Here's The Full Trailer For Halo 5: Guardians

Featuring Spartans, a plane, and a couple Infinity Swords.

The next installment in the massively popular Halo series is almost here.

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This is our first good look at the new game, and it looks like a lot of fun.

This is our first good look at the new game, and it looks like a lot of fun.

You've got a photo-realistic Nathan Fillion, which may come as a surprise.

You've got a photo-realistic Nathan Fillion, which may come as a surprise.

Unless, of course, you've played any of the Halo games since Halo 3: ODST.


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A "Slave Tetris" Video Game Has Generated Outrage Online

The Tetris section has now been removed from the game, which aims to educate kids about the slave trade.

A Danish video game company has amended an educational online game about the slave trade to remove a section in which users stacked slaves in a ship like a game of Tetris.

A Danish video game company has amended an educational online game about the slave trade to remove a section in which users stacked slaves in a ship like a game of Tetris.

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"Travel back in time and witness the horrors of slave trade firsthand," reads the description for the "Playing History: Slave Trade" game, which is targeted at kids aged 11 to 14.

"Travel back in time and witness the horrors of slave trade firsthand," reads the description for the "Playing History: Slave Trade" game, which is targeted at kids aged 11 to 14.

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"You will be working as young slave steward on a ship crossing the Atlantic. You are to serve the captain and be his eyes and ears. What do you do, when you realize that your own sister has been captured by the slave traders?"

"You will be working as young slave steward on a ship crossing the Atlantic. You are to serve the captain and be his eyes and ears. What do you do, when you realize that your own sister has been captured by the slave traders?"

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The CEO of the gaming company, Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, said the "Slave Tetris" section of the two-hour game lasted only 15 seconds or so.

The CEO of the gaming company, Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen, said the "Slave Tetris" section of the two-hour game lasted only 15 seconds or so.

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Video Appears To Show Man Circling Kaaba In Mecca On Hoverboard

New video shows the global appeal of hoverboards.

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A video making the rounds on Facebook today appears to show a man circling the Kaaba in Mecca on a hoverboard — or a "hands-free Segway," as many would like to call it.

The act of moving around the Kaaba, called Tawaf, is a ritual that's part of the Hajj — a pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of the five pillars of Islam — and its truncated version, the Umrah.

I poked fun at these "hoverboards" last week. And for good reason. Many people riding them do so with a completely unmerited sense of superiority that's deserving of the "DoucheScoot" nickname that placed third in our "If This Isn't a Hoverboard, Then What Is It?" poll last week.

But there's another side to these hoverboards that's quickly becoming apparent: They're less bulky and embarrassing versions of the Segway, and may be incredibly useful for people with trouble walking. My colleague Johana Bhuiyan, who spotted this video, said the gizmo would be perfect for her father, who has trouble walking and needs a wheelchair after his first few rotations around the Kaaba. A commenter on another hoverboard story last week expressed similar feelings: "I have issues walking long distance and I think it would be great," she said. "I might actually be able to go to Disney and not be broken in an hour."

We don't know much about the man in the video (I've reached out to the person who posted it and am awaiting a response) but watching him circle is intriguing for a few reasons. First, it demonstrates hoverboards' abilities to open up new avenues of movement to people who are limited in that regard. Second, it shows the boards' global appeal. If they're being used to circle the Kaaba in Mecca, they'll likely soon start showing up in all sorts of unexpected situations around the world. Get ready.

Android Wear Smartwatches Are Coming To iPhone

Thanks to a new iOS app from Google.

Google Android Wear director David Singleton announces updates during the Google I/O conference on May 28.

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Until now, the line was clearly drawn: Owning an Android Wear watch meant using a smartphone running Google's Android operating system. Owning an iPhone meant using an Apple Watch or another wearable device designed for Apple's iOS operating system.

But as of Monday, Google will offer a new iOS app for Android Wear. So if you have an iPhone running iOS 8.2 and up, you'll soon be able to pair it with newer Android Wear smartwatches for the first time. That means that if you have an iPhone, you have quite a few more smartwatch options than you did previously.

Google says the iOS experience will be very similar to Android. Notifications, voice-enabled searches, and Google apps will all work. There are two notable drawbacks. The first: Third-party Google Play apps won't run on the Android Wear devices paired with iPhones. The second: Google apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Now won't be accessible on Android Wear devices over Wi-Fi — to use them, the wearable must be tethered to the associated iPhone.

Today, Android Wear for iOS works only with the LG Watch Urbane, but forthcoming devices from Huawei, Asus, and Motorola have been designed to support iOS as well.

This integration, which The Verge predicted in April, is a noteworthy shift in the fast-developing wearables landscape. Google is now competing directly against the Apple Watch on Apple's own platform — and Apple, by allowing Google's app into the App Store, is permitting it to do so.

One possible explanation: Apple thinks the two sets of devices are different enough so that Google's app isn't a significant threat. Unlike the Apple Watch, Android Wear devices are open to customization by manufacturers, with different styles, faces, bands, features, and prices. Another, perhaps more likely: Purposefully excluding a broad swath of Android wearables from its wildly popular iOS platform could be viewed as anti-competitive and might have opened Apple up to regulatory scrutiny.

"Since the first Android Wear watches launched just over a year ago, it has been our goal to make Android Wear work for as many users as possible," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Now, for most people with iOS or Android phones, there will be a broad range of watches that can work for them."

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These Are The Vine Stars Taking Over MTV's Account For The VMAs

A quick primer on the most famous people you may never have heard of.

MTV's Video Music Awards are tonight, and the network is trying something new. In addition to the Miley Cyrus-curated show, MTV is making a play for a young audience on another platform — Vine. MTV is using the six-second video network for a second screen experience, and Vine's biggest stars are being enlisted to make it happen. Among a certain set, Vine stars are the new Beatles. Or at least, One Direction. Yet for most people, they're completely famous and totally unknown. Here's who you'll see tonight.

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A college student and Vine star — Lizzza, or Liza Koshy, has more than 2 million followers. Lizzza has already been taking over the MTV Vine account for the last few days with a bunch of pre-show stunts.


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WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 Full Version

WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 Full Version
WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 Full Version - WinRAR kembali update! kali ini sudah ke tahap Beta 3, yang artinya lebih baik dari versi sebelumnya, Beta 2. Saya rasa semua orang sudah tau dengan software mini namun sangat dibutuhkan ini ya, hehe. Apa saja yang ada di WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 ini? Penambahan beberapa fitur baru, dan yang pastinya perbaikan bugs. So, daripada berlama-lama, langsung saja di-download!

