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Some things may seem like a good idea at the time, but if being online has taught us anything it’s that the Internet never forgets. A Minecraft account that Reddit user ‘jessemoforice‘ created several years ago recently found itself garnering attention from the game’s developer, Mojang. The Minecraft account in question had the rather cheeky username of ‘MojangSucksDick’. Created during a moment of user frustration, the account was used for a few years without any troubles. Marc Watson, a Mojang support worker, came across the offensive name when doing some unrelated moderation work. As you’d expect, the name caught the support worker’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has announced a new typeface for Google Books: Literata. Replacing Droid Serif as the default typeface for e-books via Google Books, Google says Literata is “perfect for long reads on all devices”. Created in conjunction with TypeFace, Google began work on Literata in April 2014. The goal was a “new book typeface was needed that would provide an outstanding reading experience on a whole range of devices and high resolution screens running different rendering technologies”. Introducing Google Play Books’ new font, Literata. Perfect for long reads on all devices. https://t.co/VQfT6oZvVU pic.twitter.com/eF3B1MJpkX — Google Play (@GooglePlay) May 18, 2015 Literata… This story continues at The Next Web

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That awkward moment when the app on your iPhone points out awkward moments… That’s what the new iPhone app SoAwkward aims to do, which made its debut on Product Hunt today. SoAwkward is a fairly new app that sources awkward statements from Twitter that we can all relate to, are often funny, or is a bit uncomfortable. Their description of their app explains it best: Surprisingly smooth without any of the dull emotions. The quality of the collection is rendered more enticing due to a hint of humour, rich and dark in perception, it delivers complex varietal flavors of happiness and discomfort,… This story continues at The Next Web

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President Obama began tweeting as @POTUS today, but he’s not the first person to use that name on Twitter. That honor goes to San Franciso-based Steve D’Alimonte, program director a youth-media/violence prevention organization and freelance video producer. James Liam Cook of Business Insider uncovered the connection: There was a Twitter user with the @POTUS username back in 2008. (He’s now @stevedalimonte) pic.twitter.com/pipb9DUu8G — James Cook (@JamesLiamCook) May 18, 2015 And Steve confirmed it: It's true @JamesLiamCook I was the original @POTUS — Steve D'Alimonte (@stevedalimonte) May 18, 2015 You're welcome for the handle @POTUS. I accept green cards as thank you… This story continues at The Next Web

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It is quite common that many founders drop out of school to focus on building their startups full time – so why are we sending them back in the form of accelerators and incubators? A recent Forbes article, which changed its title in response to the internet backlash, has brought up a recurring discussion around the value-add and available data for incubators and accelerators. It is a great example of Silicon Valley’s hegemonial approach, which is supported by the rest of the world who just copy models blindly that are marketed as successful without understanding the models fully or having… This story continues at The Next Web

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By the time Apple Watch supply catches up with demand, the wearable may be a whole lot better. According to a new report from 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, a software update for Apple Watch will bring third-party “complications” — widgets that roll in features like a count for unread Twitter mentions — straight to your watch face. We may also get a “Find my Watch” feature, which acts much like Apple’s ‘Find my iPhone’ feature. In addition, Apple is reportedly using a feature known internally as “Smart Leashing”, which may tap you on the wrist if you’ve left your phone behind, as… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not Shark Week yet, but we’re getting close. If you’re like me, and you want to live every day like it’s Shark Week, you’ve got options. The shark lovers over at OCEARCH (pronounced Oh-Search) – a non-profit shark research group – launched two “official” Twitter accounts (sisters @Shark_Katharine and @RockStarLydia) that allow you to track each as they move through the Atlantic. The move – which was made in response to the popularity of another shark-based Twitter account (@MaryLeeShark – which is not affiliated with @OCEARCH and has its witty tweets composed by an anonymous journalist) – helps to raise awareness while answering questions (as a… This story continues at The Next Web

