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Mark Zuckerberg responds to Internet.org criticism: ‘We fully support net neutrality’

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Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to defend Internet.org against claims the program conflicts with net neutrality, saying the two principles “can and must coexist.”

In the lengthy post, Facebook’s founder and CEO said he supports net neutrality and reiterated the value of providing Internet access — even if it’s limited — to people in developing countries.

Zuckerberg’s remarks come just days after Internet.org made headlines when a number of prominent Indian companies withdrew their support for the program. Internet.org is Zuckerberg’s wide-ranging plan to bring Internet access to developing countries where the majority of the population may not yet be online. Read more…

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Trio Lets You Mash Up Your Own Media With GIFs, Vines, Music And More

trio-apps If you spend entirely too much time creating, searching for and sharing the best GIFs and Vines with your friends, then you might get a kick out of a new mobile application called Trio. The app allows you to mash up media in order to create unique “remixes” that combine photos, videos, GIFs and music pulled from a variety of public sources, as well as from your own Camera… Read More

Instagram addresses nudity, harassment in updated guidelines

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It’s no longer a blanket rule on Instagram to simply “keep your clothes on.”

The photo and video sharing app released a significant update to its community guidelines Thursday, seeking to clarify its stance on nudity and abuse.

Instagram, like other social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, has found it difficult to balance a commitment to openness with creating a safe environment for its now 300 million monthly active users.

The app has had a particularly hard time dealing with female nudity. While its old policy asked users to refrain from posting nudity or mature content of any kind, Instagram’s new guidelines allow a little more flexibility. It now state that “photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.” Nudity in paintings and sculptures is also permitted. Read more…

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Capture the transformation of seasons for our photo challenge

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For this week’s Mashable Photo Challenge, photograph the transformation of seasons

Here in New York, we’re finally getting more sun. The days are warmer and longer, and beautiful cherry blossoms are blooming. It’s quite the opposite over in Australia, where the autumn chill is slowly leading into winter

Whether sunshine or hail, flowers or monsoons, show us what’s new where you are

Landscape views, macro shots, skyscapes and window captures — all are welcome. Feel free to use Instagram‘s new collage app, Layout, to show a before and after Read more…

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Here’s why Facebook’s Internet.org is crumbling in India

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A group of Internet companies have withdrawn support from Internet.org, the buzzy Facebook-backed service that aims to bring people in developing countries online, following a backlash in India over net neutrality.

Businesses such as travel website Cleartrip, news channel New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) and the Times Group, a media company that owns Times of India, all yanked content from Internet.org in India, where they offered some of their content for free.

The move comes after a week or so of furious debate in the country over net neutrality, which basically maintains that all Internet traffic must be treated fairly and indiscriminately. Although net neutrality proved a hot-button issue when Internet.org first launched last October in India, the issue came to a head when Airtel, India’s largest telecomm company, drew fire from activists over its new Airtel Zero platform, which lets users access select mobile apps for free. (App makers covered the fees instead.) Read more…

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The force is with these new Star Wars emoji for Twitter

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In anticipation for the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Twitter has teamed up with Disney and Lucasfilm to create some special Star Wars emoji.

That’s right. Star Wars emoji. This is not a drill.

Three new emoji-like icons, which are custom to Twitter.com and Twitter’s official apps (thus, they don’t appear in Tweetdeck or third-party clients), will appear onlinE when users use various Star Wars-related hashtags: #C3P0, #Stormtrooper and #BB8. Using the various Star Wars-related hashtags can trigger the icons, but thus far, it looks like only those three characters are represented Read more…

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14 ways to dramatically improve your Facebook ad campaign

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Increasing Facebook ad conversion rates without simply increasing ad spend can be a challenge if you’re not an expert. But there are some tried-and-true tweaks that will get you better results, especially if you invest some energy into testing different versions.

To find out more, I asked 14 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their favorite ways to supercharge a Facebook ad campaign. Their best answers are below. The best part? Most of them are very easy fixes and quick to implement.

1. Target followers of similar brands

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Narrowing your target audience is always a good idea in terms of getting higher quality social media ad results. On Facebook, you can target followers of specific brands. This is helpful when you are trying to sell to the same customer base as other well-known businesses or if you are trying to target the customer base of other non-competing brands in your market. Using this filter is a simple solution when you do not know other details about your target audience such as age, likes, job titles, etc. To become even more effective, create separate campaigns for each brand that you are targeting the followers of. Read more…

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Hey, Meerkat and Periscope: You have a (softcore) problem

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Barely three months in, Meerkat and Periscope have a problem: sexually charged content.

Wander around either live video streaming app, and it’s not too hard, especially on Meerkat, to catch someone flashing a boob or other bits of flesh and commenters begging for more. All that raw, unedited footage, broadcast in real time, means anything can happen, even footage that borders on softcore porn.

“When you’re going from live TV’s 25-second to 45-second delays to say, one to two seconds on iOS, you open the door of possibility to these types of behavior,” Eric Bowman, CEO of rival app Stre.am, told Mashable. Read more…

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Facebook tests its own version of the away message

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Facebook is apparently testing out its own version of the age-old away message in Taiwan and Australia, according to a report.

Starting Wednesday, the social network began experimenting with what it calls the sidebar status, The Verge reports, which is an away message that shows up in the current sidebar pane of Facebook’s mobile apps and disappears after 12 hours or whenever someone updates their status. (Facebook hasn’t yet responded to our request for comment.)

Even then, the sidebar status will only appear to the people a user messages most, their so-called “favorites,” and won’t appear in users’ profiles or News Feeds. Read more…

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Twitter rolls out new homepage to attract logged-out users

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Twitter on Wednesday rolled out a new homepage aimed at non-Twitter users.

The company, which had been testing a new look for its homepage since February, made the change official with a blog post that outlines the updates.

Whereas before, Twitter’s homepage was pretty sparse — simply a background image and prompts for people to sign up or sign in — the revamped version is populated with different topics, including politics, pop artists and cute animals. Clicking on one brings you to a timeline chock-full of relevant tweets.

“It’s rich real-time content, just like the Twitter experience for users who log in,” Twitter product manager Gabor Cselle wrote in the post. Read more…

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