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Facebook is rolling out a new mechanism to help combat suicide in the US. This means that posts on the social networking site that appear to be suicidal will trigger a series of notifications offering help. The announcement, made in a post on Facebook’s official safety page, says that anyone who sees a post on their timeline that they deem to be suicidal can report it directly to Facebook, or a friend of the person, and it will then be reviewed by a trained team of specialists. If deemed appropriate, that team will send the poster private notifications with suicide prevention and support… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile messaging app Viber is bringing its games to users across the globe today. The company initially launched three titles for iOS and Android in a handful of countries in December. Viber Candy Mania, Viber Pop and Wild Luck Casino allow players to connect with others on the messaging service to play together, track scores, show off achievements and send gifts. The first two titles are based on Viber sticker characters and feature puzzles and adventure, while Wild Luck Casino gives players a chance to win prizes and coins in a virtual game of slots. Viber’s games also feature in-app… This story continues at The Next Web

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WhatsApp made waves when it launched a desktop version of its messaging service last month, but it was only compatible with Google Chrome. Today, the company has announced it now works on Firefox and Opera too. As with Chrome, you’ll need to launch the Web client on your browser and scan a QR code with your phone to log in. WhatsApp Web: https://t.co/BPQLxqKDSj – Firefox and Opera browsers are now supported! pic.twitter.com/D4aQiy5IC6 — WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) February 25, 2015 The desktop service only works with Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, leaving iOS users in the lurch. ➤ WhatsApp Web

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The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve net neutrality rules on Thursday, which will prevent broadband providers from throttling transfer speeds for select services, Reuters reports. The move will reclassify broadband as ‘telecommunications services’ and see it handled in a similar way to traditional phone packages in the country. It will also allow the FCC to oversee deals between internet service providers (ISPs) and content companies like Netflix to ensure fairness for customers and competitors. ISPs will not be allowed to throttle speeds selectively or enable faster service for partners who pay for the privilege. The FCC previously sought to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Uber has turned off fares this week for its UberX rides in the South Korean capital of Seoul, where the local government has been looking to ban the ride-sharing service since last July. The offer allows passengers to take 30 rides costing up to $27 (KRW 30,000) for free by March 3. The move is an effort to keep drivers out of trouble, as there’s now a city-wide anti-ride-sharing ordinance that rewards people for reporting Uber drivers to local authorities. Keeping its service free helps Uber stay off the radar — but it seems like a temporary solution to a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show, LG has unveiled an LTE variant of its fashionable Watch Urbane that will support calls over VoLTE without a phone, as well as NFC payments. Unlike the Android Wear-based original, the LG Watch Urbane LTE will feature a proprietary OS that the company says is not webOS, which runs its smart TVs and was shown off on an Audi watch. It also has a walkie-talkie feature for group voice chats as well as an SOS button to quickly place a call to your contacts in case of an emergency. It will also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has announced today that Gmail now supports Burmese across its interface, bringing the service’s language count to 74. Gmail users in Myanmar will be able to choose between two virtual keyboards to allow for the various ways in which you can type in Burmese. The company launched translation support for Burmese in December, and is encouraging users to improve translated content in the Myanmar language with a translate-a-thon event this Saturday in the capital of Yangon. It’s interesting to see Google adding Web products for users in Myanmar, where only 10 percent of the population have a mobile device… This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram is cool, but its interface can quickly devolve into a cluttered mess of ads, likes, comments, hashtags and captions. If all you want to do is concentrate on the pictures, you’ll have to find another way. ACNE, a marketing and communications company, aims to create the go-to platform for Instagram joy with SwipeMy.Pics, a new Web app launched today, designed to let you view unadulterated Instagram images. SwipeMy.Pics is a free, lightweight app that works on all browsers and devices. Updates to the service are automatically incorporated with a browser refresh.   SwipeMy.Pics revamps the Instagram experience to eliminate distracting elements from view and aims… This story continues at The Next Web

