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Scrabble Gets with the Times, Adds Selfie, Hashtag, and Mixtape

It’s been about a decade since the Scrabble dictionary received a major update. But when the fifth edition of the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary comes out on Wednesday, it’ll allow you to play your favorite new kewl internets words – as well as words you’ve been dying to play since 1988. “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary now includes favorite …

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Google Launches Translate Community

Google just announced the launch of a new Translate Community aimed at helping the company improve its translation quality for the 80 languages it already supports. The community is aimed at multi-lingual language enthusiasts, who will also be tasked with helping Google launch in additional languages. “In the new community, you’ll find options to help with a variety of things, …

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Gmail Gets Support For Thirteen More Languages

It’s hard to believe that in July of 2014, Gmail doesn’t already support every language, but Google announced that it now supports thirteen more. The new languages are: Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu. “Email is a universal way to communicate,” says Ian Hill, Senior Project Manager on …

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Oxford Comma? Americans Still Unsure, Hostile, and Divided

Here’s the thing about the Oxford comma – it’s optional, highly debated, and ultimately unnecessary. I mean, I use it – I’m not some Oxford comma-denying lunatic who doesn’t understand how the party with strippers, JFK and Stalin is confusing, while the party with strippers, JFK, and Stalin is not confusing (I know there are plenty of examples from the …

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Skype Is Getting Real-Time Translation Later This Year

There’s no denying that Microsoft’s Skype has played a huge part in international communication, as it’s one of the most popular ways for person A to see and hear person B across the globe. Of course, person A and person B often speak a different language, which can obviously hamper communication. In order make Skype even more useful, Microsoft says …

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Twitter Ads Get New Language Targeting

Twitter has been launching all kinds of ad features lately, including an app promotion suite, native ads on MoPub, the Website Card, the expansion of geo-targeting to more countries, and postal code targeting in the U.S. On Wednesday, the company announced new language targeting capabilities. Advertisers will be able to target promoted tweets and accounts by language. Twitter is also …

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Google Translate Hits 80 Languages Milestone, Adds 9 New Ones

Google Translate has hit the 80 languages milestone, as Google announced the addition of support for nine more languages. “Whether you’re trekking to a new place or simply trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t share a language with you, Google Translate can help you connect to new information and people,” says software engineer Arne Mauser. “Today, we’re launching 9 …

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Vine Goes Global with 19 New Languages, New Focus on Unearthing Local Content

Twitter’s 6-second video app Vine has turned its attention to global expansion by adding support for 19 new languages in their iOS and Android apps. Here are the new languages that Vine now supports: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai and Turkish. Vine for Android …

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To Keep the Service Free, Duolingo Is Now Powering CNN & BuzzFeed’s Translations

Duolingo is two things, really. It’s a language-learning app, for one. But it’s also a giant crowdsourced translation hub, as the very students (users) who learn new languages with the app are the ones helping to translate site and documents all over the web. Duolingo has just announced that they have increased the focus and intensity of that model by …

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Google Gives Advice On Making Your Site Available In More Languages

Google has released a new video aimed at helping webmasters make their sites available in more languages. The latest Webmaster Help video comes from Developer Programs Tech Lead Maile Ohye. Specifically, the video discusses details about rel=”alternate” and its implementation on multilingual/multinational sites. It’s seventeen minutes long, so if you don’t want to sit through the whole thing, there’s a …

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Facebook Acquires Speech Translation Company Mobile Technologies, Makers of Offline Translation App Jibbigo

Facebook has just announced that they have acquired Mobile Technologies, a language software developer who is best known as the makers of the Jibbigo app. Mobile Technologies’ team will head to Menlo Park to join Facebook’s engineering team. “I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Mobile Technologies, a company with an amazing team that’s behind some of the …

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Gay Marriage to Be Recognized in Official OED Definition

In light of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage, the publishers of the largest dictionary of the English language say that they will amend the definition of marriage to include that of the same-sex variety. “We continually monitor the words in our dictionaries, paying particular to those words whose usage is shifting, so yes, this will happen with marriage,” said …

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