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  1. Download WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 Full Version melalui link di atas, pilih salah satu server saja,
  2. Ekstrak, lalu install WinRAR 5.30 Beta 3 seperti biasa, 
  3. Setelah selesai, copy keygen ke folder instalasi WinRAR,
  4. Jalankan keygen secara Run Administrator, lalu klik "Save License",
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Internet Download Manager 6.23 Build 21 Full

Internet Download Manager 6.23 Build 21 Full adalah aplikasi yang dapat membantu kalian dalam me-manage download file dari internet. Banyak sekali fitur fitur yang tersedia didalamnya, seperti adanya fungsi pause dan resume, plugin browser, dll. Kono katanya Internet Download Manager 6.23 Build 21 Full ini bisa meningkatkan kecepatan download dan menjaga kestabilan. Bisa dikatakan bahwa Internet Download Manager 6.23 Build 21 Full ini progam wajib install untuk komputer terhubung ke internet.

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Cara Install :
  1. Download file Internet Internet Download Manager 6.23 Build 16 beserta patch nya melalui link di atas, pilih salah satu server saja,
  2. Extrak, kemudian install seperti biasa, dan jangan dijalankan dulu,
  3. Matikan koneksi internet, dan anti virus (bila perlu),
  4. Exit IDM melalui Try Icon > IDM > Klik kanan > Exit,
  5. Copy Patch dan paste-kan di folder instalasi IDM,
    (C:\Program Files atau Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager)
  6. Jalankan Patch secara Run Administrator, klik patch, lalu masukan nama sesuai dengan keinginan kamu, ok,
  7. Done, enjoy!
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If This Isn’t A Hoverboard, Then What Is It?

Okay, internet. Got a better name?

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Reading The Apple Event Tea Leaves With Actual Witches

We asked soothsayers to predict what’s coming from Apple on Sept. 9. (We also put a spell on Eddy Cue.)

When Apple sends out invitations to its events, like the one coming up on Sept. 9, the tech press loves to try to "read the tea leaves" in a search for clues as to what will be announced. But what the hell do a bunch of tech bloggers know about divination? In order to find out what's really going to happen at the Sept. 9 Apple event, you need someone who can actually read tea leaves. Professional journalists are useless at this. So I asked professional psychics.

Could occult practices help me get a leg up on well-sourced Apple futurists like 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, or BuzzFeed News' own Apple seer John Paczkowski? And moreover, could they help me ~influence~ the future? Could they, for example, make Eddy Cue dance again? This wasn't just idle curiosity. With the right incantations, I could become one of the most powerful tech bloggers in all of New York. So I set out on a voyage of discovery.

Enchantments is a narrow shop in the East Village that specializes in making custom candles for customers. It came highly recommended — several trustworthy friends have told me about the special mystical candles made there. Plus BuzzFeed's resident witch Arianna Rebolini said that's where they go for all sorts of mystical advice when doing the Witches' Counsel series. She warned that although they probably wouldn't give any concrete predictions about Apple's event invitation, they could look it over and analyze it from a spiritual level. "Witches are very intuitive," Arianna explained. "And it has a lot of colors — they could analyze the meaning of the colors."

Over the phone, I explained to the friendly sorceress at Enchantments that I had a sort of unusual request. I explained that I wanted an analysis of the invitation — could I come by and show it to them? The witch said that they were VERY BUSY in the store, but she could do a 45-minute reading for $60, but only after 6:30 p.m. I explained that I didn't need a whole 45-minute reading, just a quick glance — could I pop by? The witch told me it was fine, but she'd charge me $30 for a 10-minute lookover. "I'm the one with blonde dreadlocks," the witch Amo told me.

When I arrived, I didn't see anyone with blonde dreadlocks, just three other very thin women with varying confusing haircuts. I browsed the candles as they helped another customer. They had penis-shaped candles AND vagina candles. I asked a woman covered in tattoos with long pink pigtail braids if Amo was around. She told me I was too late, Amo was in the back doing a reading (apparently she does midday readings for other people). Pink hair reiterated that they were really busy. Apparently there were a lot of penis candles to be made; I assured her I'd be quick.

I pulled out the invitation and explained that it was for an event where Apple unveils its new top secret products, and that some people believe there are clues about what those products might be hidden within the invitation. She seemed annoyed. "This is about Apple?" She rolled her eyes.

"Is there anything about this image that you think could mean anything?" I asked. "Like any spiritual intuition?"

"No. This is just…we're really busy here. This doesn't mean anything," she answered.

"What about the colors, do the colors mean anything?"

"I mean, colors mean what they mean. But on this, it's just an invitation. It doesn't mean anything. We're busy. I dunno, it kind of looks like a cat eye."

"Oh, yeah, it's supposed to be the top of the Apple logo. Do you think there's any significance in how it's cropped at the top?"

The witch finally blew her cool. "This isn't a magical symbol," she said matter-of-factly.

"Well," I countered, "It's kinda magical...to some people."

This was more than the witch could handle. She raised her voice: "THIS ISN'T A MAGICAL SYMBOL. THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME. YOU'RE WASTING OUR TIME. WE'RE VERY BUSY." The witch walked away from me without saying goodbye.

Dejected and somewhat frightened at having angered a witch, I skulked out of the shop without buying a penis candle. I'd planned to light one in hopes it might inspire Eddy Cue to dance again at the Sept. 9 event, like he did at the Apple Music announcement. Now I was worried I'd never see Eddy dance again.


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Appeals Court Allows NSA Data Collection Program To Continue Unimpeded

The three-judge panel, each writing a separate opinion, all agree that the 2013 trial court decision finding the post-9/11 program likely to be unconstitutional went too far.

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a trial court decision that would have barred the government from continuing its post-9/11 bulk data collection program implemented by the National Security Agency.

The decision means that, for now, the NSA program implemented under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act can continue unimpeded.

All three judges from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing the appeal agreed that the 2013 trial court decision finding the program likely violated the Constitution went too far.

The case will now go back to the trial court, as agreed upon by two of the judges hearing the appeal, Judge Janice Rogers Brown and Stephen Williams. Judge David Sentelle, the court announced, "would order the case dismissed."

A key question at the appeals court was whether the plaintiffs, Verizon customers, had shown that the NSA collected their data — evidence that would show they had standing to bring the case, which is a requirement to bring a case in federal court. The government, however, has only acknowledged collection of data from Verizon Business accounts, the court noted.

Brown was the most sympathetic to the claims brought by the plaintiffs challenging the program. Although she disagreed that the plaintiffs had, as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon decided in 2013, shown a "substantial likelihood" that they would succeed in their case, Brown wrote that "one could reasonably infer from the evidence presented the government collected plaintiffs' own metadata."

