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You Can Now Play a Game in Facebook Messenger

In March, Facebook launched what it called “Messenger Platform” and “Businesses on Messenger”, two initiatives that the company hopes will turn Messenger into more than just a simple messaging platform. Facebook now lets developers build apps for Messenger – the first slate of which let users quickly pull up GIFs, sound clips, videos, and more. Last month, reports indicated that …

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A Lot More People Get Periscope Access As App Hits Android

Twitter’s Periscope app is now available to Android users who have so far had to stand idly by while iOS device owners had the luxury of talking about and using one of the most talked about apps of the year to date. As you’ll recall, Periscope and rival Meerkat both gained a lot of attention back during SXSW, and there …

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Spotify Now Offers Videos, Podcasts, Pace-Tracking Running Playlists, and More

It’s ambitious, but Spotify would like to be your all day media hub. The streaming company, with over 60 million users worldwide (about a fourth of them paying subscribers), say it’s “obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever your mood.” And it’s just made a bunch …

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Google’s YouTube Kids App Isn’t That Kid-Friendly According to Consumer Groups

In April, a group of consumer advocate groups including The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children Now, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, and Public Citizen called on the Federal Trade Commission to open up an investigation against Google’s …

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Facebook Messenger May Soon Have Games

Facebook is in the process of turning Facebook Messenger into much more than a simple messaging app, and the latest move might be the most ambitious yet. According to The Information, Facebook is currently talking to game developers about putting games inside Messenger. Facebook is in active conversations with game developers about the platform, according to three people briefed on …

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Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app to siphon money away from unsuspecting customers, Starbucks has hit back, saying that these reports are false. Blogger Bob Sullivan …

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There’s a Good Chance Your Tinder Match Isn’t Single

Not that anyone on Tinder would care, but a new report says that there’s a pretty good chance the person you just matched is already accounted for. The study, published by Global Web Index, says the 30% of Tinder users are married and another 12% are “in a relationship”. So it’s pretty much a coin flip on whether you swipe …

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Hostage Asks for Help via Pizza Hut App: ‘Get 911 to me’

In Florida (where else), a quick-thinking woman and her children are safe after she placed the most important pizza order of her life. According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Cheryl Treadway used the ‘additional comments’ section inside the Pizza Hut app to order up some assistance. “Please help. Get 911 to me,” she typed. “911hostage help!” When the strange …

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Foursquare Might’ve Just Made Swarm Fun

Last May, popular location app Foursquare announced that they would be splitting the core functions of the app in two, creating an entirely new app called Swarm that mostly dealt with check-ins, friends, and the real “social” aspects of Foursquare. But to many longtime Foursquare users who loved the gamification elements of the app, there was a problem with Swarm. …

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Secret Shuts Down: App Doesn’t Represent Original Vision, Says CEO

Anonymous messaging app Secret is shutting down. In a post on Medium, CEO David Byttow said it was the “hardest decision” of his life. “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it’s the right decision for …

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Police Still Claiming Google Is Helping Cop Killers with Its Waze App

Police are still really pissed about Waze. The Google-owned traffic app uses crowdsourced data to let drivers know about upcoming accidents, road closures, weather conditions, construction zones, and more. The app also contains a feature that allows users to pinpoint the location of police on a map – and it’s that feature that’s causing tension between Google and law enforcement. …

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Instagram Lets You Use Emoji in Hashtags, Adds Filters

Instagram says it plans to start putting out new filters more often. Today, it’s starting with three. Download the latest update to access the new Lark, Reyes, and Juno filters. Here’s what those new filters do, according to Instagram: Inspired by weekend adventures outdoors, Lark, Reyes and Juno are a family of modern, subtle filters that brighten and enhance your …

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