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    Facebook Isn't An App, It's A Colossal Social Conglomerate

    The company is getting huge in areas outside its core social network. Each day its apps are responsible for 45 billion messages, and 4 billion video views.

    Facebook is a social network. And a messaging service. And a collaboration tool. And a video player. And a phone.
    The company, which has long described itself as a cluster of various apps related to social interaction, released a set of numbers of Wednesday that show just how dominant it is becoming in these new areas.

    More than a social network, Facebook now looks like a communication conglomerate, and one that is quickly dominating more aspects of our daily lives.



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    Big Layoffs At BitTorrent

    The company behind the revolutionary file-sharing protocol sacks dozens of employees.


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    They’re swinging the axe over at BitTorrent.

    On Thursday the pioneering file-sharing company laid off dozens of workers as part of an effort to streamline business operations and narrow its focus to a smaller suite of products.


    Multiple sources close to BitTorrent tell BuzzFeed News that about 40 of the company’s approximately 150 domestic employees lost their jobs Thursday morning. These same people say the cuts were made as BitTorrent looks to rally its resources around Sync, a consumer cloud storage service based on its peer-to-peer file-sharing technology.


    BitTorrent’s restructuring follows a tumultuous few years for the company which has struggled for years to build a sustainable business on the back of the file-sharing technology that catapulted it to fame.


    BitTorrent did not respond to multiple requests for comment.




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    26 Essential Apple Watch Tips And Tricks

    A guide to the smartwatch’s swipes, taps, and touches.


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    Tapping the digital crown for home screen


    Basically, it's your new home button.
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    Force Touch vs. Tap



    Because the watch is pressure sensitive, it knows when you've tapped versus when you've pressed. A tap is obvious, just tap an item to select it. "Force Touch" is a long, firm press. In most apps, Force Touch unlocks hidden options. For example, Force Touch changes an emoji's color.


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    Instagram Won't Let You Search For The Eggplant Emoji

    #FREETHEEGGPLANT

    Instagram just announced that you can hashtag and search by emoji. Great! Cool! It turns out people have already been doing this, so there's photos for every emoji, even the super boring ones.




    LITERALLY, WHO USES THE GRAPH EMOJI??????????? Plenty of people, apparently.

    But if you search for the eggplant (the universal emoji for penis).... NO TAGS FOUND.



    Instagram blocks certain hashtags that have graphic or harmful content, like #porn or pro-anorexia terms like #thinspo. This doesn't mean there isn't content on Instagram with those tags, but they purposely block them from search.

    It appears that Instagram is smart enough to know that eggplant = penis in emoji-speak (you can't search for #penis either).

    Even when people are definitely using it! We tested it out and this won't come up in search:



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    Fine Art Photographer Martin Stranka and His Incredible Images

    Martin Stranka is a professional photographer from the Czech Republic, born in April 13, 1984. He is self taught with a distinct vision of photography, self- described as being “where impossible becomes evident, and the perception of reality is shifted to its next level. I perceive photography as an unique space located in a balance and serenity. My work exists in that narrow space of few seconds between dreaming and awaking.”

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    The past three years, he has distinguished himself winning 40 major international awards from various photography competitions, which among others include Professional Photographer of the Year, Emerging Talent Award (in the Nikon International Photo Contest), Sony World Photography Awards, EISA Photo Maestro and International Photo Awards two years in a row.

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    Stranka’s solo as well as group exhibitions have been seen in the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. His works have been shown next to creative giants like Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Helmut Newton, Albert Watson and Roxanne Lowit.

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    Secret Shutting Down

    The app for sharing anonymous updates is in the process of closing its doors.


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    BuzzFeed News has learned that just over a year after it debuted, Secret — the anonymous social app that made headlines around the world as a possible harbinger of truly anonymous social networking — is closing shop.
    David Byttow, Secret's founder and CEO, notified employees on Tuesday and began the process of issuing severance packages, sources tell BuzzFeed News. Byttow has not returned requests for comment.

    Once a hotbed of Silicon Valley gossip, Secret has been losing momentum since its high-profile launch. The app has reportedly been hemorrhaging users as of late and, at the end of 2014, underwent a major redesign, favoring text-only posts rather than photos.


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    Oracle Is Not Courting Salesforce

    You can strike Larry Ellison and Co. off the short list of possible bidders — for now.


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    Salesforce may well be listening to takeover offers, but not from Oracle, BuzzFeed News has learned.
    Following a Wednesday afternoon report from Bloomberg claiming the business software and services company has been approached with an offer, speculative chatter pointed to Oracle as the most likely possible acquirer.

    That's a reasonable assumption; but it's an inaccurate one. While Salesforce's cloud computing prowess may well make it attractive to Oracle, and Oracle may well have the financial heft and merger chops to devour it, it hasn't made a move to do so.