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After relaunching as an editorial curation site, Digg has been searching the edges of the Internet to surface entertaining or important videos. Today, it’s making it easier to lean back and enjoy those videos. Digg TV (currently in beta) is a full-screen video viewing experience that lets you sit, relax and peruse the site’s curated videos. If watching only the top videos on the site isn’t enough for you, you can choose from a plethora of categories including Food, Art, Technology, News, Originals, Booze and more. So many more. You can launch Digg TV by clicking on the TV Mode button below any video… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Russians may have lost the Cold War, but one thing that will never die is the art that talented illustrators created during the era that spanned roughly 1917 to 1985 — from the overthrow of the monarchy through the emergence of glasnost and perestroika. Bold graphic design from the 20th century Communist era was often used as a call for action with a targeted political agenda — whether it was to join the Militia army, warn against the dangers of alcoholism and the Nazis or celebrate International Workers’ Day. Militia Army — Army of Workers, Kochergin N. M. (1920) The New Savings Regime Does Not Mean Clamping Down on the Economy… This story continues at The Next Web

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A report today on Bloomberg Business detailed Radioshack’s plans to sell off its name separately from its assets, with a $20 million opening bid. As part of the sell-off, Radioshack will put up for sale its trademarks and other intellectual property. The opportunity to purchase the RadioShack name was announced today in bankruptcy court. With the name being sold off separately, it’s possible we might see the brand reborn as something else in the future. If you’ve always wanted to own the Radioshack name, all you’ll need to do is dig deep for a few million and it could be yours. ➤RadioShack… This story continues at The Next Web

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Buzzfeed is going all in with experimental apps. After acquiring GoPop last week, its launching its first experimental app. As expected, it’s so full of cute animals, your heart may burst. Available today, the Cute or Not app for iOS is a mix of the old Hot or Not site and Tinder. You’re presented with a cat or dog and you swipe right if it’s cute and left if it’s not. I mean come on, you’re going to be swiping right about 95 percent of the time. You’ll also probably be swiping right all day, because who doesn’t like to look… This story continues at The Next Web

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Lizard Squad has allegedly taken over Lenovo’s website right now, posting what seems to be a slideshow of pictures of the hackers dressed up, set to “Breaking Free” from High School Musical. It’s kind of an incredible defacing, even though it’s terrible news for the company. The attack comes shortly after the news last week that Lenovo was loading malicious software onto consumer PCs. When the slideshow is clicked, it redirects to Lizard Squad’s Twitter account. Viewing the source of the site reveals a note that says “the new and improved rebranded Lenovo website featuring Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey.” Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey… This story continues at The Next Web

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Hop, the email app that tries to make sending emails like using IM, has landed on Android today. The idea behind Hop is that instead of sending long, cumbersome emails, you can quickly jump in and out of message threads and treat them like it’s like a quick chat service instead. Over the last few months, the team has been busy adding new features like groups, personalized notifications, attachments via Dropbox and more. Today’s launch is good news for Android users that want to try something different; Hop was previously only available on iPhone and iPad. ➤ Hop [Android]  

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If you have  library card, having the Hoopla app and its access to your local library’s breadth of content is a bit of a no-brainer. But like all new apps, the first iteration has been a learning experience. Now it’s taking the feedback it received from users and libraries to update its app. Hoopla will be updating its app for iOS and Android on February 28 with what it calls its “LightSpeed” interface and architecture. The app will have a brand new Home Screen that surfaces quicker access to your browser history and a new recommendation engine based on your recent activity. It also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Netflix has revealed its latest list of updates for March 2015 so if you’re planning on a TV binge, March may be the best time to get stuck in. There are  some controversial moves with big titles like ‘The Graduate’ and ‘Adventure Time’ (Seasons 1-4) getting dumped but there are a lot of new shows and movies on the way to fill the gap too. For the kids Netflix also announced today that it is expanding its childrens programming with the addition of five new shows: ‘Inspector Gadget’, ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Some Assembly Required’, ‘Bottersnikes and Grumbles’ and ‘Super 4′. This is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter today announced that it’s releasing its first official Twitter plugin for WordPress that brings a bunch of Twitter functionality to your site easily. The new plugin brings a plethora of features; it automatically generates Twitter Cards for your pages, enables Twitter Analytics, embeds video and adds a tweet button to posts in the admin interface. There’s an option that allows you to tweak the look of embedded tweets on your site, so it matches your theme, along with a number of features that help users get started with Twitter advertising. Twitter’s new plugin is available now, for free. ➤ The… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thanks to BYOD, many Android users are already using their Android devices for work. Today, Google finally launched its play for businesses and filled in the gaps about its Android for Work platform strategy. While Android for Work was announced at Google I/O 2014, director product manager Rajen Sheth shared more details about Google’s plan to make the Android devices you already own ready for a managed IT environment. The largest news is that there will be two separate environments (personal and work) at the OS level for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and beyond. But unlike BlackBerry’s secure work environment which has you… This story continues at The Next Web