Brown noted that, back at the trial court, Leon will need to determine what exchange of evidence is appropriate so that the plaintiffs can show whether the NSA actually collected their data.

In noting that, however, she added, "It is entirely possible that, even if plaintiffs are granted discovery, the government may refuse to provide information (if any exists) that would further plaintiffs' case. Plaintiffs' claims may well founder in that event. But such is the nature of the government's privileged control over certain classes of information."

Williams, while allowing the matter to return to the trial court, was less sympathetic to the plaintiffs' claims, stating outright, "[P]laintiffs lack direct evidence that records involving their calls have actually been collected." Nonetheless, she supported sending the case back to the trial court because of "the possibility that plaintiffs' efforts" to show that their data was collected "may be fruitful."

Finally, Sentelle, the least sympathetic to the plaintiffs' claims, declared that, since the plaintiffs cannot show that they have standing, "we do not have jurisdiction to make any determination in the cause." As such, he wrote, the case should be dismissed.

Sentelle and Williams were appointed to the court by President Reagan, and Brown was appointed by President George W. Bush.

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Apple Music Exec Ian Rogers Quits

The former Beats CEO is leaving Apple just two months after the launch of Beats 1 radio.

Ian Rogers with Beats co-founder Dr. Dre.

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Ian Rogers, the Apple executive often credited with the creation of Beats 1, has left the company. His departure was first reported by the Financial Times.

Formerly the CEO of Beats Music, Rogers oversaw the development of Beats 1, Apple Music's flagship "worldwide, always on" radio service. His resignation comes just two months after its first broadcast.

Apple confirmed Rogers' departure to BuzzFeed News, but declined comment.

Rogers is reportedly leaving Apple to take a new job in Europe in an "unrelated industry," though it's difficult to imagine what that might be. Rogers has been in the music industry since the early '90s, when he built one of the first music sites on the internet — a Beastie Boys fan site. He joined Beats as CEO in 2013.

Rogers departure comes as Apple Music enters the home stretch of its free 90-day trial period. Beats 1 has, so far, been the only uniformly praised feature of the service, and its key differentiator from rivals like Spotify and Rdio. It's a bright spot in Apple Music for its throwback, connective appeal and eclectic sensibilities. According to some, it could be how Apple plans grooms new talent for its own ecosystem.

One month ago, Apple announced that 11 million listeners had signed for to Apple Music. If the company can convert a significant number of them into paying subscribers, it will have become a major player in the online streaming landscape in a very short period of time. Spotify, the current leader in paid subscribers, has around 20 million, although it has 75 million users overall because it includes a free, ad-supported tier that Apple Music does not. Apple currently claims that its retention rate for subscribers is at 79%.

Google's Home Services Product Finally, Officially Launches Today

You can find a plumber on Yelp, book a cleaning person on Amazon, hire a handyman on TaskRabbit — or, as of today, do all of the above through Google.

Clogged toilet? No problem — Google's got a solution for that.

Today, after much anticipation, Google is finally launching (the beta version of) its local home services product, which will allow some San Francisco Bay Area residents to request the services of handymen, home cleaners, locksmiths, and other service professionals who have been prescreened and approved by Google. The product is an extension to Google's AdWords Express, a paid app for small business owners, and it is two-pronged. People living in the Bay Area who search for a plumber will see a sponsored widget in their search results, through which they can evaluate and contact said plumber without ever leaving the search results page. For the service providers, who pay for the placement, the product is an extension of the existing Google AdWords app and will allow them to receive service requests, book jobs, and contact clients.

BuzzFeed first reported that Google was working on such a product in April. As Re/code reported in July, some queries that implied the need for a service professional — e.g., "clogged toilet" — were already returning service provider info embedded in the search results. According to the blog post announcing home services, there are millions of such searches every day.

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The product does more than provide a name and number. By choosing a given service provider and clicking "Send Request," users can actually directly contact a plumber, who can then come deal with the situation. (Or, if they prefer, they can just call them on the phone.) The customer and service provider can then arrange a deal outside of Google (unlike with Amazon, where the financial transaction actually happens on the website, making it harder to negotiate). Providing direct communication between the customer and "Magic Plumbing" or whoever else definitely makes AdWords Express home services more than the typical ad product.


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Ashley Madison CEO Resigns

Noel Biderman, who founded the company in 2001, stepped down after a massive hack revealed information about millions of members.

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Noel Biderman, the embattled CEO of Avid Life Media, which owns the hacked cheating site Ashley Madison, has resigned, according to a statement released by the company.

"This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base," the statement said.

Ashley Madison suffered a massive hack that became public last month, and after Avid Life Media did not concede to demands to take the site down, the hackers released the data last week. The three tranches included information about nearly 40 million users, as well as Biderman's personal email.

Last week, Avid Life Media offered a $500,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of members of Impact Team, the group behind the hack.

The leak, which has been personally embarrassing for Biderman, has led to panic from users around the world.

According to the release, Avid Life Media's "existing senior management team" will lead the company until the appointment of a new CEO.

Why Reddit’s Garbage Communities Might Be The Least Of Its Problems

As incoming CEO Steve Hoffman begins his second tenure at the helm of Reddit, the spotlight will largely fall on the company’s renewed efforts to rein in its seediest communities without destroying the unique early internet message board culture that defines the site. But for Hoffman and Reddit, a more insidious problem looms over the company's future: mobile. How does Reddit, a site that’s consistently lagged behind even the most delinquent mobile adopters, survive on an internet that’s increasingly accessed on mobile devices?

According to a source familiar with Reddit’s internal figures, the site’s traffic distribution is similar to that of other media destinations, with mobile accounting for somewhere in the range 50 or 60% of the site’s total traffic. In 2014, then-CEO Ellen Pao said that roughly 40% of traffic was coming from mobile devices. Yet Reddit's efforts to cater to its mobile audience have so far been late, weak, or both. Internally, Reddit has failed to produce its own successful comprehensive mobile app, a problem that forced the company to acquire Alien Blue, the site’s most popular third-party iOS app, last October. Since that time, Reddit has largely kept the app and its creator, Jason Morrissey, as an autonomous unit inside it.

Which is not to say that Reddit hasn’t dabbled in the mobile sphere: In 2011, it built a buggy mobile app but quickly discarded it after users complained. Last September, Reddit rolled out another app for its popular Ask Me Anything communities which, according to App Annie, has routinely fallen somewhere between 350 and 1,250 in the US. News App store rankings in 2015. But as of August 2015, Reddit — a site ranked by Alexa as the 10th largest in the United States and the 31st largest in the world — doesn’t yet have an official, mobile-optimized version of its website (the site has had compact and scaled-down phone versions), and reviews of the Android beta version of that site which it rolled out back in April are mixed (“it doesn’t suck”).

