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Cloudy skies give Manhattanhenge photos a Monet-like feel

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Instagrammers couldn’t get enough of the celestial phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge Friday evening despite disappointing conditions.

Manhattan was aglow with a smeared golden light as the sun aligned with city cross streets, bursting through a cloudy sky. The haziness gave photos of the biannual phenomenon a Monet-like quality

Manhattanhenge fans were saddened by the weather’s impact on the typically voluminous sun, but that didn’t stop crowds from blocking intersections.

Years ago when Neil deGrasse Tyson first discovered the cosmic positioning (he coined the term Manhattanhenge after Stonehenge), he was alone in the middle of the street taking photos of a glowing orb squeezed between rows of tall buildings. Now droves of people flock to capture the scene Read more…

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Rejoice: Facebook gets GIF support. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Prepare yourselves — Facebook now has serviceable GIF support.

That’s right children, you can now post GIFs to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well.

Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs in the Newsfeed had on the product. Read more…

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Rejoice: Facebook gets GIF support. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Prepare yourselves — Facebook now has serviceable GIF support.

That’s right children, you can now post GIFs to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well.

Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs in the Newsfeed had on the product. Read more…

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Google+ chief: Big changes are ahead

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Bradley Horowitz, the lead on Google’s social network, Google+, made an appearance at the company’s developer conference to tell the world that Google+ isn’t going anywhere, but it’s going through big changes.

Horowitz explained he’s currently in charge of Streams, Photos and Sharing at Google, and that Google+, as a service is being completely rethought. He also said there has been a “renaissance” of thinking behind the product and that it would be changing considerably in the coming months.

“Google+ is where people want to connect around their interests and passions,” Horowitz said. Read more…

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Human gives dying dog one last cross-country road trip

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When Poh, a mixed-breed dog living in New York City, received a terminal diagnosis from his veterinarian earlier this year, his owners set out to give their beloved pet a memorable final few weeks

Three months later, Poh and his owner Thomas Neil Rodriguez have completed a seven-week long cross country road trip, all documented on the dog’s Instagram: @PohTheDogsBigAdventure.

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If you’re on Periscope, you’ll get a live tour of the British Museum today

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Twitter’s video streaming app is finding its way into museum hallways.

The British Museum has announced it will live stream a 30-minute broadcast on Periscope from its “Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition

The stream, which begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET, will be hosted by TV historian Dan Snow. The first part will show a number of ancient Greek works in marble, terracotta and bronze; at that point, viewers will be able to ask questions via Twitter and Periscope. The museum’s exhibit is open through July 5.

The news comes just in time for Android users; Periscope only arrived on that platform earlier this week. The video streaming app launched for iOS in March, immediately amassing a large user base but also causing some concern over copyright issues, leading to a ban at NHL games. Read more…

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Hashtag is UK children’s word of the year #notreallyaword

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It’s not actually a word, but the symbol #, or hashtag, has been named as children’s word of the year in the UK.

Oxford University Press analysed more than 120,000 short story entries by children to BBC Radio 2’s 500 WORDS competition, finding that the writers used hashtags liberally to add comment to statements and sentences.

One story entrant wrote the following, according to a statement about the findings:

She then picked it up and ran out of the cave… the cave exploded and she didn’t look back at it exploding, she just kept on walking forward # super cool. Read more…

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6 tech hacks to master your work/life balance

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Hearing more chatter — either at home or at work, or both — about work/life balance?

You’re not alone

While the concept of a balance between your work and your play has been around for decades, more companies today, especially startups, are putting work/life balance at the forefront of their recruiting.

As new policies enter the workplace, employees are also engineering their own methods to balance their careers and social lives.

Here are six ways technology can help you find a more equitable balance between your work life and home life — and help you maximize productivity in both areas. Read more…

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Facebook Messenger beefs up payments, lets you pay inside group chats now

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Facebook Messenger said two months ago that it was getting into the payments game — a long-awaited move on Facebook’s part. Now, the team also plans to phase in two additional ways that people can pay each other inside the app

Messenger announced on Wednesday new tweaks to its payments feature that tightens integration with the overall app. Facebook also expanded the availability of payments, which is being rolled out over the next few months; it’s already available in a handful of U.S. cities, such as Seattle, Portland and Austin, but will now include the New York metropolitan area

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Teens are trying to summon demons using pencils and a hashtag

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They’re at it again — no, not lip plumping or Zayn mourning

Teens don’t always have comprehension of consequences, but you’d think that summoning demons on social media would throw up a red flag. The hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge took over Twitter Memorial Day weekend. In the challenge, participants balance two pencils perpendicularly and ask a spirit named Charlie a question, who then supposedly moves the pencils to reveal an answer

Charlie challenge? #charliecharliechallenge

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