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EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

Star Wars. It's a popular franchise, incase you didn't know, adored by millions of fans around the world. Among those fans are a large number of people who also love video games, and the Star Wars Battlefront game series has a special place in their heart. That's why the new, upcoming Star Wars Battlefront from publisher EA has stirred up controversy among some loyal fans, who argue the new game is sorely lacking features the last entry, released in 2005, had. That why the infamous trolls at imageboard site 4chan have taken to domain squatting to show EA what's what.

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Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Twitter debuts new search tools for web users

Following a test period in mid-April, Twitter has rolled out its new search results interface to all users logged in on the website. The new layout doesn't change what your results would be, but presents them in a new, clean manner that emphasizes pictures and video, and offers in-depth filtering options. This revamp of the search function marks Twitter's largest update to its web app in several months now. The new layout makes it easy to sort results by top tweets, "live" tweets, accounts, media, and news.

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Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter, which has undergone a series of updates lately, is again toying with what you see once you’re logged in. The new-look search results in Twitter don’t toy with your results, but do feed them to you in a flashy new way. When you perform a search in the Twitter web client, you might see a new layout designed to engage and entice followers. It’s not available to all users, nor is it working with all search queries just yet.

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Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Amazon ‘Destinations’ will take your hotel reservations

Next time you want to plan a trip, or even a quick weekend getaway, you’ll probably find yourself on Expedia or hotels.com. If you need a few sundry items for the trip, you might find yourself on Amazon. Today, Amazon has quietly launched their hotel booking engine, which falls under their ‘Local’ tab. Currently, the feature is limited to the Pacific Northwest, Southern California, and parts of the Northeast. If Amazon’s hotel booking engine sounds familiar, it’s likely because it was rumored to be coming way back in November of last year.

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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

No matter where you venture to on the web, you’re likely to come across a Facebook ‘Like’ Box now and again. That’s going to change, as Facebook is announcing they’re deprecating the Like Box plugin for websites. Instead, the social giant would like web Developers to use a new Page plugin, which gives visitors an actual stream of content to look through so they know if they really do like a page or not. The Like Box plugin will turn into the Page Plugin on June 23.

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Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

If you find yourself on blogging platform Medium, chances are you’re digging into a long-form piece. According to the team at Medium, that wasn’t the intent of their platform. Perhaps out of fear they’re being known as a long-form only platform, Medium is making some changes today that should encourage much tighter writing. A new inline editor will allow Medium writers to scribble out a few hundred words quickly and easily, while redesigns elsewhere make for faster navigation.

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Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Expedia acquires Travelocity as Orbitz looks for a buyer

Your options for online travel booking may be dwindling. Today, Expedia has closed a $280 million to buy Travelocity from parent company Sabre. The deal was likely to happen at some point, as Expedia’s technology was already powering Travelocity’s search n the US and Canada. Expedia’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said “Evolving this relationship strengthens the Expedia family’s ability to continue to innovate and deliver the very best travel experiences to the widest set of travelers, all over the world”.

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New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

New service acts as Airbnb for Airbnb hosts

Airbnb has taken the world by storm. While the original idea for the service may have been renting out an extra room or second property, it's grown so large that now people even rent out the only residence they have. So, if you're a host and someone is staying in your home, where do you go? You now go to "Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?", or, as it's been dubbed, the "Airbnb for Airbnb."

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Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Google’s Contributor an ‘experiment’ in low threshold paywalls

Websites are funded by ads. You probably see them right now on either side of this text. A lot of the ads you see on the web at large are courtesy of Google, who has one of the largest ad networks around. Paywalls exist for seeing content without ads, but you’d almost have to be a superfan of the site to pay upfront to see the content within. In what’s being billed as an “experiment”, Google has released Contributor, their attempt at crowdfunding ad-free sites.

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