Instagram taps seller of fake likes with multi-million dollar lawsuit

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Facebook is suing a New Zealand-based company for selling fake likes and follows to users of its photo-sharing app, Instagram.

The lawsuit, filed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, accuses the defendants of using different companies and websites to peddle bot-generated likes, views, and new followers, which violates Instagram’s terms of use along with U.S. computer fraud laws.

Score a second phone number, sweatproof earbuds and more [Deals]

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Check out the 4 best deals in the Cult of Mac Store this week.
Check out the 4 best deals in the Cult of Mac Store this week.
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As spring approaches, we’re stocking up on discounted gear, gadgets and more. This week, we’ve got deals on a burner phone number, lessons in social media marketing, a music subscription that fosters focus, and a set of workout-ready earbuds.

Most of these hot deals are discounted by 70 percent or more!

Boost your Instagram marketing game with automation [Deals]

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Take control of your Instagram marketing with this powerful automated tool.
Take control of your Instagram marketing with this powerful automated tool.
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Instagram is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting a product, service, or brand. By sharing images that relate to waht you do or sell, you can form powerful connections and make a strong impression. But unless you hire a full-time social media manager, staying on top of it can get overwhelming fast.

Instagram continues to boom. Make money at it with this master class [Deals]

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Learn to grow your follower count on Instagram with this crash course.
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Sure, it’s nice to have a gaggle of Instagram followers to like your pics. But building an audience on the world’s fastest-growing social media platform is more than just a vanity project. When Kylie Jenner turns her 121 million followers on to a product, she makes a cool $1 million per post.

4 ways to boost your tech skills for less than $25 [Deals]

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We've rounded up 4 ways to boost your personal or professional skills, from social media marketing to graphic design and way beyond, each for under 20 bucks.
We've rounded up 4 ways to boost your personal or professional skills, from social media marketing to graphic design and way beyond, each for under 20 bucks.
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It’s never a bad idea to make yourself more appealing to potential employers. But there are so many skills to learn, from coding, to graphic design, to Excel, and on and on, it can be hard to know where to start, and education is often expensive. So we’ve rounded up courses that cover all of the above and more, all for less than 20 bucks. Take a look, and pick the ways you want to boost your resume.

Score a social media marketing certification for under 20 bucks [Deals]

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Take a deep dive into social media marketing, earning certification that'll boost your resume and marketability.
Take a deep dive into social media marketing, earning certification that'll boost your resume and marketability.
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Making money online means knowing how to leverage social media. Whether you’re trying to get an idea out, elevate a brand, or sell a product, social media marketing is essential. So this massively discounted social media certification course is a must-see.

Grow and optimize your Instagram account with this assistant [Deals]

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Growing an Instagram presence doesn't have to be difficult with Appz Instagram Assistant.
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Whether you are aspiring to become an influencer or starting an online brand, building a presence on Instagram is full of challenges. The name of the game when it comes to Instagram growth is work smarter not harder.

Appz is an easy-to-use software solution that will automate tasks to generate more engagement for your personal or brand Instagram account.

Huawei tweets knock new iPhones for ‘staying the same’

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Huawei, one of Apple’s biggest competitors in smartphone sales, fired off a series of tweets that mocked the iPhone maker immediately following Wednesday’s unveiling of new products.

Most of the tweets originating from Huawei’s mobile division were a kind of sarcastic appreciation, including one that said, “Thank you for keeping things the same.”

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

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Alex Jones' media empire is falling, but his followers can still get their fix from iOS and Android apps.
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Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what’s left of his voice on social media.

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms.