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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Facebook must refund purchases by minors upon request, court rules

Way back in 2012, Facebook was hit with a lawsuit over real-world currency children had spent playing games on the social network. The issue revolved around Facebook Credits, which gamers could buy using a credit card; the currency, then, would be used to buy virtual goods of one sort or another in Facebook games. This quickly became an issue as kids charged huge bills on their parents' bank accounts without realizing what they were doing. The issue has dragged on in various legal matters since, and now a judge has ruled that Facebook must refund parents.

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Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle is looking to tackle the cloud market in a big way, announcing today that it will acquire NetSuite for a staggering $9.3 billion. That's enough money to firmly position this deal as one of the largest in Oracle's history, which is no stranger to multi-billion dollar buyouts. NetSuite has the distinction of being the first company to offer cloud-based computing, launching way back in 1998.

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Tumblr rolling out ads on blogs, users to get cut of revenue

Tumblr rolling out ads on blogs, users to get cut of revenue

With little warning, Tumblr has announced that advertisements are coming to all user blogs — starting today. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, seeing as how Yahoo has struggled to turn a profit from its $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr back in 2013, and it comes just after the announcement that Verizon will purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion.

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Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, it seems like just about every social media service is adding a stickers feature to their photo-sharing capabilities, regardless if it's something users are asking for or not. Apple's revamped Messages app in iOS 10 is getting stickers (along with a bunch of other annoying visual effects), and now Twitter is jumping on bandwagon.

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Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

Facebook unblocks Wikileaks DNC email links, says it was an accident

A skirmish started this weekend when the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent out a tweet announcing that Facebook was blocking links to the DNC email links, and many were quick to jump on the issue, calling it censorship and pointing out that the block was happening mere days before the Democratic National Convention. At the time, Facebook users were advised to use archive.is to try and share the links, and now a couple days later, Facebook has unblocked the links, calling it an accident.

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NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

NHL and MLB out of market games will be streamed on Twitter

Twitter has announced a new deal that’s good news for hockey and baseball fans — starting soon, the social network will livestream out-of-market NHL and MLB games, while a new show from 120 Sports called ‘The Rally’ will stream as an exclusive nightly show for highlights. According to Twitter, this new deal is made possible through its partnership with MLBAM; anyone in the United States will be able to watch the livestreamed games, including those who aren’t logged into a Twitter account.

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Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

Verizon confirms Yahoo acquisition to the tune of $4.8 billion

What was once a rumor is now confirmed, with Verizon announcing today that it will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion. We heard the two companies were closing in on deal last week, as Verizon was said to be in one-to-one talks with the internet company. Not only does this acquisition put Verizon in a position where it can compete with Google and Facebook on the mobile advertising side of things, but after last year's purchase of AOL, it also makes Verizon quite the presence in the online media world.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos becomes third-richest person in the world

It's a good day to be Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, as he's climbing through the ranks of the world's wealthiest people. According to Forbes, Jeff Bezos has moved into the third-place spot on the list of the world's richest people, unseating Berkshire Hathaway President and CEO Warren Buffet. At this moment, the internet entrepreneur's net worth comes in at a whopping $65 billion.

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KickassTorrents returns to the Internet after owner’s arrest

KickassTorrents returns to the Internet after owner’s arrest

Yesterday, US authorities announced that Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, was arrested in Poland on charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. It wasn't long after that KickassTorrents went down, as they usually do when something big like this happens to the person running the show. However, it would appear that KickassTorrents has returned to the Internet in at least some capacity, showing the quick turnaround dedicated torrent users can be capable of.

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Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope has signaled a significant update to its live streaming platform today, announcing three new features that users will almost certainly get some mileage out of. The first is the ability to watch replay highlights from streams you missed. Now Periscope will automatically create highlight "trailers" covering the broadcasts you missed over the last day and put them in your home feed, meaning you don't need to watch entire streams just to get caught up.

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Tinder Social launches to bring groups together for a night out

Tinder Social launches to bring groups together for a night out

Tinder has decided to try its hand at the social scene, today announcing that it will be rolling out Tinder Social in the US and other, less specific countries. Tinder Social seems to operate much in the same way Tinder does, except instead of focusing on one-on-one dating, it will match groups of Tinder users with other groups who are interested in sharing a night out together, whether that's going out for drinks or hitting up a concert.

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