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Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

So you'd like to keep an eye on your local police department's doings, yes? Lucky you, there's a new Police Alerts segment being added to Google Now as we speak. This isn't brand new, on the other hand - it's all part of Google's team-up with Nixle earlier this year. If you don't see anything on your Google Now app now, you might also just be lucky - this isn't just a way to see what your local cops are up to, but a way for your local cops to inform you of emergencies.

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Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook launches Rooms, a forum for everyone

Facebook has introduced Rooms, a new app adding yet another layer to social connections. Rooms isn’t like Facebook, nor is it a skinned version of like Paper. Rooms is a new way to connect and interact, where users create rooms based on interests. Though Facebook is looking back to the early days of the web as inspiration, we’d be remiss not to point out Rooms is a lot like another social service, form a different social provider. It also answers Facebook’s critics on one important front.

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Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Real Bunny Smartphone Case: behold, the newest tech trend

Over in Japan there's a trend in smartphone cases where real rabbits are used to protect their iPhones. The rabbits used for these cases range in size and shape and breed, but for the most part they're just about the right size for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to fit neatly on their tummies. Of course once they decide to flip over, it all goes to heck. And no, it's not a particularly slow day for news, it's just an awesome day to see bunnies holding smartphones.

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Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

Etsy Credit Card Reader released for your smartphone this Autumn

The team behind Etsy's success know good and well there's quite a bit of money transferring hands between citizens of the Etsy community. Because of this - and because they want to continue to grow with great success - they've decided to get into the credit card business. Not creating credit cards, mind you, but reading them. In comes the "Sell on Etsy Reader" and Etsy Seller app, users will be able to sell their wares on the web and in real life with ease.

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Ello raises $5.5 million, solidifies ad-free existence

Ello raises $5.5 million, solidifies ad-free existence

Ello, the social network that’s also not a network (or very social), has raised another $5.5 million. The venture funding comes on the heels of a massive expansion last month that saw a flood of users bog down Ello servers, causing the company to freeze sign-ups for a bit. At a peak of roughly 45,000 new users daily, Ello was growing faster than could be comfortably managed. This new funding will help with that, but Ello has also made it nearly impossible to ever show ads on their network.

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Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

Mark Zuckerberg is charming China in Mandarin

As language challenges go, learning Chinese has to be one of the toughest, never mind doing what Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg has achieved and picked up enough Mandarin to handle a Q&A session in Beijing entirely in the native tongue. Zuckerberg surprised students at Tsinghua University by breaking into Chinese from the outset of the question session; Facebook is on a charm offensive in China, where the social site is officially blocked, though expansion wasn't the only strong motivation to expand his linguistic abilities, however.

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Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, tied to their cellphone number. However, Twitter Fabric faces an uphill battle trying to win mobile developers onto its side, after the short-message social platform so comprehensively yanked the rug out from under third-party Twitter apps.

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Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the store, gathering feedback from shoppers and then giving them feedback about what other browsers thought. While it may sound like a social gimmick, it's actually rolling out in select locations from November.

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Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Only one day after Apple announced its latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, photo sharing service Flickr used the opportunity to release a brand new universal iOS app, finally bringing a long-awaited native version to the iPad. While Instagram may be the photo-sharing king on iPhones, Flickr remains a popular network due to its all-encompassing desktop site, as well as its innovative iPhone app.

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