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Facebook tests temporary profile pictures for supporting causes

Changing your profile photo is a puzzlingly big decision, but Facebook is trying to make it easier to quickly change them up every so often. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, Facebook is testing a new feature that allows people to temporarily set a new profile photo, which will then go away after a set …

Russia calls on world powers to arm Syrian military

Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, has called on world powers to help arm the Syrian army, saying it was the most efficient force against Islamic State.<p>The US and Nato have raised concerns over Russia’s military buildup in Syria since they see the president, Bashar al-Assad, as the cause of …

Middle East

Nicola Sturgeon reaches out to Labour at SNP manifesto launch

Nicola Sturgeon has greatly intensified the pressure on Ed Miliband to strike a deal with the SNP, endorsing Labour’s key tax policies and pledging “the hand of friendship” to English voters.<p>In an assured speech at the launch of the Scottish National party’s election manifesto, Sturgeon confirmed …

Iran Foreign Minister Urges Talks With West to Solve Crisis in Yemen

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Middle East

Facebook, eBay, VICE And Others First To Support Chrome’s New Push Notifications

With last week’s release of an updated version of the Chrome browser for Android, Google debuted a new feature that will allow websites to engage with mobile users by way of push notifications, making websites more competitive with native apps. Now we know which websites will be among the first to …

Apps

Twitter now allows anyone to send you a direct message, even if you don’t follow them

Direct Messages on Twitter are about to become a lot more useful or annoying).<p>Previously, you could only receive direct messages from users who follow you, but Twitter has now implemented an optional feature that opens your account to messages from anyone.<p>The new setting is turned off by default – …

PayPal wants you to swallow your password

PayPal has outlined a range of biometric solutions, including vein recognition, ingestible technology and computer chip tattoos, that could …

Wall Street