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Ninja’s Twitter account was hijacked

Sponsored Links Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images Tech giants and sports organizations aren’t the only ones wrestling with high-profile Twitter account hijacks. An intruder compromised the account of well-known streamer Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) in mid-day on February 22nd, trying to use opportunity to rack up followers, start a beef with Fortnite star Tfue and …

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Twitter makes it easier to thread your new tweets with older ones

Sponsored Links Fabian Sommer/picture alliance via Getty Images You no longer have to go digging through your tweets to reply to one with an update. Twitter has added a feature that makes it easier to connect an in-progress tweet to an earlier post. When you’re writing your latest missive, you’ll just have to pull down …

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Ads invade Byte with a campaign from Nike

Sponsored Links Jon Fingas/Engadget Like it or not, the Vine revival app Byte is bringing in a staple of modern social networks: prominent ads. The looping video app has launched its first ad campaign with Nike, which is running a rathe conspicuous “Self Hail Mary” sponsored section alongside the usual categories. It’s easy to avoid …

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Vine successor Byte will share all its ad revenue to lure early creators

Sponsored Links Engadget Now that Byte has had a chance to reel in some users, the team is outlining another part of its Vine revival: how it’ll pay its stars. The team has published initial details of a Partner Program that will pay creators who pull in large audiences for their looping videos. Byte will …

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Facebook’s new oversight board expects to hear cases this summer

Sponsored Links Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook is finally nailing down timelines and procedures for its content oversight board. As part of a call discussing newly released bylaws, governance director Brent Harris revealed that the board should hear its first cases sometime this summer, with the initial board members unveiled in the “coming months” before then. …

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Instagram removes the IGTV button you weren’t using

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Instagram’s IGTV was supposed to usher in a new era for video in the social network, but that’s not quite how it panned out. And now, the company is tempering its expectations. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch that Instagram is removing the IGTV icon at the top of …

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India ruling party accused of tricking Twitter users into backing a law

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Anupam Nath India’s governing Bhratiya Janata Party has been accused of using Twitter to artificially drum up support for a law. Multiple observers have noticed that thousands of Twitter users, many of them linked to the ruling party, have been deceptively sharing a phone number meant to show support for the controversial …

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Nearly the whole US military has banned TikTok

Sponsored Links Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images When the Army, Marines and Navy all put the kibosh on TikTok, you knew it was just a matter of time before other US military branches followed suit — and sure enough, they have. The Air Force and Coast Guard have confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that …

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Pokémon games are available to play on Facebook

You don’t have to fire up a Nintendo console or launch a phone app to play Pokémon video games from now on. The Pokémon Company has released its first two Facebook Gaming titles, Pokémon Medallion Battle and Pokémon Tower Battle, through both the Gaming tab on the social network as well as is in-beta Facebook …

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Online bulletin board inventor Randy Suess dies at 74

Sponsored Links ThomasVogel via Getty Images It’s a sad week if you’ve ever posted on a social network or an internet forum. Randy Suess, the creator of the software for first online public bulletin board, died on December 10th at the age of 74. He and Ward Christensen built the Computer Bulletin Board System (CBBS) …

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