Mobile’s overall growth is astounding. In 2008, the black mirrors of our phones accounted for roughly 12% of total internet usage, according to Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report. In 2015, that figure has climbed to 51%. A 2014 report from comScore suggests that in-app browsing and the mobile web account for 60% of total time spent online. That change is reflected in personal computer sales, which dropped 11.8%, according to the researcher IDC, which doesn’t include tablets in its PC sales figures.

The rise has been so steep and so fast that media companies have bent over backwards trying to figure out how to meet readers on their preferred platform; this summer, the New York Times blocked employee access inside the building to the paper’s website, forcing employees to experience and prioritize the mobile experience, where more than half of their readers access Times content. Here at BuzzFeed, we have mobile-first previews in draft versions of every quiz, list, post, article, and feature story. Reddit competitors Digg and Fark launched comprehensive mobile apps in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Reddit’s leadership appears acutely aware of the company’s mobile failings. Last December, before rejoining the company as CEO, Hoffman excoriated his former company for its myopic desktop-centric development strategy. “Their mobile sucks and the product hasn't changed since I left in any significant way. So it hasn't aged very well. I think the product ... the mobile strategy could be a lot better," he told The Age. Back in September 2014, Pao hinted at Reddit's laissez-faire mobile strategy, noting, “We’re excited and happy to grow but we’ve never been super proactive about it, it’s always been done organically.”

This July, after Pao’s resignation, Reddit board member Sam Altman explicitly remarked on Reddit’s lack of progress in the space, telling BuzzFeed News that “mobile is critical. The world has gone mobile and Reddit has not yet.” He also went on to hint that it would be a point of focus moving forward. “Mobile is where our users want to be,” said Altman. “It will be a big priority for Steve." Currently there are multiple mobile engineering positions available on Reddit's job boards.

To call mobile a priority may even be an understatement; Reddit’s accessibility problems on smartphones could kneecap the site’s growth among an entire generation of people who experience the internet largely through their phones — not to mention the larger swaths of the globe where mobile acts as the first and only screen.

For a rising generation accustomed to quick-loading, slickly presented, responsive content, Reddit's slow-loading, old-web-feeling mobile design is likely a hurdle, and one that threatens Reddit's self-proclaimed title as Front Page of the Internet. While Reddit might still be a site bookmarked by legions of folks who grew up on PCs, it is likely isn't that for folks coming of age on smartphones and tablets.

In fact, it’s not hard to imagine the following scenario: A younger person as of yet unacquainted with Reddit is flipping through Facebook on her phone when a Reddit link catches her eye. She clicks, views the post, which loads clumsily and slowly. After a moment, she decides to follow another link, a conversation thread, which is difficult to follow in its present form. Lightly confused but mostly just put off, she exits out to return to Facebook without being exposed to Reddit’s money feature: the front page. A blown opportunity to convert a new redditor.

It’s just a hypothetical, but writ large, this potential behavior could have a rather devastating effect on Reddit’s future demographic makeup as well as its content, forgoing new and younger users while catering to an older audience. And as the audience skews older, the cycle perpetuates itself. “The way most people create content for Reddit is very different on desktop than it is on mobile,” a product manager and engineer who has worked closely with Reddit told BuzzFeed News.

“The interesting things on Reddit tend to be longer, paragraph-based text answers, which are just harder to do on mobile," the engineer said. "And if most people creating the content are doing it on desktop, then younger folks on mobile will find this content inaccessible. Plus it’s created by a different generation so it doesn’t really appeal to them. It feels stale."

In other words, it’s not simply that the content is hard to read on mobile, it’s that two distinct groups are developing: the content creators on desktop and the readers on mobile. Without a viable mobile strategy, the gap between the two could widen over time, weakening Reddit's foundations.

And it leaves Reddit vulnerable to imitators. For example, an image-heavy app that culled the best, most mobile-friendly posts from Reddit’s front page could easily cannibalize a great deal of Reddit’s mobile traffic, stealing away younger browsers who come to Reddit when they’re bored, looking for a quick diversion. The prospect isn’t unheard of: Imgur, the photo hosting site created for Redditors because Reddit never built the feature itself, has since surpassed Reddit in monthly unique visitors — an infamous missed opportunity for the site.

To some degree, Reddit owes a lot of its success to that older, now stale-feeling version of the internet. The site is notorious for keeping its minimalist message board style, and its user base has been among the most resistant communities on the internet when it comes to evolving editorial guidelines and design. In many ways, Reddit remains a shrine to the values of the early internet with its utopian idealistic vision of online communities as both nonthreatening and separate from real-life. And so it stands to reason that its most devoted users largely prefer to access the site from desktop. It also means that Reddit’s organizational structure, save for its front page, is increasingly out of sync with the way internet dwellers — especially younger ones — are searching for content. Take Snapchat, for example, an app that exists solely within the mobile ecosystem.

With this in mind, Reddit’s failure to adapt to the mobile web isn't all that surprising. Reddit is one of the last major sites still centered around the early internet’s link culture — much of Reddit’s content involves linking to external sites — which, unlike Facebook’s increasingly insular "we want to be the internet" endless News Feed scroll, doesn’t translate very well to smartphones. But that nostalgia, driven by the same audience that espouses Reddit’s peculiar definitions of free speech — the same audience that believes communities like r/coontown should be allowed on the site, regardless of their proven propensity for harassment — could very well transform the site from a last vestige of the old web into an outdated relic. A Reddit that continually skews older, less innovative, and potentially more unruly isn’t just unattractive to advertisers, it’s an untenable growth strategy.

Reddit did not respond to a request for comment.

Google To European Union: You’re Wrong

And your antitrust demands are “peculiar and problematic.”

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Months after filing its antitrust charges against Google, the European Union has finally received a response from the search behemoth, and it's as contrary and (diplomatically) confrontational as they come. Disputing the findings of regulators who believe the company has abused its market power to stifle competition, Google argued that the EU's conclusions "are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics." And to the EU's proposed remedy, of forcing Google to show ads ranked by other companies within its advertising space? Google called that solution "peculiar and problematic," adding, "this would harm the quality and relevance of our results."

Through its response to the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, Google has advanced what will likely become an enduring battle: a mighty regulatory body critical of the rising power of online platforms pitted against a massive technology company with ambitions global and grand.

Against the antitrust charges brought by the commission this spring, which focused on the way Google displays its shopping services compared to those of rivals, the company said its search tools actually increase consumer choice. Google argued that the commission didn't properly account for the benefits the company offers to consumers. Pointing to flaws in the commission's analysis, Google said regulators failed to take stock of the the evolving, competitive landscape that counts Amazon and eBay as big players, and misinterpreted Google's impact on other online sellers.

