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YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. The Google service has announced that it is getting rid of annotations, the obnoxious boxes that popup over a video to provide a link to a different video or some random, usually unwanted message, such as, “Mike meant to say…” or a spelling fix. Getting rid of these boxes used to mean carefully hovering and then clicking their small X button, but those days are numbered.

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Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook policy update forbids using platform for surveillance tools

Facebook has announced a policy update that more clearly forbids developers from using the social network as a way to get data for surveillance tools. The policy update applies to both Facebook and Instagram, with the company saying its goal ‘is to make our policy explicit.’ That's not to say that such use of Facebook data was acceptable before; rather, Facebook is updating the language of its policies to make sure 'everyone understands.'

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Google no longer needs CAPTCHA to tell humans and bots apart

Google no longer needs CAPTCHA to tell humans and bots apart

Anyone who's used the internet in the last decade should be immediately familiar with the reCAPTCHA system (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart), the little box on websites that has users type in distorted words or click on a checkbox to prove they're human. Well, this could soon all be a thing of the past, as Google has revealed it's developed a way to make the reCAPTCHA system completely invisible, with no need for human input.

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Now you can send someone a giant emoji telegram

Now you can send someone a giant emoji telegram

If the age of smartphones has given us anything, it's the language of emoji. So ubiquitous are the small pictograms that you can find them on everything from clothing to pillows to temporary tattoos. But now, finally, you can someone a giant real-world emoji — you can even do it from your smartphone. It'll cost you less than $20 to do it, and yes, you can send the poop emoji. And we have the service Mojigram to thank for it.

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Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon is adding a Spanish language option to its website

Amazon’s website will soon be offered with a Spanish language option, making it a more appealing destination for Spanish speakers in the United States. This language option will be rolled out over the coming weeks, according to an Amazon spokesperson, and will be easily accessible via a language drop-down menu near the “Accounts & Lists” option. Changing the site's language will transform all the listings into Spanish.

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Wikileaks releases trove of CIA documents codenamed ‘Vault7’

Wikileaks releases trove of CIA documents codenamed ‘Vault7’

Today Wikileaks released a cache of data codenamed ‘Vault7,’ claiming this is the single largest drop of confidential CIA documents ever. There are a total of 8,761 documents and files within this trove, and they detail a hidden world within the agency, one that operates with a fleet of hackers who work to help turn everyday gadgets like smartphones and smart TVs into covert surveillance devices.

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Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Google is having a little bit of fun with its Maps product by adding 'Skull Island' to its South Pacific mapping data. The fictional landmass comes from the movie Kong: Skull Island, of course, which is about to hit theaters. The island itself isn't featured on Google Maps, which is sad, but you can still zoom in on the spot where the island is located in the movie and, if you're up to it, leave your own review.

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Verizon Fios launches a prepaid option with 25Mbps Internet

Verizon Fios launches a prepaid option with 25Mbps Internet

Verizon has announced the launch of Fios Prepaid, a contract-free and credit-check-free way to get a trio of Verizon services including Internet. This is the first ‘triple-play’ prepaid Fios option from Verizon, and gives those who can’t or won’t get the regular service an option with less restrictions. The service is said to be available anywhere the regular Fios plans are offered.

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Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Khan Academy, the online service that provides free instructional videos on a wide range of educational topics, has announced a new major partnership with the animation studio Pixar. The team-up has resulted in Pixar creating and sharing a huge course covering the basics of everything animation creation, including things like using virtual cameras, Pixar’s own storytelling process, simulation processes, ‘color science,’ and more.

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Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook has introduced updated suicide prevention tools that, among other things, tap artificial intelligence to aid in the ‘streamlined reporting’ of suicidal statuses. The social network has also expanded the suicide prevention tools to work in Facebook live, making it easier for viewers to help those who are broadcasting worrisome live video. Finally, the company has also partnered with crisis support organizations, making it easier for users to connect with them through Messenger.

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