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Is Facebook plotting a 1,000-job expansion on Dublin’s Northside?

Social network Facebook is close to signing a lease on a new building to facilitate epic growth plans for Dublin.<p>The social network is understood to …

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Microsoft announces Skype Lite for low connectivity areas, launching in India first

At its Future Decoded event in Mumbai, India, today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the launch of Skype Lite, a retooled version of its voice and video calling service, designed for use in areas with limited connectivity on Android devices.<p>The new app takes up just 13MB of space and will …

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The royal twitterati: how the monarchy learned to love social media

The Queen and princes Charles, William and Harry have been quick to realise the power of social media to boost popularity<p>The Queen almost never takes to Twitter personally – just twice, it seems – but for her aides, social media has become as important as the walkabout, the garden party and her …

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One of Twitter’s new anti-abuse measures is the oldest trick in the forum moderation book

Tachy goes to coventry<p>Overnight, <i>Buzz</i><i>F</i><i>eed</i> uncovered one of the ways that Twitter is filtering out abuse on its platform in its latest anti-harassment initiative. Users have begun getting notices that their tweets are on a kind of time-out. These users are being told that “only your followers can see …

Social Media

Soon, you will never lose your boarding pass because it will be your face

Airports around the world are rolling out facial-recognition technology in an attempt to improve security and reduce the painful boarding process.<p>Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport is testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box, Bloomberg reported this week. Wait times …

The Pirate Bay may get blocked in multiple countries after Swedish Court order

In what could be a landmark case, the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal has ordered local internet provider Bredbandsbolaget to block notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay for the next three years following allegations of copyright infringement.<p>TorrentFreak reports the ruling comes after …

Net Neutrality

Snapchat's first investor explains why the app is so confusing to use

One of the longstanding criticisms of Snapchat is that the app is confusing and not very intuitive to use.<p>Snapchat's parent company, Snap Inc., even went so far as to include a guide on how to use the app in its public offering paperwork with the SEC.<p>The reason Snapchat can feel hard to understand …

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'Give Us Your Passwords'

What happens if border agents are allowed to demand access to your phone and online accounts—and turn you away if you don’t comply?<p>“What sites do you visit? And give us your passwords.”<p>That’s what U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wants foreign visitors to hear before they’re allowed to …

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Sony’s first 4K Blu-ray player goes on sale next month for $299

Sony has revealed pricing and availability for the UBP-X800, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player it announced back at CES last month. It’s the first 4K Blu-ray player that Sony is selling to consumers, and it’s also compatible with “virtually every optical disc format” including Blu-ray 3D and Super …

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WhatsApp switches on two-factor verification for 1.2 billion users

After announcing the feature last fall, WhatsApp is ready to drop the beta tag and release two-step verification to each of its 1.2 billion users on iOS, Android, and Windows devices.<p>If you’re one of the platform’s 1.2 billion users, you should have the feature now, although it may require you to …

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Sonos demoes Alexa control, says more assistants coming

The multiroom music pioneer is starting with Amazon's ​Alexa, but says to expect more AI voice control.<p>Sonos demonstrated Amazon Alexa voice control of its speakers at an event in Boston yesterday.<p>Antoine Leblond, Sonos vice president of software, walked onstage and said, "Alexa, pause Sonos" to an …

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Advertisers say Snapchat's unique selling point is that it's the cool, new thing — which puts a lot of pressure on the company to stay relevant

• <b>Snapchat is at the mercy of competitors like Facebook and Google that can simply copy its products.</b>• <b><br>Advertisers say Snapchat's unique selling point is that it is cool, new, and has created its own advertising "currency."</b>• <b><br>But ad-buyers also need Snapchat to do more to prove its ads actually drive</b> …

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YouTube is opening up its livestreaming video feature to more users

I get the feeling that YouTube doesn’t really know what it is anymore. In 2006, YouTube was simple. It was a place where you could share videos – from pirated TV clips, to footage of your dog who, by the way, is <i>totes</i> adorable.<p>But now, it’s evolving into a legitimate social network-cum-livestreaming …

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UK electric car sales reach a record high

Electric car sales are slowly rising in the UK. Fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 7,279 "alternatively fuelled vehicles" were registered in January. That's a 19.9 percent increase from the 6,072 reported last year. The category is still dwarfed by …

