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Amazon Handmade launches, puts Etsy on notice

Amazon Handmade launches, puts Etsy on notice

We've known Amazon had an Etsy competitor in the pipeline for a while, and now it has launched the service. Amazon Handmade gives crafty folks, artisans and more another platform to hawk their wares, marking yet another industry the Internet retailer is doing its best to infiltrate. Etsy has long been a favorite among crafters and others who produce handmade items, and no company has managed to effectively challenge its powerhouse status.

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Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

While there was news lately about Facebook possibly introducing a new "dislike" button alongside their iconic Like, it seems the social network is already testing another option for expressing different opinions or feelings on a post. Called "Reactions," the feature turns the single-response Like into seven different emotions, complete with corresponding emoji. Sources told Engadget that Reactions will go into testing as early as this week for Facebook users in Ireland and Spain.

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Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook's mobile app for Android and iOS users sees an update this week which includes the ability to Doodle on photos. This functionality has existed for Messenger before, and is now just being imported back to the main Facebook app. This system allows you to not only edit the photo you're uploading - as you were able before today - but to draw on it as well. A variety of colors and abilities in illustration are being made available this week to join in with the stickers and the tags and the filters.

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Google wants to make the mobile web faster with Accelerated Mobile Pages

Google wants to make the mobile web faster with Accelerated Mobile Pages

In order to help prevent users from encountering slow loading webpages while mobile browsing, and in turn keep those site from losing visitors, Google has announced an open-source project called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). By using existing HTML technologies, Google's AMP is meant to help publishers build "light-weight" versions of their sites that will reduce load times on mobile, even if pages have bloated content like video, animations, slideshows, and graphics.

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Reddit launches Upvoted, a news site with no commenting or voting

Reddit launches Upvoted, a news site with no commenting or voting

Social aggregator Reddit has revealed it is launching its own news site, Upvoted, that will focus on presenting interesting news and media that surfaces from Reddit's own communities. The site is set to go live later today, and, most interestingly, will not allow any comments from readers or up/downvotes, as is the common practice on Reddit proper. As Wired reports, Upvoted will seem similar to most other news sites, presenting everything from stories, pictures/videos, infographics, and more, from a variety of categories including lifestyle, science, politics, technology, and sports.

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Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Facebook to bring broadband internet access to Africa via satellite

Shortly after Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledged to help the UN in bringing internet access to refugee camps, the social network has announced it will bring broadband internet to sub-Saharan Africa thanks to a partner ship with Eutelsat, a French satellite operator. As the latest effort under Facebook's Internet.org initiative, a satellite will bring internet access to over 14 nations in the most populated areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Outlook on the Web will soon offer likes and mentions

Outlook on the Web will soon offer likes and mentions

Email and social media are too different beasts, but for some reason Microsoft seems to think they should act similar. As such, the company detailed in a statement on Wednesday changes coming to Outlook on the Web: namely, it is getting likes and @mentions, taking pieces out of both Facebook's and Twitter's books. Both of the features work exactly the way you expect them to, and they're rolling out now.

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Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook is testing animated profile pics on mobile

Facebook has introduced new profiles for mobile, adding features that amount to three main improvements. These changes are designed to improve one’s ability to demonstrate their own personality, and to make it easier to keep on top of the profile’s changes. This includes the ability to post a video as one’s profile picture, animating it like something out a Harry Potter novel.

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Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Facebook is down: third outage in one month

Few things will anger a loyal group of users for a website or service more than an outage. Even brief periods of time offline will anger people and Facebook has now had its third outage this month. At about noon PDT back on the 28th the social networking giant experienced its third outage in September with the outage before that one being only a handful of days past.

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Twitter tipped in plan to increase 140-character limit

Twitter tipped in plan to increase 140-character limit

Twitter. It’s obviously different from Facebook in many ways, but one of the best differences is the character limit — Twitter users are forced to think about what they’re saying, and you won’t have to slog through paragraphs of needless banter as a result. Still, URLs and image links eat up the present 140-character limit substantially, and not all succinct sentiments can be squeezed into such a small restriction.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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