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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Social networks should not need EU hate speech rules (but they do)

Internet mega-brands Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and YouTube agree on a "code of conduct" with the European Commission to remove "hate speech" from their networks in less than 24 hours. This update does not necessarily hold these companies accountable the same way a hard-and-fast written law would in any one individual country. Instead, this would be more of an agreement - a hand-shake - between the companies to combat hate speech. According to this code of conduct, they'll be "developing counter-narratives promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect, including through awareness-raising activities."

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Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

Reddit debuts native photo uploads hinting at split from Imgur

The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads. When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur. But this week, Reddit has announced the launch of its own native media upload option, with support for images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB, which are then hosted on the site itself.

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Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Today Twitter updated rules on which bits of your tweet count towards the service's 140-character limit - there are new rules. This isn't like your old Twitter. This is a brand new dawn, a place where up is down and down is counted towards your limit - unless it has an @ symbol in front of it and was tweeted as a reply to another tweet. These rules and a whole lot more can be simple - we've gone ahead and made a list of rules for you.

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Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Two Big Ears has been acquired by Facebook, making the entire "Spacial Workstation" for Cinematic VR and 360 audio free for all users. Facebook has made this software suite part of their own, offering the public a download which includes tools for three audio apps as well as their Facebook 360 encoder app and stand-alone video player. While Facebook has yet to release a VR video editor, this gets them a whole lot closer.

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Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit threads can now be embedded on websites like tweets & Facebook posts

Reddit, "the front page of the internet" as the site boasts, has finally caught up to just about every major social media platform this week by introducing embeddable threads. You know when you're on a website and come across a tweet, Instagram photo, or YouTube video in the middle of the page, and clicking on it takes you directly to that content on said social network? Well, now the same thing can be done with Reddit posts.

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Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

If you're keen on watching a Facebook Live Video but don't have any in particular in mind, you can check out Facebook's interactive live video map to see who is streaming. The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.

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Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may finally ignore the big frustration for sharers

Twitter may not be willing to extend its notorious 140 character limit, but the social network is reportedly going to allow you make better use of those characters. While CEO Jack Dorsey is adamant that the limit should not be lifted - "it's a good constraint for us," he said, earlier this year - reports now suggest that Twitter plans to change how embedded photos and links count to that number.

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70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

In this age of technology, looking for love often means using some sort of online dating service. After all, what could be easier than filling out a profile, adding some pictures, and sending out a few messages? Well, it might be easy for you to fill out all of that information, but it turns out it's just as easy for someone to post all of that information for all the world to see.

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Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Social media accounts now part of federal background checks

Employers have long relied on the practice of checking job applicants' social media accounts as part of the application process to help determine if they'll be a good fit for the company. Now the federal government will do the same as part of their background and security clearance investigations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced the new policy on Friday, and it highlights the fact that our social media presence is more and more seen as a reflection of our character.

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Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

Activision is going to use Facebook Live for e-sports broadcasting

As Activision Blizzard continues to get serious about e-sports as a major form of broadcast entertainment, the mega-publisher has announced that it will use Facebook Live as one outlet for bringing game matches to the masses. Thanks to a new partnership with the social network, Activision Blizzard will have more than just Twitch and YouTube as a way of building an audience for its MLG.tv platform.

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YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

YouTube’s Messenger will soon have you chatting inside YouTube

Amazon may have just launched its Direct service to compete with YouTube, but the latter's upcoming feature widens its lead in the market yet again. As if it weren't enough to waste spend hours on YouTube actually watching videos, or even commenting on them, YouTube wants you to waste spend even more hours on its app chatting about those videos as well. Rolling out to a select few users at first is a new "native sharing" feature which is really just a fancy way of saying "YouTube Chat".

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