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Tweet a Short Story for a Chance to Win a Copy of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Stone Mattress’

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Novels, poems, essays, children’s books — Margaret Atwood can write it all

Since she released her first poetry collection Double Persephone in 1961, Atwood has published more than 50 works, including her dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale.

Most recently, Atwood has delved into short story writing with her collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, October’s MashableReads book club selection. Throughout the collection, Atwood explores what it means to grow old, detailing everything from how an aging genre-writer plots revenge against his former roommates to how a near-blind elderly woman struggles to survive an attack on her retirement home. Read more…

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What’s Really the Difference Between Facebook Pages, Groups and Profiles?

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With several overlapping features, Facebook‘s Pages, groups and profiles leave many users confused

Together, these three functions help us stay connected, but each has its own purpose and works for different types of content. Whether you want to stay in touch with friends, promote your brand or meet others with the same hobbies, we can help you determine which tool will most effectively meet your needs

Below, we highlight the differences between Facebook Pages, groups and profiles to help you understand when and how to use each one Read more…

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Snapchat Freaks Out Users With First Ad for ‘Ouija’

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Snapchat ads have officially arrived

The photo sharing app’s first advertisement was a 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror movie from Universal Pictures, Ouija.

As previously outlined by the company, the ad appeared in the app’s “Recent Updates” section and users can choose whether or not they want to view the ad.

Snapchat’s first ad is a 20 second movie trailer for “Ouija” http://t.co/zlgP2ysBYE

— Tim Peterson (@petersontee) October 18, 2014

It’s not clear how long the the video will appear in the section or how often the company plans to rotate new ads, but it’s likely Snapchat will continue to experiment with native advertising Read more…

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Snapchat Freaks Out Users With First Ad for ‘Ouija’

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Snapchat ads have officially arrived

The photo sharing app’s first advertisement was a 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror movie from Universal Pictures, Ouija.

As previously outlined by the company, the ad appeared in the app’s “Recent Updates” section and users can choose whether or not they want to view the ad.

Snapchat’s first ad is a 20 second movie trailer for “Ouija” http://t.co/zlgP2ysBYE

— Tim Peterson (@petersontee) October 18, 2014

It’s not clear how long the the video will appear in the section or how often the company plans to rotate new ads, but it’s likely Snapchat will continue to experiment with native advertising Read more…

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#Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

pipes If Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed. Read More

If You Printed All the Instagram Photos in a Year, How Far Would They Reach?

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Every year, Instagram users upload 21.9 billion photos to the visual social network.

Selfies, food porn, adorable animals — they all flood the favored photo app every second, and it would take multiple lifetimes just to double-tap them all. Kim Kardashian (the reigning queen of Instagram’s most-liked photo) would have to spend 286 million years just to post that many selfies.

Photo company Photoworld wanted to put that ridiculously huge figure in perspective. If you printed out each and every Insta photo uploaded this year and stacked them up, they would climb up thousands of miles. For example, if you only printed the number of photos that are uploaded every 37 minutes, your stack would easily zip past the Empire State Building Read more…

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Capture the Feeling of Fall for Our Photo Challenge

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Autumn: ‘Tis the season of hot cider, cable knit sweaters and an irrational obsession with pumpkin products. As the weather cools and green fades from the trees, we’re reminded that winter is coming. Soonish

But before we brace ourselves for the cold, let’s take a second to drink in the colors and feeling of autumn. There’s apple picking, cozy coats and not to mention fall foliage, which has long been heralded as one of Mother Nature’s true spectacles. And when it comes to photography, there’s nothing quite like the deep, raw reds and oranges of this season.

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Drop, Cover and Take A Selfie: Earthquake Drills in the Twitter Age

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SAN FRANCISCO — When the shaking starts, drop to the floor, take cover under sturdy furniture and take a selfie. As millions of Californians practiced earthquake survival in a statewide drill on Thursday, they documented every (mis)step on Twitter

The annual Great California Shakeout improves earthquake safety by having schools, businesses and homes practice earthquake drills. August’s Napa quake brought preparedness back into the public eye, and may account for the record number of 10 million participants this year

At 10:16 a.m. PT, participants practiced the Drop, Cover and Hold On technique. That is, when you feel shaking, drop to your hands and knees, cover yourself by crawling under sturdy furniture and hold on until the shaking has passed. In most buildings you’re safest staying inside until the earthquake subsides. Read more…

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Twitter Now Lets You Listen to Audio in App While Browsing Your Timeline

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Twitter users can now listen to songs, podcasts and other audio content in their timelines within the Twitter app, while continuing to scroll through other tweets.

Twitter rolled out a new version of its Audio Cards on Thursday with SoundCloud and Apple as launch partners, showcasing the new experience with music tweets from the Foo Fighters, David Guetta and Chance the Rapper.

The update for Twitter’s iOS and Android apps allows users to expand the audio card for more details or dock the audio player with one swipe in order to keep browsing through their timelines, unlike in the past when users had to leave that audio tweet or open the audio file in a browser to continue skimming tweets. Read more…

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Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Tells Friends You’re OK in a Natural Disaster

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Some status updates are more important than others

With that in mind, Facebook on Wednesday announced Safety Check, a new feature that lets friends and family know you’re safe after a natural disaster has occurred. When such an event transpires, Facebook will send you a message asking if you’re OK

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If you’re OK, you can select a message saying “I’m safe.”

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Facebook determines your city by your profile. If it gets the city wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

In a blog post announcing the feature, Facebook cited the 2011 Japanese earthquake as inspiration for the new safety feature. Facebook engineers in Japan created a disaster message board, which morphed into Safety Check Read more…

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