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India’s Supreme Court has overturned a law that has led to the arrest of several people for comments they left on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It seems that many of the arrests to date related to posts or emails that were critical of the Indian government, and had, in some cases, resulted in people who simply ‘Liked’ a comment being arrested too. According to the BBC, the court ruled today that the law was “unconstitutional” as it violated people’s right to freedom of expression. The specific part of the law pertaining to social posting was Section 66A, which allowed… This story continues at The Next Web

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If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our latest bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app. Pay what you want for four top-notch courses to learn to design apps from start to finish, as well as three packs of high-quality assets ranging from wireframes to icons to UI kits to device mockups. With this bundle, you can build a solid foundation of design knowledge with courses that you can watch and learn… This story continues at The Next Web

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RunKeeper’s training app for Android devices has been updated to bring a new look and feel to the app. Available to download now, one of the key differences is the activity list, which now sports a flatter look and will keep all your relevant running info at your fingertips. As well as polishing the transitions and other effects, the company has also tweaked the look of the Start, Me and Friends tabs as well to make it all look a bit cleaner. It’s probably not be the feature overhaul that RunKeeper’s most ardent fans might want, but putting the info you… This story continues at The Next Web

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With the 10th anniversary edition of TNW Conference in Amsterdam just mere weeks away, the majority of our interviews with promising young companies are now over. Despite the deadline for applications being extended until the 31st March (click here to apply now), we’ve already interviewed well over 250 companies hoping for a chance to take part. Last week we confirmed our 75th startup. With another 75 spots to allocate, your company still stands a good chance if you get your application in quickly. You can find the first and second 25 startup announcements here and the latest 25 awesome early-stage companies to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about how to create visually digestible interfaces, download the free e-book Web UI Design for the Human Eye: Colors, Space, Contrast. If you’re looking at the dictionary definitions, contrast and similarity seem like complete opposites with little in common. But in web design, they’re two sides of the same coin. Source: Deviantart  Contrast and similarity are both two approaches to showing relationships between a page’s elements — which saves a lot of time and user effort since it’s done visually. We’ll start… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick, the company’s Chromecast competitor, has been available in the US for five months now and it’s finally coming to the UK. You can preorder the device for £35 or £19 if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber and strike in the next two days. If you haven’t already signed up to Prime, you can nab the device for an even lower price – if you sign up and pay for an annual subscription, you’ll get the £19 deal and a £12 refund bringing the price down to £7. Amazon says it’ll start shipping Fire TV Sticks to… This story continues at The Next Web

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UberBlox is a new modular construction and prototyping system that is designed to help people easily conceptualize and build projects like 3D printers, smart systems and robots. With a salute to the explosion of the maker scene, UberBlox offers a building-block style single-connector locking mechanism that uses a common tool to quickly and precisely lock the standard sized blocks together. The blocks themselves provide accurate, strong and rigid frames for a variety of structures and machines. With UberBlox’s modular system, you start by assembling parts, mostly with a single small tool. You can re-configure your design using the same standard parts within… This story continues at The Next Web

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The NFL has announced that it will air a football game this upcoming season only via the internet and not on television as it has always done, reports The Wall Street Journal. When the Jacksonville Jaguars square off against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7 in London, the game will air only via the Web at 9:30 a.m. eastern time. The rights to its digital distribution are yet to be sold, but it’s likely that one of the major players in Web video, like YouTube or Facebook, will snap it up. The game won’t be available on DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket service, which… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been reported a few times now that Facebook plans to host third-party content on its site, but today The New York Times has shared that a handful of publications are in discussions to begin the program very soon. According to the report, Facebook has been in talks with The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic for a number of months, along with other partners to begin hosting content exclusively on the social network soon. Facebook is also reportedly offering options for publishers to make a cut from advertising shown alongside the content. The move is supposedly in order to make… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter today released an update to its iOS app that delivered a new feature for some verified users called ‘Quality filter.’ This allows them to hide tweets in notifications containing threats, offensive or abusive language, duplicate content or that are sent from suspicious accounts. Spotted by Anil Dash, co-founder at ThinkUp, the new option is available under the notifications tab and allows verified users to hide offending tweets. It’s not clear if it’s going to roll out to the wider Twitter service in the future, but we certainly hope it does. Previously, verified users could enable a “tailored” timeline that hid spam,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Reddit can be a goldmine of memes and grassroots news, so the platform is today making it easier to share comments on on other sites with embeddable comments. Rather than copy, pasting and formatting text, you can now embed a small window into your blog or website to link towards comments. To generate the necessary code simply click on a comment’s permalink page, then select ‘embed’ to generate the code you need to copy. You also have the option to include parent comments. Reddit says the embeds will display any edits to the original posts however, so if you want… This story continues at The Next Web

