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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

Late last week, GIPHY announced that it would soon be offering a tool to convert Vines into GIFs. By now, many of you know that Twitter will soon be pulling the plug on Vine's mobile app, giving GIPHY this window to launch a conversion tool and possibly pull in some more traffic. That tool is now live, just a few short days after it was originally announced.

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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Twitter and Vine have made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing that the two have plans to discontinue the Vine mobile app. The mobile app won't be going offline immediately, with Twitter and Vine saying it will flip the switch in the "coming months." Just as interesting as the decision to pull the plug is the fact that they didn't reveal why they're doing it.

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Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

If you're a frequent Twitter user, you might have noticed that the site has a bit of a troll problem. This isn't a new problem, either, with harassment long being at the forefront of conversations about Twitter. The company has tried a number of things to prevent more unsavory folks from using Twitter as a platform for harassment, but those measures haven't always been the most successful.

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The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

The first 176 emoji go on display at Museum of Modern Art

Whether you love them or despise them, emoji have become a staple of modern communication on mobile platforms. In the eyes of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, that makes them a form of artwork. To that effect, the museum has announced that it's adding the original 176 emoji, created in Japan, to go on permanent display starting in December.

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Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Everyone has their own reason for using a VPN, but they all share a common element: the desire for privacy. It may be something as simple as wanting to keep your data private while using an open WiFi network, or something as serious as avoiding state-sponsored hackers or bypassing government firewalls. Using a VPN service that keeps a bunch of data on its users and their activities is risky, and thanks to a bunch of companies that don't keep logs, avoiding them is simple.

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Opera 41 aims to make launching your browser faster no matter how many tabs

Opera 41 aims to make launching your browser faster no matter how many tabs

Opera has announced the latest version of its web browser for Windows computers and the main focus of the browser this time out is speed. Specifically Opera wants your browser to launch faster no matter how many tabs you open at launch. The latest version of the browser is Opera 41 and one of the main features is a startup sequence that aims to eliminate most of the wait time at launch.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

The widespread internet outage that affected a number of the US's biggest websites on Friday was the result of a huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a domain name registration provider. Now security expert Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, has reported that the attack was carried out through the use of a botnet using the Mirai malware, which made use of a wide range of compromised IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

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Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook loosens grip on newsworthy graphic content

Facebook, following multiple instances of backlash related to its taking down of certain significant news items that include graphic content, is loosening its restrictions. In a recent statement, the social network’s VP of Global Operations & Media Partnerships Joel Kaplan said Facebook will start allowing certain content ‘even if they might otherwise violate our standards.' Doing so will be tricky for the company, though.

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The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

The FBI and DHS are investigating today’s huge cyberattack

Widespread internet outages that took Netflix, Twitter, Spotify and others offline today are being investigated as a possible cyber-attack, US officials have confirmed. The incident, which seemingly began around 6am central time, has seen major websites suffer periods of downtime or fail to be accessible altogether. Now, efforts are underway to see if it's no accident but in fact a concerted effort to disrupt the internet.

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