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Medallist Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after Olympics protest

The Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa has failed to return to Ethiopia despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country.<p>An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not on board the plane that landed on Monday …

Olympics

Adblock Plus bypasses Facebook's attempt to restrict ad blockers (update)

The war between Facebook and ad blockers is heating up. Just two days after the social network announced plans to restrict software that removes its advertising, the popular utility Adblock Plus has already unveiled a workaround. All you need to do is update your Adblock Plus filters to banish …

Facebook

Snapchat celebrates the Olympics with new filters, lenses and Discover channel

You can add Snapchat to the list of apps that will help you stay up to date on what's going on at the Olympics.<p>Snapchat added a boatload of new Olympics-themed features, including new stickers, lenses and filters. The app will also host video content via its Live Stories and a new Discover …

Snapchat

Facebook built but won’t launch a “Facebook Stories” Snapchat clone

Facebook built its own version of Snapchat Stories called Quick Updates, but will not release it. Though Instagram Stories launched this week, Facebook isn’t going to follow suit.<p>Quick Updates created a special place to share within the Facebook app but outside of the News Feed. Accessible from a …

Snapchat

Scary footage shows race car flipping off track, hitting camera stand

LONDON — Grim footage of a crash that took place during last weekend's British Touring Car Championship event has been published online.<p>In the clip above, which was shared on YouTube by Richard Howlett, cars line up for the start of the last day's race at Snetterton Race Track.<p>Things start to go …

Photography

5 Comics You Must Read Before Seeing Suicide Squad

At heart, everything you <i>need</i> to know about <i>Suicide Squad</i> is right there in the trailers: These are the bad guys who end up working for the greater …

Comics

A messaging app will overtake Facebook in a year and a half

Facebook is getting old. Within 18 months, a mobile messaging app will overtake the social network to become the world’s most active social …

Facebook

The Inside Story Of 'Pokémon GO's' Evolution From Google Castoff To Global Phenomenon

It’s not hard to spot players of the most popular smartphone game of all time. They have a peculiar way of carrying their devices in front of them with one hand, says John Hanke, the technology whiz behind <i>Pokémon GO,</i> as we stroll along the waterfront of San Diego’s Seaport Village the day before …

Google

Facebook Live Rolls Out Audience Targeting: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.<p>To help you <b>stay up to date with social media</b>, here are some of the news items that …

6 tips to keep your Facebook clean, secure and private

NEW YORK (AP) — Got hundreds of Facebook friends you hardly know?<p>Now is a good time to do some digital cleanup, while the year is still fresh. Review your security and privacy settings, and make sure those casual acquaintances you met at a bar eons ago aren't still getting the most intimate details …

Facebook

Yahoo and Verizon are due to announce $5 billion deal by Monday

It looks like Verizon will be the new owner of Yahoo.<p>The two companies are ready to announce that they have struck a roughly $5 billion deal, according to a report in Recode, citing anonymous sources. The announcement could come on Monday, with both companies hoping to make it official before …

The 'world's smallest 4K camera' has big ambitions

If your sole guidance on an industry was the share price of the market leader, then you'd definitely consider it a tough 12 months for action cameras. That said, newcomer So Special Labs isn't put off. In fact, it thinks its Mokacam GoPro rival might just be the tonic the product category needs. …

GoPro

Everything you need to know about Google's My Activity page

Yes, Google does know everything about you.<p>What does Google know about you? Everything.<p>Seriously -- everything. Especially if you frequently use …

Game of Thrones season seven delayed because winter didn't come

This season's end to <i>Game of Thrones</i> might have us impatient for the next, but it appears we may have to wait a little longer before it hits the airwaves. Why? Blame the weather.<p>HBO has traditionally begun airing each season in April (with the exception of Season 3, which began in the end of March), …

HBO

Night mode shows that Twitter's finally serious about its Android app

A smart transition takes things from white to black, but still keeps the app easy to read.For a long time — OK, a long time insofar as Twitter is …

Apps

Instant Analysis: How Google Is Killing Big Telecom

Ships finishing the job of laying a new high-speed Internet cable between the U.S. and Japan. Image source: Google.<p>Last week, <b>Alphabet</b> subsidiary Google teamed with partners to activate an undersea fiber optic cable connecting the U.S. and Japan. It's the latest in a series of efforts the company …

How to see everything Google knows about you

It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users.<p>The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google's services and provide relevant ads. However, you might be surprised to know Google can easily take a look at …

Google Apps

Facebook made a huge U-turn and says it doesn't use location data to suggest friends after all

Facebook just made a major U-turn on how it claims one of its features works.<p>The social network recently told news site Fusion that it uses smartphone data to recommend you potential friends.<p>It's why people were reporting seeing people turning up in the People You May Know" box that they had met …

Twitter courts small businesses with a new 'Dashboard' app

Twitter is looking to get small business owners more involved in its service with its latest standalone app.<p>Similar to tweet-tracking platforms Tweetdeck and Hootsuite, the new Dashboard app lets businesses monitor chatter about products, key words or hashtags that might escape direct "@" mentions. …

Twitter

Pinterest is rolling out a shopping bag, buyable pins on web, visual search with your camera

Pinterest, the startup whose app lets people pin photos and other content to boards and even buy things shown in pins, today announced that the buy buttons that first appeared on the app are now coming to the web version. The startup is also adding a shopping bag that will follow you across devices.<p>…

Anti-wall crusader Zuckerberg put up 'oppressive' wall, say Hawaii residents

Technically Incorrect: At his home on Kauai, the Facebook CEO seems not to want to share a view of his property -- or the sea -- with</i> …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network

Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their …

Advertising

Twitter sued over photo copyright

First stolen jokes, now pictures -- an award-winning photographer has sued Twitter over a copyrighted image that has been shared on the social media site.<p>Kristen Pierson filed suit in California over an image she took of Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li, which was being hosted and linked to on …

Copyright

Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out.<p>The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse …

Twitter

RIP to Twitter backgrounds: All user profiles on the web will now be white - BBC Newsbeat

<b>Your customised Twitter background just died.</b><p>Say goodbye to sunlit landscapes, tiled pictures of Harry Styles and pugs in watering cans; from now on when you visit someone's Twitter profile all you'll get is white.<p>This blank canvas is meant to show off tweets themselves, rather than users' profiles.<p>…

WhatsApp (Android) now lets you mark chats as unread

WhatsApp has been updated on Android with a few useful new features, including an option to mark conversations as unread, as spotted by Android Police.<p>Tap and hold on any conversation pane and you’ll spot the new feature at the bottom of the menu. It adds a green circle to your selected chat so …

How to Increase Your Sales Using Instagram

Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers. Here are some ways to market to different segments of consumers on Instagram.<p>Social media has evolved into a treasure trove for marketers who know how to harvest fans and customers on Facebook, …

Instagram

Spotify bites back at Apple Music with weekly ‘mixtape’ playlist for each user

The music-streaming battle between Apple Music and Spotify isn’t just about which one has the Taylor Swift album: it’s about which one has the best playlists, and the ability to recommend them to the listeners who’ll love them.<p>Apple Music made a strong start on the first of those: the service has …

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