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Facebook takes on Google Doodle with News Feed messages

Google’s Doodles are a simple but effective way for the search engine to mark holidays and current events without interrupting the search experience. Now Facebook is revealing its own take with News Feed messages about holidays and events.<p>The messages show up atop your feed, and like Google …

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Here's How Far Pokemon Go Players Have Walked and How Many Creatures Have Been Caught

One of developer Niantic's goals for Pokemon Go was to get people to leave their houses and walk around the world in search of creatures to collect and people to interact with. People definitely did that, as Niantic announced today that players have collectively walked more than 8.7 billion …

Uber brilliantly sets self-driving battle at permission, not existence

Should Uber’s self-driving taxis be allowed on the road? If Uber’s shrewd strategy plays out, we’ll never even ask. Instead, Uber wants to divert everyone’s attention to a much less consequential question: Does Uber even need a permit to test self-driving taxis?<p>The genius here is that it doesn’t …

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Kik unveils video chat

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>On Monday, popular North American chat app Kik introduced video calling, according to a blog post from the company.<p>The addition brings the chat app up to speed with …

Using Multiple Social Media Platforms May Lead to Depression and Anxiety, New Study Finds

This is scary.<p>By now, it's no secret that social media affects your mental health. The downside of social media has been well-covered and, perhaps ironically, often shared. It's linked with depression and can seriously impact your mood. But what hasn't been said about social media, at least as …