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Twitter has discontinued Magic Recs, its bot that alerted users via DM about trending posts and popular accounts. In a written statement to TechCrunch, a Twitter spokesperson had the following to say about the company’s new direction with regard to bots: @MagicRecs is no longer regularly sending recommendations through Direct Message. Recommendations that were previously shared via Direct Message are now delivered via push notification. Magic Recs (which Twitter always tagged as an ‘experiment’) was one of the few useful bots around, but required you to follow the account (you know, DMs and all that). It also didn’t have many followers: 112,000.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Delta Airlines today announced it will be investing some $50 million in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to avoid losing any of the 120 million bags it handles each year. Currently, airlines are mostly tracking baggage using a hand scanner and a barcode. The switch is a big one for passengers as they would now get real-time updates on their luggage via the Delta mobile app. It’s also sorely needed for Delta. Delta, according to the Department of Transportation, ranks as the worst US carrier in terms of mishandled baggage with 1.95 incidents for every 1,000 passengers. Luckily for Delta passengers, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you ever wondered how to note a friend has too much iStuff? An Apple executive is setting the record straight on how to properly refer to multiple Apple-branded devices. For some reason, seemingly chill dude Phil Schiller has no chill for the word ‘iPhones.’ Instead, he suggests we say ‘three iPhone devices.’ His grammar lesson was in response to a Twitter stream discussing a podcast where the host noted the topic was ‘iPads Pro’ (which still sounds wrong, like some sort of Dungeons and Dragons nerd-speak). @Gartenberg @BenedictEvans @stevesi @macintux One need never pluralize Apple product names. Ex: Mr. Evans… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking for a deal, Craigslist isn’t a terrible place to start. If you’re looking for a deal on an eight billion dollar company it’s probably best to look elsewhere, unless you’re in the business for a piece of history that’s fallen on hard times. According to a (obviously fake) Craigslist ad, your chance at owning an iconic company is really only an email (and roughly $8 billion) away. A rare find, this one-of-a-kind Internet original is now available to the public for a limited time. A beautiful piece in good-to-fair condition, showing some signs of wear but easily restored in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Woah there! The year is zipping by, but before we launch full-force into next month, there’s just about enough time for a quick roundup of the best updates and launches in April. From notable updates from big names like Google, to the world of bots and ultrasound-like file beaming. And if you disagree, you can leave your favorites in the comments, or check out last month’s roundup. Google Photos Google released a few updates for Photos this month, including some that are only available on Android for now but are scheduled to come to iPhone later. One that did land on both… This story continues at The Next Web

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Snapchat just scored a big win: streaming highlights from the Olympics. According to Bloomberg, Snacphat penned a deal with NBC to show off clips from the Olympics, the first time NBC has shared content outside of its own network in the US. NBC tells Bloomberg that Snapchat “really effectively reaches a very important demographic in the United States.” NBC also plans on using Snapchat to show interactions off the field, and get a more personal perspective from athletes curated by BuzzFeed. In other words, NBC is trying to captivate the interestof young people, who may not care about watching TV, or… This story continues at The Next Web

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Woah there! Where did May come from already? Before we launch into next month, there’s just about enough time for a quick roundup of the most notable updates and releases across April. As always, only the best iPhone and iPad apps from the last month make it into this list. Hippo Pics You spend your life posting photos to Instagram, but you still haven’t quite got the hang of editing ‘just so.’ If that sounds like you, then Hippo Pics is worth checking out. In essence, it allows you to upload your Instagram shots and if they’re deemed a good enough starting… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ah, welcome welcome. I see you enjoyed last week’s edition and are back for more. Well we won’t disappoint. For the uninitiated (go back and start at post one, please) the team at TNW has made a New Year’s Resolution to read a bit more. So every week, a select number of our team will share with you what’s currently living on their nightstand, or saved in Pocket, or is sitting in that browser tab begging to be read. This week we’re exploring how one of the most important statistical methods was invented by someone at the Guinness factory, why new… This story continues at The Next Web

