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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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Datahug has today announced the introduction of the Datahug Sales Closer – a tool that will guide salespeople to closing deals. The new feature can be integrated into CRM systems and will act as a predictive tool for salespeople. This means that it will be possible to determine the likelihood of closing a deal based on real-time data, as well as tracking the stages of deals that are in progress. Speaking to TNW, Ray Smith, CEO of Datahug, said: Salespeople currently view CRM systems as a data entry burden, rather than a tool that’s there to help them sell. We’re… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of a series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.Using the Web to support the social process has significantly increased in the last decade with the explosion of social network services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and online dating sites. While having an online identity has certain strengths in providing easy communication by minimizing the need for a physical presence, the nature of online identities also has its flaws. It makes it easy for one to fake elements of one’s online identity, create a false identity or steal another person’s identity altogether. Creating a completely fake online identity The existence of a temporary virtual wall before one meets face-to- face… This story continues at The Next Web

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Square introduced Square Cash in 2013 to go against Venmo as an easy payment system anyone can use to send some money over to friends and families. Turns out companies liked the idea too, so Square has now made Cash available for businesses in the US. As with Cash for consumers, payments are deposited directly into bank accounts with an intermediary holding account. Square is charging businesses a 1.5 percent fee for the service – just over half the 2.75 percent it charges for payments via its hardware devices. Non-business money transfers are still free. To make it easier for… This story continues at The Next Web

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Aral Balkan taps into our inner fears and asks uncomfortable questions. Probably everyone would be opposed to mailman going through our mail. So why don’t we mind that Google looks through our email? We’ve just added Balkan’s talk at last year’s TNW Europe Conference to our TNW Video site and you can watch it right now for free.  Balkan, founder of Ind.ie, discusses how companies like Google and Facebook promise us free services in exchange for the right to watch and study us; to mine and farm us. He claims that the brave new digital world of ‘corporate surveillance’ threatens… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been tempted by Chromecast but need the gadgets connected to your TV to do a little bit more – good news! Google’s Nexus Player, its first Android TV device, is launching in the UK on March 26. The black puck’s biggest advantage over the Chromecast is that it’s a dedicated set-top box so you don’t need another device to use it. Its Google’s assault on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV. Pair it with the gamepad accessory and it becomes an Android console. The Nexus Player’s been available for pre-order in the US since October but it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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This article first appeared on Simon Owens’ blog. Though Facebook drives far more traffic to content than any other social media network, Twitter plays a vital role not only as a direct source of traffic, but also to reach industry influencers who can propagate content across all platforms, from Facebook to Reddit to even the mainstream media (a disproportionate number of journalists hang out on Twitter). It used to be that websites simply set up an RSS feed that automatically tweeted out any new content, but it quickly became apparent that if you wanted to maximize the traffic-driving potential of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitbit’s Surge is the company’s most advanced fitness tracker, but has notably lacked proper support for cyclists. It turns out a lot of people ride bikes, so that’s changing next month. The Surge will now measure distance, duration, average speed, heart rate and calorie stats tuned for biking and display them through Fitbit’s mobile apps. A new map preview function will show you activity predictions before you begin pedaling. The Fitbit app will also keep track of your past stats so you can push yourself harder next time around. The Surge’s multi-sport feature, which provides workout summaries for up to 7 different types of exercises,… This story continues at The Next Web

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