In a statement, Google's general counsel, Kent Walker, said the company has taken seriously the concerns of the European Commission, but he believes those concerns are unfounded. "The response we filed today shows why we believe those allegations are incorrect, and why we believe that Google increases choice for European consumers and offers valuable opportunities for businesses of all sizes."

To buttress its case, Google pointed to "economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents, and statements from complainants," which the company claims shows the highly competitive market for searching for products online. "The universe of shopping services has seen an enormous increase in traffic from Google, diverse new players, new investments, and expanding consumer choice," Walker said in a blog post Thursday.

Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, said earlier this year she is concerned that Google has boosted its own shopping presence online, "with the result that consumers may not necessarily see what's most relevant for them, or that competitors may not get the commercial opportunity that their innovative services deserve." (The EU says Google commands 90% of the search market in some countries.) A spokesperson for Vestager said Google's response will be carefully considered before moving forward with any decision.

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The Tesla Model S Is Apparently Better Than Perfect

The new sedan broke Consumer Reports’ ranking system with a 103 out of 100.

The new Tesla P85D — the all-wheel drive version of the company's 4-door Model S — just got an insane score from Consumer Reports.

The new Tesla P85D — the all-wheel drive version of the company's 4-door Model S — just got an insane score from Consumer Reports.

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Based on the magazine's traditional car-rating metrics, the Tesla received a score of 103/100.

Because you can't actually get 103/100, the score was downgraded to a simple 100/100.

Because you can't actually get 103/100, the score was downgraded to a simple 100/100.

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One Billion People Used Facebook In A Single Day This Week, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Those people might be onto something

One billion people used Facebook in a single day.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted this in a post on his Facebook page today, telling his followers that the service hit the number on Monday. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family," he said. "This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."

Okay, we get it.

While this moment will certainly turn into a victory lap for the company -- and the feat is indeed massive and impressive -- it's also a good reminder for the rest of us of Facebook's immense power.

The company's algorithms now shape what one billion people see every day, as noted by University of North Carolina assistant Professor Zeynep Tufekci in a post on Twitter. That's a lot of power to determine what information gets shown to significant portion of the world's population. Something worth keeping in mind.

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This Company Just Started Offering Free, Customized Tutoring Online

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For years, the ed-tech start up Knewton has been content to stay behind the scenes, lending its adaptive-learning technology to big-name education publishers like Pearson and Houghton Mifflin. But Knewton is stepping out of the shadows with a plan to take its technology to the masses.

Today, the company is launching Knewton.com, a free online tutoring platform that creates personalized lessons for learners out of completely "open" content — videos, readings, and test questions that are uploaded onto the platform by users. Though it is starting with kindergarten through high school, the plan, the company said, is to eventually move into college-level subjects and beyond.

Jose Ferreira, the company's CEO, calls Knewton.com a "robot tutor in the sky."

Knewton, founded in 2008, has made its business out of providing technology to many of the world's largest education companies, allowing them to build curriculum that adapts to individual students. Knewton software collects millions of data points about what students know and how they learn, then translates them into customized lessons, questions and quizzes.

The new platform launching today brings the same technology to teachers, parents and students, formulating custom lessons for students by stitching together the best videos and quizzes from a library of user-created content. Working within a topic like "exponential equations" or "cellular respiration," each student will see a different lesson, with different quiz questions and videos, stitched together based on the student's strengths and weaknesses.

In a classroom, Knewton.com might function as a replacement for a worksheet on a topic like the Pythagorean theorem — rather than giving every student the same questions, teachers can have students working at their ability, with some reviewing the basics of the concept and others solving advanced problems.

For the first time, rather than using a textbook company's curriculum, Knewton has put its software to work on "open educational" resources like Youtube videos and teacher-written lessons. The idea is to use Knewton's technology to pick the best of those resources, then serve them up to thousands of students. Knewton's algorithms test the effectiveness of every piece of content that's uploaded to the platform. Materials that work well will be "floated to the top," with the potential to be shown to thousands of students; if it proves ineffective, it will be sifted out in favor of better curriculum.

"There's so much good stuff out there, and only a small percentage of it is on the web," said David Liu, Knewton's chief operating officer. "So much is trapped on teachers' desktops, so we're really trying to open up great content that would normally only be seen by maybe 30 students."

Knewton said there are no plans to charge users for the platform; its moneymaking business, Liu said, is its back-end work with curriculum companies like Pearson. But the company still has a lot to gain from offering the service.

Knewton's business is built on understanding how students learn. As the platform grows, Knewton will learn more about what makes good content, how students move through subjects, and what teachers want out of tutoring resources. That knowledge will be a boon to Knewton's moneymaking business, too, allowing it to provide better technology to the companies it works with.

Knewton will also amass detailed "learner profiles" of students — profiles that can, ideally, follow students into classrooms and outside of them. These, too, will enhance the quality of the company's technology.

It also won't hurt that the service will give Knewton a foothold in many schools where it doesn't currently have a presence, showing teachers and school districts the value of buying curriculum that uses Knewton technology.

Knewton last raised money in 2013, when it brought in $51 million in Series E round. In 2011, when it raised $33 million, it was reportedly valued at well over $150 million.

For now, the content on Knewton.com is focused around K-12. In this early stage, Knewton is making a big bet on elementary school teachers, relying largely on them to upload the content — and to populate the platform with their students.

There's already a huge demand for content and lesson-sharing among teachers, said Liu, though much of it is decentralized. Knewton hopes to create a place not just to upload that content, but a way to judge whether it works, and for what types of students.

"Every other site is putting out what experts think is best," Liu said. "We're doing something very different. We're finding the content that is shown to be the most effective, at that point in time, for that student."

Many ed-tech companies have had huge success by going directly to teachers to distribute their free products — like Remind, an app that allows teachers to communicate with parents and students that neared the top of the Apple app store last year, or ClassDojo, a behavior-tracking app that has become enormously popular among teachers.

But working directly with teachers to spread its product will be new territory for Knewton, which has so far dealt only with large companies like Pearson. That could prove a challenge for the company. Though it has pre-loaded the site with a stock of educational content, Knewton.com will only thrive if it has users to populate the site and students to learn from.

You Can Now Upload Landscape And Portrait Photos To Instagram

It’s hip *not* to be square.

Starting today, you won't need to square crop your Instagram photos. ?

Starting today, you won't need to square crop your Instagram photos. ?

The update rolls out around the world, to Instagram's Android and iOS apps today.

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When your outfit's on fleek, you won't need to add white borders.

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When it's pup cuddle time, you won't need any special apps to fit all of 'em in.

