Wayback Burgers, Denny’s Vie For The Affection Of Burger King After McDonald’s Turned A Cold Shoulder

Wayback Burgers, Denny’s Vie For The Affection Of Burger King After McDonald’s Turned A Cold Shoulder

After an offer to “settle the beef” in the name of raising awareness for Peace Day was unceremoniously shot down by McDonald’s with a rather passive-aggressive note, Burger King has received a proposal – or two – of its own to consider. [More]

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Instagram Decides It’s Not Hip To Only Be Square, Will Now Allow Rectangular Images & Videos

If you’ve ever had to take a screenshot of a rectangular photo on your phone just so you could crop it into a square to post on Instagram, you’ll be glad to hear this news: the photo-sharing app announced Thursday that it’ll now allow landscape and portrait photos and videos instead of only square-shaped media. [More]

(Matt Maness)

Facebook Launching Digital Personal Assistant That Uses Real People To Complete Tasks For You

Because Facebook’s Messenger doesn’t already have enough going on – sending mobile payments, video chats, go-between for businesses and customers – the company today launched a very limited test of its new personal digital assistant that lives inside the app, confirming rumors it was working on a Siri- and Cortana-like feature. [More]

McDonald's appears to have imitated a viral photo series for a new Twitter campaign. The ads, which included this photo, have been taken down.

McDonald’s Apologizes After Couple Says Ad Campaign Ripped Off Their Viral Engagement Photos

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But what if that flattery comes in the form of the largest fast food restaurant copying your creative take on engagement photos for a national ad campaign? That’s what two artists have accused McDonald’s of doing, and now the Golden Arches is publicly apologizing. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

Microsoft Now Accepting Requests To Remove Revenge Porn From Bing, Xbox Live & OneDrive

Microsoft joined the growing list of tech companies taking steps to crack down on so-called revenge porn – the posting of nude photos or videos online without the consent of the subject – by honoring requests to remove links to the images or the content from appearing in results on its search engine Bing and other platforms. [More]

Instagram Is Sorry For Taking Account Away From User, Giving It To Famous Soccer Star

Instagram Is Sorry For Taking Account Away From User, Giving It To Famous Soccer Star

Though it’s not uncommon to find squatters camped out on the accounts of famous people on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter, what happens if you’re a real person with a real social media presence, and you just happen to share a name with a celebrity? You might just get the boot, at least until you can plead your case. [More]

Publix Coupon Promising $100 Worth Of Free Stuff Is (Gasp!) A Scam

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it probably a bajillion times more: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So it goes with a recent fake coupon circulating in the Internet for $100 off a purchase of $120 or more at Publix. The company says it’s not giving away free stuff, and advises customers not to engage with the fake coupon or give out any personal information. [Publix on Facebook]

Facebook Will Actually Let People Decide What They Want To See In The News Feed

Facebook Will Actually Let People Decide What They Want To See In The News Feed

Customization can be a wonderful thing. In the case of your Facebook News Feed, it might mean the difference between confronting a daily onslaught of adorable baby photos and actually getting content you want to view. The social network added a new feature today that will allow users to designate a group of accounts that will automatically appear at the top of their News Feed. [More]

Senate Advances Bill That Would Require Social Media Sites To Report “Terrorist Activities”

Senate Advances Bill That Would Require Social Media Sites To Report “Terrorist Activities”

If it seems like everyone uses social media, well, that’s because basically everyone does. But it’s not just cake recipes and birthday party meet-ups people plan online; plenty of illegal activity gets talked about in digital space, too. And now members of the Senate want to make sure that when certain kinds of no-no topics pop up, the platform owners let the feds know. [More]

You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

You No Longer Need A Facebook Account To Use Facebook Messenger

Because we all needed another avenue to converse with friends and acquaintances other than actual face-to-face conversations, Facebook has opened its Messenger to people without an account on the social media network. [More]

Facebook Develops Technology To Recognize You Even When Your Face Is Covered

Facebook Develops Technology To Recognize You Even When Your Face Is Covered

If you regularly shield your face in photos for fear someone might recognize you on Facebook, then you might need to find another way to stay incognito when it comes to the social media site. [More]

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

Google Giving Revenge Porn Victims A Way To Remove Pics From Search Results

This past spring a number of tech companies took steps to crack down on so-called revenge porn – the posting of nude photos or videos online without the consent of the subject. Today, Google announced it was joining those sites by honoring requests to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without the featured person’s permission from search results. [More]

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

Are Spirit Airlines Pilots Striking? Customers Say Yes, Airline Remains Mum

UPDATE: Spirit Airlines says that issues affecting its service across the country are not the result of a strike. [More]

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

Advertisers Can Now Add Action Buttons Like “Shop Now” To Instagram Ads

The days of an ad-free Instagram are long gone, lost in the pre-Facebook ownership days, so it might be no surprise that the photo-and-video-sharing social media app will now feature ads that let viewers take action beyond liking or commenting on them. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

KFC Sues Three Chinese Companies For Allegedly Starting Rumors It Uses Eight-Legged Chickens

Kentucky Fried Chicken wants customers to know that it hasn’t created mutant chickens with eight legs and six wings to fill its big ol’ buckets. While one might think the notion of a chicken with more than two wings and two legs is a bit farcical, a rumor of such genetically modified birds has been circulating in China, leading KFC’s parent company to file lawsuits against three Chinese businesses for allegedly concocting and publicizing fabricated stories about the chain’s products on social media. [More]

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Rhode Island Health Officials Blame Uptick In STDs On Hookup Apps, Social Media

With the arrival of social media and online dating apps, it’s easier than ever to pick out someone you like and, if everything works out, perhaps meet that stranger in person. But what that convenience comes unwanted consequences, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. [More]

(Tom Raftery)

Twitter Reportedly Looking To Buy Article-Curating App Flipboard For $1B

If you’re one of the largest social media networks in the world and happen to have $1 billion burning a hole in your pocket, what do you do? If you’re Twitter, you apparently start talks to buy article-sharing app Flipboard. [More]

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Survey Says: 30% Of People Who Admit To Tweeting While Driving Do It “All The Time”

While we’ve heard of people doing things they shouldn’t be doing while they’re driving — like playing the guitar and taking selfies, not to mention texting — it’s still shocking to look at the numbers tied to distracted driving. A new survey says the trendy thing to do behind the wheel now is using social media like Twitter, with plenty of people admitting they do it “all the time.” [More]