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Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

Man sentenced to death for Social Media “Blasphemy”

A man has been sentenced to death this week in a government court of law for committing "blasphemy" on Facebook and WhatsApp. Mr. T. Raza, age 30, was found guilty in a government-sanctioned "antiterrorism court" in a first for the country. This man will be put to death for his crimes against society unless he appeals the sentence, at which point it'll be taken to a higher court.

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US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

US gov OKs social media background checks for visa applicants

The US government has approved social media background checks applied to individuals applying for a visa, it has been announced. The controversial move will require visa applicants to provide a list of their social media handles from the past half-decade, as well as 'biographical information' from the past 15 years. The decision to approve this new vetting method was made by the Office of Management and Budget.

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Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

Del.icio.us link-sharing site shuts down after Pinboard acquisition

If you've been using the internet for the last 15 years or so, you probably remember, or at least came into contact with, del.icio.us, the pioneer of social bookmarking websites. Founded in 2003, the site had a number of good years before it eventually changed hands more than a few times, and has been considered mostly a forgotten relic since then. But now the sun is setting for del.icio.us, as the service will be shuttered later this month following its sale to rival Pinboard.

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Snapchat Spectacles launch in Europe, both online and at vending machines

Snapchat Spectacles launch in Europe, both online and at vending machines

It's taken a little while for Snap's Spectacles to make their way out of the US, but today they're finally landing in Europe. Snapchat announced the Euorpean release of Spectacles earlier today, opening online orders for a number of regions. Of course, if you want the true Spectacles experience, you'll also be able to stop by a number of self-serve vending machines to pick up a pair.

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Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

Snapchat buys California drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics

In the past year we've seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It seems drones could be next on the company's list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California.

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Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

Facebook is testing a new food ordering option

It seems like every day we get closer to being able to do anything and everything through Facebook. The latest step is ordering food for delivery via the social network behemoth. That's right, the company is now testing new feature that allows both web and mobile app users to look up nearby restaurants and place an order, all without leaving Facebook.

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Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook News Feed tweak decreases links to spammy websites

Facebook is once again planning to adjust your News Feed, this time to reduce the number of links you see that lead to spammy and/or advertisement-filled websites. The move aims to improve the quality of content that users see, eliminating things that Facebook decides are 'sensational,' 'misleading,' or 'spammy.' In their place will be links to things that Facebook considers more informative. The change is beginning to roll out to users starting today.

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The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

The Nuggs for Carter saga is finally over

If you've been following the Nuggs for Carter saga on Twitter (and let's be honest: it's been hard to ignore), then you might like to know that it appears to be done today. The whole ordeal kicked off when Carter Wilkerson asked Wendy's how many retweets he'd need to win a free year of chicken nuggets. Wendy's reply offered a magic number of 18 million, sparking one of the biggest social media stories of the year thus far.

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Facebook said to debut original TV-like shows in June

Facebook said to debut original TV-like shows in June

As more and more tech and social media companies look to get into the television game, Facebook may be about to make one of the biggest plays. The social network giant is reportedly developing almost two dozen original shows which will premiere as early as mid-June. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has commented in the past how they have a goal to draw users in with more original content, and TV shows would be a prime way to generate more ad revenue.

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Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Twitter to soon stream news 24/7 courtesy of Bloomberg

Fake news, meet real news. Social media has recently come under fire for its role in the spread of fake news, and various networks have tried to address the problem in different ways. Twitter seems to have opted to fight fake news by increasing the amount of its real news content. That will be via a soon to be announced partnership with Bloomberg, which, among other things, is expected ti bring in the ad revenues Twitter is in dire need of.

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Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

While the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps might be common, everyday communication features on smartphones in the US, in developing countries around the world these apps can be a little resource-heavy for the less powerful devices used or in low data bandwidth conditions. To help address that situation — and continue to draw in more users — Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite have been rolling out to more regions, with the latter now available in over 130 countries.

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Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter’s not doing so well with money

Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn't hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having a hard time making money from those users.

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