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Facebook challenges Yelp and Foursquare with its very own restaurant reviews

Facebook's adding critics' reviews to select restaurant pages. Much like Yelp or FourSquare, Facebook will show you the restaurant's ratings. It's the latest editorial addition to its farm of content -- a play ultimately aimed at retaining…
Computing

Automated Insights’ WordSmith challenges NPR’s finest to a writing race

Tech company Automated Insights has developed a program called WordSmith that is capable of writing basic news stories at breakneck speeds. Last week, National Public Radio put this new technology to the test.
Social Media

International bans coming for Google, Facebook, and Twitter?

Social media gives everyone a voice. However, the Russian government seeks to take away that voice from its own citizens by threatening to ban Google, Facebook and Twitter from operating in the country.
Cool Tech

Font power: New panda-inspired font aims to raise awareness about endangered animal

As fonts go, this could be one of the cutest yet. Designed by creative agency Ogilvy & Mather in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, the typeface is aimed at raising awareness about the plight of the panda, of which only 1800 remain…
Computing

Optional Tracking Protection feature in Firefox also speeds up web browsing

With all the recent reports of just how far certain companies go to track users web browsing habits, it makes sense that you might want to opt out of tracking whenever you can. And it seems that there is another benefit to this, at least…
Computing

Google warns that security questions aren’t that secure

According to new research from Google, security questions aren't as secure as their name would imply. The research also shows that most people say their favorite food is pizza and can't remember their library card number.
Web

Look out, Etsy – Amazon’s gearing up to launch a rival site

Etsy looks like it has a battle on its hands after it emerged Amazon has been contacting merchants on the Web-based crafts marketplace about the launch of a similar site, called Handmade.
Web

38 new emojis could be coming in 2016, including bacon, selfie, avocado, ‘call me’

Earlier this month, a Unicode Consortium subcommittee that standardizes the wonderful world of emoji recommended the addition of 38 new emojis in an update set to roll out in June 2016.
Web

Google executive vows to do better after racists results appear in Google Maps

Following the PR nightmare of the racist Google Maps search for "n---- house" that landed users at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Google has issued an official apology by vice president of Engineering and Product Management Jen Fitzpatrick.
Social Media

Online dating giant AdultFriendFinder hacked, highly personal info nabbed

Online dating giant AdultFriendFinder confirmed Thursday its computer system has been hacked. Reports suggest personal information belonging to millions of users has been taken, including data revealing usernames, email addresses, and…
Computing

Up to 1.1 million customers affected by CareFirst data breach

CareFirst of the Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance family announced Wednesday that up to 1.1 million individuals, but current and former plan holders, may have been affected by the security breakthrough.
Business

You can now click to shop from YouTube ads

Google is launching shoppable ads on the YouTube ad platform, enabling potential consumers to access products they see advertised right from the video. It's called TrueView shopping and is aimed at driving higher ad retention and sales.