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The internet is littered with stories of people who created fake personas on social networks, either to fuel their egos or to fill their bank accounts through scams. The ‘catfish’ is a such a powerful trope that it has its own MTV series, a horrible aspect of online existence that stretches back to almost-legendary examples like LonelyGirl15 (which was a fictional show initially sold as fact). It’s a tricky problem to solve, but I think I may have been shown a compelling answer. I Am Real is an Israeli company that has been working on online identify verification since 2013. It’s now getting… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium suggests that specific emoji for food allergies should be added to the standard. The proposal, submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and may not be added to the standard at all but offers a peek into some useful new emoji. It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand. A chart in the proposal shows current coverage of emoji for food allergens with “weak alternatives” for many,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 10 has just arrived and there’s a new Privacy Policy and Service Agreement from Microsoft coming swiftly in its wake. The new policies take effect on 1 August and there are a few unsettling things nestling in there that you should be thinking about if you’re using the company’s services and software. The Privacy Statement and Services Agreements combined come to 45 pages. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Horacio Gutierrez wrote that they are “straightforward terms and polices that people can clearly understand.” The reality is, you’re probably not going to read them. So I did… And, like so many… This story continues at The Next Web

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Windows 10 is out today and it’s a free upgrade for your computer if you’re already using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. This might sweeten the deal even more: If you already own Minecraft for Mac or PC, you’ll get a free copy of the new and improved version by upgrading to Windows 10 Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is a beta version of a new experience. It’s a completely separate version of the game that supports Xbox Live, controller support, game recording and multiplayer with Pocket Edition players. To get the new version, you’ll just need to head to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Launch day is upon us and Windows 10 will soon be in the hands of the masses. Along with a whole new OS, comes a new browser – Microsoft Edge, nee Project Spartan. Beyond its lightweight feel and scaled-back appearance, there are some good reasons you might want to give Edge a bit of time before defaulting back to Firefox or Chrome. And one reason you might not. It’s faster than Internet Explorer. And Chrome. If one of the reasons you’re holding back on trying out Edge is because of Internet Explorer’s legacy, then it’s time to drop that and give it a… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s an old adage about Microsoft Windows: the good versions skip a generation. Windows Vista was bad, Windows 7 was good and Windows 8 was bad again, so it’s not much of a spoiler to say that Windows 10 lands on the bright side of the cycle. Microsoft knows it alienated a massive number of users with Windows 8 though, so it tries its darndest to undo the damage with Windows 10 – so much so that it skips an entire version number. But more than just a repair job, Windows 10’s flexible design goes a long way in reimagining… This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you ever looked at your Facebook profile page and lamented that the one thing it was missing was — profile tags? You know, like the ones on LinkedIn that purport to list your professional skills so colleagues and potential employers can instantly see what you are good at? Well, evidently Facebook has come around to thinking that such tags are desirable for your personal profile, and The Verge is reporting that it’s already testing the concept on accounts in New Zealand. When asked by the tech blog whether this was real or some kind of optical illusion, Facebook answered, “Profile tags are a creative tool… This story continues at The Next Web

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No, this is not a scene out of a ‘Star Wars’ movie: drone racing has just started getting really insane. The 2015 US National Drone Racing Championships, held in Sacramento California last week, hosted 120 pilots from all over to test their flying skills on an obstacle-ridden course. The super-fast, crazy exciting drone races have blown up on Reddit’s /r/gifs. The lap of the course was done in less than 20 seconds. Not bad considering drone racing involves simultaneously flying the thing and viewing the action via the attached camera without being blown away by the fast action. There was also a… This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to insincere friend gestures, a generic birthday wish on someone’s Facebook wall probably falls right below re-gifting and right above getting a drink for you at the bar but still putting it on your tab. It’s not that it’s not nice, it’s just that scrawling a generic “Happy Birthday!” to mark the occasion doesn’t necessarily feel thoughtful or creative. The amount of effort feels…well, minimal. And it turns out I’m right! Facebook’s notifications will actually text you when a friend’s birthday is that day, and you can simply reply with the number ‘1’ to send your regards. Friend shared… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s something you’ve always wondered about: How does an effervescent tablet dissolve in water under weightless conditions? What? This did not top your list of life’s burning questions? Well, get ready for an eye-opener. In one of the first of its kind video recordings, International Space Station astronauts tested the 4K RED Epic Dragon Camera by having it capture the “fluid behavior” of an effervescent tablet dissolving in a floating ball of water in the ‘microgravity environment’ of space. Just a bunch of wacky scientists horsing around. The RED 4K camera can capture video at four times the resolution of regular HD cameras, so those high resolution images… This story continues at The Next Web

