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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

Streaming was the largest form of US music consumption in 2016

It was only a couple of years ago when we writing about how streaming had a long way to go to catch up with digital purchases and downloads of music. Well, 2016 was the year that streaming not only caught up, but dominated the way music was consumed in the US. Stats released by Nielsen have shown that for the first time ever, streaming topped the digital sales of songs and albums.

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WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an "online database" of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an official account of the organization, and was subsequently met with concern.

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Internet Archive rolls out new collection of Trump videos

Internet Archive rolls out new collection of Trump videos

Just a couple of weeks before he's scheduled to take office, the Internet Archive has announced the launch of new Trump archive. This archive plans to collect video clips of President-elect Trump, including a range of different appearances that include interviews, speeches, news clips, and debates. Though the archive just launched and is very much considered a work in progress, it already features more than 520 hours of video content.

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ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

Among its CES wares is the ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot mesh networking system, something the company describes as a modular and high-speed solution for home networks that’ll get rid of poor connections and dead zones in one’s residence. The system is comprised of HiveSpot and HiveDot ‘nodes,’ of which at least three are required to get a home mesh network up and running. The system maxes out at five nodes.

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Bitcoin is back over $1,000 as value climbs

Bitcoin is back over $1,000 as value climbs

Bitcoin’s value is slowing climbing, and has exceeded the $1,000/ea valuation for the first time in about three years. The so-called cryptocurrency saw its value peak — and then crash — in 2014, and though the price has been relatively stable since, the yearly trend shows its value climbing. The currency is largely used for online purchases in which anonymity is important, though it is increasingly being accepted by mainstream retailers, too.

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Superbook, a $3m Kickstarter product, delayed until June 2017

Superbook, a $3m Kickstarter product, delayed until June 2017

The laptop dock that promises to turn your Android smartphone into a fully functional laptop, Superbook, has been delayed until June 2017, the team behind it has announced. Superbook made its debut on Kickstarter where it raised nearly three million dollars in funding from more than 16,700 backers. That large number, the company says, is part of the reason for the delay.

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Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

Twitter’s Dorsey speaks on future Tweet Editing

As we find ourselves in the final days of 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is looking to what his team can do in 2017 to improve the platform. Dorsey went straight to the source yesterday, asking Twitter users what changes they'd like Twitter to make in the new year. He got a ton of replies, with users requesting everything from better security to a stronger and more transparent approach to combating abuse.

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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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