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Twitter Lite is a Mobile Web Twitter That’s Better Than the Real Thing

Twitter's decided that it's all got a bit too complicated out there, and has released an entirely new mobile web version of its site that's all clean white, minimally designed and loses loads of the tat around the edges that no one cares about. It's suddenly become the best Twitter client. Read More >>

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London Dungeon is Sorry About What it Did on the Internet

London Dungeon exhibited some of the same social ideals as those once held by a few of its nastier exhibits yesterday, using the cover of Valentine's day to make some ageing sexist jokes that had everyone rocking back and forwards in horror like an animatronic model of a victim of Jack the Ripper. Read More >>

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Lego is Now a Social Network Too

The Lego behemoth would like to take control of the parts of your child's life that aren't spent playing with bricks on the floor, with its Lego Life social network now live for the entertainment and sedation of the under-13 demographic. Read More >>

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MPs Launch “Fake News” Inquiry

Parliament is launching a serious inquiry into the world of fake news, with a Culture, Media and Sport Committee set to examine whether or not making stuff up for clicks and likes is really having any tangible effect on society. Read More >>

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Teachers are Feeling Besieged by Angry Parents on Social Media

A survey of more than 1,000 head teachers has found that many of them are finding the constant pressure applied by parents through social media too much to handle, with more than half of the teachers polled saying the online behaviour of mums and dads is a big issue that impacts upon their working day. Read More >>

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Facebook Users Live Longer Because the Brain Thinks They’re Real Friends

A survey looking at the medical effects of having lots of friends has reaffirmed that this is generally a good thing that helps people live longer, and the effect also works even if most of your "friends" are virtual ones on a list on a computer that you haven't actually seen in real life for a decade. Read More >>

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Viz Comic Blocked From Facebook Because of… Everything it is and Does

Viz comic, the last bastion of sanity in the sea of abysmal bookazines for children that make up today's newsagent reading material shelves, has had its Facebook page blocked by the social network due to not meeting the "Terms and Standards" of the photo-liking portal. Read More >>

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Facebook to Ruin Friendships With Event Invite Read Reciepts

The little [tick/seen] notification that lets you know people have received your plea for help/intervention is making its way to new parts of Facebook, with the social network currently adding the looked-at receipt system to event invite notifications for a small testbed of users to try. Read More >>

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North Dakota Cops Are Periscoping Traffic Stops and It’s Not Going Well

Police in Fargo, North Dakota have started livestreaming traffic stops via Periscope in an experiment for all the world to see. And so far, it’s been an embarrassing failure. But the Fargo PD doesn’t see it that way. Read More >>

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This is What Happens When You Share Your Facebook Log-In Details With the World

A man created a few social media accounts with the sole intention of letting everyone access them for a laugh, and the results tell a predictably bonkers tale of weirdness, lies and inevitable harassment. Read More >>

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Facebook Tests Search-Powered Link Sharing to Keep You in its World

A technical twiddle to the mobile Facebook app is being tested on some social guinea pigs in the US, with a small sample of iOS users now having the ability to add links to their posts -- links populated by the site automatically searching for URLs previously posted. Read More >>

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Instagram Overtakes Twitter With 300m Users

Facebook's newly purchased imaging site appears to be doing very well for itself, with Instagram claiming to have 300 million active users. That's more than the 284m regular users Twitter claimed to have in its most recent stats briefing. [Instagram via Recode] Read More >>