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Study: 80 percent of students can’t differentiate between real and fake news

An 18-month study in 12 states of nearly 8,000 students in junior high school through college found most couldn't judge news credibility accurately. Many were swayed by good design and writing, or could not discern conflicts of interest.
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Telegram's new publishing platform makes blogging simple, maybe even too simple

Encrypted messaging service Telegram just launched its very own publishing platform. The simple tool, dubbed Telegraph, has a minimal design akin to Medium, and boasts at least one very cool perk for Telegram users.
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Twitter vows swift action against devs caught using surveillance tools

Twitter has issued a statement claiming it is expanding its enforcement of its policies violating developers from using its data to spy on its users, and from providing user information to law enforcement agencies.
Mobile

WhatsApp now lets you stream a video before it finishes downloading

WhatsApp has added a new feature to its app -- the ability to watch a video before that video finishes downloading. The new feature follows a slew of others from the company including the ability to video call contacts.
Social Media

Facebook is sending out checks to users as part of lawsuit settlement

A number of Facebook users have taken to social media to share images of a $15 check they just received in the post from the social network. The money is part of the settlement of a $20 million class action lawsuit against Facebook.
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Twitter mistakenly blocked the account of its own CEO, Jack Dorsey

Earlier today, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was briefly booted from the platform he helped co-found. Dorsey joked about the error in a tweet, but it has led some to question whether his account was hacked.
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It’s time to ditch your Twitter account, Americans tell The Donald

The findings of a recent poll suggest the majority of Americans want The Donald to ditch his Twitter account now that he has the top job. However, it's hard to imagine the outspoken president-elect turning his back on his 15.8 million…
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Report: Facebook planning censorship tool that could pave the way for China entry

How far is Facebook willing to go to convince China’s communist government to lift the ban on its social network? According to a new report, the company is prepping a censorship tool in order to gain a foothold in the mainland.
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Facebook wants to help you find free Wi-Fi

A new Facebook feature has been spotted in the wild that pinpoints local free Wi-Fi hot spots on a map within the platform's mobile app. The feature may have been built on top of the company's "Free Wi-Fi for check-ins" program.
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Get a pair of Snapchat’s Spectacles from an actual NYC shop for a limited time

Snapchat wants to give everyone a chance to get their hands on its video-recording sunglasses, known as Spectacles, in time for the holidays. The company has opened a new pop-up store in Midtown Manhattan.
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Instagram goes live, adds disappearing photos and videos in Direct feature

Instagram is bringing a feature from its parent company -- live video. Unlike Facebook's implementation, which is primarily geared toward media content, Instagram's Live Video is more of a blend of Twitter's Periscope and…
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Ohio man, 24, allegedly made death threats directed at Donald Trump on Twitter

After allegedly tweeting threats directed toward President-Elect Donald Trump, 24-year-old Zachary Benson of Ohio has found himself in hot water, and in danger of some serious time behind bars.