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Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Following news that Facebook is testing Stories on its desktop product, Instagram has taken the plunge and launched its own Stories feature for desktop users, removing its mobile limitation. In addition, Instagram will soon allow its users to upload content to their accounts using mobile web instead of the app, though desktop users won't get that ability.

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Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox Paper adds Sketch previews, mobile folders, archiving and more

Dropbox's online collaborative environment, Paper, has received some updates that improve the usage experience. Chief among the changes is new integrations with Figma and InVision, and that itself is joined by the new ability to preview Sketch files within Paper, no longer requiring users to toggle out of the service. The new features are rolling out to Dropbox Paper users today.

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YouTube’s major redesign brings the service’s first logo change

YouTube’s major redesign brings the service’s first logo change

YouTube has rolled out a major redesign to both its desktop and mobile apps, and alongside them you may notice that something seems a bit off. That's because the logo, still so similar to the one we've always known, has just received its first ever change: the red rectangle is now located to the left of the word YouTube rather than behind the word 'Tube.' It's not a huge change, but it does punctuate the design overhaul.

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Facebook blocks ads from fake news Pages

Facebook blocks ads from fake news Pages

Facebook is blocking advertisements from Pages that dish out fake news, taking away the financial incentives that drive some to create these faux news bits. This is the company's latest effort to rid its service of fake news, whether it's the variety designed to manipulate public opinion or simply garbage that individuals use to rake in ad revenue. The ad-blocking action will only apply against a Page that repeatedly shares such stories, however.

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Google Voice bug is blocking inbound text messages for some users

Google Voice bug is blocking inbound text messages for some users

Google Voice users are complaining about some sort of issue that is preventing them from getting SMS texts. News of the bug first popped up online a couple days ago. Affected users explain that while they can successfully send out text messages using the service, replies sent to them don't appear in the account, effectively ruining the usefulness of the platform for many people.

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AT&T DSL redlining hits low-income Cleveland regions says FCC complaint

AT&T DSL redlining hits low-income Cleveland regions says FCC complaint

Cleveland, like many large cities in the US, is home to neighborhoods that span the financial spectrum, ranging from wealthy to low-income and impoverished. A new complaint filed with the FCC accuses AT&T of ignoring many low-income neighborhoods within Cleveland, instead focusing on upgrading its VDSL infrastructure in wealthier regions in the city. The complaint was recently filed on behalf of three Cleveland residents.

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Google search results on Android get auto-playing video previews

Google search results on Android get auto-playing video previews

The feature we first saw hints of weeks ago has started to go live on Android. The company is introducing video previews in its search results on mobile, causing videos to auto-play once they load. Though they're just arriving on Android at the moment, Google plans to expand the feature to other platforms in the future, and to languages other than English.

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Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit’s getting video backlash already

Reddit made an announcement today that will likely cause some controversy among its massive community. Reddit's native video platform is going live across the entire site in an expanded beta test. Previously, the Reddit video player was only available in around 200 communities as part of a limited testing phase.

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Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

Reddit to embed videos on any topic under the sun or beyond

It’s a tad difficult to define Reddit in a simple sentence. Internet veterans will compare it with electronic bulletin board systems (BBS) or the younger Internet forums. Others might classify Reddit as a news aggregation site. While many will simply call Reddit a big mess. Soon, however, the site might have a new name under its belt: video sharing site. Yes, the Internet’s most famous or infamous discussion forum will soon let you natively embed videos of cats, dogs, haircuts, planets, and anything above, below, and in between.

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Cloudflare drops Daily Stormer after being provoked

Cloudflare drops Daily Stormer after being provoked

Neo-nazi website Daily Stormer has had its Cloudflare account terminated after provoking the company by, in part, claiming that it secretly supported their racist ideologies. The move is a controversial one, and not one the company made lightly. Questions about free speech and whether companies should police what customers and users say has long been a difficult one, and the reason many hate-filled groups continue to persist on big platforms like Reddit.

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Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Between its announced buyout of Whole Foods and revealing physical retail stores of its own, Amazon's brick and mortar aspirations are plain. It's little surprise, then, that we're we're seeing Amazon launch a new service called Instant Pickup in five cities around the US this week. The idea behind Instant Pickup is pretty straightforward: select from hundreds of "need-it-now" items on Amazon and obtain them up in person at physical pick up locations.

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Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord is giving racist alt-right servers the banhammer

Discord has started banning servers that harbor racist users, specifically ones that are related to the tragic events that recently took place in Charlottesville. The company announced its actions after they took place via its Twitter, saying that, among other things, it put an end to the 'altright.com' Discord server. The news comes shortly after GoDaddy similarly booted a racist account from its service.

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