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As extremist groups are becoming more vigilant about taking their recruiting efforts and propaganda campaigns online, companies like Twitter are often left to police its platform for suspected terrorist activity, a monumental task considering the size of its userbase. For the first time publicly, Twitter today revealed the scale at which terrorists — or suspected terrorists — were using its platform. A tweet from the company’s official, @Policy account said that it has currently shut down 125,000 accounts since mid-2015, and has plans to continue to step up the fight against online extremism. A majority of these accounts, reportedly, were ISIS-related.… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — and found by IEEE Spectrum — Google is looking to cut the cord on its self-driving car, the power cord, that is. In February of last year, HevoPower, a New York-based start-up received permission from the FCC to install its experimental charger at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. In July, Momentum Dynamics, followed suit by installing its own charger at an address believed to associated with Google’s ultra-secretive, “X” division — which is currently working on the autonomous car. The filings detail Google’s testing of two wireless charging… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has updates its CloudKit service with server-to-server capabilities, making it easier to use outside of Apple’s locked-down environment. From Apple: In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key. Ahead of this development, CloudKit was best utilized as a direct backend for apps and services Apple allowed via APIs. It let users read and write to a database, but there was little functionality beyond that. With this server-to-server feature, developers… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Hangouts is changing up its back-end technology a bit; it can now use peer-to-peer (p2p) connections to improve call quality. The addition was first noted in the Android app by Reddit user kxra, and it’s likely the app is using the Google-developed WebRTC API, which supports p2p data transfer. The feature would come to all Hangouts platforms, too, not just Android. VentureBeat contacted Google about the change, and was told Hangouts will now route audio and video over p2p connections “when possible” in order to improve call quality and speed. In other words, Hangouts will connect users’ computers directly instead of routing calls through Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s one thing to leave the comforts of a good career to chase your dreams in a startup, it’s entirely another to do so in the brutally difficult world of hardware. It’s also different from approaching that work as a non-technical founder. And as a woman. While carrying your first child. Yet sitting down with Tinsel founder Aniyia Williams mere weeks before the surprisingly dramatic birth of her daughter, it’s clear that her laser focus is what got her past those doubts. More than ready to give birth, she was ready to continue working on the company that inspired her to create… This story continues at The Next Web

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With rumors circulating that Apple will unveil a 4-inch iPhone in March dubbed the ‘5se,’ many wonder why the company would take a step backwards with regard to screen size. New research may shed some light on why. According to Mixpanel, 32.22 percent of iOS users are using an iPhone 5S or earlier. While resistance to upgrade is likely a small part of the reason folks are using old 4-inch devices, it could also be that they really like smaller smartphones. But older devices don’t have access to the features newer devices do. Nothing older than an iPhone 6 has… This story continues at The Next Web

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For all intents and purposes, San Francisco is a modern day business success story. Billions of capital flows through the corporations that have set up in the city and the greater Bay Area, and the resulting boom has brought with it a tremendous amount of success. But it has also brought a lot of tension in regards to properly caring for the poorest people the city has to offer. That tension has reached a boiling point this week: Amid reports that San Francisco police were intimidating the city’s homeless to dismantle their housing camps within the city and keep them well out… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a local news site, NJ.com, Facebook has begun to remove pages for businesses that legally sell marijuana for medical purposes in New Jersey. The three dispensaries were all legal, and licensed to sell marijuana for medicinal reasons in the state of New Jersey, one of 23 states in which medical marijuana sales are permitted by law. These dispensaries aren’t alone. The report also details a number of medical marijuana suppliers across the country that had their pages shut down without warning. But what rule are these pages violating? None, as far as we can tell. We reached out… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat is known for its ephemerality and sure, you can save your posts if you remember, but how about getting a monthly recap of all of your posts in one place? That’s exactly what Snap Memories is offering its users. All you have to do is sign up with your email address and username and then add ‘mysnapchatmemories0‘ on the app. You’ll then receive a monthly email with a link to watch back over all of your snaps. Example of what the email from Snap Memories will look like. You might notice the ‘Peek’ logo in the corner of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new patent filing from Apple suggests the home button on future iPhones and iPads may have 3D Touch, and act like a virtual mouse. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing some sort of depth sensing technology to the home button, which could mean forceful presses will do more than go back to the home screen or wake the display. Elsewhere in the patent, it seems Apple is also exploring the idea of a home button with 3D Touch act as an on-screen cursor. It details that sensors around the home button could be split into four ‘zones,’ and… This story continues at The Next Web