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During today’s earnings call, Twitter made sure to note things were on the right path. Interim CEO (and founder!) Jack Dorsey had some strong statements about what Twitter is, where it’s going, and doesn’t seem to like what former CEO Dick Costolo left him. Here are a series of tweets from the Twitter Investor Relations account, which quote Jack 140 characters at a time: We’ve been very successful @ monetization w/ strong Q2, delivering over $500M in rev & more than $120M in EBITDA – @jack #TWTRearnings $TWTR — TwitterIR (@TwitterIR) July 28, 2015 Prod initiatives we’ve mentioned in prev… This story continues at The Next Web

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Advertising is changing. Brands are hiring agencies that specialize in digital and social, alongside traditional agencies to work on the same projects. However, as pointed out by ad guru Ana Andjelic, there appears to be no real consensus about what this means for those working in the industry. For those of you working in advertising and wondering, should I join a big, established agency, or hop on over to the bleeding edge of digital creation, this can be a daunting moment. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this for 40 years or 4 days, digital isn’t going anywhere and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Faster, smaller memory flash memory is coming. Intel is announcing the 3D NAND architecture they’ve developed in partnership with Micron is entering production, and will be in testing later this year. The tech was first announced back in March (but had no branding; it’s now being called ‘3D XPoint), and allows Intel to stack a full 3.5TB of NAND storage on a drive about the size of your thumb. In addition to being dense, the new memory is also faster. Intel claims it’s up to 1,000-times faster than existing NAND technology. Though forward-facing applications like 8K gaming will be a draw,… This story continues at The Next Web

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What happens when an organic form of existence, after evolving for millions of years, meets the last word in planned and designed addictiveness? Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his. Smartphones have turned tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people around the world into players of videogames such as Angry Birds, Temple Run, or Candy Crush. But as the games made their way to everyone’s pocket, reports of addiction to them also escalated. The official position of the American Psychiatric Association is that sufficient data does not yet exist for determining whether a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Filters, the popular (and affordable) photo editing app for iOS, is now part of the Camera+ family. In a blog post on Medium, Filters developer Mike Rundle says the app will remain as a standalone in the App Store, and isn’t being “acquired for parts and pieces.” In a post announcing the app was for sale, Rundle said he was letting go because he didn’t have the time he felt Filters needed. “I have a full-time job, two small children, and Filters was a side passion project that ended up being pretty great, and it really needs someone (or a team)… This story continues at The Next Web

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When tackling the problem of diversity in the workplace, Facebook is trying to address it from all angles. One of the biggest tentpoles in its plan is to collect its workers and make them look at their own bias and privilege. Today, Facebook has made that course, called Managing Bias, available in a condensed version online as a teaching tool for other companies. The course was developed to create a more inclusive culture for Facebook as a whole and, according to the Managing Bias website, to understand the limitations of meritocracy: Research shows that individuals and organizations that believe they are… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s no secret that Amazon is seriously considering using drones to deliver packages across short distances, and now it has taken a clearer step towards reaching that goal. The company today unveiled a proposal to designate a portion of the airspace above suburbs and cities for drone delivery. The proposal suggests high-speed drones be limited to an area covering a height of 200 to 400 feet off the ground. Another 100-foot area above this corridor would be designated as a no-fly zone to act as a buffer against other traditional aircraft. Meanwhile, the area between the ground and the high-speed… This story continues at The Next Web

