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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Wikileaks releases trove of CIA documents codenamed ‘Vault7’

Wikileaks releases trove of CIA documents codenamed ‘Vault7’

Today Wikileaks released a cache of data codenamed ‘Vault7,’ claiming this is the single largest drop of confidential CIA documents ever. There are a total of 8,761 documents and files within this trove, and they detail a hidden world within the agency, one that operates with a fleet of hackers who work to help turn everyday gadgets like smartphones and smart TVs into covert surveillance devices.

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Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Kong’s Skull Island is now live on Google Maps

Google is having a little bit of fun with its Maps product by adding 'Skull Island' to its South Pacific mapping data. The fictional landmass comes from the movie Kong: Skull Island, of course, which is about to hit theaters. The island itself isn't featured on Google Maps, which is sad, but you can still zoom in on the spot where the island is located in the movie and, if you're up to it, leave your own review.

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Verizon Fios launches a prepaid option with 25Mbps Internet

Verizon Fios launches a prepaid option with 25Mbps Internet

Verizon has announced the launch of Fios Prepaid, a contract-free and credit-check-free way to get a trio of Verizon services including Internet. This is the first ‘triple-play’ prepaid Fios option from Verizon, and gives those who can’t or won’t get the regular service an option with less restrictions. The service is said to be available anywhere the regular Fios plans are offered.

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Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Khan Academy, the online service that provides free instructional videos on a wide range of educational topics, has announced a new major partnership with the animation studio Pixar. The team-up has resulted in Pixar creating and sharing a huge course covering the basics of everything animation creation, including things like using virtual cameras, Pixar’s own storytelling process, simulation processes, ‘color science,’ and more.

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Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook taps artificial intelligence for new suicide prevention tools

Facebook has introduced updated suicide prevention tools that, among other things, tap artificial intelligence to aid in the ‘streamlined reporting’ of suicidal statuses. The social network has also expanded the suicide prevention tools to work in Facebook live, making it easier for viewers to help those who are broadcasting worrisome live video. Finally, the company has also partnered with crisis support organizations, making it easier for users to connect with them through Messenger.

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Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter’s latest security update: More muting options, follow-ups for reports

Twitter's approach to combating abuse on its platform has been multi-layered so far, and today even more security features are being added to the pile. This week, Twitter users will find that they have more control over what they mute and how long that content stays muted, while Twitter itself is doing a lot more behind the scenes to bolster its anti-abuse measures.

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Google Keep, Google Docs team up to keep your work flowing

Google Keep, Google Docs team up to keep your work flowing

Google has always had two "word processing" apps, Google Keep for notes, snippets, images and whatnot, and Google Docs for more extensive and sophisticated documents. Each have its own strengths and purpose but they aren't so unrelated to each other. Fortunately, Google has finally seen that connection as well and is enabling a seamless flow from one app to the next. Now you can easily copy your Keep notes into Docs and create new Keep notes right from inside Docs.

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Meteor is OpenSignal’s own speed test app

Meteor is OpenSignal’s own speed test app

Truth be told, there is no shortage of network speed test apps, especially on Android. There’s the ever so used, and perhaps abused, Speedtest.net by Ookla and, more recently, Netflix’s own Fast.com. Each of course advertises to be more truthful than the others, but OpenSignal thinks it can do one better. It has launched a new Meteor app for Android that not only gives you the tech details of your current connection speed but also tries to explain what those mean in practical use.

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RIAA calls DMCA ‘antiquated,’ wants piracy filters instead

RIAA calls DMCA ‘antiquated,’ wants piracy filters instead

The Recording Industry Association of America, more commonly known as the RIAA, is tired of the ‘antiquated’ process that is DMCA takedown requests. Both the RIAA and a total of 14 other groups have formally expressed their distaste for such takedowns, likening it to a game of whack-a-mole in which every request quickly results in a new listing for the same pirated content after the original is pulled. Instead, this collective wants to see ISPs filter out pirated content directly.

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Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

Amazon AWS outage means the Internet is down

If you’ve had some trouble accessing certain (read: many) services and websites today, you’re not alone. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is experiencing problems with its us-east-1 region of data centers, and that is causing some major outages and headaches for companies relying on the service. Major websites and online services are being affected, including ones like Quora, Trello and more.

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