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Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook copyright tracking system tipped as part of larger licensing plan

Facebook is working on building its own copyright tracking technology, according to sources, and it'll use this technology as part of a larger licensing plan. Say the sources, big-name record labels have been pressuring the social network to remove user-uploaded copyrighted videos, and to license the music shared by its users. However, the sources caution that we likely won't see a deal struck between the record labels and Facebook until at least spring 2017.

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Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

Sony Music Twitter hack trolled people with Britney Spears death tweets

The Sony Music Group Twitter account was recently hacked and used to send out a fake death tweet announcing the passing of singer Britney Spears. The tweet has since been removed and confirmed as false, with Sony saying it has 'rectified' the issue. Spears' own manager confirmed that she has not died. It is also possible a Twitter account belonging to Bob Dylan was also accessed and used to spread the fake death news.

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Firefox support for XP and Vista users may end in 2017

Firefox support for XP and Vista users may end in 2017

Computer users out there who are still running Windows Vista or XP have been left behind by most major software makers, including Microsoft. Mozilla plans to continue to support Vista and XP users and has announced that in approximately March 2017 XP and Vista users will be moved to the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR). Mozilla says that Firefox is one of the few browsers out there that will continue to support XP and Vista users.

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iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

The Slow Mo Guys are back with another video, this one showing a full iMac system being obliterated by a carefully placed combustion engine. As with the team’s past videos, we get to watch the destruction in Full HD and at ultra high frame rates, resulting in a clear, slow, unstoppable show of destruction. The episode was carried out at Purdue University in Indiana.

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Computer simulated battle pits 4,000 Santas against 11,000 penguins

Computer simulated battle pits 4,000 Santas against 11,000 penguins

The Internet loves pondering hypothetical battles between large and small creatures both real and imagined, and in that spirit comes this new computer simulated battle: it pits an army of 4,000 Santa Claus soldiers against an 11,000-penguin army. The Santas are equipped with large candy canes, seemingly making it an unfair fight against the unarmed penguins, but one should never underestimate creatures with built-in tuxedos.

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Ads begin appearing on Samsung Smart TVs, and they’re making users angry

Ads begin appearing on Samsung Smart TVs, and they’re making users angry

A new update has arrived for some Samsung smart TVs, and it's causing a significant amount of controversy by injecting ads into the user interface. We've known this was going to happen for most of the year, but now it seems like an update that launched earlier in the month is finally making it a reality. As a result, there are quite a few unhappy Samsung users today.

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The EU just smacked down the UK’s “Snooper’s Charter”

The EU just smacked down the UK’s “Snooper’s Charter”

A new ruling from the European Union's Court of Justice in Luxembourg is opening up the potential to challenge the UK's Investigatory Powers Act, which was passed earlier this year. Otherwise known as the Snooper's Charter, the Investigatory Powers Act has proven to be quite controversial as it requires ISPs within the UK to keep records of the websites their users visit for a full year. Today, the EU's judgement is saying that's illegal.

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New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

New Chrome extension fact checks Trump’s tweets in browser

RealDonaldContext is a new Chrome extension that's undertaking a rather large task: fact checking Donald Trump's many, many tweets. Created by the Washington Post, the add-on will insert blurbs beneath Trump's tweets when more information may be necessary. Now if we could just get the same treatment for all public officials, we'd be sitting pretty.

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Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Many people have a Yahoo email account from years ago, but no longer use it. Those who do still use their Yahoo email account, though, are being encouraged to switch to a different provider in light of Yahoo's second massive data breach disclosure. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, more commonly called BSI, has advised existing Yahoo email users to switch to a different provider. The agency heavily criticized Yahoo, accusing it of failing to protect its users.

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Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch IRL opens the vlogging floodgates

Twitch is introducing a new IRL category today, and as the name suggests, it has little to do with gaming. Inspired by vlog-style videos that seem to be so popular on YouTube, Twitch IRL allows streamers to interact with their audience directly without playing a game. Topics can vary greatly depending on what broadcasters want to discuss (within Twitch's Community Guidelines, of course), but one rule persists regardless of the topic: audience interaction is key.

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Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

Here’s Facebook’s plan for fighting fake news

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook has a fake news problem. Facebook came under fire during and after this year's US election for the amount of fake news that spread throughout the site, and it wasn't long after that it announced plans to try to combat such stories. Today we're getting our first look at what Facebook will do to combat the spread of fake news on its site.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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