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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider hits PS4 with VR support on October 11

Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to the PlayStation 4 on October 11, Square Enix announced today, and it’ll be bringing PlayStation VR support with it. We heard last summer that the PS4 version of the game would be arriving in time for this year’s holiday season, and mid-October gives enough time to target those early Christmas shoppers. The October 11 release will be for Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and it’ll bring with it a new story chapter dubbed “Blood Ties,” all the DLC that has already been released, and more.

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Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Now you can ask to be verified on Twitter

Of all the questions about Twitter, the most common is probably "how do I get verified?" Now, the 140-character social network is throwing open the verification process to applications, inviting those who believe they're notable enough to get the coveted blue tick to apply for consideration.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

The release of Pokemon Sun and Moon is quickly approaching, and with each new trailer and preview, we're getting a clearer picture of what the games will be offering when they arrive. Today, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have released a new Sun and Moon trailer that continues their strategy of letting new information trickle out, giving us a look at six new monsters and a couple of new gameplay features.

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VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

VW accused of “willful and systematic” diesel cheating as top execs named

Volkswagen may be doing its best to placate diesel owners, but new lawsuits filed in the US lay the blame for dieselgate on pervasive corporate culture not just a few bad staff. Painting a very different picture of the internal politics of the automaker, the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general accused the company of harboring a "willful and systematic scheme of cheating" today in state lawsuits.

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Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

The Withings Thermo is a smart temporal thermometer that uses 16 infrared sensors to take your temperature by sensing heat on your noggin. I've got one right here. A noggin as well as a Withings Thermo, that is to say. The device is surprisingly simple yet complex in its abilities. You can use it with or without its connected app, made available for both Android devices and iPhone.

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Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

Seagate’s new 10TB hard drives target the speed-hungry

On the principle that bigger is better, Seagate has rolled out its new line-up of 10TB hard-drives, the Guardian Series, targeting those who refuse to delete things or indeed compromise on speed. Made up of three different ranges, each aiming at a different use-case, the Guardian Series is likely to be of particular interest to PC gamers.

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Acer Predator G1 release date set with GTX 1080

Acer Predator G1 release date set with GTX 1080

The Acer Predator G1 (aka G1-710-70001) has been made available this week with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card inside. This desktop is being made available on pre-order starting this afternoon at a starting price of $2299. As mentioned earlier this year is the setup users will receive if they purchase this desktop starting today (for a limited time), in which a DVD version of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division game will be included, as well as a "wheeled carrying case" for the PC.

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Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Ford eyes tequila byproduct for eco car parts

Drinking and driving may be a terrible idea, but Ford is looking at giving its cars a shot of tequila - or, at least, what's left over when Jose Cuervo has had its way. The automaker and the drinks company are exploring how bioplastics produced from what's left over of the agave plant distilled to make tequila could result in more environmental friendly components in future vehicles.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

The 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith is something of an outlier for the British luxury brand - it’s the Rolls you drive yourself, rather than enjoy from the more traditional perspective of the rear seat. Past that, however, it's also a car that intends to make your time behind the wheel a bit more engaging than what your chauffeur would experience piloting the four-door Ghost sedan on which the Wraith is based. Either way, after driving this two-door behemoth in and around Montreal, there's one thing I can state without reservation: regardless of where you're sitting, being inside the Rolls-Royce Wraith is an event in and of itself.

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Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO's eventual release in Japan has been the frequent center of attention lately. Lots of people outside of Japan are interested in seeing how popular the game will be once it finally launches there, while plenty of people who actually live in Japan just want to play the game. According to a new rumor, those eager players will soon get their chance, as Pokemon GO will be launching there tomorrow, July 20.

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