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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…
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Man known as Facebook ‘spam king’ sent to jail

A man who earned the notorious title of the "spam king" of Facebook has been sentenced to 30 months in jail. Wallace Sanford confessed to sending 27 million junk messages to hundreds of thousands of Facebook users over the course of several…
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Prepare to see Twitter ads based on your favorite emojis

Next time you tweet out a pizza emoji, you may get served an ad from a fast food chain on Twitter. Yes, emoji-targeting is now a thing, and considering 110 billion tweets containing emojis have been shared since 2014, it's going to be huge.
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Facebook VP says the social network will be ‘all video’ in five years

A Facebook VP has proclaimed that the platform will be dominated by video in the near future, as text posts witness a year-on-year decline. The statement was made by Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn at a summit in London.
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Facebook, Google, and Twitter hit with lawsuit from father of Paris attack victim

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are facing a lawsuit from the father of a woman killed in last November's Paris terror attacks. It claims the firms "knowingly permitted" IS to use its tools to attract members, raise funds, and spread…
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Twitter rolls out ‘Live’ streaming button for Periscope broadcasts to everyone

Twitter has launched a "Live" camera button that connects to Periscope, allowing users to quickly launch live broadcasts. The feature sees Twitter once again playing catch-up with rival Facebook Live.

Getty claims man stole as many as 3,400 of its images, resold them on Facebook

An Ohio man is facing charges after allegedly gaining access to paid Getty Images accounts, then downloading and reselling as many 3,400 photos on a private Facebook group using code words like "spaghetti" and "apple."
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Pinterest just bought smart keyboard company Fleksy

Pinterest, in what may be an effort to improve the search and recommendations on its site, has acquired Fleksy, a smart keyboard company. Financial terms of the deal weren't revealed, however, we do know that Pinterest didn't acquire…