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Facebook chat bots might be the future, but right now they feel like the past

There's a developer gold rush going on right now, and it's all about bots. Facebook's Messenger gained 11,000 bots in a few months, but are they useful? We tried a few to find out, and were reminded of MS-DOS and other text-based…
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Pinterest acquires the startup behind Highlight, Shorts, and Roll apps

Pinterest has acquired Math Camp, a startup known for a trio of social discovery, and photography apps including Highlight, Shorts, and Roll. Math Camp's team will be integrated into Pinterest's engineering, product, and design departments.
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Full streams ahead for Twitter as it strikes Pac-12 live university sports deal

Twitter has signed another sports-oriented live-streaming deal, this time with Pac-12. The agreement will see Twitter stream the network's university sports events during the 2016-17 season, totalling 150 games.
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Facebook still shows little signs of progress when it comes to diversity

Facebook's latest diversity report includes stats concerning its LGBTQ employees, a first for the social network. The results are disappointing, but show signs of the company's commitment to repairing the skills gap in U.S. education.

Line messaging app goes public with year’s biggest tech company debut

Line Corporation, maker of the popular Japanese messaging app Line, arrived on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Thursday morning in what turned out to be the biggest market debut of a tech company this year.

Facebook Messenger reduces load times, now supports Instant Articles

Facebook's Instant Articles have proven a hit in the standard Facebook app, but those articles will now show up in Facebook Messenger too. This should help significantly cut down on load times while using bots from publishers.

Girl power: Unicode greenlights new emoji of professional women

Eleven of Google's 13 women at work emojis have been approved by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. But instead of having women-only emojis, Unicode will make male versions of and will add a variety of skin tones.
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By studying ant colonies, MIT devised a totally new way to analyze massive amounts of data

By studying ant colony behavior, MIT scientists devised a totally new way to analyze massive amounts of data. Here's how it works.
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Parody video shows what Instagram interactions would look like in real life

YouTube channel Haugen Creative has created a humorous video showing how awkward it would be to interact with Instagram in the world around you as you pass through visiting friends and family.
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Metro’s new Pokémon Go Twitter account could derail your journey to work

The Metropolitan Transport Authority has launched a new Twitter account dedicated to helping Pokémon Go players find the game's rarest creatures in and around Los Angeles as they make their daily commutes.
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Twitter gets more emojis: Unicode’s latest batch of icons land on the social network

Twitter has become the first social platform to offer support for the 72 new emojis available with Unicode 9, including the selfie, clown, and avocado icons. Find out how you can use the all the new emojis in your tweets.
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Dallas gunman used Facebook to buy AK-47 from private seller in 2014

The shooter responsible for killing five Dallas police officers last week bought an AK-47 assault rifle from a private seller on Facebook in 2014. Federal investigators recovered the gun from the shooter's home, and contacted the seller.