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LAST_UPDATETue, 12 Dec 2017 12am

Facebook Kills Messenger Day, Merges It With Facebook Stories

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Last year, Facebook introduced a Snapchat-like Stories feature to its Instagram app. It was a huge success with many users posting 24-hour stories to their Instagram. 

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Fox Surprises Yahoo By Choosing Google As Default Search Engine

Pic: ReutersSAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google reclaimed on Tuesday its spot as the default search engine on Mozilla Corp’s Firefox Internet browser in the United States and other regions as the browser maker stunned Verizon Communication Inc’s Yahoo by canceling their deal.

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Votes In 18 Nations 'Hacked' In Last Year

Pic: Getty ImagesElections in 18 separate nations were influenced by online disinformation campaigns last year, suggests research.

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FDA Approves 'Trackable' Pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body.

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Gaydar Founder Henry Badenhorst Dies In South Africa

The founder of groundbreaking dating site Gaydar has died in his native South Africa.

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Amazon To Sell China Cloud Services Unit In $300 Million Deal

Pic: ReutersBEIJING: Amazon.com Inc’s Chinese partner, Beijing Sinnet Technology Co., said it would purchase Amazon’s Chinese web services business for up to 2 billion yuan ($301 million).

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Google Broadens Takedown Of Extremist YouTube Videos

Pic: ReutersSAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google in the last few months has begun removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate, YouTube said on Monday, a major policy shift as social media companies face increasing pressure from governments.

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YouTube Removes Dead Extremist's Videos

Pic: YouTube (The remaining videos about Awlaki are news items and documentaries, says YouTube)YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.

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ESPN Brings SportsCenter Show To Snapchat

Pic: ReutersU.S. sports broadcaster ESPN launched its flagship SportsCenter program on messaging app Snapchat on Monday, reimagining the show that provides sports highlights and commentary into a short-form series.

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Think Bitcoin's Getting Expensive? Try Zimbabwe

Pic: ReutersHARARE: For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the cryptocurrency seems to offer rare protection from the onset of hyperinflation and financial implosion.

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