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We are lazy, pampered, awful people. You’re not? If you’re here reading about food delivery services, you definitely are. Like me, you can press a button and make someone bring you food. At any other time in history that would be seen as so decadent that revolutionaries would be plotting to cut off your head, powdered wig and all. JustEat and its many rivals have taught us that ordering take out food can be so simple that we don’t need to interact with a human being. At a push, you have to talk to the driver. Tuck in at Tuk… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you want to use a pseudonym on Facebook, Germany is where you want to be. The Hamburg data protection authority, which regulates Facebook in Germany, has ruled the service can’t force Germans to use their real names. Additionally, Facebook is prohibited from asking German citizens to provide an official ID. The ruling spawned from an incident with a woman who had her Facebook account blocked for using a fake name. After blocking her, Facebook changed her name to reflect her real identity, and requested a copy of her ID to unlock the account. The Hamburg data protection authority says the… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a lot you can learn from your car via in-dash dongles like Automatic, but if you’re more interested in interacting with your car, AwareCar may be for you. With an app and a Bluetooth beacon, you’ll get relevant, location-based info — all for $9. The actual hardware is nothing more than a small Bluetooth beacon you slip in your car. The AwareCar team tells us those beacons will normally transmit at 20 meters or so, but the range can drop to 5 meters depending on where you stash it in your car (they recommend the glove box). The goal is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Freelancers all have the same underlying issues; tracking hours and billing clients. Often, the solution comes via a patchwork of disparate apps and services, but Harpoon is hoping to change all of that with a suite that includes financial planning, invoicing and hour tracking. Harpoon lets its users track hours spent on projects, set financial goals, track revenue, and invoice clients. When an invoice is sent via Harpoon, you’ll know when it was viewed. Information is extrapolated from data you enter (like time worked on the project) so you won’t even have to take time to manually create an invoice.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Visual Supply Company (VSCO), makers of digital film emulation presets and camera profiles, has debuted Collections, a new feature for its VSCO Cam apps on iOS and Android. Collections allows mobile users, for the first time, to curate their VSCO profile with images from the community and interact with each other via the app.   Curation has long been an essential part of VSCO’s mobile apps, but until now, it has been the sole province of the company’s staff within the apps’ Grid feature. But this highlights only a small portion of the content on the platform. The new Collection feature widens the scope… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you’re having a long, busy day, you’re often grasping for pockets of time to escape and do something right for you, like getting a quick coffee from the place by your work. But when you walk in at 3pm and you’re surrounded by 20 business suits who were all apparently pre-programmed to swarm the shop at the same time as you, it’s hard to not turn around and walk right out. Google Search understands that you hate people. So, in a blog post today, the company announced that it will now show you the busiest times of the week… This story continues at The Next Web

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Long gone are the days of the $199 Moto X, but with each price bump comes major improvements. Today, Motorola’s unveiled its most powerful Android phone yet: The Moto X Style. If you’ll excuse the Taylor Swift-ified name, the Moto X Style is jam-packed with impressive specs: 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a microSD slot and a whopping 21MP rear camera. As we’ve come to know about Moto phones, the pure Android processing speed is snappy, and Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions are all there to help with hands-free interactions. Selfie station It… This story continues at The Next Web

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Trello, the popular task management app, has rolled out a new tier specifically for enterprise users. The new Trello Enterprise tier features single sign on, two factor authentication, automatic intrusion detection, file encryption and priority phone + email support. The SSO support means large organizations can take advantage of identity providers such as Okta, OneLogin and others that utilize SAML authentication. The move means that Trello can snap up larger clients that require these types of features. It says it already has Conde Nast, Expedia, UC Davis and EA onboard. Trello says that it has more than 8 million users and adds… This story continues at The Next Web

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