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You have a great idea for a business and are rightly excited to get going. There is so much to do that you can hardly sleep at night. You are thinking of all the plans and steps that you must complete, like securing financing, setting up a website, hiring your first employees… the list goes on and on. You feel deep pressure to finalize all the details – if not today, then first thing tomorrow. Not so fast. Many new business owners share this sense of urgency. In their haste to build brilliant things, they skip over business fundamentals. But that’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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iTunes Gift Cards are far more exciting now than they used to be. The purchase options on the iTunes Store and App Store have expanded enormously in recent years, as the world has turned its collective attention to Apple’s industry-leading tech in smartphones, computers, tablets and, of course, its now-legendary iTunes music platform. Now TNW readers have a chance to win a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card, to spend on the latest and greatest music, apps, and so much more. In addition to supercharging your iTunes music library, you’ll be able to pick up all the apps, iBooks, games and movies… This story continues at The Next Web

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The value of a high-level Project Manager is impossible to overstate, as they are the productivity gatekeepers in project costs, risk management and beyond. With the comprehensive foundation training provided in the Project Management PMP Prep Bundle, you can earn top-level PM certification and establish yourself as your company’s action person. At 73 percent off from TNW Deals, the sound of opportunity knocking is that much more appealing. Across five courses you’ll receive 76+ hours of elite training in turning out marketing campaigns effectively, on time and under budget. You’ll soon grasp the Project Management Institute’s publication A Guide to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Much to the sadness of people who loved to hate Clip Art, the service was killed off in 2014 because, you know, it was pretty terrible. Well it has been reinvented via a new partnership between Microsoft and Pickit, which is now integrated into Office and Windows 10 so you can use its legally-cleared, crowdsourced images to spruce up your dull work documents. The images on Pickit are uploaded by individual photographers and stock image banks, which get 60 percent of revenues made, meaning they should be sharing things that beat the old Clip Art catalog. Since Clip Art closed, Microsoft… This story continues at The Next Web

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Since its release back in 2013, Slack has grown into one of the leading team messaging services, boasting 2.7 million active daily users. Part of the app’s success has been its robust chatbot integration feature that makes it possible for developers to build custom bots, scrupulously tailored to the needs of your team. Yet, despite being one of Slack’s most instrumental facets, its bot integration functionality might also be one of the app’s least secure features. Or at least, this is what security company Detectify cautions. According to recent research from Detectify, a vulnerability in Slack bots might have exposed your team’s private messages, passwords and other database… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung today announced a new virtual reality experience aimed at kids, that allows them to explore a VR world at bedtime. Of course, what you probably want to be doing at bedtime is strapping a Gear VR headset onto your child, and thus placing a bright phone screen just inches away from their face. It’s not like the suggestion of ‘blue light’ (like that emitted from a phone screen) being bad for both health and sleep patterns hasn’t been discussed for years? Oh wait, yes it has. To be fair, it’s not like Samsung is just suggesting you slap a Gear… This story continues at The Next Web

