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Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.

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NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR’s bringing audio to Facebook in new experiment

NPR has a new experiment to see if “audio can go viral,” and first in line to facilitate its’ experiment is Facebook, where users will soon see NPR audio clips directly in their News Feed. The audio will first come this month as part of a “brief preview,” and will expand starting in early January when NPR will publish several clips on the social network every day for a month.

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Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

Facebook yearly review shows network’s top everything

It's the time of the year when companies release their yearly trends, totals, and data. YouTube did it earlier this month, and Google just recently followed today with its own yearly trends list. Joining them is Facebook with its own totals; the social network has broken down its year based on global data and U.S. data. Included among the details are the top ten most talked about topics, with top among them them all being the US presidential election.

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Google’s Year in Search breaks down 2015’s biggest moments

Google’s Year in Search breaks down 2015’s biggest moments

Google has published its newest “Year in Search” results, breaking down some of the biggest moments of the year and how they played out in Google searches. The figures are parsed by country and available with global totals, and include such notable events and trends as the latest Star Wars movie, the discovery of water on Mars, the Pope’s visit to America, Cecil the lion, and more.

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Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

Facebook Professional Services encroaches into Yelp, Foursquare territory

The Internet has replaced the ancient yellow pages. Not convinced? Just take a gander at how many Web services there are that try to let you search for a service or an establishment. Need a plumber? Check. Need to call a restaurant? Double check. But Internet services can provide more than what static paper can contain, like more detailed information and even customer reviews. That is the kind of convergence of information that Facebook is trying to harness with a prematurely outed "Professional Services" website that aims to connect netizens with the business they are looking for.

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Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Spotify uses music to find your inner Star Wars character

Disney is going all out with the Star Wars promotions, and latest on that bandwagon is Spotify. Whether you’re a subscriber or a guest, the music streaming service will use a little bit of magic to pair you with your best matched Star Wars character. The process works best if you have a listening history on Spotify, but those who don’t use the service can select some artists to help Spotify “guide your alignment.”

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Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Grooveshark clone slammed with damages in lost court case

Following the original Grooveshark’s demise, a cloned version of the service was brought to life in early May of this year, just a few days after the original service was killed. The person behind it, dubbed 'Shark', had some connection to the original Grooveshark, though not much was known about him. As anticipated, the RIAA moved swiftly against the website, and now following a failure to keep up the legal battle, Groveshark’s clone is no more.

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The 2015 NORAD Santa Tracker is now live

The 2015 NORAD Santa Tracker is now live

Google's Santa tracker is great, but there's something special about the NORAD Santa Tracker, especially this year: it is celebrating its 60th Santa-tracking anniversary. As in the past, Microsoft has teamed back up with NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, to provide a colorful interactive website that, this time around, comes with a special perk just for Windows 10 and Edge users.

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Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

Netflix re-encodes their library to save bandwidth, increase quality

If I were to check and see where most of my monthly internet bandwidth usage goes, I'd say that the vast majority of it goes to Netflix. The other is probably to game downloads and updates, but Netflix would definitely be king. Thankfully, I haven't had any bandwidth restrictions imposed by my ISP yet, but if/when that day comes, I'll have to re-think just how much Netflix is watched in my house. But luckily, Netflix is already working on a way to cut down their usage by as much as 20%.

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Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

Philips updates Hue firmware to block bulbs from rivals [Updated]

It seems that the IoT wars are finally heating up and Philips may have just fired the opening shot. The company has just rolled out a firmware update to its Hue brand of network-connected smart bulbs and one of if not the most significant thing it does is to cut off connectivity with third party bulbs, which is to say smart bulbs from its rivals like GE. This will, at least for the time being, probably dash the hopes of some to have an interconnected smart home, or at least smart lighting, with IoT devices from different and competing brands.

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Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Study: perceived addiction brings fleeing Facebook users back

Ditching Facebook is something many users have dreamed of, but ultimately failed to do. Some take a break, only to log back in before their goal date. Others suspend their account, planning to leave the social network for good, only to reactivate it later on. Why? That’s a question Cornell University researchers have answered, with a recent study finding four factors that bring users back.

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Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow to install public WiFi…in cemeteries

Moscow plans to expand its number of public WiFi networks by installing additional hotspots in the city’s cemeteries. The hotspots will be free to use, and are set to go live next year in the Novodevichy, Vagankovo, and Troyekurovo cemeteries. The selected cemeteries are each notable for the well-known individuals buried in them, making them so-called “open-air museums.” The networks will, hopefully, help visitors learn more about the people buried there.

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