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Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook now lets verified users schedule Live broadcasts

Facebook Live is starting to come into its own as a broadcasting platform, but it's still missing a few key features that its competitors have. Facebook is moving to fix at least one of those missing features by announcing today that streamers can schedule broadcasts using the Live API. At the moment, this feature is only available to verified accounts, but will be going live to all other accounts soon.

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‘Dark Web’ movie about Silk Road being written by the Coen brothers

‘Dark Web’ movie about Silk Road being written by the Coen brothers

The last few years of investigations into the Silk Road — the network of black market websites where sales of drugs, weapons, and much more took place — along with the conviction of its founder Ross Ulbricht, are getting the Hollywood movie treatment thanks to Fox. The film is currently dubbed — wait for it — Dark Web, and none other than the Coen brothers, the duo behind acclaimed hits Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and more, have been tapped to write the screenplay.

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Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Most US mobile carriers either moved away from, or stopped offering unlimited data plans long ago, instead pushing their customers towards tiered monthly plans. Verizon is one such that has completely eliminated the option, even going as far taking it away from certain users on grandfathered plans. But now they've taken a small step in the opposite direction, rolling out a new pay-as-you-go unlimited data option.

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Pokemon Go tracking tool FastPokeMap on the verge of making a comeback

Pokemon Go tracking tool FastPokeMap on the verge of making a comeback

Pokemon Go received a sizable update earlier this week, with new additions like catch bonuses and the ability to use up to six Pokemon when gym training. If this has you excited to get back out and hunt some Pokemon this weekend, possibly after taking a break from the game, you might soon have the ability to take advantage of one of players' favorite third-party tools: the live monster-tracking map FastPokeMap.

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Salesforce walks away from bid to buy Twitter

Salesforce walks away from bid to buy Twitter

A few weeks ago, word got out that Twitter was in the process of seeking buyout offers from a handful of big companies, potentially including Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and even Disney. Unfortunately for the social network, one of the biggest candidates, Salesforce, has revealed that it's "walking away" from any plans to make a serious acquisition bid. In an interview the Financial Times, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said that Twitter "wasn't the right fit for us."

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Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

Message the White House with its new Facebook chat bot

The White House has launched the first ever government chat bot for Facebook Messenger, the administration has announced. You can message the Obama administration through Facebook Messenger with this bot, and there's a (very small) chance President Obama himself will read it. This follows President Obama's public response to a Facebook message as a first-ever for any president.

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Find fact check articles faster in Google News

Find fact check articles faster in Google News

Google is making it easier to find fact-check articles in Google News by labelling them as such. Claims made during political debates, in social tweets and more are often subject to fact-check organizations. Finding fact-check articles can be difficult, however, and for this reason Google has started labelling them with a new ‘fact check’ tag when they appear in Google News.

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Google, Facebook trans-Pacific cable to be faster than FASTER

Google, Facebook trans-Pacific cable to be faster than FASTER

Just last month, the Internet cable that stretched across the Pacific from the US to Japan went online. Google was already part of that FASTER cable, so called because of its 60 Tbps speed, but soon it will try to outdo itself. This time with different partners. Together with Facebook and China- based Pacific Light Data Communication, a new trans-Pacific cable will be laid between the two continents. And this time, it will be even faster, perhaps the fastest undersea Internet cable crossing the Pacific.

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Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

The year is ending terribly for Samsung, but it won’t be alone. Yahoo is on the same boat after it admitted to have “assisted” the US government in spying on its Yahoo Mail users. Matters have gotten so bad that Verizon, who is acquiring Yahoo, is looking into slashing its price by more than half. It isn’t surprising that there would be users eager to jump ship, but reports are coming in claiming that Yahoo is making it nearly impossible to do so. How? By “temporarily” disabling Yahoo Mail’s auto-forwarding feature.

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Comcast is rolling out data caps because it doesn’t want to compete

Comcast is rolling out data caps because it doesn’t want to compete

Comcast has revealed that it will soon begin implementing data caps in 18 new regions, which means that most Comcast customers will be subject to a 1TB cap by the end of the year. Comcast, of course, has its own shaky reasons for this, claiming that those who use more internet should pay more than those who don't. Just in case there was any confusion, I'd like to remind you that this has nothing to do with fairness, but has everything to do with greed. Comcast's cable arm is currently dying a slow and (warranted) death thanks to companies like Netflix, and instead of actually competing with them, Comcast has just decided to be a baby about the whole thing and charge you more for the internet you currently have.

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Comcast’s 1TB internet caps will soon be reality for many customers

Comcast’s 1TB internet caps will soon be reality for many customers

If you're a Comcast customer, you might want to enjoy that unlimited home internet you've currently got, because starting in November, most of Comcast's subscribers will be subject to one-terabyte caps. While there are quite a few regions dealing with such caps right now, Comcast is set to implement that cap in many more regions on November 1.

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LinkedIn’s Open Candidates feature helps you find a job in secret

LinkedIn’s Open Candidates feature helps you find a job in secret

Attempting to find a new job can be a touchy process, especially if you don't want your current employer to know that you're on the hunt. Using an online service like LinkedIn can make the process even more risky, considering that recruiters from the company you're leaving are likely using that site as well. LinkedIn wants to make it easier for you to look for a new job in secrecy, rolling out a new feature called Open Candidates today.

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