely backer. The infamous imageboard 4chan has announced that it will allow users upload WebM videos to the site, in order to provide “better animated images” support. Because the file format is being used as an alternative to the traditional animated GIF, 4chan will only accept WebM video with no audio, that are shorter than 120 seconds long, no larger than 2048×2048 pixels, and […]

Facebook acquires Nintendo in US$25 billion move

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Despite a partership this morning with the Google Maps team, Ninendo is now officially a Facebook company. With disappointing sales of the Wii U, it’s no surprise that Facebook decided to pounce on the company, known for their incredibly unique and priceless IPs. The deal will include the Mario franchise, as well as many other high-profile Nintendo properties, with the concluded sale to cost US$25 billion in a mixture of […]

Yahoo to poach YouTube stars for new video service

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Image: Magnus Hoij/Flickr (Creative Commons) Money makes the world go ’round, and Yahoo knows it. Today Recode is reporting that Yahoo will soon launch a new video service to take on YouTube. And while that might sound like a laughable endeavour, with YouTube yet to have a competitor steal their mainstream userbase, the company is hoping that the popularity of YouTube’s own stars is more important than the popularity of YouTube […]

Crossing the line: YouTube community in crisis as sexual assault allegations are made public

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The YouTube community has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault, emotional manipulation and inappropriate behaviour made by fans against some of the more popular members of the community. It all began last week when a former girlfriend of Tom Milsom, Olga, wrote in a Tumblr blog post that during her six-month relationship with the blue-haired musician, Milsom was abusive and coerced her into having sex with him.

The #AskHannaForCash thing is most likely a scam

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Meet the Twitter user @princessthot. No one knows who she – or he – is, but she’s responsible for one of today’s trending topics on Twitter #AskHannaForCash. The idea is simple, all you need to do is tweet something with the hashtag, and she – or he – will give you at least $1000 from their father’s PayPal account that contains at least $23 million. First 10k people to retweet […]

New Australian startup lets lonely people hire a friend – for $60 an hour

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Yes, this is about to be a real thing. A brand new startup from Townsville, Queensland called “Friends for Hire” is about to open its doors – and as its name suggests, it will let those who are friendless hire a friend for “endless possibilities”. Well, except for one. According to Business Insider Australia, Friends for Hire is strictly for platonic relationships. “It’s definitely not a dating website. It’s for […]

Tumblr becomes the weapon of choice for Apple’s marketing team

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According to Apple, every colour has a story. Or at least, that’s what they want to tell potential young customers using microblogging site Tumblr. While it isn’t out of the ordinary for a company like Apple to flaunt their latest devices in an expensive marketing blitz, their latest attempt to sell the iPhone 5c is a little out of the ordinary. Generally limiting themselves to more traditional advertisements, users of […]

YouTuber explores the world of Facebook advertising, says they “benefit” from fake likes

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Derek Muller – who is behind the science YouTube channel Veritasium and a reporter for the ABC’s science program Catalyst – has released a new video that explores the world of Facebook advertising; and comes to the conclusion that advertising on Facebook is useless and that the social network is indirectly benefiting from the fake likes. Muller said last year, he decided to use the free $50 voucher that Facebook was […]

500px will let you sell your photos – if it can take a 70 percent cut

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If you are a photographer and want to make a quick buck from your photos, 500px is about to make it easier for you. The online photo community (and Flickr competitor) announced it would launch a marketplace called 500px Prime – allowing people to easily license your photos for their projects. “Prime is a convergence of the growing demand to be able to license the amazing photography on 500px and a growing […]