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Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook acquires TheFind e-commerce site

Facebook has acquired TheFind, an e-commerce search site, it has announced. TheFind revealed the acquisition on its website today, saying that after nine years of hard work it is kicking off its "next chapter" by merging with Facebook, the social network powerhouse that is, apparently, looking to up its advertisements prowess. This comes shortly after a judge ruled Facebook must face a lawsuit related to its refusal to refund purchases made by minors who used their parents banking information.

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Google Store launches as new hardware home

Google Store launches as new hardware home

Joining the new Chromebook Pixel is a new online store for Google to hawk its wares, and it is appropriately called "Google Store". This shuttles the Internet giant's hardware from the Play Store to its own store, keeping the maker's worlds both separate and easily accessible. Those who want a new Nexus, smartwatch, Chromebook, or other Google-centric gadget will now need to head over to the maker's new online store, which also dedicates some space to praising the virtues of Android and related platforms.

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Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook pulls its ‘feeling fat’ emoji

Facebook, as you likely know, allows users to insert "feeling" something or other emotions into statuses, such as "feeling happy". One such option has been "feeling fat", which sparked criticism and more recently led to an online petition to get the listing removed. The reason revolved around its trivialization of potential eating disorders and other issues. Facebook originally pushed back against the criticism, but has since conceded, removing the option from the list of emotions (of which, some have noted, "fat" is not a feeling).

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Google’s MVNO vision reported to only see the Nexus 6

Google’s MVNO vision reported to only see the Nexus 6

When Google's Sundar Pichai drew associations between it's planned cellular service and the Nexus program, we didn't quite expect him to mean it literally. But that might just be the case based on reports coming from sources close to the matter. According to them, that MVNO network will only work with Google's Nexus devices. In fact, it might even only work on the latest generations, starting with the Nexus 6 and leaving older devices to survive on their own with regular mobile carriers.

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Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Research group: Pandora is most popular online radio service

Times change fast, and the number of places where you can listen to music online have grown greatly over the past few years. Long gone are the days of listening to poorly ripped songs uploaded to YouTube alongside cheesy stock-photo fan videos. Robust options exist, and if you get tired of one there are three more pining for your attention. We know all about the services we frequently see and hear, but which of them is the most popular overall? One recent group's data points to Pandora as the winner.

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Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Kickstarter cracking down on fake products with new hire

Those who back products in crowdfunding campaigns have gained some elements of protection in recent months, but it is still largely a game of risk, one that relies on backers being unable to sniff out a scam when it surfaces. We've seen some pretty absurd products appear on Kickstarter over the years, and some of them have been pulled in the face of those doubts. Kickstarter is looking to start cracking down on these scammy campaigns, however, and to help do that will be a new "Integrity Specialist".

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Community season 6 trailer debuts on Yahoo Screen

Community season 6 trailer debuts on Yahoo Screen

It's been a rough road for the TV series Community. The show was cancelled for the second time after its fifth season last year. Luckily the show has proved to be impervious to cancellation and has always found a way to bounce back from the brink of demise. Now, we finally get a sixth season of Community! Thankfully, Yahoo stepped in at the last minute to save Community. They bought up the show and will release it exclusively on their website and streaming platform Yahoo Screen.

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90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

90s US “weaker encryption” policy comes back to haunt it

The US government has been fighting against recent efforts in the tech industry to strengthen security measures, especially against government snooping. In essence, it wants a backdoor into services and devices in order to get access to crucial information it needs to fight crime and terrorism. Apparently, this has been done before and looks like the government needs to take heed from that. A security policy enacted decades ago has found its way back to the US and is compromising the security of secure websites, including some of the government's own.

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Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter adds phone number requirement for Tor users

Twitter has made it a personal mission to stomp the trolls and abusive users that are giving its service a bad name (and causing some legitimate users to jump ship). The anonymous corner of the Internet offers a much-needed service for many, but it is likewise often abused by trolls who use it so that they're harder to trace. Tor is one such tool, and now Twitter is requiring those who are using it to verify their phone number straight away when making a new account, a requirement that isn't in place for those who aren't using Tor.

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Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Yahoo celebrates its 20th year on the Internet

Twenty years ago today, Yahoo launched as a simple search engine created by Jerry Yang and David Filo. The landscape of the Internet has changed drastically over the past two decades. Yahoo is still in the game, especially with its recent acquisitions of Aviate, Flurry, and BrightRoll. Yahoo has been investing in adding new companies to its portfolio so it can keep enhancing ..... the way we use the internet today. Yahoo has recently been setting its sights on the mobile market as it hosted its first Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference last month.

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