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Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

Vine may live on as Twitter supposedly looks for a buyer

At the end of October, Twitter made the rather surprising decision to pull the plug on Vine by announcing plans to discontinue its mobile app. While we still don't have a day the mobile app is scheduled to go offline, new reports suggest that may not actually happen. That is to say: Vine might be granted a reprieve assuming Twitter can find someone interested in purchasing it.

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YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos, it has announced, opening the door for higher-quality content matching the capabilities of high-end televisions. HDR videos are often more detailed than regular videos, with better contrast and clarity, as well as a wide range of vibrant, highly saturated colors. While the technology is still somewhat rare in terms of consumer video devices, it is becoming more common and YouTube is making sure it keeps pace with the trend.

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Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

In case you'd forgotten, Xfinity and Netflix are teaming up to bring the streaming service to Comcast's X1 set-top box. The partnership was announced way back in July, and at the time, neither company said when Netflix would be available on the X1. Today, Comcast announced that the nationwide roll out will begin next week.

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YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube lets creators ‘heart’ and pin comments

YouTube has given its creators a handful of new comment features, better enabling them to refine and tweak the conversations found on their videos. Creators can, for example, give a ‘heart’ to their favorite comments, making it easy for readers to identify which comments are worth reading. There’s also the new ability to pin comments to the top of any comment feed, ensuring viewers see it chief among the rest. YouTube has also detailed some features it plans to launch in the near future.

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Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Facebook’s racial exclusion ad feature prompts concerns

Late last week, a report surfaced revealing that Facebook enables advertisers to exclude certain people based on race. With this feature, advertisers can make sure their advertisements are only seen by certain people — only whites, for example — while excluding others including Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans. The feature is available for advertisements that can't legally make those exclusions.

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Netflix offline mode in the works, but not for you

Netflix offline mode in the works, but not for you

Netflix may soon be getting a major upgrade in the form of an offline mode. As many of you will already know, the one caveat of Netflix's all-you-can-watch streaming model is that you have to maintain your connection the internet. That may all be changing as Netflix looks for ways to tackle markets where streaming video isn't always possible thanks to slower internet connections.

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Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

With Halloween barely in the books, it's time to look forward to every retailer's favorite time of year: Black Friday. While most stores will wait until we're a little closer to Thanskgiving to begin advertising Black Friday deals, Amazon doesn't play by those rules. If you can believe it, Amazon has opened the floodgates on Black Friday deals a little early this year, kicking off its sale today.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

How to save my Vine : GIPHY launches a simple converter

Late last week, GIPHY announced that it would soon be offering a tool to convert Vines into GIFs. By now, many of you know that Twitter will soon be pulling the plug on Vine's mobile app, giving GIPHY this window to launch a conversion tool and possibly pull in some more traffic. That tool is now live, just a few short days after it was originally announced.

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Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook and Yahoo data collection draw ire of European Union

Facebook's decision to begin collecting data from WhatsApp users has already drawn a negative reaction in Germany, but now the entire European Union is getting in on the action. Today, the European Commission's Article 29 Working Party has told Facebook to stop collecting that data as it carries out an investigation into these new policies.

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Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Twitter and Vine have made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing that the two have plans to discontinue the Vine mobile app. The mobile app won't be going offline immediately, with Twitter and Vine saying it will flip the switch in the "coming months." Just as interesting as the decision to pull the plug is the fact that they didn't reveal why they're doing it.

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Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

Twitter to reveal new security measures to combat trolls next month

If you're a frequent Twitter user, you might have noticed that the site has a bit of a troll problem. This isn't a new problem, either, with harassment long being at the forefront of conversations about Twitter. The company has tried a number of things to prevent more unsavory folks from using Twitter as a platform for harassment, but those measures haven't always been the most successful.

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