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Need to book a trip? Just have an Expedia chatbot help you through Skype

You make plans with your friends and family members via Skype, so why not loop in the most important person of all? Your travel agent. On Monday, Expedia launched a new chatbot, this one on the video chatting platform.
Photography

Aerial awe: These 20 Dronestagram photos take a look at 2016 from the skies

The social platform dedicated entirely to aerial photography, Dronestagram, released its best images shared in 2016. From lavender harvests to scuba divers with a manta ray, these 20 shots were selected by a panel of judges.
Mobile

You don't have to binge-watch Netflix alone now that Atticus is here

If you're binge watching television, you're probably doing it all by your lonesome, right? No longer. Meet Atticus, a new chatbot from AT&T "built to talk entertainment." Just think of him as the perfect boyfriend.
Social Media

Facebook adds group video calling to Messenger

One of Facebook Messenger's most highly requested features -- group video calling -- is finally rolling out now via an update to the app. Up to six people can video call at the same time.
Mobile

Kik’s group video calling feature adds ‘talking heads’ to conversations

Kik, a popular messaging app with more than 300 million users, has taken an interesting approach with its latest feature -- group video calling. Kik's implementation adds up to six "talking heads" at the top of the screen.
Social Media

Facebook launches group voice calls on its desktop version of Messenger

Facebook is joining the battle to dethrone Skype as the default video conferencing queen. Back in April, Facebook launched group voice calls on its Messenger app for mobile, but now, the full version is ready for your desktop.
Social Media

German Justice Minister says his country must do more to fight fake news

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas insisted that German judges and state prosecutors ought to lay down the law on fake news spread via social media networks (like Facebook), and that it needed to happen immediately.
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Traffic driving you crazy? Elon Musk is right there with ya

"Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging..." Elon Musk tweeted cryptically Saturday morning. And just for good measure, he added later, "I am actually going to do this."
Opinion

Donald Trump is a media virus, but we’re the ones spreading him

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s ascendance demonstrates how a “media virus” can burrow into cultural weak spots and spread like the flu. But what’s the cure?
Social Media

Facebook could soon let users block certain types of ‘upsetting’ ads

Facebook is running a new experiment that allows people to turn off select ads that they deem upsetting. The changes are part of a wider update to the social network's ad preferences tool, aimed at making the feature easier to navigate.
Social Media

Facebook reveals second Instant Articles metrics error in the span of a month

Facebook said Friday that it's discovered a new t issue that affected a “small group” of Instant Articles content providers for over a month. It's fourth time Facebook has disclosed errors regarding its analytics since September.
Mobile

Weekly Rewind: Yahoo’s massive hack, Japan’s weird answer to the Echo, and more

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on 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 stories from…