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With iOS 10, your iPhone’s emojis are about to get more diverse than ever

iOS 10 will come with the most diverse set of emojis ever released by Apple, including characters depicting women in sports, as well as a rainbow flag. The announcement follows reports suggesting Apple was against emojis depicting rifles.

Weekly Rewind: Yahoo sells, LastPass hack, a solar plane, 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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You can now ask Facebook for a refund if little Timmy made a purchase without permission

Facebook will now issue refunds to folks charged for items bought by kids ages 17 and younger. The decision stems from a 2012 California lawsuit, with plaintiffs suing the company over purchases made with Facebook Credits.
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Instagram is about to give all of its users more comment control

Determined to become a "friendly, fun, and ... safe place for self-expression,” Instagram is about to roll out new tools giving users more control over the kinds of comments that appear alongside their images.
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Immerse yourself in Facebook Live while the Olympians do their thing in Rio

NBC Olympics, Facebook, and Instagram will provide Facebook Live Content featuring both athletes and NBC commentators to bring fans from around the world together on social media during the Rio Olympics.

A Brazilian prosecutor just froze $11.7 million of Facebook's funds

A Brazilian prosecutor has frozen $11.7 million of Facebook funds over WhatsApp's refusal to hand over user data in an ongoing criminal investigation. Brazil has blocked WhatsApp three times since December, but the bans are typically…
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Starting today, all Tumblr users can start making cash out of their site

If your Tumblr site has a decent number of followers, you can now get a cash return for your efforts. Starting today, the Yahoo-owned company will start showing ads on its 300-million-plus blogs, and it wants to share some of the generated…
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Facebook crushes earnings again and hits a billion daily active users on mobile

User numbers up, revenue up, profit up. Facebook reported yet another set of healthy performance figures on Wednesday, with the data showing that more than a billion mobile users now hit the site on a daily basis.
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Police flag and arrest Grindr user who turned out to be a drug dealer

The New York Police Department was able to track down and arrest 55-year-old Harold Gondrez Jr., with the police's use of Grindr instrumental in divulging Gondrez's drug dealer lifestyle.

Reddit will soon let advertisers sponsor your posts, if that’s OK with you

Reddit is making an attempt to earn more advertising dollars by allowing brands to sponsor user-created content that's already been posted to the site, rather than running a traditional ad campaign.
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Ice Bucket Challenge shows real-world value by funding new ALS-related gene discovery

After raising some $115 million in donations, the Ice Bucket Challenge funded six ALS studies. One of the studies has identified the NEK1 gene and its association with the disease in a discovery that makes the viral trend seem all the more…

Neural network algorithm turns video into Prisma-style animated paintings

Tired of waiting for official video support from Prisma? Take this neural network code for a spin and turn your video into a living work of art. That is, if you have a computer that can handle it and some time on your hands.