Instagram will soon show video counts so you can see who really likes you

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Instagram has made a much-needed addition to its platform. According to a blog post, the company says that users will finally get to see view counts on their videos within the next few weeks. View counts will appear for videos where users would normally see the number of Likes. If you’d prefer to see how many people Liked your video, you will be able to tap the counter and it will switch to give you that information. It’s a much-needed data point that will probably sit very well with the platform’s power users, who up until this point had no idea…

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According to these court documents, turning your phone on is consent to being tracked

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In 2014, Baltimore Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Kerron Andrews for attempted murder. To find him, law enforcement requested a pen register to record his location data and all outgoing phone calls. The request, however, didn’t ask about using a Hailstorm (a type of Stingray — a bulk collection device meant to intercept data meant for cell towers) to collect this data. The police used it anyway. Warrantless bulk collection by use of a Stingray isn’t anything new. The secrecy is often due to an NDA (like this one) between law enforcement and the FBI itself. After learning about…

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Wait, Tinder isn’t the biggest dating app in the world?

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Tinder has come to signify everything that is right, and wrong, with modern dating culture. Yep, you get good volume, but where’s the longevity? Well, despite shaping many fist-shaking headlines recently, turns out most of the world is actually looking for more than just face roulette. London-based Badoo is the top dating app across 21 of the world’s biggest Web hookup countries, according to data released by App Annie to the BBC, with Tinder topping the charts in 18. Upstart Tinder sure leads in most Western nations across iOS and Android combined, but decade-old Badoo, which has a bit more focus on friendship than speed,…

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James Woods is suing his Twitter troll for $10 million

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Don’t troll people on Twitter — you may end up being sued. Actor James Woods has won the right to proceed with a lawsuit against a Twitter user claiming the actor was a “cocaine addict.” The anti-defamation lawsuit could be a $10 million payday for Woods if everything goes to plan. The statements made by Woods’ troll were deemed to have enough vitriol behind them to warrant the suit. As you may expect, the troll is anonymous, and it’s expected that should the trial move forward, this person’s identity will be revealed. It’s interesting timing, too: at its earnings call yesterday, Twitter…

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Watch OK Go’s trippy anti-gravity music video

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Ready for your brain to be broken? American rock band OK Go has been known to go all-in with its music videos. They made one of the earliest viral videos with their treadmill-based choreography to their 2005 song ‘Here it Goes Again’ and have pushed boundaries of music videos ever since. This time, they’ve finally broken the laws of physics for their new single ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’. With assistance of S7 Airlines in Russia, the band has produced an epically flawless zero gravity music video that looks so good you’d swear it was green screen. Things appear normal until the…

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You’re more likely to go online dating if you earn over $30k

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Use of Web and mobile dating platforms have been steadily increasing over the past few years and now 15 percent of Americans – almost 50 million people – admit to heading online to find that special someone. Or just someone for the night. This growth, identified in Pew’s latest survey, has been particularly boosted by apps like Tinder and Happn, which had been used by just 3 percent of people in 2013, and are now used by nine percent of those surveyed. That rises to 22 percent among 18 to 24s. And it’s the 18 to 24s, as well as people over…

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Tile’s $25 tracking tags come to the UK, but there’s something more exciting on the way

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Tile was one of the earliest location tag devices to really find traction when it launched back in 2013, and has since gone on to sell more than 4.5 million units, according to the company. Quite why it’s taken Tile so long to come to the UK is unclear, but it’s now officially available to buy from the company’s website, Firebox and Amazon for around £20 ($25) or a four-pack £50. The Tile itself is a Bluetooth tracker that can help you keep track of anything you attach it to via the accompanying Android or iOS app. Quite obviously, it’s…

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Twitch users watched 459,366 years worth of content in 2015

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If you were unaware of the power of streaming, the 2015 retrospective from Twitch is full of big statistics that might make you a believer. According to the company, users streamed 241,441,823,059 minutes on Twitch — a total of 459,366 years worth of videos. Broken down with comScore Data,  Twitch users watched 421.6 minutes per user per month, which is much higher than YouTube’s 291.0 minutes per user per month. And an average of 550,000 users watched concurrently on any given stream, meaning that although YouTube is still a goliath when it comes to online viewing, Twitch users watch content in volume for much…

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Digit to offer users a nifty way to save money from tax returns

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Most people either love or loathe tax season. Unsurprising, as it is either the time of year where you have to pay a pretty penny to the government, or perhaps be on the correct side of a really nice windfall. If you happen to have the fortune of being in the latter group, money-saving app Digit has a new feature that might make sure that money goes further. Announced today, Digit will actively watch your account for the clearance that indicates a deposit has been made from the government. With that knowledge, the app will ask whether you want to…

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Sweat equity: How companies can win in the age of connected fitness

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Most people hate exercise. Yet the connected fitness marketplace is worth billions. And it’s growing. According to market intelligence research firm Parks Associates, “Global revenues from connected fitness trackers will increase from over two billion in 2014 to almost five and a half billion by 2019.” While there are a few hardcore ultra marathoners among us, there are tons of people running around wearing Fitbits, Apple Watches, Jawbone Ups and all manner of monitors synced to smartphone apps. Why? The answer is data and what you can do with it. It turns out the connected fitness market is aspirational. While most…

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