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This essay is part of a series written by speakers featuring at our upcoming 10th anniversary TNW Conference on April 23 & 24 in Amsterdam. Discount tickets to the event are still available for purchase here. These days, everyone seems to have a great idea for an app or a product. Clever ideas are always nice to have, but when it comes to figuring out what to invest your energy in making, even great ideas are often a total waste of time. Instead of a great idea, what you really need is a problem to solve. From marketing executives in Fortune… This story continues at The Next Web

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I must confess to not being especially riveted by the prospect of knowing what people like myself are thinking about or doing clear across the globe right this very second — especially if I do not now, nor ever will, get to know them. So, initially I was a little reluctant to waste my time with try out Noodlewerk’s Tworlds, a free iPhone app that connects people in disparate locations whose only shared attribute may be doing or thinking about the same thing at the same time, and recording it with the device’s camera. But I tried it anyway. And the discovery that a single… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook has announced that it paid 321 hackers worldwide last year over $1 million to help spot security flaws in the social network’s software. That brings the total amount of money awarded since the program started in 2011 to over $3 million. Despite the spend in 2014 being lower than in 2013, there was actually an increase of 16 percent in the number of reports submitted to Facebook’s Bug Bounty program. “Every year we are surprised by what we learn from the security community, and 2014 was no exception,” Collin Greene, Facebook’s security engineer, wrote in a blog post on… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and other music streaming services tout their expansive music catalog and discovery services, what sets Google Play Music apart from the rest of the pack is the ability to upload already owned music into the service’s cloud for free. Today Google announced that it is upgrading that song storage from 20,000 songs to 50,000 songs. The kicker is that you don’t even have to sign up for Google’s Play Music All Access subscription service. You can just store the music to stream to your devices without using up storage on all your devices. If you own music that’s unavailable… This story continues at The Next Web

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After selling out extremely quickly on it’s first two runs, the HD Code Black Drone has been on preorder for months. Well now it’s back in the TNW Deals store and ready to ship! As a special promotion, we’re extending the Pre-Order price for two more days! Get it now, because the price goes up after Thursday! Finished in stunning matte black, the Code Black Drone features beginner and expert flight modes so you can execute simple flight patterns and tricks right out of the box, and more complex maneuvers once you’ve got in some practice. The Code Black Drone includes an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has today rolled out some changes to its Calendar app for Android after listening to user feedback. After the app’s latest redesign, some users complained about the interface not showing enough information and missing features. Today’s changes address some of those concerns, and include: A seven day week view (instead of five) with pinch to zoom support Adding Google Drive files to relevant events A toggle for birthdays imported from Google+ A settings option to show week numbers Being able to import .ics files from other apps You can check out the newest version of the app on the Google Play Store. As for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Spark has been on a mission to simplify the business of making connected products for some time. It started with the Spark Core, then moved on to the Photon and the Internet Button. Those products all relied on Wi-Fi. Its latest takes on the even trickier task of bringing cellular connectivity to the Internet of Things. The Spark Electron is the company’s first cellular-connected development board and is available for pre-order on Kickstarter now, starting at $39. It’ll come with a SIM card and a $2.99 per month data plan in the US that can be cancelled at anytime. Spark’s currently… This story continues at The Next Web

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