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A confident knowledge of robotics can make a virtual god of men in today’s rapidly evolving tech world, offering the ability to control and manipulate their physical surroundings. The Complete Arduino Step-by-Step Guide gives you the know-how to build your own electronics through hands-on instruction, with no programming experience required. You can get it now for just $14.99, a full 92 percent off MSRP on TNW Deals. Dubbed as the world’s greatest open-source electronics platform, Arduinos are microcontrollers that make the creation of interactive electronic devices accessible to everyone. Open-source and user-friendly, Arduino’s hardware and software can be combined in… This story continues at The Next Web

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I walk up to a large, white mansion. I knock on the door and a woman in a white shirt and black skirt opens the door. She greets me by saying “hello handsome” as if we’ve met before. She grabs the vacuum cleaner I’m holding in my hand and smiles before saying, “I’ve been meaning to replace my sucker for some time.” She invites me inside. The next thing I know I’m sat in an open-plan living area. The fire is on, I can see Hollywood from the terrace to my left. The woman meanwhile is attempting to clean the… This story continues at The Next Web

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After Nintendo announced its plans to launch a “Quality of Life” (QoL) device that monitors your sleeping habits back in 2014, the company has now decided to hit the snooze button on this project. The so-called “sleep-tracker” – as the tech world pegged it – was expected to hit the stores by the end of March 2016. However, during an investors Q&A session Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the company no longer has any plans to release it. Oddly enough, the Japanese gaming giant initially introduced the sleep monitoring gadget as a non-wearable device for the wearable tracker market. Originally greenlit by Nintendo’s now late… This story continues at The Next Web

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More than 20 million people watched the RBS Six Nations rugby tournament in 2015 and this year it will be quite literally taken to a new height when it kicks off tomorrow. The BBC will live stream the England v Scotland match 400km above earth in the International Space Station for British Astronaut Tim Peake. Peake is getting into the spirit for the match and even recorded this message for the teams. Speaking about the game, Peake said: “I know that space is a hostile environment, but Murrayfield, for the old Calcutta Cup, that’s a whole different matter. And Scotland… This story continues at The Next Web

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As you might expect, writing technology news and managing a team of writers means that keeping up with pretty much anything that happens is an essential part of my job. What this means is that I need an efficient way to stay in touch with anything that happens across a day and a simple way to see a roundup of everything that happened overnight while I was asleep, which is why I was more than happy to try out Corgi for Feedly, which is a slightly misleading name in itself. In a nutshell, it’s one of many, many lock screen… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, the largest televised event of the year hit a record of 114.4 viewers. And naturally, brands with unlimited budgets that are seeking for tremendous exposure, turn to the Super Bowl for advertising year after year. Ads by major companies such as GoDaddy, Budweiser and Carl’s Junior have been able to leave their mark and be remembered by audiences long after the game for their cool creatives and unique ideas, but is that all that brands aim to achieve? While generating buzz and brand awareness is an important goal for businesses (even mobile games turn to the platform for a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember the Milk was one of the first massively popular productivity app for years after it launched in 2005, before Wunderlist and Todoist even existed. It fell off the radar when other apps, like Evernote and Any.do, began passing it out in terms of features and style. However, Remember the Milk is making a comeback with a completely overhauled app. The company has built its software again from the ground up and the new version is available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Blackberry, Mac and on the Web. Version 4.0 also adds support for offline mode, meaning you can continue updating your… This story continues at The Next Web

