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Evan Williams

Twitter's Direct Message To Control Botnet The Comfortable And Effective Way

Turns out Twitter's extension of Direct Message passed 140 characters accidentally gives botnet administrators a stealthy and streamlined approach to control their bots.

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Google announced new updates on Local Guides program in Google Maps

Google announced that its expanding the Local Guide program in Google Maps with new updates on its integrated rewards program. The Local Guides feature encourages and rewards users to provide information on area business, including reviews, photos, and other details.

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Google reportedly wants to design its own Android chips

Google Updates Play Books for Better Comic Book Reading Experience For Android

Google launched an upgrade of Google Play Books store to make it easier for Android users to read comics easier on phones and tablets. According to Tech Crunch, Google also announced a personalized comic recommendations features that makes it easier for users to find other series similar to their preferences and a set of curated comic series pages in the Play Store.

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Facebook

Facebook rolls out Notify, a notification app

Facebook releases another new app today that will help users to receive notification from all Facebook-owned app under one app known as Notify.

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Mobile apps

New version of Google Maps gets offline navigations

Google Inc. has launched a new version of Google Maps that allows users to get offline navigation and search. The redesigned Google Maps service allows users to download detailed maps of the specific area to their phones, so they can get directions even when they find themselves without connectivity.

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Barack Obama launched personal Facebook page sending message through video on climate change

Social media is not just a communicating platform for local people but also for world-known celebrities and public figures who consistently post their thoughts over certain arguments. On Monday, White house launched a personal facebook account for Barack Obama to use in order to communicate his message over climate change through nontraditional channels, as reported by Reuters.

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Snapchat

Snapchat video reaches 6 billion views a day

Messaging app Snapchat announced it is generating 6 billion video views every day. The number is three times the number of daily views in May.

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Matt Mullenweg

One in every four websites powered by WordPress, Survey shows

A survey firm reveals that WordPress now powers 25 percent of the web. W3Techs' latest data has shown that based on statistics and market share data, WordPress powers 58.7 percent of all the website content management that the survey firm knows about.

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Twitter

There's Really A Way To Bring Vanished Twitter Stars Back

Twitter Inc has replaced its star-shaped favorite icon with a heart shaped icon called "like". This is the latest effort by the Twitter team to make Twitter more engaging and attractive.

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TalkTalk

TalkTalk Hack Figures are less than what was originally reported

The TalkTalk hacks that happened late October may have died down, but recent details shows that the number of victims that were initially reported isn't as it seems. According to BBC News, there are now a total of 156,959 customers that had their personal details accessed through the hack. 15,656 bank accounts were taken from those customers.

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Google

Google's Latest Feature Can Reply To Your Emails

Google has launched a new feature that has the capability to automatically reply to your emails on your behalf. The latest feature named Smart Reply by the Google team uses artificial intelligence to scan the email, understand what it says and come up with three short answers for it. The user can then select one of those three answers and send it as a reply to that particular email with a single tap.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook, Amazon join $300-bn Market Cap Club

The significant jump in shares of Facebook and Amazon took them into $300-billion club on 4 October. The market capitalization of Facebook soared to $303.6 billion surpassing General Electric's (GE) $299.1 billion.

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Wikipedia

English Wikipedia hits 5-Million articles milestone

After fifteen years of being an online encyclopaedia for people all over the world, the English-language version of Wikipedia now has five million articles. According to Gizmodo, the article that hit the five million mark was an entry on persoonia terminalis, which is a shrub that can be found in eastern Australia.

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Partners Facebook and Samsung to Launch VR Social Network Experience

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg believed the future of social network is in Virtual Reality. Last year, Facebook acquired Oculus, a VR company. Now they partner with Samsung to make mobile VR experience come to life.

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TalkTalk

TalkTalk hacked details sold in black market for just over a pound each

Hacked TalkTalk customers' bank details are now up for sale for just over a £1 each in black market websites. Express reported that the details emerged online Sunday.

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