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Facebook Has a New Logo

Facebook Has a New Logo

Facebook has a new logo. No, it’s not a dramatic change. Facebook isn’t going all Airbnb. The subtle shift involves a different “a” and thinner lettering. Facebook Product Designer Christophe Tauziet revealed the new logo on Twitter: Say hello to the new Facebook logo pic.twitter.com/ofoFm4JQmK — Christophe Tauziet (@ChrisTauziet) June 30, 2015 Here’s the old one, for comparison: The new …

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Apple Is Censoring Dr. Dre (and Everything Else) on Beats 1 Radio

Apple Is Censoring Dr. Dre (and Everything Else) on Beats 1 Radio

Today, Apple launched Apple Music to the world. And Apple’s always on, “progressive” radio station Beats 1 is currently censoring the music it plays worldwide. Apple, who gave Dr. Dre a “senior role” in the company when it acquired his Beats company last year, is bleeping out curse words in songs from The Chronic. “Beats 1 is a place for …

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Gmail Adds New Emoji, Themes to Try to Make Email Less Boring

Gmail Adds New Emoji, Themes to Try to Make Email Less Boring

Email will never die. It’s just too important to both professional and private communication. But email isn’t that fun. Ok, email is absolutely not fun. Google is announcing a couple of Gmail improvements to make it feel “personal and fun!” – emojis and new themes. Gmail has had emoticons for a while, but they’re outdated and pretty terrible. Gmail on …

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‘Snowden’ Trailer Shows “One Nation, Under Surveillance”

‘Snowden’ Trailer Shows “One Nation, Under Surveillance”

The first official teaser for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie just hit the web. The film, simply titled Snowden, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former NSA contractor and whistleblower. The film is based on two different books, to which Stone acquired the rights – The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, by journalist Luke Harding …

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Facebook Has a New Video Ad Option That Only Charges Advertisers After 10 Seconds of Viewing

Facebook Has a New Video Ad Option That Only Charges Advertisers After 10 Seconds of Viewing

What amounts to a video “view” on Facebook? For regular videos, Facebook will give it an official view if it’s watched for three seconds. For video ads, a “view” is really an impressions for advertisers. Facebook’s video ads structure charges advertisers for each impression their ad receives. And since Facebook autoplays videos in the news feed, all someone has to …

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Apple to Pay $450M in e-book Price Fixing Case

Apple to Pay $450M in e-book Price Fixing Case

In 2013, a US Federal judge ruled that Apple conspired with major publishers to raise prices on e-books following the launch of the iBookstore. Now, a US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision. In a 2-to-1 ruling, the court concluded that Apple did, in fact, orchestrate a conspiracy to raise ebook prices. “We conclude that the district court …

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Square Officially Launches Its Payroll Service

Square Officially Launches Its Payroll Service

Square has just announced another tool for small businesses – but instead of dealing with how they get paid, it’s looking to help with how they pay their employees. Square has officially launched Square Payroll. Currently, the service is available to anyone in California – and Square says it’s looking to expand into more states soon. The company first began …

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Amazon Launches Full Operations in Mexico

Amazon Launches Full Operations in Mexico

As expected, Amazon has just announced its biggest international launch ever. Amazon is expanding its operations in Mexico, launching retail and marketplace offerings in the country. The new hub for Amazon in Mexico is Amazon.com.mx, and there you’ll find a welcome letter from CEO Jeff Bezos. “Our mission is to be the most customer-oriented on the planet where you can …

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Facebook Says Its Intentions Were Pure with Those Rainbow Profile Pics

Facebook Says Its Intentions Were Pure with Those Rainbow Profile Pics

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage, Facebook was ablaze with status updates, link shares, and photo uploads. If you were on Facebook in the hours following the landmark decision, it sure seemed like the entire world was sounding off – or at least you and your friends. Soon after, Facebook announced a seemingly fun and …

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Chrissy Teigen Is the Latest to Test Instagram’s Nudity Policy

Chrissy Teigen Is the Latest to Test Instagram’s Nudity Policy

So, how long will this post stay up on Instagram? Model Chrissy Teigen is the latest in a line of high-profile celebrities who’ve chosen to defy Instagram’s lame rules concerning nudity. On Monday afternoon, Teigen posted this photo, from a shoot for W Magazine: Back in April, Instagram took a harder line on nudity. The site has always banned nudity …

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Facebook Says It Can’t Track Revenge Porn Poster

Facebook Says It Can’t Track Revenge Porn Poster

A Dutch court has ordered Facebook to identify the person who uploaded a sexually explicit video of a 21-year-old woman back in January. But there’s a problem. Facebook would love to help, but it can’t, it says. Why? According to Facebook, the request for user data simply came too late. “The offending account was ultimately deleted before we received any …

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Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber is continuing its quest for maps self reliance, and is set to acquire a chunk of Bing’s mapping assets. Both Microsoft and Uber confirmed the deal to TechCrunch, but wouldn’t get specific on the terms. The deal will see Uber absorb around 100 Microsoft data collection engineers. A move this large proves that Uber really, really wants to get …

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