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Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

Internet says new Mars photo shows alien face (spoiler: it’s a rock)

An entire online group exists that tasks itself with scouring space photos for any oddities they can find — ancient alien pyramids, Mars creatures they’re positive NASA is keeping hidden, and other fun things. Every so often the collective reveals a new finding — we’ve seen the Mars ‘crabs’ and the space ‘rat’ and other things. The latest image supposedly shows an alien’s face.

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Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora overhauls website as it prepares for on demand streaming

Pandora is in the middle of shifting the way its streaming service works, and with that comes a few aesthetic changes as well. First was the rebranding Pandora announced last month, and now we're seeing the company overhaul its website with a new look. A new appearance isn't the only thing coming along with this roll out, as Pandora has also added some improved functionality.

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Four ways to stream live election results without cable

Four ways to stream live election results without cable

Polls are closing soon and many are tuning into their favorite news channel to watch the results. If you don't have cable, satellite, or a live streaming television service like Sling TV, don't worry: you have options for streaming live election coverage, too. As we've previously reported, a bunch of news networks and video platforms are offering live news coverage this year as a way to tap the millennial audience, as well as collect data on how consumers utilize such coverage.

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Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

Facebook aims to become LinkedIn for job listings

We're getting wind of more Facebook features today, and these new ones center around the beloved job search. Facebook has confirmed that it is testing job posting features for business pages, giving users the opportunity to apply for those jobs without ever having to leave the site. Should these roll out on a wider scale, Facebook's implementation could do a lot to threaten other networks like LinkedIn.

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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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