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China blocks Instagram, 'tear gas' searches amid Hong Kong protests

Chinese websites including Baidu and Sina Weibo are blocking searches for "tear gas"

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5 reasons why Ello isn’t the second coming of Facebook

The idea of Ello and the actual user experience are completely different.

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Meet Ello, an ad-free social network that's proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats)

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

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Amazon’s Twitter wish lists make more sense than its shopping cart

Sometimes you just want to remember a product, not be pushed into buying it.

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Twitter upgrades for iOS 8 with a profile makeover

The best part about Twitter’s update: Interactive push notifications.

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Facebook to push real-time stories to the top of News Feed

As Twitter reevaluates chronological timelines, Facebook adds more timely content to your stream.

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Drag queens force Facebook to reevaluate real names

The network isn't making any changes yet, but it should.

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California regulators say Uber, Lyft and Sidecar's carpool services are illegal

Drivers can't carry multiple passengers while charging individual fares, the California Public Utilities Commission said.

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Meet the 7 apps that will give your amateur Instagrams professional gloss

The world's most popular Instagrammers have a few tricks, and they have nothing to do with Instagram.

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Mobile web snapshot: Pinterest, Tumblr capture eyeballs and dollars

Facebook conquered smartphones with its mobile-first push, but it isn’t the only social game in town.

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Twitter turns itself into a store with new buy button

The network wants to help you make in-tweet impulse purchases.

The future of Twitter: Chronological and curated timelines

The network's power users are panicking over possible changes to Twitter's core experience, but change can be good.

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New Facebook tool walks users through a privacy settings checkup

It's the latest initiative by the company to help its members make sure they're not over-sharing on the social networking site.

Why Twitter is showing you favorites from people you follow

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo explains why you see unfamiliar tweets in your timeline.

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Can disappearing message apps keep your private pics from prying eyes?

The encryption and ephemerality of apps like Snapchat and Wickr could be safer than cloud storage.