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TikTok

Snapchat’s latest venture is a TikTok clone with paid content

And Snapchat is allocating a million dollars to be split amongst the most popular videos.

Culture

Here's a ring light so comically large you can hula hoop with it

Smith-Victor's Saturn Pro is 48-inches wide and looks like a portal to another world.

Tech

TikTok's new parental controls may be a double-edged sword for teen users

The company was fined last year for violating laws prohibiting the collection of children's data.

Tech

Give TikTok's 'Ratatouille the Musical' a Tony, you cowards

There's choreography, there's costume design, we have almost a full set of songs. How long until we can watch it on Broadway?

Culture

TikTok users forced Trump to shut down his election fraud hotline

Once again we find ourselves thanking Gen Z for taking action against Trump's misinformation campaigns.

Culture

How Lil Nas X rose to fame

Behind the perfect inflection point of internet culture and a changing music industry.

Marketable Memes

TikTok challenges are exhausting retail company employees

Sounds like a Black Mirror episode.

Culture

So... whatever happened to the U.S. TikTok ban?

Culture

GameStop tried to make staff dance on TikTok for extra work hours

No, it's not an episode of Black Mirror, it's just late capitalism in 2020 America.

Culture

Trump's TikTok ban has been thwarted yet again

With the election only four days away, TikTok's odds of survival are looking stronger.

Tech

ByteDance's first piece of hardware is an educational smart lamp

The Dali lamp is easy on the eyes and has a video-equipped screen for tutoring check-ins. But will it sell?

Tech

TikTok is the social platform with the best plan for the election

The company debuted an election guide in September. Now it's getting even more serious.

Culture

Instagram

Facebook has more antitrust headaches coming its way

This could be a very disappointing Christmas for Facebook this year.

Culture

Instagram's launched Threads for you and your closest pals

Instagram is like a mall now.

Tech

The 9 best kitchen gadgets according to Instagram chefs

These gifts will revolutionize your holiday cooking game.

Holiday Gift Guide

Twitter Fleets, its take on temporary posts, is rolling out worldwide

Twitter is joining the ephemerality train.

Tech

Facebook's Vanish Mode for Messenger is a late but welcome feature

Snapchat and, well, everyone else really, did this ages ago.

Tech

Instagram has added Reels and Shop tabs in biggest redesign in years

Whether it's short clips or shopping, Instagram is trying to bring its latest and most lucrative features to the forefront of its platform.

Tech

How Instagram changed sneaker culture forever / An eco-friendly sneaker subscription service

On this episode, we dive into the fabulous world of footwear.

Input/Output Podcast

The links in your DMs probably aren’t secure

A new study only cleared iMessage, Signal, Threema, TikTok, and WeChat.

Tech

Your Instagram Live rants can last 4 hours now and won't disappear for a month

The platform has become a venue for a quarantined world.

Culture

‘IRL’ is a book (and a game) that’ll change the online (and offline) you

Author Chris Stedman hopes his new book IRL — and its accompanying video game – will get you thinking about digital realness.

IRL

Facebook banned blackface. Judging by Instagram filters, you’d never know.

Facebook is failing to effectively moderate its Spark AR filter creation tool, leaving it open to racist trolls.

Culture

Telepath wants to be social media's 'kindest' app. Good luck.

A new social media platform aims to make online discourse a little less toxic. That may be impossible.

Culture

Facebook

More than 4 million people missed out on a huge check from Facebook

Legal

Facebook could make a nicer news feed, but it would hurt revenue

Employees remain at odds over better feeds versus the bottom line.

Inner Turmoil

Facebook will butter up Biden to try and avoid being broken up

The President-elect has previously expressed dismay at the social network's propensity for letting misinformation thrive.

Culture

Facebook has more antitrust headaches coming its way

This could be a very disappointing Christmas for Facebook this year.

Culture

Despite COVID-19 risks, Facebook wants moderators back in the office

Facebook content moderators have repeatedly described their workplace as a dark, hellish landscape. And the company continues to fail them.

Culture

Instagram's launched Threads for you and your closest pals

Instagram is like a mall now.

Tech

Facebook's tracking tools are even worse than we feared

During a Senate hearing today Senator Josh Hawley asked Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook's mysterious "Centra" internal dashboard. His answers should worry us all.

Tech

Instagram is going all in on Guides and Search to keep you from leaving the app

The feature that started off with well-being advice is now going to point users to new products, places, and people.

Culture

Twitter and Facebook want academics to study their election responses

Transparency was a popular topic at today's Senate hearing. Will Zuckerberg and Dorsey actually follow through with their promises?

Culture

Facebook's Vanish Mode for Messenger is a late but welcome feature

Snapchat and, well, everyone else really, did this ages ago.

Tech

Steve Bannon called for beheadings. Zuckerberg says he 'did not cross the line.'

Steve Bannon last week suggested that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded over disloyalty to President Trump.

Tech

Instagram has added Reels and Shop tabs in biggest redesign in years

Whether it's short clips or shopping, Instagram is trying to bring its latest and most lucrative features to the forefront of its platform.

Tech

Twitter

Twitter says to get verified you need to be notable... and not a Nazi

The proposed, revised verification rules say that being popular isn't enough.

Culture

Twitter is already running into problems with its new 'Fleets'

The first major product release in years is having some issues, prompting Twitter to slow down its release.

Tech

Twitter and Facebook want academics to study their election responses

Transparency was a popular topic at today's Senate hearing. Will Zuckerberg and Dorsey actually follow through with their promises?

Culture

Twitter Fleets, its take on temporary posts, is rolling out worldwide

Twitter is joining the ephemerality train.

Tech

Twitter made it tedious to share misinformation and that actually worked

Tech

Elon Musk probably got COVID-19, is definitely still an insufferable goblin

The Tesla CEO tweeted he was tested four times in 24 hours, receiving both positive and negative results, then proceeded to push bogus pandemic theories.

Culture

ICE locked itself out of Twitter by insinuating it signed up as a preteen

If you signed up for Twitter before you were 13, updating your account with your real birthdate will trigger a suspension.

Tech

Some Xbox Series X buyers are already reporting hardware issues

The inevitable onslaught of out-of-box issues accompanying new consoles has begun, this time with disk drive problems.

Gaming

Gap tried to 'unite' Americans with a hoodie. It failed miserably.

With a tweet, the brand wanted to single-handedly end the “gap” between Democrats and Republicans. Instead, it got roasted.

Style

Twitter can't keep up with Trump's election lies

With election results still in limbo, at least one thing is clear — Trump will keep tweeting falsities for as long as he can.

Culture

Twitter's board has decided CEO Jack Dorsey can keep his job

The CEO has been criticized for his unconventional management style, including running two public companies simultaneously.

Tech

Twitter won't let users declare election results unchecked until there's proof

To combat undermining tomorrow's election results, Twitter will restrict misleading tweets that prematurely claim victories at state and national levels.

Culture