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Twitter's chronological timeline rolls out to Android app

Twitter announced last year that it was bringing back the fully chronological timeline. It didn't launch the feature right away, and even when it did, iOS got it first. Oh well, such is life (and you should be used to it by now). Today is the big day for Android, though. Head to your Twitter app and enjoy the glory of a chronological timeline.

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Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

As you may remember, Vine was a simple app with short looping videos. It gained immense popularity and was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but was unceremoniously discontinued late in 2016 amid strong competition from Snapchat and Instagram. If you're still mourning its loss, you'll be pleased to hear that the Vine founder is making another app.

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Google is putting Google+ out of its misery following data exposure

Google is shutting down the consumer version of its Google+ social network following the discovery of a vulnerability that allowed app developers access to private profile information. While found and patched in March 2018, it was not disclosed until today. According to an internal memo viewed by the Wall Street Journal, Google feared disclosing the issue would be detrimental to its reputation and draw unwanted regulatory attention.

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Instagram Stories now allowing longer videos by splitting them into segments

Following the rise of Snapchat, nearly every social media and messaging app introduced ways to share snippets of your day. These often include videos which are typically limited to a predetermined duration and expire after 24 hours. Instagram Stories were previously restricted to 15-second clips and those longer than this duration would be trimmed before sharing, but the company appears to be tweaking this cap.

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Facebook security flaw hits at least 50 million accounts

Facebook made an announcement today, but it wasn't the fun kind. Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management at Facebook says that at least 50 million user accounts have been compromised by unknown parties. The social network is taking several steps to safeguard affected accounts, as well as other accounts that have questionable involvement.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Twitter's latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the "best tweets" for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of Twitter, substantially reduce trolling, and make for an entirely changed platform? No, probably none of those things — but it's incredibly nice to have a social media platform take into account what its users have been asking for, and actually deliver it.

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Popular social media app Musical.ly is now Tik Tok

Short-form video app and social media phenomenon I'm too old to understand Musical.ly was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance late last year. Today, with little fanfare, Musical.ly was folded into Tik Tok, a similar service created and operated by ByteDance. Musical.ly accounts have been migrated to Tik Tok, which "incorporates the most popular elements of both apps."

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Digital media use, including social media, tied to higher rates of ADHD in teenag... aw sick new vid. Like, subscribe. Where am I?

Social media is often considered a distraction, but based on the results of a recent study, that influence could have larger implications. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), frequent use of digital media, including social media, by adolescents could be associated with ADHD—though the causal direction of that relationship is undetermined. 

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