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Bitcoin price crash: Oh god is it over? (BTC USD)

Bitcoin price crash: Oh god is it over? (BTC USD)

This morning the crypto market crashed, and masses of traders sold their Bitcoin for USDT. Did it happen because of South Korea? Did China cause this? For traders, the reasons don't really matter so much as the exact timing for the market's turnaround - incidentally, that just so happens to be right around the time this article is set to be published. If your uncle dropped his Bitcoin in the last hour, he's about to be crying.

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Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Trump’s Gorilla Channel, a Twitter joke gone wrong

Yesterday a cartoonist wrote a set of paragraphs about Donald Trump that were shared in a viral manner. The writing included news that Trump had requested a "Gorilla Channel" for his television on the first night he'd entered the White House. The writing was so extremely well crafted that it was mistaken for an excerpt from the new tell-all book "Fire and Fury" about the first nine months of the Trump administration.

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Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Putin web watch makes election-meddling playbook public

Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke this week on the dangers of election meddling via web-based social media. He did this after signing into law a means for Russian officials to label news organizations "foreign agents." Earlier this year Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election with social media and with other digital means.

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Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook face recognition finds you in untagged photos: How to turn it off

Facebook will use facial recognition to spot you in photos you haven't already been tagged in, as the social network attempts to fend off concerns about user privacy being overlooked. However, to get in ahead of complaints about the new feature, there's also a way to turn it all off.

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Reddit is down, it’s not just me (or you)

Reddit is down, it’s not just me (or you)

This morning Reddit went down and an incident was investigated starting at 8:17 AM PST. This incident began to take effect between 5-10 minutes before the investigation was logged on the official Reddit Status Page as such. Reddit's request rate was down at about 4AM this morning - down but not out, meaning it was normal. Starting at just after 8AM Pacific Time, request rates TANKED.

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Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

While the world has begrudgingly accepted selfies as something that isn’t completely going away, that doesn’t mean it has become an acceptable behavior in all circumstances. People have done so many things in the name of selfies, resulting in the destruction of irreplaceable objects, harm to living creatures, and sometimes even death. Instagram, one of the biggest havens for selfies, wants to put a stop to at least one of those by discouraging selfies that encourage putting animals in danger.

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Snapchat update: What just happened?

Snapchat update: What just happened?

Today Snap updated Snapchat in a major way, fully packed with an experience "organized around your relationships and personalized just for you!" There's now a split between friends and everyone/everything else. On the left you'll see Stories and Chats with Friends. On the right you'll see "Stories from publishers, creators, and the community are on the right."

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Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

The same crew that tried bringing an Uber-like model to city busses is now attempting to replace server tips with digital ratings. Instead of an amount of cash given to a restaurant server after friendly, prompt, helpful service, they'd instead receive some stars in an app. The Black Mirror episode Nosedive is about almost exactly this same thing.

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Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook Local app launches to replace Events

Facebook has made a notable update to one of its many standalone apps: the app known as Events, which first launched last year as a way to bring users' calendar and event listings together, has been renamed to Facebook Local. Available now on both iOS and Android, Local combines the previous features with things like local business listings and user reviews. In other words, it's Facebook's take on the Yelp formula.

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Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

Facebook anti-revenge porn system: send yourself nude photos

The fake news problem that has plagued social networking services like Facebook and Twitter definitely has severe impact on a global scale. But the social media problem christened “revenge porn” is perhaps even more devastating as it happens on a deeply personal level. Tech companies, as well as authorities, have been thinking of ways to curb the problem, because simply telling teens, or even grownups, not to do something is totally ineffective. Facebook has come up with perhaps the most curious technology-based solution of all, which involves sending yourself your own nude photos on Facebook Messenger.

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Twitter gives 280 characters to all: What you need to know

Twitter gives 280 characters to all: What you need to know

This afternoon, Twitter announced they'd be pushing their newly-extended Tweet character limit. No longer 140, the new limit will be 280. While some users complained (apparently), Twitter suggests their study of the first limited-run test showed positive results. Instead of flooding the Twitter-sphere with max-character Tweets up to 280, the first test showed that the percentage of max-character Tweets fell significantly.

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Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been given a stark ultimatum by US lawmakers, as the role each played in Russian gaming of the US election goes under the microscope. The three firms have faced challenging questioning at this week's Senate and House Intel Committee meetings, though arguably nothing so blunt as the deadline laid down by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein this morning. Speaking as part of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Feinstein told legal representatives of the trio that if they wouldn't fix things, the government would be forced to step in and do it for them.

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