Electric Vehicles

Apple, Facebook, many other tech firms call travel ban ‘unlawful’ in rare coordinated legal action

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>Silicon Valley is stepping up its confrontation with the Trump administration.<p>On Sunday night, technology giants Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber and many others filed a legal brief opposing the administration’s contentious entry ban. The move …

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Hackers have leaked the user database of a Tor web host popular with child pornographers

Two days ago, a hacker group affiliated with Anonymous broke into the servers of Freedom Hosting II — a popular underground web host that, according to The Verge, contained one-fifth of the dark web — and shut it down.<p>Predictably, the hackers weren’t content with replacing 10,613 websites with a …

Data Breach

Google ordered to turn over foreign emails

So much for Microsoft's court win providing a neat and tidy defense against law enforcement requests for foreign data. As part of an FBI fraud investigation, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Google to obey search warrants for emails stored on servers outside the US. The court ruled that …

Google

U.S. judge rules Google must turn over foreign emails

<i>(Reuters)</i> – A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft.<p>U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia …

Law

Five easy ways to make your home smarter

Turn up the heat, dim the lights and cue the music, all with the touch of a button or a voice command. Here’s the latest kit to connect your world<p>More and more of the devices in our homes come with an internet connection, hooked up to your wifi to do various “smart” things. And while the smart-home …

Home Automation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cites personal experience in response to Trump's immigration ban

As Silicon Valley’s collective response to president Trump’s immigration ban continues to harden, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has chosen to personally speak out against the executive order, citing his own experiences as an immigrant and emphasizing that there’s “no place for bias or …

Immigration

August’s Smart Lock gets Wink integration for remote locking and actions

August’s Smart Lock gets a bit more useful today, thanks to newfound integration with connected home app, Wink. The app is already compatible with a number of third-party smart home devices, including a couple of connected locks from Kwikset.<p>Compatibility with August means that owners of the lock …

Smart Homes

Wink Update Brings Support for August Smart Locks Into Connected Home App

Connected smart home company Wink today announced the addition of August Smart Locks into its collection of supported brands, which already includes GE, Nest, Philips, Schlage, and more. Now, any users who have an August Smart Lock paired with an August Connect (which provides remote access to the …

Home Automation

#DeleteUber: company automates account removal due to demand

Taxi company, perceived to be pro-Trump, accused of taking advantage of protests against migrant travel ban<p>So many people have been deleting their Uber accounts, the company has set up an automated process.<p>#DeleteUber was trending for much of the weekend after Uber lifted surge pricing around John …

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So many people decided to #DeleteUber the company had to automate the process

If you thought your weekend hangover was hard to deal with, be thankful you're not Uber. After the events of last weekend, the ride-hailing app experienced such a huge influx of deleted accounts, its makers had to institute an entirely new mechanism to process the requests.<p>After President Donald …

Uber

Plex Acquires Watchup, Adding Another Weapon In The Arsenal Of Cord Cutters Everywhere

If there’s a service provider many consumers love to hate, it’s their local cable company. High monthly package fees and monopolistic practices have paved the way for streaming media and online video-on-demand juggernauts like Netflix. That trend shows no sign of stopping as consumers desperately …

IPTV

Tech firms recall employees to U.S., denounce Trump’s ban on refugees from Muslim countries

The country’s leading technology companies are recalling overseas employees and sharply criticizing President Trump after he signed an executive order Friday barring for 90 days immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.<p>The companies warned the action — …

Silicon Valley

Airbnb is offering free housing to refugees and “anyone not allowed in the US”

A day after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugees, and temporarily blocking refugees and citizens from six other majority-Muslim countries—including permanent US residents—a federal judge issued an emergency stay for those currently detained in the …

Airbnb

Snapchat will file for IPO next week

<i>(By Lauren Hirsch and Liana B. Baker, Reuters) –</i> Snap Inc., the secretive technology company that owns the popular messaging service Snapchat, is due to reveal its financials within a week as it moves toward its eagerly awaited initial public offering (IPO), sources familiar with the situation said …

Zuckerberg to Trump: 'We are a nation of immigrants'

Trump’s ever-evolving policy on immigration is a hot button issue. In a nation arguably more divided than at any point since the Civil War, talking points surrounding the deportation of immigrants, banning muslim entry, and building a giant wall to replace a wall that most don’t seem to realize …

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