Reddit Leverages Foursquare to Bring Location Tagging Option to Mobile App

Reddit has updated its official app to include a new feature that allows users to add location information to posts, just like Twitter or Facebook.

The optional feature is powered by Foursquare and designed to be added to posts that might be enriched by location details, such as restaurant reviews or photography.


The change comes as part of a wider effort by Reddit to modernize its online community's interaction and bring it more in line with typical social media networks.

Other features recently added that work toward this end include the introduction of user profile pages and the ability to follow individual users. Earlier this year, Reddit also added a Popular Posts section featuring viral posts, top stories, and trending topics, to help increase discovery.

Version 3.0 of the Reddit app also introduces a change to the inbox tab, so that notifications appear all in one place, with messages in another. Additionally, the post button is now inline in the feed instead of cluttering the navigation bar.

Reddit is a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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An armed vigilante decided to investigate ‘Pizzagate,’ is quickly arrested

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Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a man armed with an assault rifle who claimed he was investigating “#Pizzagate,” the fictitious conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring inside a restaurant. 

Metropolitan Police received a phone call about a man with a weapon who had entered Comet Ping Pong, a popular bar and music venue in the affluent Friendship Heights neighbourhood.

The suspect, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, walked into the restaurant and “pointed a firearm in the direction of an employee of the restaurant”, police said in a statementRead more…

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Netflix now lets you download and chill and it’s awesome

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We’re back! Thanksgiving is over here in the U.S. and so MashTalk returns. 

Yours truly, Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and Tech Editor Pete Pachal turned to a couple of big tech stories in the digital realm, especially one involving Netflix.

As you may already know, Netflix finally announced downloads for movies and TVs shows. It’s a huge step forward for Netflix given Amazon Video added download support for videos and movies last year.

The ability to download videos is pretty handy if you’re offline or want to save on cellular data. It’s definitely a feature I’ll be using more during my work commute. No more video streaming cutting in and out because of spotty LTE connections between stations and no more waiting for videos to buffer! Read more…

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Another day, another baby with an inconceivably full head of hair

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LONDON — Remember Baby Bear, the Irish tot with a glorious mane of luscious locks?  

Well, there’s a new hairy child in town. 

Her name is Alexandra and, at just 2-months-old, she has a head of hair that is sure to win the internet’s heart like the bouffanted babes that have come before her. 

Reddit user brngrhm84 uploaded this image of his baby girl, and it has since gone viral because HOLY COW that’s a lot of hair:

Let the photoshop battles begin.

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BONUS: Baby falling off table caught by lightning quick 9-year-old brother

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Leah Remini’s Reddit AMA reveals juicy secrets of Scientology

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Leah Remini, author of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, hosted a Reddit AMA to reveal juicy insights into the mysterious religion.

On Tuesday, Remini declared herself an open book, encouraging users to ask her their burning Scientology-related questions and boy did she confess.

The actress and comedian discussed her new eight-part series on A&E, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and spilled some serious secrets on the religion she left behind after 30 years.

The former King of Queens star held nothing back when it came to answering questions about the church abusive’s practices, how the religion influenced her time in Hollywood and how she feels after having removed herself from the toxic environment. Read more…

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Big change announced in Reddit CEO’s apology over editing fiasco

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has not only issued a formal apology on the social media platform for editing comments made about him on the site by Donald Trump supporters, but he’s announced a big change to the site as well. 

In a long post on r/announcements, Huffman begins by saying, “tl;dr: I fucked up. I ruined Thanksgiving. I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.”

Perhaps the biggest news, though, is buried in Huffman’s PS: There’s now filtering available on the popular r/all. Huffman shared a video (below) on how users can filter out subreddits from their personal r/all page.  Read more…

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Reddit’s Trump trolls are freaking out—and they’re right

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Trump trolls on Reddit want the site’s CEO to quit over his response to a bizarre sex scandal called #Pizzagate. Crazily enough, they might be right.

If you haven’t heard, #Pizzagate is the hashtag used by trolls spreading the unhinged, bogus claim that Hillary Clinton was involved in a child sex ring running out of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor. Several employees of that pizza parlor received death threats as a result. It’s exactly the sort of steaming pile of trash that Reddit’s uniquely positioned to cultivate—it’s just surprising it took so long to get here. Read more…

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War between Reddit CEO and The_Donald rages on

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has expressed regret for abusing his power by editing comments made about him on the site by Donald Trump supporters, but that’s not preventing subreddit users and moderators from calling for his resignation. 

In an interview with The Washington Post, Huffman, who co-founded Reddit with Alexis Ohanian in 2005, admitted that changing abusive posts about him to mention the moderators of Reddit’s biggest pro-Trump subreddit, r/the_donald, wasn’t exactly a good idea. 

“I abused my power to give the bullies a hard time,” he said, adding that the name-swapping was just a joke, a matter of “trolling the trolls” for a bit.  Read more…

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Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments from Trump supporters

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman is at the centre of controversy after confessing that he edited comments made about him on the site by Donald Trump supporters. 

Huffman, who co-founded Reddit with Alexis Ohanian in 2005 and goes by the username ‘spez’, admitted to changing abusive posts about him to mention the moderators of Reddit’s biggest pro-Trump subreddit, r/the_donald

“Yep. I messed with the “fuck u/spez” comments, replacing “spez” with r/the_donald mods for about an hour,” he said in response to a post in which users called him out for that.

“As the CEO, I shouldn’t play such games, and it’s all fixed now,” Huffman said. “Our community team is pretty pissed at me, so I most assuredly won’t do this again.”   Read more…

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