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Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

We're living through a day that'll be remembered in history books, and we're getting in-the-minute updates from Twitter. News on the ground comes from the same online social media platform current-President Donald Trump used over the past half-decade to build himself up and tear others down - this is where we see everything happen in real time. Connections are made as revelations from the news media appear, especially from one Law Professor and Attorney Seth Abramson.

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This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

OMG there's a new feature in Instagram that is completely hilarious and you need it immediately. This new feature comes with a collection of Halloween-themed bits and pieces, the whole lot of which is available in one download. The rest of the features available in the newest version of Instagram come in the form of stickers and face filters - they're all pretty much the most spooky features you'll ever see.

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Snapchat Spectacles believed the hype, thousands sit unsold

Snapchat Spectacles believed the hype, thousands sit unsold

Snap's Spectacles aren't the hot commodity they were at launch - to an extreme degree, it would seem. A report from The Information today said there are "hundreds of thousands of unsold units sitting in warehouses" - this after a seemingly super-powered launch with targeted sales and limited supply to artificially grow demand.

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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

Minecraft Servers Halloween begins with spooky details!

This week the folks in charge of Mincecraft Servers have revealed the Halloween Spectacular in full. This event will pour over the online version of Minecraft, taking over the Minecraft Servers universe as it does so. This update will have spooky effects in servers hosted by Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat from now until Halloween.

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Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian trolls used Pokemon GO to incite violence in the USA

Russian government-linked internet troll accounts aimed to use Pokemon GO to stir several political bees nests over the past year. Using the then mega-popular game to lure users to participate, Russian-linked operatives attempted to draw foot traffic to physical locations where events involving police brutality had occurred. Operatives promised that once Pokemon gamers had arrived at these locations, they were to snap a photo and send it in to win prizes.

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Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Facebook is making it impossible to avoid VR

Bad news if you're a Facebook user who hasn't been swayed by the magic that is virtual reality yet. The social network may not have had its name on above of the door of the fourth annual Oculus Connect conference, but ways to squirt increasing amounts of VR into your Facebook experience were a frequent topic during the opening keynote. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg himself made the intention clear.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

These Twitter hacks get you 280-character tweets

Twitter set the cat among the pigeons (or whatever bird its logo actually is) yesterday, with news that it was testing out 280 character tweets. The double-length messages have met with mixed responses online, with some users embracing the fact that they have more characters, while others worry it's an end to the forced-brevity that helps make the service so appealing. However, not everybody got to play.

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WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked in China

It would appear that WhatsApp has caused China enough trouble that the government has blocked the app's usage entirely. This comes after weeks of smaller blocks within the app, including voice chats, the sending of photographs and other files, and video chats. Now Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, suggests that China's blocked all communication with WhatsApp entirely, starting this week.

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Twitter Lite begins testing on Android for slow data speed markets

Twitter Lite begins testing on Android for slow data speed markets

Facebook may have paved the way with the "lite" versions of its various apps, but now other social networks, including Twitter, are getting in on the trend of offering scaled-back apps for users in countries with slow data or unreliable connections. Twitter has revealed that it's begun testing a native Twitter Lite for Android, with an initial rollout in the Philippines.

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Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat Discover will soon add college newspapers

Snapchat's Discover already hosts a wide range of publishers from both traditional and digital media, including NBC, CNN, Buzzfeed, and Mashable, but its latest expansion will introduce more local content with an interesting twist. The social media giant will soon be adding college newspapers, however their content will only be viewable if you're on a particular school's campus.

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