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GPS-based apps like Google Maps are great at helping us get around, but it sometimes gets things wrong when you’re navigating through places in India: unidentified one-ways and lanes that lead to dead ends are common. That’s about to change, because India now has its own satellite-based navigation system, known as NAVIC, short for Navigation with Indian Constellation. Having a dedicated system to cover the country should help bring much more accurate and detailed information for navigation services. The Indian Space Research Organization announced yesterday that the seventh and final satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, the IRNSS… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first few years of any startup are generally characterized by long hours, cramped workspaces, shoestring budgets, and skeleton teams. In a scene closely resembling a beehive, individuals and divisions scramble around each other, totally focused on their individual goals and deadlines. In the early stages of a startup, apart from the occasional freelance developer or Dominos delivery guy, your workspace will be filled with familiar faces. And when your core team consists of seven people, human resources is probably as alien a concept as a 40 hour work week. When you get your first funding round or your product… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google may be the king of search but some of its best efforts around building communications tools have failed – remember Wave? – or faltered – remember the last time you used Google+? No, me neither. Google Chat, now integrated with Google Hangouts, was once my go-to office gossip tool. But now Slack is on the scene and I barely spend any time in my email inbox. So perhaps it’s no surprise that, according to news outlets in Russia, Google execs have been courting Telegram founder and CEO Pavel Durov for at least a year looking for a $1bn easy win. Telegram… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has been called “the best company to work for in America” by Business Insider thanks to its reported emphasis on employee happiness – and that message has clearly reached Capitol Hill as 197 government staff have moved there since Obama took office. That’s on top of 61 people who’ve moved from Google (and related firms, including those entirely funded by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt) to government in that time. This “revolving door” interactive data has been compiled by the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) as part of its Google Transparency Project that aims to shine a light the company that we all use everyday, but… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s a common misconception that personal branding is reserved for authors, speakers or those looking to become well-known personalities. In our digitally savvy world, where potential clients, investors and employers are just as apt to look you up on Facebook or Google search your name as they are to call your references, personal branding is mission critical. Your personal brand is your credibility, your reputation and your presence. Your personal brand is you and let’s face it, it’s near impossible to avoid having some kind of online presence in this era. Whether you’re actively participating in its development or not,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every startup has a story to tell. From the conception of an idea, to the first lines of code, early hires, and preliminary funding rounds – every company has a unique narrative. But there are always shared experiences. Processes, tactics and habits that shape the experience of the fledgling startup. In this series, Tales from the Trenches of Tech, we talk to founders to hear their perspectives on the key element to their successful strategies. This week, we talked with Joana Baptista of Inviita, based in Lisbon, a pocket city app that builds personalized tours depending on your mood and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The US Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, so judges across the country now have the authority to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside their district. That means that a judge can grant an FBI agent in, say, New York, permission to hack into a computer in San Francisco, or potentially any city in the world, in order to further their investigation. The court documents pertaining to the matter indicate that a warrant will be granted if a suspect uses tools to hide their identity, such as Tor. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re looking to add artificial intelligence to a hardware project for doing things like sensing objects in an enviroment or understand voice commands, Movidius’ new Fathom USB stick might be just the thing. The company is known for its Myriad 2 deep learning chip that allows DJI drones to avoid obstacles. The Fathom is essentially a portable version of the chip that can be plugged into the USB 3.0 port of Linux-based devices to run fully-trained neural networks while consuming very little power. It’s compatible with Caffe and TensorFlow frameworks and is capable of 150 gigaFLOPS (150 billion floating-operations… This story continues at The Next Web

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We reported two weeks ago that whistleblower Edward Snowden was collaborating with producer Jean-Michel Jarre on a techno track called ‘Exit’. The song now has a music video to go with it, and you can watch it here. Given Snowden’s background of exposing governmental surveillance and its penchant for secrecy, It’s pretty much what you’d expect: a montage of clips depicting snooping, security paraphernalia and hackers cracking uncrackable networks in dimly-lit rooms. The Verge noted that Snowden’s contribution to the track is essentially a short monologue about surveillance and his blessing – but it’s nice to know that even in… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new Apple patent could fix a major pain point when texting — autocorrect. While autocorrect has never been annoying enough to actually pick up the phone and call someone, it’s the sort of minor annoyance that sometimes made you reminisce about being left to your own devices for being awkward and stupid, not a device that seemed hell-bent to do it for you. Apple’s new patent aims to fix all that. The patent details a method that would highlight words within a message after the device has autocorrected them. Each corrected word would sit atop a blue line, thus allowing you… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vevo just redesigned its Web presence to reflect the same smooth, slick interface you’ll find via mobile. The company says it underwent a complete UI overhaul on the desktop that aligns it more closely with the mobile and Apple TV variants. Onboarding is also similar to the mobile version, where Vevo asks you to select some favorite genres ahead of streaming videos. The app learns as you use it, too, meaning that over time its recommendations to you get smarter based on your stated likes and viewing history. For the Web, Vevo also has a larger video player, and a home page… This story continues at The Next Web

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