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This is the first episode in a video series profiling startups and their founders. In our pilot, host Julian Shapiro (@Shapiro) interviews Sergie Magdalin, co-founder and creative director of site building tool Webflow.  WebFlow is a design tool for visual professionals who want to build responsive websites without having to learn reams of code. Since its launch in 2013, it has been used by design teams from the likes of IBM, GroupOn, Ideo, MTV and HP, along with more than 10,000 other users. Part of that growth came down to WebFlow gaining a place on the prestigious Y Combinator start-up incubator in Silicon… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced today that Adobe is contributing to Project Spartan in Windows 10, bringing improvements in the areas of layout, typography, motion and graphic design. Adobe’s Web Platform Team provided its first contribution in the latest build of Windows 10, supplying a feature for CSS gradient midpoints. It allows developers to choose a location between color stops of a CSS gradient and is specified in the CSS images draft. It also provided full support for blend modes, so that they now support normal, multiply, screen, overlay, darken, lighten, color-dodge, color-burn, hard-light, soft-light, difference, exclusion, hue, saturation, color and luminosity, just like other… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram has released a brand new collage app — Layout — that lets you use your iPhone to combine up to nine photos in a single shot. In a way, the real question is not why Instagram has now launched a collage app, but why it took the company so long. One reason could be that there are so many great iOS collage apps out there — like Fuzel Collage (free) and Diptic ($.99) — that another one from the king of mobile photography might just provoke a “meh” from the community. As it stands, Instagram took the time to construct an easy,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uh oh, game streaming service Twitch has posted a short notice to its blog warning that there “may have been” some unauthorized access to some Twitch user information. It says that affected users will be contacted directly with additional details. We got the email being sent out to those users which says that a wide variety of information, including usernames, birthdate and home address, “may” have been accessed in the attack: We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems like everyone wants to shove autoplaying videos in your face and now Twitter wants to join the ranks of Facebook and Instagram in the fight for your eyeballs. According to Advertising Age, Twitter is now testing video advertisements that automatically play in your feed. The test applies to promoted video ads and hopes to see if users are more likely to watch videos if they play without a tap. It’s fairly obvious that the answer will be an overwhelming ‘yup’ to that question, since a moving thing in your timeline is going to attract your attention fairly easily.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon is looking to become your source for all things streaming media. Its next step is taking its music streaming more seriously – well, at least for iOS users. The company is introducing Prime Stations for iOS with version 4.0 of its Amazon Music app. The feature is what you’d expect: music stations tuned to certain genres and preferences, a la Pandora. The more you use the feature and skip or highlight songs, the more it learns about your tastes. Prime Stations include unlimited skips, and the updated app brings along an improved design for easier browsing, as well as… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has today made available a set of tools that allow developers to get started building apps for the Windows 10 Universal App platform. The company has made available the tools, alongside sample code for universal apps. This means developers can start building apps that work across desktop, tablet and mobile devices on a single codebase. To get started, developers need to be part of the Windows Insider Program and using the latest build, then download Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 and the SDK tools for Windows 10. ➤ Windows 10 Technical Preview tools

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Stripe, the payment company that’s quietly building the best way to pay people online, has today launched a major API update to its Connect API. The new API builds on what the company learnt from modern “platform” companies such as Instacart, Shyp and Lyft, that employ many ‘sellers’ to get their work done. Stripe Connect now makes it easier to onboard sellers (think Lyft drivers or Instacart shoppers) for their marketplace and now manages verification of their identity and ensuring they’re compliant with local tax laws. It also makes it much easier to pay those sellers, no matter what country they’re in. Previously,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has open sourced Augmented Traffic Control (ATC), the tool it developed to test the performance of apps under different network conditions. It allows engineers to simulate Edge, 2G, 3G and LTE connections to test the performance of apps on networks with varying strengths. ATC was originally developed during an internal Facebook hackathon in 2013. The tool has been used to test products like Messenger for crashes, time outs and download speeds. The code for Augmented Traffic Control is available now on GitHub. ➤ Augmented Traffic Control: A tool to simulate network conditions [via VentureBeat]

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This post originally appeared on Medium. A few weeks ago I was monitoring my phone traffic from a proxy server. While doing that I saw Ola API calls going from my phone (since I was booking a cab). For those who don’t know about Ola, Ola Cabs is the biggest cab provider in India and also biggest competitor of Uber (again in India). It has raised $500 million in funding, and processes 150,000 bookings a day. After seeing those flashing binary data going from my system I forgot my weekend project and started tweaking and reverse engineering Ola’s APIs which eventually… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter users will soon be able to specify and tag locations pulled from Foursquare’s database thanks to a tie-up between the two companies. The deal gives Twitter access to Foursquare’s full location database, which is a pretty significant repository and widely regarded as one of the most detailed. Coming soon! We’re working with @foursquare so you can tag specific locations in Tweets: https://t.co/MwlLz5Pfvqpic.twitter.com/jATzXvbuV6 — Twitter (@twitter) March 23, 2015 Tags for location can be general, or can be a specific business, landmark, or other point of interest. Mobile Twitter users will still have tweets labelled with their precise location in addition… This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung and Microsoft settled their Android royalties lawsuit last month and now they’re really getting cozy. In the near future, you’ll find Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype preinstalled on “select Android tablets” from the South Korean manufacturer. The packages will start shipping in the first half of this year. The companies previously announced a deal to give Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners 100GB of additional free cloud storage for two years with OneDrive. The third part of the pair’s new comfy relationship will see Samsung offering Office 365 to businesses that buy its Android tablets. ➤ Microsoft And… This story continues at The Next Web

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Latin American ed-tech startup Platzi will be on stage at Y Combinator’s Demo Day this Monday. As you may remember, Platzi is the new name of online education platform Mejorando.la — a rebranding aimed at reflecting its global ambitions. Its co-founders may also be familiar figures to TNW readers: both CEO Freddy Vega and COO Christian Van Der Henst have been co-leading several projects which we have covered over the last few years, from their weekly tech podcast to their conferences and online classes. All of these have now been brought under the umbrella of Platzi. While Vega and Van… This story continues at The Next Web

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At SXSW last week I met up with Aaron Patzer, a man best known as co-founder of financial management service Mint. Now he’s back with Fountain, a marketplace for advice, that officially launched earlier this month. Focused initially on the home and garden, Fountain connects US-based iOS users with an expert over live mobile video chat. That sounds to us a lot like Google Helpouts, the platform that was recently slated for closure. However, Patzer believes he has the edge as there’s no need to seek out the right expert for your problem via a directory. Instead, Fountain asks you to… This story continues at The Next Web

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