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Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram...

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What to expect at Google I/O this week

Google has been rolling out news at a steady rate since last week, in what feels like a bit of a last-minute clearinghouse ahead of tomorrow. The company’s already taken the wraps off of news about Android TV, Google Home, Wear OS Assistant, you name it. If this were practically any other com...

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I visited a teeth-straightening startup and found out I needed a root canal

Going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing. Unfortunately, it was no different for me last week when I went to discuss Uniform Teeth’s recent $4 million seed funding round from Lerer Hippeau, Refactor Capital, Founder’s Fund and Slow Ventures. Uniform Teeth is a clear teeth aligner s...

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Facebook changes an Oculus division’s name, invents term “Facebook Reality”

On Monday, Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash posted this image of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testing something at what was formerly known as Oculus Research. Now, these tests take place at Facebook Reality Labs. (credit: Oculus) Nearly four years ago, Facebook paid roughly $2 billion...

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Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash

Enlarge / NTSB officials inspecting the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg. (credit: NTSB) The fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March occurred because of a software bug in Uber's self-driving car technology, The Information's Amir Efrati reported on Monday...

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Two spaces after period are better than one, except maybe they aren’t, study finds

Enlarge / Two spaces are better. Well, at least to me. (credit: Nora Karol Photography/Getty Images) In what may be one of the most controversial studies of the year, researchers at Skidmore College—clearly triggered by a change in the American Psychological Association (APA) style book&mda...

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Google slams “for-profit bail-bond providers,” won’t let them advertise

Enlarge (credit: Thomas Hawk / Flickr) On Monday, Google announced that it will no longer allow ads from bail-bond companies. This isn't the first time Google has singled out an entire industry. In 2016, it banned ads from payday lenders. In a blog post, the company suggested that such ads consti...

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AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC’s authority over broadband

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | ljhimages) AT&T will appeal to the Supreme Court in an attempt to avoid a government lawsuit over its throttling of unlimited data plans. The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T in October 2014 in US District Court in Northern California, alleging that...

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GoDaddy has shut down Richard Spencer’s white supremacist site

Enlarge / Demonstrators protest outside of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term "alt-right," at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Domain registrar GoDaddy has stopped providing domain-registration service to altright....

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Apple admits some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models have disabled microphones during phone calls

Apple today admitted that some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models running iOS 11.3 or later may have a bug that disables the microphone during phone calls, MacRumors spotted through a leaked document. The few users with the affected devices may see their speaker button grayed-out when making calls or video...


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