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Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Ubuntu is ditching Unity and going back to GNOME

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu for tablets and phones is dead, and that the Ubuntu desktop OS will be reverting back to GNOME instead of using Unity. It's a major change, one that Shuttleworth describes as 'a very difficult decision.' This spells the end to Canonical's visions of 'the convergence future' -- instead, the company will be focusing on the areas of business that are growing, Shuttleworth explains, which includes servers and VMs, the cloud infrastructure products, and, of course, the desktop, among other things.

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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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Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz has closed up shop: company will liquidate assets

Mad Catz, the gaming peripheral company that has been around for decades, has officially shut down. The news is sad but not unexpected -- the company has struggled for years with financial difficulties, and last year it assembled a committee to see about selling the company. According to a newly published release announcing the closure, no company was interested in buying Mad Catz and none of the company's banks were willing to extend it additional credit.

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Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix has some episodic animated hits, such as BoJack Horseman, and now it is preparing to offer its first major animated movie: America: The Motion Picture. This animation will be rated 'R' and will feature Channing Tatum as the voice behind George Washington, the movie's lead role. The movie is said to feature a 'revisionist history' storyline.

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Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

Spotify ‘Traffic Jams’ shows artists creating music during LA rush hour

If you've ever been stuck in Los Angeles traffic, you know it can be a long while before you're finally free. A single trip from A to B can take well over an hour, and that's just enough time to create an entirely new piece of music...at least if you're one of the artists featured on Spotify's new 'Traffic Jams' show. The show features two artists who have never worked together before meeting up in a car and creating a masterpiece before traffic starts moving.

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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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Wishbone app data breach affects huge number of users

Wishbone app data breach affects huge number of users

Wishbone, an app popular among teenagers, has suffered a data breach, it has been revealed. The company informed its users of the intrusion in a notification recently, saying it became aware of the data swipe on March 14. The notification says that unknown individuals “may have had access” to the company’s API and used it to nab data on the service’s users. The info may contain more than 2 million email addresses, among other things.

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Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google has introduced its overhauled Hangouts product, announcing that it now functions with two main experiences: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. According to Google, Hangouts Meet is a video experience in which people can talk face-to-face with little effort. This is joined by Hangouts Chat, which is exactly what it sounds like: the service’s chatting product for people to talk via text.

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Boomerang is an upcoming streaming service for classic cartoons

Boomerang is an upcoming streaming service for classic cartoons

The classic cartoons from many Internet-goers’ pasts will be available on-demand soon via an upcoming streaming service from Warner Bros and Turner. Called Boomerang (just like the classic cartoon channel), the service will give streamers ad-free access to thousands of classic cartoon episodes for $4.99/month, including ones from notable series like The Jetsons and The Flintstones.

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E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON North America has announced that it will be building a pair of 9.9MW battery storage facilities in Texas, with one in the Pyron wind farm in Hermleigh, TX and another in the Inadale wind farm near Roscoe. These wind farms have been in place for several years now, and are in possession of 249MW and 197MWs of battery storage at the present, numbers that will both grow when these new facilities go live later on this year.

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VIZIO SmartCast E-Series TVs bring HDR, 4K, Chromecast, and XXL sizes

VIZIO SmartCast E-Series TVs bring HDR, 4K, Chromecast, and XXL sizes

Vizio has taken the wraps off its new 2017 line of SmartCast E-Series televisions. This product line contains several models in sizes ranging from 32-inches to a massive 80-inches, and also packs in some notable features like Ultra HD 4K resolution, a built-in Chromecast, and HDR, depending on model. The new lineup has a little bit of something for everyone, including for every budget, with prices ranging from $209.99 to $3,399.99 USD.

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Takata pleads guilty in airbag debacle, will pay $1 billion fine

Takata pleads guilty in airbag debacle, will pay $1 billion fine

As the latest update in the company’s long-running airbag scandal, Takata Corp has pleaded guilty to hiding the problems affecting its airbag inflators. As a result, it is confirmed that Takata will pay $1 billion as a fine, of which $850 million will go to automakers affected by the recalls, another $125 million will go toward victims affected by the defect, as well as their families, while the remaining $25 million will cover the criminal charge itself.

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