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Siri Taunts iPhone Users About Apple's September 9th Event

No matter what that Apple invite says, don’t bother asking for a hint.

As BuzzFeed News previously reported, Apple will be holding its next event on September 9th.

As BuzzFeed News previously reported, Apple will be holding its next event on September 9th.

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In the announcement, it suggests that Siri has some information to give.

So far, asking Siri for a hint has been less than helpful.

So far, asking Siri for a hint has been less than helpful.

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A New Smartphone App Wants To Help You Find An Antidepressant That Works

The iOS-only Start is the latest offering from Iodine, a health tech startup that crowdsources reviews of medications for everything from asthma to heartburn.

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Depression isn't an easily quantifiable medical disorder. Defined by moods and emotional states, it's subjective and difficult to measure. And because of that, it's often tough to determine whether or not medications prescribed to treat it are working as intended.

A new smartphone app called Start aims to change that. Developed for people on newly prescribed antidepressants, the app is designed to track and summarize their response to the medication over time so that they can determine whether or not it's working.

Available for download today on Apple's App Store, the iOS-only Start is the latest offering from Iodine, a health tech startup that crowdsources reviews of medications for everything from asthma to heartburn. Since its launch last year, Iodine's founders — one a former executive editor of Wired, the other a former Google engineer who co-developed the company's flu-tracking software — noticed that a significant number of reviews submitted to the site were for antidepressants.

That's hardly surprising. According to surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2005 to 2008, roughly one in 10 Americans take antidepressants, making them the drugs most frequently prescribed to people between the ages of 18 and 44. And since efficacy varies from patient to patient, many people need to try more than one before finding one that works. But not everyone gets to that point: Half of psychiatric and primary care patients stop taking their medications within six months of starting, according to a 2012 study in Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience.

"The system isn't very good at matching people to the right medication and then isn't very good about following up and tracking whether the medication is working for that individual," Iodine co-founder Thomas Goetz told BuzzFeed News.

That's where Start is supposed to come in. People tell the app what drug they've been prescribed and how often they're supposed to take it, and the app reminds them to do so and tracks their experiences on it. Users also tell Start what things in life they want to feel better about — like sleep, relationships, work, or family — and the side effects that most concern them. Every few days, the app asks them about those issues and symptoms. It then generates bi-weekly progress reports summing up their responses.

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CCleaner 5.09.5343 Final All Version

CCleaner 5.09.5343 Final All Version adalah versi berbayar dari software CCleaner, software ini sendiri merupakan software utilities yang saya rasa semua orang sudah mengetahuinya, CCleaner memiliki 2 fungsi utama yaitu yang pertama untuk membersihkan file sampah dan yang kedua yaitu untuk membersihkan registry, meski begitu ada fitur lain seperti untuk setting autostart apps, driver wiper, uninstaller dan beberapa fitur tambahan lainnya.

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Cara Installasi:
  • Install CCleaner sampai selesai
  • Tutup software setelah proses installasi selesai
  • Copy file yang ada pada folder crack (pilih 1 file) ke directory installasi CCleaner
  • Jalankan crack.
  • Enjooy
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Cara Mendapatkan Dollar Mudah dengan Shared2Earn

Cara Mendapatkan Dollar Mudah dengan Shared2Earn

Cara Mendapatkan Dollar Mudah dengan Shared2Earn - Yap, pada kesempatan kali ini, saya akan membagikan sedikit tips atau cara untuk mendapatkan dollar dari internet. Sebenarnya, mendapatkan dollar dari internet banyak sekali metode nya. Dari iklan di blog, PTC, dan lain sebagainya. Namun kali ini, saya kan membagikan tips cara mendapatkan dollar dengan Shared2Earn.

Apa itu Shared2Earn?
Shared2Earn merupakan sebuah website yang terbilang baru untuk mencari dollar. Saya juga baru tau web ini setelah temen saya memberitahu, hehe. 

Bagaimana cara kerja Shared2Earn?
Di Shared2Earn, tentu ada task yang harus kita kerjakan untuk mendapatkan dollar, namun task nya sangatlah MUDAH. Jadi, kita hanya ditugaskan untuk membagikan artikel-artikel dari Shared2Earn ke sosial media yang kita miliki. Seperti Facebook, Twitter, dan Google+. Kamu akan mendapatkan dollar jika ada yang meng-klik / membaca artikel yang kamu bagikan tersebut. Dollar tersebut nantinya bisa kamu tarik atau payout ke paypal kamu. Cukup mudah bukan? 

Wih gampang dong! Gimana cara daftarnya?
Jawabannya: gampang. Ikutin langkah-langkah di bawah ini:
Pertama, daftar di shared2earn.com atau klik DI SINI agar mendapatkan bonus sebesar $1.

Cara Mendapatkan Dollar Mudah dengan Shared2Earn
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Kamu hanya diwajibkan mengisi email dan password. Setelah berhasil log in, klik bagian "My Account", klik "Validate Email", cek email kamu, dan konfirmasi email seperti biasa. 

Kedua, setelah berhasil konfirmasi / verifikasi email kamu. Kamu akan melihat akun kamu terisi $1. Untuk mendapatkan dollar (dengan cara share artikel), kamu hanya tinggal klik "Share Articles" di dashboard akun kamu. Setelah itu pilih niche artikel yang kamu inginkan, lalu bagikan di sosial media yang kamu miliki. Selesai. Hanya tinggal tunggu ada yang mengklik / membaca artikel yang kamu share tadi dan kamu akan mendapatkan dollar $0.06 / views nya. 

Contoh artikel : 

Cara Mendapatkan Dollar Mudah dengan Shared2Earn
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TIPS : 
Untuk memaksimalkan pendapatan dollar di akun Shared2Earn kamu, share sebanyak-banyaknya artikel yang ada di semua sosial media kamu. Usahakan sosmed kamu memiliki banyak followers atau teman, agar kemungkinan klik nya tinggi. 

Sekian,
Semoga bermanfaat :) 

Sick Of Scheduling Meetings? Have Facebook Do It For You

Facebook’s M can schedule meetings and do your shopping — but don’t call it “she.”

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Facebook Messenger isn't just for getting hit on by people you went to high school with anymore. On Wednesday the company announced an experimental new feature that could someday make Messenger much more useful.

M is something like a combination of TaskRabbit and Google Now: a digital personal assistant that relies on a combination of automated and human labor to help make busy lives easier via digital communication. M can make you a doctor's appointment or tell you where to go hike for the weekend — but it can also book your dinner reservations, order a birthday gift for your dad, or help you plan a party. Simply message M — a faceless, identity-less chat contact — as you would a friend, and voila! Facebook announced the product today but is rolling it out gradually across a select number of Bay Area users, according to Wired.