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President Obama fired up the @Potus Twitter account for the first time earlier today and, with one tweet, he’s already rocketing towards a million followers, at the time of writing. I used follower analytics tool SocialRank to take a look at who’s amongst the initial influx. It’s good news for YouTube stars, but not so flattering for Vice President Biden. Unsurprisingly, the official Whitehouse Twitter account is Obama’s most influential follower, but it’s striking to see three YouTube personalities in the top 10 – Brit Alfie Deyes, American Tyler Oakley and the much less well-known (and followed) Russian singer Sasha Spilberg.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been 25 years since the first game of Solitaire was played on Windows. To celebrate, Microsoft is hosting a tournament. Microsoft employees get in on the fun first, with an internal competition starting today. Then, on June 5, the best of team Microsoft will pit their card-playing skills against the public in an online tournament. The competition includes all the game modes – Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks and Pyramid. Better brush up if you want to take Satya’s crew down. ➤ Celebrating Microsoft Solitaire [Windows Blog]

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It’s Wikipedia, but not as you know it. The ‘Magna Carta’, often considered to be one of the most important democratic documents of the Western world, celebrates its 800th birthday next month. To mark the occasion award-winning artist Cornelia Parker decided to pay tribute to the historic charter with a somewhat modern twist. Parker, with assistance from some 200 individuals, took to creating a detailed hand-stitched version of the Magna Carta’s Wikipedia page. Those who helped Parker make the recreation a reality include a range of famous names, such as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange and infamous… This story continues at The Next Web

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After a night out with friends indulging on one-too-many Jägerbombs sometimes all you want to do is a buy a shirt with Nic Cage’s face on it. Look, we’ve all been there. Until now, your options were pretty much limited to late night Amazon sessions, or some bargain bin diving at websites like eBay. But, no more. Now, this semi-ingenious – or just outright awful (we haven’t decided) – idea that goes by the name Drunk Shopping will send you a text Sunday morning at 2am (that’s Saturday night, for those who have a social life) with one amazing – or not-so-amazing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Back in November, Microosoft released Clutter, a feature that helps Outlook users keep their inboxes organized by automatically moving less important emails into a separate folder. From June, Microsoft will be turning on the feature by default for both new and existing users, although you’ll still be able to opt-out. The company says that people who use Clutter spend 82 less minutes per month reading email, and that it moves over a million emails per day. It’s made some usability changes too. The constant inbox notifications for moved email will be replaced by less frequent alerts and summary notifications. Alerts… This story continues at The Next Web

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Bathroom selfies are old news. Post-workout selfies are for the birds. The selfie stick and selfie arm might want to move over. We may be a little obsessed with selfies, but may just be time to take our selfie game to a whole new ascpect ratio. Panoselfies are next-level selfies that will likely start filling your Twitter and Facebook timelines soon (as they have mine), as taking a normal selfie starts to seem so yesterday. What is a panoselfie you may ask? While normal selfies seem to just feature your face (or a couple of faces), panoselfies takes selfies further by including your environment… This story continues at The Next Web

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The LG G4 was announced last month at simultaneous events around the world to much fanfare. Touting higher spec hardware and a slightly redesigned chassis, the phone goes up against Samsung’s S6 and S6 Edge, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Motorola’s lightly tweaked Moto X, as well as a range of others like the HTC One M9. But with small changes – at least on the surface of things – does LG’s newest range-topper have enough to draw the limelight away from more popular devices? Design and hardware The LG G4 really hasn’t strayed very far from the… This story continues at The Next Web

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He who controls the software controls the marketing. Scott Brinker, blogger and CTO of ION Interactive,  thinks that the split between IT and marketing is completely gone, the two have become inseparable. Marketing has more software available to it today than any other business function in the history of computing, he says. Brinker, interested in this change, spent past few years mapping the landscape of marketing software companies and he tried to categorize them into 43 different groups. We’ve just added Scott Brinker’s talk from the TNW Europe Conference 2014 to our TNW Video site and you can watch it… This story continues at The Next Web

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After six years in office, President Obama has got his own personal Twitter account: Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015 Previously, the President had sporadically contributed tweets to the Whitehouse and Barack Obama accounts, signing tweets with his initials. From now on, all tweets directly from the President will come from the new account. Both @Whitehouse and Twitter’s Government account confirmed the verified account is real. Welcome to Twitter @POTUS, the official @WhiteHouse account for Tweets from the President of the United States. https://t.co/eIWcwljSZY… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an excellent commencement speech to the 2015 graduating class at George Washington University this weekend. While it includes some powerful points – meeting segregationist governor George Wallace, Cook’s youthful admiration for Martin Luther King Jr. and RFK, the importance of accessibility and positive action – there’s also a cheeky plug for the iPhone: They asked me to make a standard announcement – you’ve heard this before – about silencing your phones. Those of you with an iPhone, just place it in Silent Mode. If you don’t have an iPhone, please pass it to the center aisle,… This story continues at The Next Web

