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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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Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit is home to seemingly endless communities spanning all sorts of categories and topics, and so it’s no surprise that many people have become distinguished on the platform for one reason or another. There are novelty accounts that have arose to fame, for example, performing specific actions like writing poems and drawing pictures. Other users are popular in their own niche, and now they can set up their own profile pages.

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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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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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