But unlike similar products, M doesn't evoke a person or a character. Apple has Siri, the feminine-voiced and -named natural language processing feature that comes standard on all devices. Amazon has Alexa, a "cloud-based voice service" that comes installed on Echo devices, which can control anything from the lights in your home to the music on your stereo. And Microsoft named Cortana, its answer to Siri, after a female character in the Halo video game:

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The fact that the designers and engineers who have built these products across tech companies have so frequently opted to give them feminine characteristics has not gone without notice, in the press and in academia. The popularity of the film Her – in which the protagonist, played by Joaquin Phoenix, falls in love with his operating system "Samantha," voiced by Scarlett Johansson — also brought some some attention to the issue of how digital labor is gendered. The first interaction in the film between Phoenix and his soon-to-be paramour involves her offering to sort through his email inbox for him.


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Mobile Banking Could Take Over The Developing World

A new Brookings Institution report says financial tech is helping to close the economic gender gap and connect marginalized communities that lack access to banks.

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According to the World Bank, 2 billion people around the world live on the margins of the formal financial system. That's 2 billion people without a secure means of saving their money, 2 billion people without credit cards or any of the new wireless payment systems they enable. In developing economies, the situation is improving. But it still has a long way to go. And with financial access and participation varying wildly across the globe, there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

On Wednesday, the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology and Innovation published a comprehensive report evaluating the state of financial access in 21 developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The study ranks nations across four broad categories: commitment of a nation's government to increase access to financial tools; the regulatory environment; adoption of traditional bank accounts and digital services, like mobile money accounts; and the strength of phone networks.

The main finding? Financial services are taking off in the developing world, and tech-minded African nations are leading the way. Of the top five countries Brookings ranked, only one, Brazil, was outside of the continent. Kenya claimed the top spot, followed by South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda.

"Mobile money and other digital financial services are enabling enormous progress in access to finance," the report states, "particularly in places — for example, in many sub-Saharan African countries — where there is often a lack of legacy systems and established traditional financial institutions."

The rise of mobile payment technology, the authors hope, will also foster a wider range of services beyond purchases and sending money to family members. They expect, over time, that interest-bearing savings accounts will be offered over mobile and that a wider adoption of government subsidies going directly to citizens' mobile accounts will take hold (limiting corruption, theft, and waste).

While feature phones (the non-smart kind) are prevalent among impoverished nations, John Villasenor, one of the lead researchers of the study, sees enormous financial potential for an app economy based on cheap, off-contract smartphones. "In the developing world, in particular among the people who are unbanked, one of the really interesting transitions we are going to see in the next couple of years is the mass adoption of smartphones," he said.

Villasenor told BuzzFeed News that a country's commitment to bringing disadvantaged people into the financial system is fundamental. In India, for example, where lawmakers launched an initiative to provide 75 million people with bank accounts and debit cards, public subsidies for kerosene, fertilizers, and food are now being paid directly into citizens' accounts to encourage their use. (India claims one-fifth of the world's entire adult population without a bank account.) In Peru, under the leadership of the national bank association, mobile payment technology is being developed that will someday allow anyone with access to it to send and receive money across different mobile platforms.

Financial empowerment can be particularly transformative for women, people living in poverty, and other marginalized groups. "There's a big gender gap in access to financial series with women being disproportionately excluded in some countries," said Villasenor; according to the World Bank, 65% of the world's adult men have accounts with financial institutions, compared to only 58% for women. Brookings authors believe that technology can help close this gap. "Digital financial services such as mobile money give women more control over their financial lives," states the report.

Many observers assume that people on the lower end of the economic spectrum can't afford even low-end smartphones, Villasenor said. "But that's actually not going to be true for very much longer. And the social impact of that transition, not only in financial inclusion but beyond, is going to be truly profound."

While the countries evaluated in the study were pushed to invest in their 3G networks and to allow entities like retailers and post offices to take on the responsibilities and services of formal banks, the U.S. has enormous influence over the landscape too.

Through international banking standards, the U.S. helps shape financial policy around the world, Villasenor explained. A banking regulation known as Know Your Customer (KYC) sets the identification requirements for a person opening a bank account (for example, multiple forms of government-issued ID and proof of stable employment). According to Villasenor, because of the U.S.'s intense focus on preventing terrorist financing and money laundering, strict KYC requirements are common practice abroad, and validating one's identity and employment can be an onerous challenge for economically disadvantaged people.

"The problem is this collateral damage that can be created," Villasenor said. "People who really pose no threat at all, who just want to open an account with $15 in it, might find that they are unable to do so because they are unable to fulfill these very stringent KYC requirements."

Villasenor advocates for KYC requirements that are scaled depending on the size of the account — less rigorous ID verification is used for people with smaller bank accounts and more rigorous ones used for bigger accounts. That way, he says, honest individuals won't be excluded from the financial system abroad.

And for those tech entrepreneurs eyeing the rest of the world from Silicon Valley? Villasenor sees a big opening to develop smartphone technology. "The opportunity here is that it hasn't really happened yet," he said. "It's well understood how to use feature phones for mobile money, but what people haven't done yet is use the capabilities that smartphones provide."

Villasenor pointed to the security features that engineers could implement for consumers in the developing world — using the phone's screen for fingerprints, using the camera for bar code scanning, and voice recognition. He also noted the need to develop apps and interfaces that accommodate the range of reading levels among populations with low literacy rates.

"As smartphones become more common, as you get hundreds and hundreds of millions more people becoming digitally engaged, and some of these people are on the margins of the financial system, what are some of the ways that smartphones can be used to help these people?"

Autoplay Puts Twitter, Facebook In Uncomfortable Place After Video Of WDBJ Shooting Spreads

Unwitting distribution channels for violent footage

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and their peers have built communications tools that have empowered everyday people to broadcast to millions of others, all around the world, in an instant. Yet that very ability comes with extreme consequences when evil people decide to harness those same tools to increase the notoriety they seek for their own horrible actions. That happened today, in a dramatic fashion.

Not long after gunning down a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia this morning, the suspected shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan II, took to Twitter to promote his first-person video of the murders: "I filmed the shooting see Facebook," he tweeted. Moments later, he posted the videos on Twitter too.

It didn't take long for both Twitter and Facebook to remove the videos and suspend Flanagan's accounts. But, by the time they had, many people had reported seeing the videos, unwittingly, as they spread through the platforms via their respective sharing mechanisms.


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Here's The NFL's Blisteringly Accurate New Way To Track Players On The Field

Under every player’s shoulder pad there’s a tiny chip transmitting his location, down to the inch. A look at the tech that could change the game.

