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Facebook Messenger begins testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger begins testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

Back at the end of May, we heard that Facebook may be rolling out encryption to Messenger sometime this summer. It looks like that day has arrived, as Facebook has announced that it will be testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Not everyone will have access to Secret Conversations at first, but assuming the tests go well and Facebook doesn't need to make any big changes to the feature, it shouldn't be long before it rolls out to everyone.

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Instagram lets business pages block offensive comments

Instagram lets business pages block offensive comments

Instagram is letting businesses crack down against comments that include inappropriate words or phrases, offering new business pages a comment moderation feature. When enabled, the new “Comment Moderation” option will let the account owner automatically block comments containing both words and/or phrases that have been deemed offensive. The feature has only rolled out to business pages, however.

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Facebook announces OpenCellular, an open source wireless platform

Facebook announces OpenCellular, an open source wireless platform

For several years now, Facebook has been exploring initiatives to bring internet access to remote parts of the world. There's been internet delivery via drones, and the controversial Free Basics platform, but their newest project is OpenCellular, which aims to make cellular networks cheaper to set up in similarly remote areas. As an open source "wireless access platform," OpenCellular includes both the software and hardware needed to establish a network.

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Twitter kicks off sports coverage with Wimbledon live stream

Twitter kicks off sports coverage with Wimbledon live stream

It isn't exactly a secret that Twitter wants to break into the world of sports streaming, and today we're getting an early look at its vision for sports coverage with live interaction between Twitter users. The social media giant is live streaming Wimbledon today, complete with its own dedicated video player and a live feed of Tweets discussing the match to go along with it.

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Google is building a virtual reality Chrome browser for Android

Google is building a virtual reality Chrome browser for Android

Virtual reality may be the future of entertainment - depending on who you ask - but the vast majority of content on the internet isn't set up to be consumed in VR headsets. That's something Google is working to change, testing a new "VR Shell" setting in the latest version of its Chrome Dev on Android that pipes the regular internet into a virtual reality viewer such as Cardboard or Daydream.

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Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Facebook tests multilingual composer for individuals

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out a feature for Pages that allows users to share a message in multiple languages, making them more friendly to a larger, more diverse customer base. Starting today, Facebook is testing that same multi-language story feature for individual Facebook users, giving them the same status tool that’ll eliminate the need to publish multiple versions of the same status or publish one very long status that contains multiple language versions of the same message.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Slowly but surely, Twitch has been expanding beyond being just a website where people can stream themselves playing video games. At first, it was channel support for things like gaming talk shows or music, then came the launch of Twitch Creative, which allows users to stream as they do all sorts of creative and artistic things, from cosplay to 3D modelling. Today Twitch is celebrating the launch of a new category, and it's sure to leave some of you befuddled: social eating.

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Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart puts pressure on Amazon with ShippingPass expansion

Walmart has thrown down the gauntlet in its battle with Amazon, announcing today that ShippingPass - Walmart's version of Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping for online orders - is now available to all customers in the US. Previously, ShippingPass was available to a select number of customers, but Walmart has determined that there's enough benefit to rolling out the program on a nationwide scale.

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Amazon Prime Day returns for a second round on July 12

Amazon Prime Day returns for a second round on July 12

As if you needed more of a reason to spend money on Amazon, today the company revealed the return date for Prime Day, an annual event that was kicked off last year. The day-long sale, which is exclusively available to Amazon Prime members, will be returning on July 12. Amazon says that it will have more than 100,000 deals prepared for Prime users who are ready to spend, and pointed out that those without Prime can sign up for a 30 day trial of the service to get in on the action.

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D-Link WiFi 720p cameras detect motion and sound

D-Link WiFi 720p cameras detect motion and sound

D-Link has unveiled a pair of new WiFi cameras that can let you see your home or office from afar without having to worry about wires. The cameras include the HD Wi-Fi Camera DCS-936L and the HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera DCS-5030L. Both of the cameras share some of the same features with wide viewing angles, motion and sound detection alerts, local recording, and 720p HD resolution.

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Verizon, Samsung 4G extender puts a mini cell tower in homes

Verizon, Samsung 4G extender puts a mini cell tower in homes

No matter how strong your 4G LTE connection is, there will come a time, or a place, where the signal degrades to near uselessness. Sometimes, those times and places are found inside our very own homes, where structures and materials hinder the spread of cellular signals throughout the building. Making sure its customers won't be bereft of that much needed Internet connection, Verizon has teamed up again with Samsung to launch a 4G LTE Network Extender that practically gives homes and offices a mini LTE tower of their own.

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