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Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

When you see a friend post a status about something bad that's happened to them, people tend to instinctively go for the “like” button. That's how people on Facebook show their support. But with just the one option, is the message you're sending being read as “I support you during this hard time” or “I like the fact that this happened to you”? Well, very soon, you'll have some new options for responding to status updates.

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Samsung SmartThings ads show how you can have super powers

Samsung SmartThings ads show how you can have super powers

The past few weeks have been rather hard on the Internet of Things market. Despite the slew of new trinkets and ideas that were paraded at CES 2016 earlier this month, bugs and security holes in currently marketed devices cast a rather negative light on connected home appliances. Perhaps Samsung thought it was time to lighten up the mood, especially considering it too has some IoT products to sell. In a set of ads revolving around its SmartThings platform, Samsung reveals how IoT can give you superpowers. Or at least the semblance of it.

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Careful what you click: “Crash Safari” webpage will do just that

Careful what you click: “Crash Safari” webpage will do just that

In May 2015, word surfaced that a specific text message could cause an iPhone to crash, leading no doubt to endless annoying pranks between friends. Now there’s something similar floating around, and it comes in the form of a link — visit the URL with Safari, and it will eventually make the browser crash. It works on Macs and mobile devices.

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Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Thanks to the miracle that is Facebook, we've got more friends, and we're more easily connected to them than ever. We see their constant updates and achievements, and we support them by hitting that little “like” button that lets them know that we care just enough to do the bare minimum. Oh, and according to a recent study, roughly 97% of your Facebook friends couldn't care less about you.

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Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

Bosch connected gas pedal warns drivers when they’re doing it wrong

We've heard of connected speakers, connected bulbs, and, of course, connected cars. But a connected gas pedal? Before you cock an eyebrow at the idea, perhaps you should first hear what Bosch's connected gas pedal promises to bring: 7 percent savings in fuel and potential savings in life. All of that thanks to the simple but almost ingenious idea of adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal and connecting that otherwise mundane part of the car to the rest of the car's smart system and, of course, to the Internet.

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YouTube adds looping feature

YouTube adds looping feature

Going to YouTube for your day's audio selection is nothing new, and neither is jumping through hoops to make sure the video loops -- you're either forced to use a third-party service that loops the video automatically, or you have to hunt down one of those excessively long videos that stretch on for an entire work shift. YouTube has finally (finally) acknowledged this reality and added a feature to make life easier.

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Netflix’s fight against VPN providers is doomed to fail, but that’s okay

Netflix’s fight against VPN providers is doomed to fail, but that’s okay

We know that Netflix is wanting to block users from utilizing proxies and VPN connections to circumvent location-based restrictions. We've even seen our first news about customers finally seeing error messages when they try to use such a service. But what we're seeing now is only the beginning of a cat-and-mouse game.

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Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Verizon dashes hope of an unlimited data comeback

Just because your main competitors are doing something isn't a good enough reason to do likewise. That seems to be the general sentiment that Fran Shammo, Verizon's Chief Financial Officer, was trying to convey to the press. But to be more specific, what he's saying is that unlimited data plans aren't going to be coming back any time soon. Or at all, as far as the carrier is concerned. This despite the fact that AT&T earlier this month did bring back the offering. Well, almost.

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Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook COO talks countering extremists with ‘likes’

Facebook and Twitter are two of many online destinations where extremist groups like ISIS share propaganda in an effort to bolster their real-life followers. Critics have accused these online destinations of failing to adequately squash such accounts. In recent days, Facebook unveiled an effort in Europe to help combat hate speech on the social network, and more recently the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg discussed countering extremism with floods of 'likes'.

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“Brave” new browser wants to profit from every site you visit

“Brave” new browser wants to profit from every site you visit

This morning I woke up and did what I do to start my weekday mornings; I read the news. One of the most interesting pieces I read was about a new internet browser being developed by the co-founder of Mozilla. That alone is pretty interesting stuff, but as I read further into it, I realized that Brendan Eich has completely lost touch with reality.

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Butterfinger wants to bring back excessive touchdown celebrations

Butterfinger wants to bring back excessive touchdown celebrations

If you had millions of people watching you as you pulled off a play that could win the big game, what would you do? Would you calmly nod your head and walk off the field, as if it were nothing? Or would you celebrate? Well, if you're playing in the NFL, celebrating a touchdown can be a big no-no. But one company wants to change that for the biggest of the big games.

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Your Facebook posts will now help determine TV ratings

Your Facebook posts will now help determine TV ratings

In this digital age, companies that have been around for decades have to re-think the way they do business. Nielsen is one of those companies that has to change with the times, in order to stay relevant. But you may not like the changes that they're making.

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