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Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Facebook on tracking accusations: report gets it “wrong multiple times”

Late last month, Facebook was accused of tracking users and non-users alike, and as such was said to be in violation of European law. The information came from a study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission, and earlier this week Facebook fired back at the accusations, saying the report was wrong in more than one way. The social network posted a long statement by the company’s Vice President of Policy in Europe, Richard Allan, who tackled each claim individually.

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Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Microsoft has updated Bing with a load of new features, and among them is a new BETA feature that puts product purchasing options directly inside of Image Search. The feature is akin to the rumors we've been hearing about Pinterest's future, giving those who look at an image in the search results a way to directly purchase it from somewhere like Amazon, depending on where it is available. Also coming with the update is the ability to view pages using the image, related searches, and more.

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Kremlin cracks down on Internet memes

Kremlin cracks down on Internet memes

The Russian government has cracked down Internet memes, with a court in the nation ruling that ones featuring celebrities are unacceptable if the resulting image "has nothing to do with the celebrity's personality". This applies to any celebrity in the nation, but spawned as the result of one common Russian meme in particular featuring a saccharine sweet singer with obscene text overlaid -- the amusing part, of course, being that the saying is something unlikely to be said by the singer himself.

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Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

Teens’ social media habits revealed by Pew Research

In the age of ever-present smartphones, the teenagers are going online now more than ever. In the latest data from the Pew Research Center, American teens' daily online habits were analyzed and patterns were found to emerge. Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone and 92% of teens reported going online daily. Facebook is the most popular social media platform for American teens as 71% of teens reported using it, followed by Instagram (51%) and Snapchat (41%). Most teens use a multitude of social media sites, but among those who stick to a single platform, Facebook still ranked the highest.

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Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

This April, there is a lot of new content to look forward to. Daredevil, Game of Thrones Season 5, Avengers: Age of Ultron, just to name the high profile ones. Inevitably, this will be the source of no small amount of discussion over the Internet, which will, of course, lead to spoilers. If you're the type who can't stand this situation, you'll most likely go off the grid until you catch up. Google, however, has a brighter idea. Let it do the filtering for you and hide those pesky spoilers while you continue to cruise the Web worry-free.

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Google Moderator to close down in July

Google Moderator to close down in July

Google will be shutting down its Moderator service forever this summer, the Internet giant has announced. The closure will take place in three parts, with the first part having kicked off on March 30 -- that was when you could start exporting your data using Google Takeout, something that now makes sense in light of the newest announcement: Moderator will close to new questions and similar actions on June 30, and will be gone forever a month later on July 31.

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Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

What's more frightening and more destructive than an Internet troll? Why, a house full of them! That is exactly what Russia alleged has and it is a literal one. Two former employees of this "troll house" have come out to reveal some rather worrying details about this secret business that might actually be booming in the dark. Their testimonies add to the growing body of testimonies and speculation regarding Russia's more than active yet completely under the radar activities to spread its ideology and world views, especially against its enemies and the West.

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Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

Hulu introduces GIF collection to meet (mostly) any need

GIFs are a staple of the Internet, serving as a way to express an emotion or a statement without text, and as a convenient way to show snippets of animations without posting or viewing an entire video. Getting those GIFs has become easier over the years, including the introduction of YouTube's own GIF creation tool, and latest to provide them is Hulu. Most fittingly, it has launched its new GIF portal on Tumblr, and as expected, they're clipped from the service's streaming options -- mostly modern television shows.

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Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

Russian troll team reportedly paid to tout YotaPhone

The most notable smartphone to come out of Russia is the YotaPhone, which is currently in its second iteration and soon to arrive on Indiegogo. The phone is notable because of its dual displays, one of which is an e-ink panel that sips battery life and is, arguably, more ideal for viewing certain kinds of content (ebooks, perhaps) than a regular LCD screen. The phone has caught quite a bit of attention on its own, but it looks like the Russian government is leaving nothing to risk, using unofficial trolls to tout the device online.

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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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