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Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

Google’s airfare search destination Google Flights already offered a variety of features aimed at helping you find low-cost tickets, but today it’s rolling out one more: it will show you when prices are expected to increase for certain flights, so you can book before the tickets become more …

Telegram levels up its bot platform with competitive games that live inside chats

The messaging wars are really a battle for attention. It’s all about which comms app giant can embed the stickiest and most addictive features into their platform to keep users inside their own well-tended garden, rather than peering over the wall at rivals’ plots.<p>In Facebook’s case today, that …

Facebook launches Marketplace, a friendlier Craigslist

450 million people already visit “buy and sell” Groups on Facebook each month, and now the company is launching a whole tab in its app dedicated to peer-to-peer shopping.<p>Facebook Marketplace lets you browse a relevancy-sorted feed of things to buy from people who live nearby, and quickly list your …

Google expands Waze Rider ride-sharing service to San Francisco

Waze started as a navigation app with the goal of giving you better directions and allowing crowd-sourced maps and traffic information to be shared …

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Google's ride-sharing platform is now live in San Francisco

Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Google is ready to open up its casual carpool competitor to Uber and Lyft.<p>There are some …

Facebook at Work will launch on October 10 in London

Some more details are coming through on Facebook at Work, the social network’s big effort to move into enterprise communication services with a business version of its popular platform. Facebook has now sent out invites for a Facebook at Work launch event to take place in London on Monday, October …

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Kik’s new concierge bots help you shop with friends

Chat platform Kik launched its new Fashion and Beauty category today, its fourth category since Kik created its Bot Shop in April.<p>The Fashion and Beauty category joins existing categories like Entertainment, New and Noteworthy, Lifestyle, and Games. There are 111 bots in the Bot Shop today, Kik …

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Is this the creepiest use of facial recognition tech yet?

Welcome to the future, where you can face search for a live sex webcam performer and be served real-life humans to your telescreen who vaguely resemble the object of your desire within, well, hours depending on how busy the site’s servers are.<p>(The rush of tech reporters trying to satisfy their …

Who will buy Twitter? We ranked all the possible buyers.

So glad you asked.<p><i>Twitter's board is leaning toward making a sale with possible suitors including Google and Salesforce, amongst other tech companies, as CNBC's David Faber reported Sept. 23. The stock was up as much as 20 percent after the report. The following story, which ran Sept. 14, breaks</i> …

Warning from police: Never plug in a USB stick you get in the mail

With recent surveys suggesting a good many people find it hard to resist popping a found USB stick into their computer, it’s no surprise that hackers …

Waze Beacons to make navigation work even in tunnels

We’ve all been there before. As useful and ubiquitous maps and navigation apps may be, there are instances and places where they just can’t be used. …

Allo, Google's New Smart Messaging App, Is Rolling Out Now

Android/iOS: Today, Google’s rolling out Allo, the messaging app it previewed at I/O earlier this summer. This is also the first real glimpse we get …

Google Trips Personalizes and Automates Your Travel Plans From Start to Finish

iOS/Android: Google has been tiptoeing the travel game for a while now with useful tools like Google Flights and their hotel search function. Today, …

Awesome: Twitter’s 140 Character Limit No Longer Counts Photos, Videos, GIFs, Polls or Quote Tweets

Twitter didn’t abandon their 140-character limit for tweets today, but they did make it much easier for you to get your message across while tweeting …

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Microsoft Outlook's mobile app just added Sunrise's best features

The urge to merge<p>When it acquired calendar app Sunrise, Microsoft promised that its features would eventually come to Outlook. That moment arrives today with a big update to Outlook on Android and iOS that delivers several of Sunrise's best features to the Outlook calendar. That likely won't …

Twitter's new, longer tweets are coming September 19th

The company is changing the way it counts 140 characters<p>Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, <i>The Verge</i> can independently confirm. Beginning September 19th, the company will cut down on exactly which types of content count toward the platform's 140-character limit. Media …

Facebook Moments app now offers unlimited full-resolution photo storage

Facebook has updated its Moments photo-sharing app with a trio of new features including “joinable moments” aimed at helping you connect with …

Twitter adds read receipts and much more to Direct Messages

Twitter is giving Direct Messages a big boost today… or an annoying feature, depending who you ask.<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying”According to VICE, TNW Conference is quite the eventFIND OUT WHY<p>Mainly, Direct Messages can now show read receipts on your messages. …

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Dark Web crooks are selling fake degrees and certifications for the price of a smartphone

The Dark Web is the mucky underbelly of the Internet. This is a lawless domain, where the rule of law doesn’t exist, and anything goes.<p>If you’ve got the money, you can get your hands on narcotics, fake passports, firearms, even hitmen. And according to Israeli threat intelligence firm Sixgill, many …

WhatsApp straight up copies Snapchat's drawings and stickers

The latest WhatsApp Android beta is adding a number of new features that should make sharing images with your friends a bit more fun – and a lot more like Snapchat.<p>Android Police noted that the latest Android beta of the app introduces the ability to draw on an image and paste stickers, much like …

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You Can Now Share Live Video Instantly Inside Facebook Messenger Conversations

Real-time video sharing — just like Snapchat and Google Duo.<p>Tapping the camera button in the app's upper right corner will instantly share your video stream; There's no need for your contact to accept.<p>And you can continue chatting via text while the video is live.<p>With Messenger growing faster than …

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Report: Google is turning Waze into a ride-sharing platform

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Google is planning to launch a carpool-based ride-sharing service using Waze in the Bay Area. The new feature would connect drivers and potential passengers going along the same route via the navigation app.<p>The new Waze Commute will launch this fall and unlike …

Snapchat makes custom geofilters easier with new templates

Snapchat wants to make your party planning easier.<p>The mobile storytelling app has released customizable templates for geofilters, the in-app …

The Google X moonshot factory is struggling to get products out the door

Why?<p>Google's famed corporate research lab, first launched as Google X, was a sandbox for the company founders and its band of experimental scientists. When Google became Alphabet, the lab announced a sparer name and a leaner mission: To transform those sandbox projects into real commercial …

All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realize. As part of the company’s increasingly aggressive advertising operation, …

Google unveils a series of new updates to improve Google Street View

That street isn’t actually curved, so why does Google Street View seem to suggest that it is? If you’re one of the many people who has asked that …

5 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

Google is pretty much everywhere. It’s in your smartphone, car, and maybe even your watch— but there’s still nothing like searching Google on a …

One year later, Alphabet is a tale of two Googles

The highlights and lowlights from a year of the weirdest corporate structure ever invented.<p>Happy birthday, Alphabet. You’re one year old, and no less confounding to the outside world.<p>Today marks the one year anniversary of the day Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin picked a new name and …

Why Inbox Is Way Better Than Gmail

Inbox by Gmail has been around for almost two years, and while it continues to exist alongside Gmail, it’s easy to see that Google engineers see …

Who is best positioned to build a smart home assistant?

Who’s it gonna be? Amazon? Apple? Google? IFTTT? Or some amalgam of smart home solution providers?<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>There has been a lot of talk recently about …