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MS-DOS viruses were so much cooler than the ones we see now and you can finally re-live what it was like to lose everything in the 90’s all over again. The Malware Collection is a set of interesting viruses that affected MS-DOS in the 1990’s that you can actually use in your browser. Many of those old-school viruses were incredibly devastating, but did so in a far more impressive manner showing messages and sometimes even playing music as they slowly destroyed your computer — it’s basically an art form. The destructive parts of the malware has been removed, but it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you use Chrome and have it set to save your passwords, you already have a repository of login details for the sites you frequently visit. It’s easy enough to access from your primary device in case you need to look up a password (load Settings > and find ‘Manage passwords’ in the advanced section) — but what if you’re not at your desk or can’t load Chrome for some reason? Google has a Passwords page that you can log in to from any browser with the account details you use to sign into Chrome. Once you’re in, you can… This story continues at The Next Web

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See Jason Fried at TNW Europe in Amsterdam this May.   Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of Basecamp, a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools, and was previously known as 37signals. Last year at TNW Conference in New York, we had the pleasure of having an AMA with Jason. Whether it’s about Basecamp, the future of working or his daily routine, Fried’s honest, often humorous responses are full of essential advice for anyone in tech. One such response is when he is asked about how the prices of Basecamp’s products are decided. Fried’s answer: “Never ask people what they… This story continues at The Next Web

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Read-it-later service Pocket has updated its iOS app for Premium subscribers. A subscription costs $4.99 per month and can now get you a new “customizable reading experience,” which includes seven new fonts to choose from and the ability to alter the page layout with custom margins and spacing options. Pocket has also added a new font that’s specifically tailored to make the reading experience easier for people with dyslexia. The font, called Dyslexie, is the only new feature that is also available in Pocket’s free tier. A new Auto-Dark Mode allows Premium users to adjust the app’s reading theme depending on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Customer success, a relatively new term mostly attributed to the SaaS field, has evolved dramatically since its inception just a few years ago. The concept of customer success is to arm customers with information about your product to increase adoption, to help with retention, and to reduce customer churn. Having an effective customer success plan means ensuring that your customers are happily using your tool, product, or service, but also ensuring that there are people there along the way to manage the customer lifecycle so that the customer is consistently given top notch treatment. Customer success managers are a new breed of employees focused on this… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp’s latest update for iOS and Android comes with a significant increase in the number of participants that can join a group chat. Previously, the Facebook-owned app allowed group chats with up to 100 users, but its latest version more than doubles the limit to 256.   For now, the update has not yet been implemented in other platforms, which means that BlackBerry and Windows phone users might have to wait a little longer to take advantage. Unlike previous updates that introduced features like the ability to run WhatsApp on desktop and the option to archive your chats on Google Drive, this iteration of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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At an event on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his intentions known: he hopes to have 5 billion active users on Facebook by 2030. To accomplish that goal of getting nearly 60 percent (using population estimates for 2030) of the world’s population on the social network in the 14 year timeline, it’s going to take a strong push to continue connecting most of the third world, including large portions of Africa, India, China and the Middle East. Initiatives like Internet.org (if it’s not completely killed off first) and an ambitious plan to provide internet to refugee camps through use of solar-powered drones… This story continues at The Next Web

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Visa is introducing a new developer program aimed at accelerating mobile payments, and will be opening the technology behind its platform up. Dubbed Visa Developer, the program will provide access to account holder identification technology, as well as p2p payment solutions. It will also lean on Visa Checkout for in-store and online transactions, and has dedicated offerings for security and fraud protection. Visa says it will roll out more access over the course of this year, including a marketplace where developers can share what they’ve made and connect with potential new partners. The program has been in the works for… This story continues at The Next Web

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