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06/28/2017 01:08 AM
Twitter suspends The Fader's account and a handful of other music blogs
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Twitter has suspended accounts of music lifestyle/news publication The Fader along with several other music-centric blogs.

On Tuesday morning, Twitter users began posting the hashtag #FreeFader to show support for the publication and confusion about the account's absence on the social platform. As the day went on, other sites such as 2DOPEBOYZ, Hip Hop N More, and Pigeons and Planes — a publication owned by Complex — also revealed their accounts had been suspended.

Twitter declined to comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but The Verge noted they likely have something to do with copyrighted footage or music of last Sunday's BET Awards or Monday's NBA Awards, that was tweeted from the accounts. Read more...

More about Business, Twitter, Music, Conversations, and Social Media
06/24/2017 09:26 PM
Instagram is actively ruining my life with its inhumane algorithm
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As a rule, social networks are terrible at understanding their human users — no matter the ooey-gooey platitudes about bringing us "closer together" their executives piece together. 

Never has this been more clear than over the past few days, when Instagram's algorithm continually shoved well-meaning but emotionally ruinous "happy Father's Day!" garbage down my throat.

Quick background: A brain tumor put my dad six feet under close to 11 years ago, when I was still a teenager. It was, I'd say, pretty traumatic: he spent close to two years incredibly sick, confused, and weak.  Read more...

More about Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Algorithms, and Tech
06/23/2017 10:59 PM
Man discovers 36-year-old message in a bottle and the original writer is delighted
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Old school communication meets new school communication.

Ryan Burchett found a message in a bottle last weekend on Little St. Simons in Georgia. The buoyant letter was 36 years ago and thanks to social media he was able to connect with the original sender.

Douglas Stephens sent the bottle afloat off the Atlantic coast of Florida back on June 10, 1981. The letter included his name, address, the date, and a request for the finder to let him know where and when they found the bottle.

Burchett found the bottle while fishing with friends in southern Georgia, 40 miles from Fernandina Beach where Stephens set the bottle adrift. Read more...

More about Facebook, Florida, Social Media, Letter, and Message In A Bottle
06/23/2017 02:02 AM
This app will tell you which of your photos are actually good enough to post (which is both harsh and helpful)
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It's a rare occasion when you take the perfect photo on the first try. Most likely, your camera roll is clogged with photos as you attempt to shoot that all-star selfie, picture at the concert, or snapshot of the new glow-in-the-dark donuts

But for all you accidental photo hoarders, photography app EyeEm and its AI helper are here to remove your pre-post photo clutter.

The app rolled out an update on Wednesday, giving users the ability to choose which photos will be the most liked. The new feature is called EyeEm "Selects," and it's an AI curator that automatically selects the best shots on your camera roll based on learned algorithms. Read more...

More about Tech, Iphone, Android, Apps, and Photos
06/21/2017 09:37 PM
This famous YouTuber is making the leap into esports
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Shonduras, a high-profile content creator of Snapchat and YouTube fame, is tackling a brand new endeavor: running his very own esports team.

He joins other sports and media celebrities who have made the jump into esports team ownership. Read more...

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06/21/2017 09:31 PM
'Game of Thrones' new Season 7 trailer is cool as hell, because ICYMI, winter is here
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A new Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer has arrived just in time to celebrate Summer Solstice, because forget what the calendar says, winter is here. (Or it will be in a little under a month, at least.)

The White Walkers were conspicuously absent in the first Season 7 trailer, but the new footage more than makes up for it, showing the Night King and his undead army in all their frosty glory.

For a deeper look at all the Season 7 clues hidden in the new footage, check out our obsessive trailer analysis

The chilling new trailer release is part of a massive HBO social media campaign to take over the Summer Solstice by "winterizing" the web — Game of Thrones fans can unlock exclusive Season 7 content on Twitter, Reddit and Google search, including 12 new character posters, so there'll be no doubt that despite the warm weather, winter is truly here on July 16, and no one is safe. Read more...

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