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Peeple

What is wrong with Peeple: New app faces strong resistance

Peeple, an app dubbed as "Yelp for people" will be launched soon. It is an application that allows you to rate just about everyone you know. More and more people are petitioning to ban the people-rating app.

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Facebook

Users can now use a video as profile photo on Facebook

Facebook introduces a new way to spice up your profile and to enjoy more of the platform. You will be able to film a short, looping video, necessarily a GIF, which plays for anyone who views your profile.

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Facebook

Aussie friends can now locate their mates using Facebook's Nearby Friends

Good news to Aussie Facebook lovers. Nearby Friends, a feature from Facebook can now be used by our mates in Down Under to locate their friends along the neighborhood or vice versa.

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Twitter

Twitter plans to revamp its 140-character limit

Twitter is planning some improvements to grow its users and encourage posts. One of the plans includes taking off the 140-character restrictions. Twitter management wants to revamp the micro-blogging site. One feature they wanted to improve is the 140-character post limit. Though Twitter keeps mum about it, the news from Re / Code said it comes from a very reliable source.

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Google

Google to install high-speed public Wi-Fi on 400 railway stations in India

Google will install public Wi-Fi across 400 railway stations in India. Reports say this would be the largest public Wi-Fi in the country and certainly one of the largest in the world.

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Facebook

Facebook announced 360-degree video support

Facebook introduces the 360-degree video. It is a new feature which will let you roll videos in any angle. The new feature will be accessible first on the web and Android devices.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook to Make Money from Messenger

Facebook's new Messenger app has made it easier for businesses to have an organic connection with their customers, which could yet be another way for the giant social media platform to earn money.

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South Africa

Broadband spread in SA unplugs 'video on demand' biz

The massive expansion of fiber optic broadband (FOB) in Johannesburg and other up markets in South Africa is paving the way for video on demand (VoD) services. Many companies with offers of internet video streaming services are making a beeline to explore the untapped market in the most developed economy in African continent. It's learnt that US major in streaming video services is also entering the market.

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TELEBRAS

Brazil to host its own Internet high-speed exchange point away from the U.S. - Telebras

Brazil is to detach its internet connection with U.S., Telebras CEO Jorge Bittar said. A submarine cable with over 30 tbps will be installed from Lisbon to Fortaleza. This would boost Internet speed with Europe in 2017.

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Snapchat

Snapchat new update can be good for business

Snapchat just released the latest update of their product today. According to the announcement, the four years old company releases its first in-app purchase feature for their 'Replays' along with a new face effect lenses. The 'Replays' feature is only available for US users for the time being.

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Google Updates Its Logo

Even Google is confused on how much value it adds to the UK economy

US tech giant Google may not be paying taxes to Britain, but according to its latest report, it is contributing a great deal to UK's economy through the digital revenue made by local businesses in that nation through the search engine.

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Pinterest

Pinterest reached 100 million users, will add 'Buyable Pins'

Pinterest announced it had reached 100 million monthly users this week. The company will include 'Buyable Pins' on the site soon. Tim Kendall, Pinterest Monetization GM, told Fortune that the startup had crossed 100 million monthly users. Kendall said the number of shared links and images have doubled over 18 months as well. Added to that, searches to Pinterest had risen to 81% over the previous year.

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Facebook Like Button

Mark Zuckerberg announced an 'empathy' button soon on Facebook

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said on Tuesday at Townhall Q&A session that he's working out on a button that would express empathy over sad posts on Facebook.

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Google Updates Its Logo

Google, Twitter teaming up to create new publishing tool

Google is reportedly teaming up with Twitter to provide users with instant access to articles, reviving speculations the search giant may be acquiring the micro-blogging site. Re/Code reports the two tech giants are now working on a publishing tool that will enable users to view articles instantly on their mobile phones. That's a departure from the current set-up where users have to wait several seconds for a story to load.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg to host Facebook Townhall Q&A with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited India's Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for a Q&A session on Facebook HQ in California. The event will be held on September 27, 9:30 am PST.

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