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Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

Twitter ditches default egg profile photo

If you joined Twitter at any point in the last several years, there's a good chance the default 'egg' profile photo is the only one you've ever known. The egg, while fitting with the service's bird-themed logo, has become synonymous with abusive trolls who create an account to spew hatred at others anonymously. This was one of three reasons Twitter has decided to refresh its default avatar, the first time it has done so since 2010.

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Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast Xfinity Internet gets pay-as-you-go prepaid option

Comcast has launched Xfinity Prepaid Internet for everyone located in the company's service area, giving many people the opportunity to get Internet service in a way that isn't dissimilar from how prepaid phone plans work. The prepaid Internet comes with the option of refilling the service for either one week or one month (30 days). Unlike the regular Comcast service, Xfinity Prepaid doesn't require a credit check and doesn't shackle customers to a contract.

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Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook adds personal fundraisers and donate buttons

Facebook has expanded the charity aspects of its platform, making it possible for users to launch personal fundraisers. These fundraisers are available across six different categories, including Education, Crisis Relief, Medical, Personal Emergency, and more. Those who use the platform to raise funds will pay about seven percent in a fee that goes toward Facebook's various costs including vetting and fraud protection.

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Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

Twitter eases character limit restriction in reply tweets

The very limited nature of tweets is part of Twitter's appeal, but at times the 140-character restriction can get in the way of expressing a full thought. To help solve that latter problem without opening the floodgates to long tweets, Twitter is adjusting how reply tweets count their characters, making it possible to produce longer replies without technically boosting the character limit.

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Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

First launched on a restricted basis back in December, Facebook has now made its 360-degree livestreaming video available to anyone and everyone. The general availability of the product comes alongside support for several additional camera models, including Samsung's newly unveiled Gear 360 camera and some other well-known models. The product works the same as Facebook's ordinary livestreaming video service, only with the addition of 360-degrees.

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Congress votes away Internet privacy regulations in favor of ISPs

Congress votes away Internet privacy regulations in favor of ISPs

Following the Senate's lead, the House has just voted to end Internet privacy regulations that would have required Internet service providers to get permission before selling a customer's Internet data. The resolution will go into effect if Trump signs it; following the vote, the White House issued a statement saying the president's advisors will recommend doing so.

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New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

A new collection of NETGEAR Orbi home internet hardware has been revealed with packages including routers and wall plug satellites. To make this extremely simple: the router sends the internet out into the users’ home, while the satellite picks up the signal and bounces it back, making it stronger throughout the area. Two new Orbi Tri-band WiFi Systems are coming to stores very soon, both made by NETGEAR.

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YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects

Last month, YouTube announced automatic video captions that are machine-generated, and now it has announced a new type of automatic captioning that builds upon that -- the captioning of sound effects within a video. The idea here is to give those who are deaf or hard of hearing the ability to perceive the non-spoken parts of a video by writing out the sound effects that happen in between.

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U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants

The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from places under ISIS control.

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The Senate just voted away your Internet privacy

The Senate just voted away your Internet privacy

The Senate just voted in favor of a resolution that, if likewise approved by the House and then signed by Trump, will block FCC privacy rules designed to protect consumers’ sensitive Internet data. The resolution was passed with a 50-48 vote split along party lines; if it receives ultimate approval, ISPs will be able to share and/or sell their customers’ private data, such as their Web browsing history, to private companies without the customers' consent.

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Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Facebook is testing new ‘conversational’ comment designs

Anyone who uses a messaging app like Messenger will be familiar with the bubble-like style used to encapsulate messages. Such a style may one day be the default design of comments found on Facebook, at least judging by screenshots of a new test that has surfaced. The social network is currently testing multiple new styles for comments on Facebook, indicating that some big changes are in users' futures.

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Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should be able to play content using Firefox as of yesterday.

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