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Amazon Prime Day 2016 kicks off with deals on TVs to dog food

Amazon Prime Day 2016 kicks off with deals on TVs to dog food

Amazon Prime Day has officially returned, and even though the range of items getting a discount seems to be just as eclectic as last year, there are some big ticket items for Prime users to consider. The annual sale is exclusive to Amazon Prime members and will last today only, with Amazon attempting to challenge Black Friday for sale supremacy.

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Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload to return in 2017 with restored user database

Megaupload, the now-defunct file hosting website that was taken down by the feds in 2012, will be relaunching next year with its original user database, according to Kim Dotcom. According to a tweet he recently sent out, Megaupload will be resurrected on the fifth anniversary of the FBI's raid on his home. He teases that some big partnership announcements will be coming soon, and that Bitcoin will have a place on Megaupload 2.0.

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Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Assuming you haven't already had enough of this election cycle (we're guessing you have), Twitter is ready to dish out another heaping helping of politics. The social media site announced today that it has partnered with CBS to bring users live streams of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Presumably, it'll be sort of like Twitter's live stream of Wimbledon, only with less athleticism and more facepalms.

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is latest tech CEO to get account hacked

The last few weeks have seen a number of social networking accounts belonging to high-profile tech company CEOs getting hacked and making posts. First there was Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, with his accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest getting breached. Then the same thing happened to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his Quora profile. The latest to join the club is Twitter's Jack Dorsey, who saw his account on his own platform briefly compromised this weekend.

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Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Alexa’s role in Amazon Prime Day revealed

Amazon's second Prime Day is quickly approaching, with the online retailer kicking off the massive sale on July 12. Those with an Alexa-enabled device can get in on the action a little early, however, as Amazon is offering $10 off your first order of $20 or more when you place it through Alexa. That promotion runs from today, July 8, through the end of Prime Day.

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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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