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You no doubt log into a bunch of apps and sites using your Facebook credentials, but you don't have to disconnect these apps to change what they're allowed to do through your account. There's a separate settings page where you can block apps from posting to your wall while allowing them to stay connected to your Facebook profile.

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Something at Twitter has gone horribly, hilariously wrong: The social media site has unceremoniously declared us all to be robots. Well, maybe not all of us, but more than a few folks on Gizmodo staff as well as dozens of users across the web. Affected users trying to Tweet from Twitter's web client are being told their messages "look automated", and have been blocked to protect other users from "spam and malicious activity".

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Being the primary stream of consciousness for the internet, Twitter faces the herculean task of trying to remain open but also protect people from vicious trolls and online abusers. In the wake of Gamergate and other random instances of violent verbal abuse and sexism, Twitter has often been criticised for how it handles online safety. But starting today the company is implementing an improved safety strategy.

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Today, Facebook introduced its brand new, real-time gift to newshounds everywhere. Feast your eyes on FB Newswire, an aggregated feed of only the latest and greatest breaking news stories out there. In other words, Facebook just made its own Twitter — and then gave it a lobotomy.

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People are constantly posting photos, videos and accounts of what's going on around them on Facebook. Sometimes, it's more than just a birthday party people are posting about, and the information is actually newsworthy. Facebook just launched FB Newswire to help journalists and regular people alike find the good stuff.

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While Instagram has just announced that it has reached 150 million active users, it's also revealed that it has plans to leverage that reach too. Speaking to to The Wall Street Journal, Instagram has declared it will feature ads within a year.

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You may have thought Facebook couldn't become any more of an artificial orgy of nostalgia than it already is, but if today's new test feature takes hold, get ready to wallow like you've never wallowed before. Very much in the vein of Twitter's Timehop, Facebook now wants to remind you of everything you and your thousand acquaintances were doing exactly one year on any given day. We were so young.

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Graph Search is Facebook's bold new way of browsing the social network, letting you call up photos of your family in California, restaurants your friends like in New York, or any public updates from Gizmodo employees who also like hot air ballooning. It's been available the last several months in beta, but today it starts rolling out to Facebook at large. And in the wrong hands, it can be the ultimate stalker search engine.

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Officials from the Bureau of International Information Programs inexplicably spent a whopping $630,000 to secure Facebook likes in recent years. Stumping up the cash between 2011 and March 2013, the Bureau — which is part of the US Department of State — grew its number of likes from 100,000 to more than two million.

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What is Instagram for if not bragging oh so subtly about the stuff you're doing. It's true for rich kids on fancy holidays, and it's apparently true for the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), which has been posting images of the absurd stuff passengers are trying to carry on planes every day.