    So who's left that could afford Salesforce's very-likely close to $50 billion asking price and has a reason to pay it? Microsoft, IBM, or someone else entirely. The more interesting question? Why would Salesforce, which in February pledged to hit about $6.5 billion in revenue by the end of its 2016 fiscal year, ever sell?
    A spokesperson for Salesforce declined to comment on takeover rumors as did a spokeswoman for Oracle.

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    Lawmakers Challenge FBI On Surveillance Backdoors, Encryption

    Congress pushes back against the FBI’s calls for backdoors to encrypted smartphone data.


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    Days after the House of Representatives passed two cybersecurity bills designed to protect Americans from criminal data breaches, lawmakers heard arguments over surveillance “backdoors” that would allow the FBI and other government agencies access to encrypted data.


    The FBI has recently criticized the strong level of encryption Google, Apple, and other tech companies use to protect user data. Last fall, FBI Director James B. Comey told an audience at the Brookings Institute, “We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so.” On Wednesday, an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee examined the FBI’s requests for a mandate that would require some tech companies to build into their products backdoors that would facilitate surveillance by law enforcement.


    Some in law enforcement insist robust data encryption can hinder criminal investigations and even pose a threat to national security.


    During the Wednesday hearing, Daniel Conley, a Boston district attorney, said data encryption can place an “impenetrable barrier around evidence.” In his testimony, he attacked Apple and Google for unintentionally providing a safe space in which criminals can operate.


    “When corporate interests place crucial evidence beyond the legitimate reach of our courts, they are in fact granting those who rape, defraud, assault or even kill a profound legal advantage over victims in society,” Conley said.


    Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, disagreed. “Creating a pathway to decryption only for good guys is technologically stupid,” he said.


    Lieu took exception to Conley’s argument, pointing out the threat to civil liberties allowing law enforcement backdoor access to private data presents. “Apple and Google don’t have coercive power, district attorneys do, the FBI does, the [National Security Agency] does,” he said. “And to me its very simple to draw the privacy balance when it comes to law enforcement and privacy: Just follow the damn Constitution.”



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    Here's What Happens When You Accidentally Sext Your Girlfriend's Mom

    What better way to tell your beloved how you feel than saying you have an erection to her mother?


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    Each day brings us a new chance at humiliation through accidents made through technology and social media. Accidentally hitting the "share to Facebook" button on Pornhub, pocket dialing your boss while you're in the bathroom, sending a dirty word to your mom because of Autocorrect, accidentally tweeting a vagina plane from your work account instead of personal, and on and on.

    But there's one thing so awful, so terrible, that most of us would never be able to recover emotionally: accidentally sexting your significant other's parents.

    Mike Dempster of Washington state (and a friend of mine) did this and lived to tell the tale, so we interviewed him to find out what it's like to feel the worst feeling on Earth.
    Please ? for him.







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    Your “Uber But For Weed” App Is Probably Illegal

    Venture capital firms are giving money to “Uber for weed” apps, but you can only deliver pot legally in a few cities in California. It’s illegal
    everywhere else.


    In this photo taken June 5, 2014, Michael "Billy the Kid" Kenworthy, right, a marijuana delivery driver, selects a package of pot for a customer who identified herself as "Tracy," while conducting a transaction in Kenworthy's car outside Tracy's home in Seattle.
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    No one wants to furtively shove cash into a stranger's hands on a park bench. If a city has no commercial space for buying weed, getting it delivered at home seems like the next safest choice. Too bad weed delivery is still illegal — even in most places where marijuana is commercially available.

    That hasn't stopped investors from pouring their money into "Uber for weed" delivery apps. About five years ago, when marijuana legalization first started to feel like a real possibility, investors began to make conservative bets on pot, sticking to startups that stayed on the safe side of the law by not touching the drug but that generated buzz and money from their association with weed. In 2014, investing in things like grow lamp manufacturers and online dating for stoners was all the rage among ambitious young white guys, finance industry veterans, and stock market risk takers.

    This year represents a new, second phase in cannabis investment: businesses dependent on something mostly illegal but that investors hope will become more legal soon. In the past six months, we've seen PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel invest in a Bob Marley–branded strain of cannabis that has not yet been smoked by consumers, and celebrities from Willie Nelson to Bethenny Frankel say they plan to soon offer strains of their own.

    But delivery apps are among the hottest investments in this new phase. In February, the startup incubator Y Combinator announced its investment in the delivery app Meadow. And on April 14, the San Francisco–based app Eaze announced that it had raised $10 million in Series A funding, with some of that money coming from Snoop Dogg's cannabis-oriented Casa Verde Capital fund.


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