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Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence
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 President Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States. Minutes after the inauguration, the White House’s LGBT rights page disappeared, as well as any mention of the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” The @POTUS Twitter account has been handed over to Trump and the first thing he tweeted was a Facebook link. […]






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Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm
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 What started as a rough week for Qualcomm just got worse. Apple is piling onto the lawsuit train just ahead of the weekend, following in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s footsteps with a roughly billion-dollar suit against the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker. Apple was specifically named in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of […]






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Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy
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 Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times […]






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Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive
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 Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it also has taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by offering tools […]






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How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded
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 Originally positioned as a medium for projects to garner modest seed funding from a diverse group of supporters, crowdfunding platforms have evolved. Yes, crowdfunding has produced some inspiring success stories. However, it also has facilitated the transfer of significant sums of money to teams that ultimately proved themselves to be incompetent, leaving backers with nothing. […]






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Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor
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 Remember “Bang With Friends?” The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they’re, um… hooking up). The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’re told it was several million. After raising just $1 million, it was a “positive outcome” for investors like Tim Draper. Paktor has pulled… […]






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Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org
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 Former ( ) President Obama is heading off for a well-earned vacation, but before going to his undisclosed but hopefully sunny and isolated location, he took to his old personal Twitter handle, @BarackObama, to promote the launch of his new website, Obama.org. Read More






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Security News This Week: Unmasking the Master of That Web-Crippling Botnet
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Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: Unmasking the Master of That Web-Crippling Botnet appeared first on WIRED.






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How to Use Social Media at a Protest Without Big Brother Snooping
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Your Facebook and Twitter posts could be fueling government surveillance. That doesn’t mean you should stop sharing, just try to be smart. The post How to Use Social Media at a Protest Without Big Brother Snooping appeared first on WIRED.






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