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Caitlin covers Apple news, social networks, and the sharing economy from IDG's New York bureau.

Facebook’s auto-playing video ads may be a tough sell to users

Scroll and you might miss it: a video ad in your News Feed.

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Blocked! User outrage spurs Twitter to reverse policy change

Twitter on Thursday faced a wave of backlash after it changed its blocking policies. The company quickly backtracked.

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Airbnb hosts take to Twitter to lobby New York lawmakers

A nonprofit group of Airbnb hosts and users is stepping up its awareness campaign about New York’s laws against short-term rentals.

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Take that, Snapchat: Instagram Direct’s private messages stick around

Instagram Direct lets users privately send photos and videos in what is widely considered a shot at trendy messaging app Snapchat.

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Microsoft’s Socl network hits the app store(s)

Socl is still under-the-radar, but apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone prime the network to go mainstream.

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Facebook takes a look back at 2013's biggest moments

From Nelson Mandela to the Harlem Shake, Facebook recaps the year's most-discussed topics around the world.

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How and why to use Google+, the surprising champ of photo sharing

Google’s much-maligned social network is leagues above the rest when it comes to photo-sharing tools and privacy controls.

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House of Cards reveals Feb. 14 premiere date for season 2 in cryptic teaser

We have a release date but no other details about the addictive political drama’s second season.

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Facebook pushes news to the top -- literally

So long, Lil Bub: A Monday News Feed update will feature news articles more prominently than memes.

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BitTorrent bundles Lady Gaga for Artpop promo

BitTorrent's first video series with Vice goes behind the scenes of Lady Gaga's new song.

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So much for that: Twitter ends DM experiment

The social networking platform has removed an option to let followers send you direct messages without a follow-back.

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RallyPoint applies LinkedIn's model to the military

A professional social network for military service members and veterans is making a play for employers to make job-hunting easier.

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Twitter’s IPO goes smoothly, still means little to normal people

Unless you're a Wall Street investor or an early Twitter employee, Twitter's IPO is a whole lot of meaningless hype.

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Facebook's phone-first strategy is paying off -- to the tune of $2 billion

Facebook makes almost half of its ad revenue from the ads you see on your phone.

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Facebook’s first real phone shouldn’t be a BlackBerry

Zuckerberg says hardware isn't part of Facebook's mobile-first strategy. So what's up with the BlackBerry meetings?

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