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Weekly Rewind: NASA's human tissue bounty, the iPhone's true cost, and more

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…
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Hackers flood ISIS supporters’ Twitter accounts with Pride

As a direct response to the recent attacks in Orlando, the hacker collective Anonymous is actively targeting Twitter accounts that support ISIS. They replace ISIS flags with rainbows, and profile pictures with gay couples. In other words…
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Study finds people don’t read the majority of news they share on Twitter

The majority of Twitter users don't bother to read the links they share on the service, claims a new study that charts the spread of viral news on the platform. The research looked at 2.8 million shares on Twitter that totalled 75 billion…
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Facebook is developing a revolutionary method to teach chatbots common sense

Facebook wants to improve chatbots, and its digital assistant, "M," by teaching them common sense. The social network's first director of AI, Yann LeCun, revealed its predictive learning plans at a recent conference.

Apple and Microsoft put the kibosh on a proposed rifle emoji

A joint opposition by Apple and Microsoft to a proposed rifle emoji means your phone won't be getting one anytime soon. The effort was spearheaded by Apple at a recent Unicode Consortium meeting.

Report: Facebook working to bring its videos to T-Mobile’s Binge On program

Facebook is planning to bring data-free videos to T-Mobile customers by introducing them to the carrier's Binge On program, according to a new report. The move is thought to be part of Facebook's live-streaming push.
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Likes, comments on Instagram posts have dropped by a third in past 12 months

Instagram might have more users than ever, but a new study shows interactions are down year-over-year. According to social media analytics firm Quintly, more users on the service means more content is fighting for FaceTime.

Facebook Live aims to beat Twitch at its own game with help of pro gamer Stephen Ellis

Facebook has hired pro-gamer Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis to bring more game developers, e-sports competitors, and gaming talent to its live-streaming network. Quietly recruited in May, Ellis has since been working behind the scenes to…

Apple explains why iMessage is unlikely to ever land on Android

There was talk last week that iMessage was about to land for Android users, but it wasn't to be. And now an Apple executive has explained why its messaging software is unlikely to ever land on Google's mobile operating system.
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Chicago man fatally shot during Facebook Live broadcast

A Chicago man who was fatally shot appears to have captured the incident on Facebook Live. Police are investigating the live-stream as part of their investigation into the shooting of the man, identified as Antonio Perkins.

Researchers discover the ugliest color in the world: Pantone 448 C

The Australian government commissioned a research firm to find the most repulsive color in the world in order to make it harder to sell cigarettes. Whether that ultimate goal is achieved, the color they found -- Pantone 448 C -- is…
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#Gunsforsale hashtag results disappear from Instagram following Senate filibuster

Following a Senate filibuster to force a vote on gun control amendments, Instagram noted, “Recent posts from #gunsforsale are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community…