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Snapchat Changes Name, Releases Camera Glasses

The camera-equipped sunglasses record up to 10 seconds of video

(Newser) - This weekend brings big news from Snapchat—the social media app the kids are using now that their parents are on Facebook. USA Today reports the company has changed its name from Snapchat to Snap Inc. It's also preparing to release camera-equipped sunglasses called Spectacles. Snap says the $129.... More »

Police Track Down Woman Body-Shamed by Model

70-something victim reportedly wants legal justice for Dani Mathers' photo

(Newser) - A woman who was body-shamed by Playboy model Dani Mathers at an LA Fitness gym has been found—and Mathers may be facing jail time for her actions, TMZ reports. The celebrity site says the LAPD located the woman, said to be in her 70s, and she's willing to... More »

Woman Shoots Hand While Using Snapchat

Florida woman told cops she was posing with gun

(Newser) - It's only July, but Regina Powell, a 22-year-old woman from Florida, may have already locked down the title for Most Embarrassing Injury of the Year. Powell ended up in the hospital Sunday night after she shot herself in the hand while taking Snapchat video of herself posing with a... More »

Miranda Kerr Is Marrying Billionaire Snapchat Cofounder

They've been dating a year

(Newser) - An Australian supermodel and a tech billionaire are getting married, proving there truly is someone out there for everyone. Miranda Kerr announced her engagement to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Wednesday on Instagram using characters from the Snapchat-owned Bitmoji in a bit of romantic synergy, Business Insider reports. The two have... More »

Care Worker Posted Photo of Corpse on Snapchat

Other photos showed residents using toilet: report

(Newser) - A website for a government-run long-term care facility in Canada promises residents will be treated to birthday parties, sing-a-longs, and a "foot spa day." Unsurprisingly, there's no mention of the incredible violation of privacy many residents suffered at the hands of a single employee. A government investigation... More »

Playboy Model Investigated, Banned Over Body-Shaming

Dani Mathers took a photo of a naked woman in a locker room and posted it online

(Newser) - Let this be a lesson to body-shamers everywhere. The Playboy model who took a photo of a naked woman in an LA Fitness locker room then posted it to Snapchat with the message "If I can't unsee this then you can't either" is facing a whole host... More »

This Playboy Model Just Did a Really Ugly Thing

Dani Mathers posted a photo of a nude woman at the gym

(Newser) - Dani Mathers says she became a Playboy model because she loves the female body. She had a funny way of showing it Thursday when she posted a photo to Snapchat of a nude woman in a locker room at an LA Fitness in Los Angeles, with the caption, "If... More »

Teen Sues Snapchat for Sexually Explicit Content

He encountered Disney characters in 'too real' sex-with-a-penis situations

(Newser) - John Doe is a 14-year-old kid in Los Angeles who gets good grades, likes history and science, and uses Snapchat to communicate with friends. But on July 1, he came across a (NSFW) BuzzFeed piece via Snapchat's Discover feature headlined "23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You’... More »

Snapchat Video Captured 1st Moment Shots Rang Out

Amanda Alvear had been posting videos of her night out

(Newser) - Amanda Alvear, 25, was posting videos to Snapchat documenting her fun night out at Orlando's Pulse nightclub—and ended up recording the beginning of the terror there early Sunday, the Guardian reports. In her final video, more than a dozen shots can be heard ringing out in the background.... More »

More People Now Use Snapchat Than Twitter Each Day

Or so say Bloomberg's sources

(Newser) - A tech milestone: Sources tell Bloomberg that 150 million people use Snapchat each day, more than the 140 million who use Twitter each day. Snapchat started out four years ago as an app that quickly deleted photo messages after they were sent to other users, but now allows users to... More »

Lawsuit Claims Snapchat Filter Responsible for Car Crash

The filter allows users to post a photo showing how fast they're moving

(Newser) - A Georgia man claims the car accident that left him with permanent brain damage was caused by a teen too busy taking selfies to pay attention to the road, NBC News reports. Now he's suing the teen, Christal McGee, and Snapchat. The lawsuit filed this month claims McGee was... More »

Happy 4/20: Snapchat Takes Flak Over Bob Marley Filter

And other marijuana-related headlines

(Newser) - It is 4/20, as pot smokers everywhere—or the people who sell to them—are surely aware. Some related stories:
  • Snapchat marked the day with a special Bob Marley filter for your selfies. The problem is that a loud chorus on social media is complaining that it amounts to "
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Man Hiding From Cops Foiled by Own Snapchat Post

He reveals location, quickly gets arrested

(Newser) - Someday, maybe, there will be a story about a fugitive taunting the police via social media that ends differently, but until then ... meet Christopher Wallace. As police were searching for him inside his home in Fairfield, Maine, the 24-year-old burglary suspect posted a message to Snapchat boasting that he was... More »

Man Shot in Mesa Took the Time to Take a Selfie

Isaac Martinez is lucky to be alive after gunman demanded his car keys

(Newser) - Isaac Martinez wasn't able to literally dodge a bullet, but he's thankful to still be here after getting caught in the middle of yesterday's shootings in Mesa, Ariz. , which left one dead and five injured. The 20-year-old restaurant worker says suspect Ryan Giroux came into Bistro 13,... More »

Snapchat Will Make You Feel Old

Slate tech writer, 32, is befuddled, a good sign for the app

(Newser) - Slate tech writer Will Oremus writes today that he is baffled every time he tries to use Snapchat—he can never figure out which buttons do what, and it once took him a "full four seconds" to realize that the brown corduroys he was seeing on the screen... More »

Time to Push for 'Erasable Internet'

Farhad Manjoo: Saving everything doesn't have to be the status quo

(Newser) - So what lessons can we glean from the Sony hack? How about this for starters: Never use a "digital device to say anything to anyone, ever," suggests Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times . That's if you have any desire of privacy, anyway. Nothing is protected in... More »

Facebook Is Testing Disappearing Posts

'Small pilot' run allows app users to set when their status updates expire

(Newser) - There are only three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and certain Facebook statuses that will haunt you forever in the ether unless you remember to go back and take them down. Now the site is allowing a select group of people to test out a bit of... More »

'Predictable' Hack Hits 4.6M Snapchat Users

Details posted online after warnings ignored

(Newser) - Photo-messaging mobile app Snapchat has had the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million users leaked online through a vulnerability highlighted by security researchers just a week ago. The hackers who put the user details online—with the last two digits of phone numbers censored—tell Mashable that they... More »

Snapchat Could Revolutionize the Internet

App shows market for 'erasable Internet': Farhad Manjoo

(Newser) - We've started to get used to the idea that once something's on the Internet, it's there forever. An ancient photo on Facebook? An awkward tweet from a few years back? They can be dug up, for better or worse. But this year, Snapchat, the app that deletes... More »

Snapchat Rejects $3B Offer From Facebook

Upstart sees a bigger payday ahead: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - The tech world is abuzz today with a Wall Street Journal report that photo-sharing service Snapchat got a $3 billion buyout offer from Facebook—and said thanks, but no thanks. It seems that 23-year-old CEO Evan Spiegel isn't ready to even consider offers at this point given his company'... More »

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