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A new month, a whole new bunch of typefaces to drool over. Scroll down to see which typefaces stood out the most in April. Keep going and you’ll find our March issue. Linotype: Neue Haas Unica Neue Haas Unica is an extended, reimagined version of the Haas Unica design, a Helvetica alternative that achieved near mythical status in the type community before it virtually disappeared. YouWorkForThem: Cinderblock Cinderblock was designed to achieve maximum vertical coverage of any given surface. Lián Types: Indie Indie is a smooth brush script containing five styles. Mostardesign: Chronica Pro Chronica Pro is a contemporary font… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a big update to Unicode on the horizon and that means not only new emoji — hello, taco — but a number of changes for those that already exist and are under hot debate. The contents of a ‘public review issue‘ (PRI) request from the Unicode Consortium – the group that defines the standard – clarifies the meaning of a number of controversial symbols. For example, the document details 🙏, which is often used to indicate high-five. The group says that it is not a high-five and indicates “praying, bowing or thanking.” The document discusses a number of other emoji such as 💁, (“information desk person”)… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by CM Telecom, a leading global mobile service company for messaging and payments.While many of us consider WhatsApp a handy way for staying in touch with friends and family, the messaging service with 800 million users is also an incredibly powerful tool for businesses. According to Breda Today, a Dutch local newspaper, when they started experimenting with the platform they had click-through-rates (CTR) of 114 percent for their content. When compared to Facebook’s CTRs of 63 percent, the messaging service suddenly looks like an untapped resource by marketers everywhere. In this post we’ll explore examples of how others have used WhatsApp in their business, and ways it can help your own company… This story continues at The Next Web

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Groupon acquired Breadcrumb back in 2012 and it’s been chugging along ever since, even as rivals like Square have been nipping at its heels. Now the point of sale service is launching Breadcrumb Live, an iPhone app for restaurants. The aim of the app is to give owners real-time access to data including sales figures, guest and check counts, and performance trends right on their iPhones. Breadcrumb Live shows real-time sales data (including total net sales and average check size), time and trend analysis (to spot patterns in week-over-week revenue, traffic, and sales) and allows users to delve even deeper into… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not the first dog photography harness – check out GoPro’s Fetch mount – but Nikon’s experimental Heartography set up is a little different. As the name suggests, it measures the pooch’s heart rate to grab snaps when they’re most excited. That could mean you get lots of lovely pictures of steak, other cute dogs and cool toys or just a cavalcade of buttholes. The rig is made up of two parts – a heart monitoring band and case for the camera – with the ability to tweak the heart rate level that triggers the shutter. While it’s unlikely to… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the biggest pieces of tech news of last year was Apple’s new Swift programming language. If you’d like to get to grips with iOS 8 development and this new way of creating apps, we’ve got just the course for you. The course is suitable for beginners and includes 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content to help you understand iOS 8, Xcode 6 and Swift. As a bonus, you’ll also get access to the previous iOS 7 course. Through the course, you’ll build 14 iOS 8 apps. You’ll learn everything from app design to API integrations (to connect with… This story continues at The Next Web

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When it comes to fashion and shopping, technology has made things a lot more accessible. Instead of spending all weekend trawling through the shops, gratification is at your fingertips. Launching today on iOS, Stylio is an app that aims to bring the accessibility and affordability of personal shopping to everyone. Selling itself as the “Uber for Personal Shoppers”, it was recently selected to be part of the UCL Business Labs program for 2015. Fashion bloggers and YouTubers have done a good job at democratizing the industry in recent years, yet personal shopping is something that still has an elitist air… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by GetApp, your number one cloud business apps marketplace.Choosing a business app is not the same as choosing a consumer app. You can’t just download and delete it when it doesn’t do what you intended it to. In fact, it’s more like starting a relationship: once you’re in, you’ve committed yourself to making it work. And this is a relationship you’ll want to blossom – a good business app can help streamline processes, manage customers, and engage employees. But as hard as it is to simply right-swipe your way to find the right match, it’s also unlikely that you’ll find the perfect app for your business on first… This story continues at The Next Web

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