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Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook wants to host the news, not just share it

Facebook may be a major source of eyeballs for online news, but the social site is reportedly hoping to not only direct readers to stories but host those articles too, as it tries to keep surfers on its site and happy. Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are said to be in negotiations with a number of high-profile publishers, including BuzzFeed and National Geographic, to host content on Facebook's own servers rather than direct shared links externally. The strategy would help cut loading times, which are said to be a key concern at Facebook as it tries to ensure its users stick around, particularly on mobile devices.

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Nintendo says live-action Zelda rumor is based on wrong info

Nintendo says live-action Zelda rumor is based on wrong info

Early last month, word surfaced via a source talking to the Wall Street Journal that a live-action Zelda show would be arriving on Netflix, and that it would be a high-quality offering akin to "Game of Thrones", only for kids. Such a rumor set the Internet abuzz, but nothing official about the series has been announced in the weeks since the rumor first surfaced, and now Nintendo has come around to squash our hopes. The company's CEO says that the rumors weren't based on the right info, and though he doesn't blatantly say "it's not happening", it looks less hopeful than anticipated.

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Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Virgin boss teases a Tesla challenger

Is the next big battle in automotive going to be Musk vs Branson? Outspoken billionaire Richard Branson isn't exactly coy when it comes to teasing what he's working on, and it seems following Elon Musk into electric cars might be Virgin's next frontier. For the moment, Virgin's EV schemes center on the Virgin Racing team taking part in Formula E, the all-electric branch of Formula 1, but according to Branson that might not always be the case.

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Snapchat tipped in live sports broadcasting effort

Snapchat tipped in live sports broadcasting effort

Snapchat has been rolling out different features over the months, and though it can't seen to do so without some sort of issue cropping up, that hasn't stopped it yet. According to new sources that have cropped up, the disappearing-selfie service is looking to bring live sports broadcasting to its sharing platform, and it will be kicking it off (assuming that all goes as planned) with the NCAA Final Four. Neither Snapchat nor others have confirmed the rumor at this time.

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Force Touch, Pink color rumored for the next iPhones

Force Touch, Pink color rumored for the next iPhones

Even though Apple's new pressure-sensitive technology has yet to be verified in real-world massive usage, sources familiar with the matter are claiming that Cupertino is so confident in Force Touch that it will actually be putting it inside the next iPhones to be announced later this year. This will bring a more subtle form of functionality that is already well known on smartphones and tablets, adding an element of pressure sensitivity to mobile screens that have previously been available only with active digitizer pens or Bluetooth styluses.

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Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter tipped in Periscope acquisition

Twitter has acquired the startup Periscope, according to sources close to the matter. Periscope is behind an app that allows mobile users to stream video from their handset, and it points toward a push on Twitter's part to enable a live-streaming function on its service. Twitter has not yet confirmed the deal, and there's no word on how much, exactly, it paid for the startup, though leaks have it that the deal was finalized weeks ago and is, as of now, completely closed.

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Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google tipped in Android for virtual reality project

Google is working on Android for virtual reality, according to sources that have surfaced. The work is being done by a small team presently, they say; the Android version being worked on is destined to power VR applications. The team has been described as "tens of engineers", meaning that while small it is not only a handful of people -- this new platform, whenever it should arise, will be made freely available. Google has declined commenting on the rumor, which follows Facebook's own heavy investment in VR.

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Facebook and others tweak Apple Watch apps ahead of device launch

Facebook and others tweak Apple Watch apps ahead of device launch

Everyone knows how secretive Apple is. They usually do a very good job of keeping new products under wraps until launch, this side of drunken employees leaving prototype products in a bar. Apple is gearing up for the launch of its smartwatch (we will be bringing all the details of the watch when it launches) and ahead of that launch word is that Apple is letting some major companies tweak their apps before the watch launches.

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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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