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The NFL is rolling out new on-field tracking tools that let it know where its players are, where they're going, how fast they're getting there, and which route they're taking.

That's not surprising. Major league sports aren't just a physical contest — they're a data dump. Statistics fuel bets, fantasy leagues, and armchair coaching; they inform coaching decisions and give fans the opportunity to embed themselves deep into a sport. The NFL, though, has recently introduced an unprecedented level of that data collection.

After testing it last year, as of this season, the upper decks of all 31 NFL stadiums are ringed with sensors, all pointed at the field. They're looking for sensor tags, located under each of the players' shoulder pads, that are capable of live-tracking movements on the field of play. The tracking is extraordinarily accurate — according to Zebra Technologies, which makes the tags, the margin of error is less than six inches. That's a tiny amount, especially when compared to GPS, which is usually only accurate within yards.

Here's what one of the receivers looks like in action at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.

Here's what one of the receivers looks like in action at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.

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The result is a lot of data. The NFL knows where every player on every team is from the moment he walks out of the locker room on game day — when wireless gate technology activates his tags in the doorway. Once he gets on the field, he's tracked for the duration of the game, the sensors measuring movement, speed, and plays. These statistics are processed by Zebra, then passed to the NFL servers before being parceled out to different broadcast networks, box score providers, and — starting with this year's regular season — Xbox One.


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What's Up With Bosses Checking Their Phones While Talking To You?

According to our poll, 86% of bosses do it.

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Recently, BuzzFeed ran a poll to find out how people use their phones at work which asked questions about what kind of unspoken etiquette goes on. The most surprising finding was the marked difference in how workers use their phones around the bosses and vice versa.

Of course, workplaces vary so much that core things about using your phone may differ – taking personal calls might fly if you have a private office but not if you're working in an open office or a service industry. But one trend seemed to be clear: phone etiquette is linked to where you are on the totem pole of your workplace.

Almost half the respondents said they would NOT look at their phone while talking to their boss. Yet 86% said their boss checks her phone while talking to them.


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15 People Who Were Affected By The Ashley Madison Hack

“I now have proof needed to divorce that loser.” All confessions via Whisper.

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Amazon To Start One-Hour Alcohol Delivery In The U.S.

But only in Seattle, for now.

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You know that moment at a party when you can see that the booze is running out and you know that someone's going to have to go get more but you don't want to be the one to go so you just ignore it and don't point it out and then the party just sort of...ends?

Amazon wants to fix that, and any other alcohol supply problems you might have. Starting today, Amazon Prime Now will bring you damn near anything, including booze, within one or two hours — if you're in the company's home city of Seattle, at least.

The delivery service is already available in London, where it debuted, but Seattle represents its first foray into the United States. Two-hour delivery is free, and one-hour delivery costs $7.99. According to Amazon's announcement, the service offers "beer, wine, and spirits" (in addition to other need-it-in-a-pinch items like paper towels and milk) and runs from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Couriers will check IDs upon delivery.

There's no word yet on when the one-hour booze barge will swerve out of Seattle. "We haven't yet provided a timeline for delivering alcohol in other U.S. cities," an Amazon spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "Like with any product offering, we will evaluate customer response and if customers love the convenience of having alcohol delivered in under an hour right to their doors then we'll look to expand the offering." (Our guess is that people will love the convenience, Amazon. But we are very thirsty.)

According to an Amazon spokesperson, the beer will be delivered cold.

Twitter’s Politwoops Shutdown Explanation Doesn’t Add Up

A “policy” decision three years after the violation began.

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The Twitter policy that led to the global death of Politwoops — the archiving service that, until this past weekend, published the deleted tweets of politicians around the world — actually makes a bit of sense when you think about it in a vacuum. Twitter requires its API partners (companies allowed direct access to its data via an Application Programming Interface) to respect the decisions its users make on Twitter proper. So when a Twitter user deletes a tweet, Twitter's API partners must delete it too.

The idea behind this is logical: Twitter doesn't want to directly enable the preservation of tweets when people delete them. And regardless of its intent, Politwoops was a de facto violator of this policy, something Twitter hinted at in a statement Monday: "We take our commitment to our users seriously and will continue to defend and respect our users' voices in our product and platform," the company said.

Twitter's explanation would be unremarkable if this was the spring of 2012, when Politwoops debuted. But according to the site's U.S. facilitator the Sunlight Foundation, Twitter has been in touch with Politwoops since that time, and largely ignored Politwoops until a few months ago when Twitter abruptly cut off the service in the U.S. "We are truly mystified as to what prompted the change of heart, and it's deeply disappointing to see Twitter kill a project they had supported since 2012," the Sunlight Foundation said at the time.

This past weekend, Twitter dropped the hammer on Politwoops again. It banned Politwoops in the 30 countries it was operating in outside of the U.S. and issued a statement implying that it just determined Politwoops was in violation of its policy. "Recently, we identified several services that used the feature we built to allow for the deletion of tweets to instead archive and highlight them," the company said. "We subsequently informed these services of their noncompliance and suspended their access to our APIs."

Huh?

"In our case, we know it is in fact disingenuous," said Sunlight Foundation President Chris Gates in an interview, referring to Twitter's "recent" characterization. "We were doing it in plain sight with their approval," he said. "These are known public sites and so I think they've been aware for a while."

If Twitter did "support" Politwoops, as Sunlight claims, then it's hard to view the company's decision to shut it down as anything other than a sudden about face. And though that may be a win for Twitter's platform team, which would presumably want politicians to feel comfortable on the service and confident that they can control their image on it, it's likely a loss for everyone else.

While many of us delete tweets when we make typos or tweet broken links, politicians sometimes delete them for another reason: when they don't want to be held accountable for what they say there. Elected representatives in the U.S., for instance, mass deleted tweets celebrating the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when it became politically inexpedient to support him. In another case, a congressman was caught by Politwoops deleting a tweet that passed along a suggestion that wolves could solve the "homeless problem." Yet another painted an evil caricature of Michelle Obama.

"What politicians say in public should be available to anyone. This is not about typos but it is a unique insight on how messages from elected politicians can change without notice," said Open State Foundation Director Arjan El Fassed, in a statement Monday. The organization was running Politwoops in 30 countries until the project's API access was cut off.

For three years Twitter allowed Politwoops to archive this material. Then, suddenly, it didn't. And now, as we head into election season, a time when the archiving of deleted tweets might add to the public discourse, the resource providing that service is gone.

Announcing what it described as "complete access to every historical public Tweet" earlier this month, Twitter engineer Adam Tornes cited Carl Sagan's famous quote, "You have to know the past to understand the present." A good maxim, and one perhaps worth keeping in mind here.

Twitter declined comment beyond its earlier statement.