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LinkedIn's redesign changes everything for the better

LinkedIn has announced the most significant overhaul of its website since the company's launch. The new interface has been simplified to make LinkedIn's purpose and core features more obvious to users. There's also new messaging and search functions.

Is social media use affecting sleep patterns?

Cardiff - Obsession with social media is taking its toll, especially among young people. A new report has found one in five young people are making do with less sleep due to social media use; and this sleep deprivation is having an impact.

Google+ gets new features in update that kills classic web app

Google+ may have failed in its quest to topple Facebook but Google is still working on the platform. It has announced a series of new features designed to attract new users and keep existing ones active. The 'classic' web version will now be switched off.

Rescue your Vines before the app shuts down today

Vine is closing down today, leaving users unable to access the app and content abandoned online. You can still rescue your Vines before it's too late and archive them for future viewings. In the next few hours Vine will be replaced by 'Vine Camera.'

The one person who can't be blocked on Facebook is Zuckerberg

From time to time someone pops up on Facebook whose feed you don't wish to read or who annoys you in some way. Blocking them is relatively straightforward. Except for one person, that is — the founder of Facebook.

Snapchat's new search bar makes it simpler to find friends

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that adds a persistent search bar that lets you find friends, groups, publishers and stories. It's meant to simplify the Snapchat app and make it faster to navigate between sections and find specific content.

Canadian arrested in Turkey for insulting president on Facebook

Kars - A 50-year-old woman, a dual citizen of Canada and Turkey, was arrested in Turkey after she allegedly insulted Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on social media. Friends of the woman are concerned for her health.

Vine has a death date and it's just two weeks away

Twitter has announced that Vine will be shutting down in just two weeks' time. The company confirmed it is abandoning the service back in October after struggling to expand the app. It's not all bad news though as Vine's format will live on in a new app.

Town sees no drunk driving arrests after social media campaign

Kensington - The small town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island recorded no incidents of arrests for drinking and driving over the holiday period. Police credit this to an effective social media campaign against drinking and driving.

U.S. asks foreign visitors to provide social media account info

Washington - Citing the 15-year-long global war against radical Islamic terrorism, the United States government has started asking some foreign visitors to provide information about their social media accounts.

Op-Ed: Speaker Paul Ryan looks to punish live-streaming in Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan is seeking a new set of rules that would prevent members of the House of Representatives from live-streaming from the floor. Members of Congress that violate the new agreement would be fined and possibly face an ethics review.

Social media highlights across the Christmas period

It may be a quiet period for many, but social media is especially active over the Christmas period, with people tweeting and posting the highlights and low-lights of the festive period. Digital Journal takes a peek.

Trump's social media director loves blocking people

Washington - Dan Scavino is Donald Trump's new social media director. However, he is known for blocking a lot of people on Twitter, including those who claim they never interacted with him.

Op-Ed: Unbelievable truth? Social media and conspiracies

The Internet is awash with false news and conspiracy theories. Many of the 'theories' appear too bizarre have any semblance in reality, yet many do. We examine 2016's highlights (or low lights).

Association between social media and depression

Melbourne - There is an increasing number of reports about the impact of social media on the lives of people, especially young people, and the association with depression, anxiety and stress. A new study has looked into this.

Facebook Messenger gets a new camera that's basically Snapchat

Facebook has unveiled an overhaul of Messenger's in-app camera that turns the chat app into another Snapchat clone. You can now create photo art in message threads. Facebook is experimenting with features lifted from Snapchat in all its major properties.

Twitter broke replies in 'experiment' that could beome a feature

Twitter has revoked an update to its iOS app that accidentally broke one of the social network's core features. The new release included an "experimental" version of Twitter's reply system that removed the "@" symbol and opened the door to spam.

Who wants to skate on top of dead fish? Japanese ice rink closed

Kitakyushu - Social media backlash forced the closing of a new attraction at Space World in Kitakyushu, Japan on Sunday. Advertised as the world's first attraction of its kind, the skating rink was filled with 5,000 dead fish, frozen into the ice.

Instagram rolls out live video and new Snapchat-style messaging

After previously confirming it's working on live video, Instagram has officially launched the feature across all supported platforms. Livestreaming is joined by a new "disappearing" messaging mode which makes Instagram even more similar to Snapchat.

A brief history of Breitbart News

While mainstream news outlets search inwardly for answers after the shocking victory of President-elect Donald Trump, Breitbart News appears to be riding his wave to the presidency.

Facebook was reportedly scared of suppressing right-wing sites

Facebook has repeatedly insisted that the fake news stories which spread across its social network during the presidential election did not impact the results.

Live video is coming to Instagram

Instagram's CEO has confirmed in an interview that the Facebook-owned company is working on adding live video streaming to its platform. Live video is already a popular feature on Facebook. Instagram will now follow its parent into the space.

The Chicago Cubs win the World Series and the Internet goes wild

1908 was possibly the most boring World Series on record. The young championship series had seen many great games already, but the fall classic between the returning champions, the Chicago Cubs, and Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers was a real let-down.

Vine's co-founders launch new livestreaming app called HYPE

The creators of video looping app Vine have announced HYPE, a "live and interactive video service" for smartphones. The company is entering the crowded livestreaming space, competing with Facebook and Twitter. Vine announced it's closing down last week.

Twitter to let you block out the trolls by muting words

Twitter is developing a new feature that could make it easier to avoid abuse on its platform. "Muted words" allows you to hide any tweets containing specific words, an ability that could also prevent the disappointment of seeing online spoilers.

U.S. Supreme Court will hear sex offender social media ban case

The United States Supreme Court decided to hear the case of a North Carolina man who was convicted under a state law. That law forbids registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites that permits minor children to have accounts or access.

MoMA will feature emoji in December exhibit

Emoji are heading to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The MoMA announced on Wednesday that they have added the first set of 176 emoji from 1999 — originally used on Japanese pagers — to their collection.

Six second video service Vine is closing down

Twitter has announced it is shutting down its short-form video sharing service Vine. The company said users will be able to download their clips before the mobile app stops working. It has not explained why it is abandoning Vine.

As First Lady, Melania Trump would combat social media negativity

If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States, his wife Melania said as first lady, she would like to do what she can about the effect of negativity on social media on children and help them combat such things as cyberbullying.

RCMP uses social media in unusual way to solve 30-year-old murder

Thompson - Yesterday, on the 30th anniversary of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Kerrie Ann Brown, the Manitoba RCMP devoted their social media accounts in an attempt to find the teen's killer. Many of the post were done in Kellie's voice.
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