Facebook announces new birthday features — fundraisers and celebratory videos

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Facebook has been busy rolling out a batch of new features and even a new look in the last few days. Today the social network is taking the wraps off two more new features, both with a birthday theme. The one that’s likely to be used the most is are new personalized videos which are essentially the photo-slideshows-as-a-video we have become used to from Facebook. The second new feature is the option to “donate” one’s birthday, raising money for a particular cause by calling on friends for donations. See also: Facebook launches Watch, a new platform for original shows Facebook… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google adds pollen forecasts to searches

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A lot of people like to know what the weather is going to be like, but if you suffer from hay fever it can be all the more important to know what to expect. To make life a little easier for people struck by “seasonal allergies,” Google is rolling out pollen forecasting. The new feature is integrated into Google search, and it comes as the search giant teams up with The Weather Channel to help give accurate allergy information. The feature uses your location to provide you with up-to-date information about pollen and other allergens. To save you from having… …Continue reading on BetaNews

HBO leaks Game of Thrones S07E06

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Season seven of Game of Thrones has been an absolute disaster for HBO. We have seen leaks and spoilers from both hackers and HBO’s distributors, but now episode six of the season has leaked and HBO has no one to blame but itself. HBO Spain accidentally made the episode available to subscribers for a full hour before pulling it. Of course, this hour gave people plenty of time to capture the show, and spoilers are now being shared online. On Reddit, talk of download links has been pushed to PMs as moderators are only too aware that HBO will be… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Donald Trump loses legal battle over iTrump app

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President Trump has lost a six-year legal battle against the creator of an iOS app. Tom Scharfeld is the man behind iTrump — an app designed to teach people how to play the trumpet. He successfully represented himself in court, and prevailed over the US president, earning the right to retain the iTrump trademark. The roots of case date back to December 2010 when Scharfeld registered the iTrump trademark. Through his company Spoonjack, he released the iTrump and iBone apps, and in early 2011 he was contacted by Trump’s lawyers who said that the trumpet app needed to be renamed… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook News Feed undergoes a redesign to improve readability and navigation

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Facebook is rolling out a fairly significant redesign, giving the News Feed a cleaner look, and borrowing ideas from Twitter. The social network says that the changes improve readability and navigation, and they affect various areas. The redesign is far from insignificant, but perhaps the most instantly noticeable changes are the dropping of blue accents, and the switch to Twitter-style round images. There are, however, more changes to explore. For the mobile app, there’s more borrowing from Twitter. The buttons used to switch between News Feeds, Friend Requests, Market Place and so on, are now cleaner, wireframe icons. In a… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hackers hit Scottish Parliament with ‘brute force cyber-attack’

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IT systems at the Scottish Parliament have been struck by a “brute force cyber-attack” from an unknown source. Staff have been advised to change passwords as a result of the attack. Paul Grice, Chief Executive at Holyrood, says that the attack is similar to the one Westminster suffered back in June. The hackers have attempted to crack passwords as well as trying to access parliamentary emails. In a warning to staff, Grice said: “The Parliament’s robust cyber security measures identified this attack at an early stage and the additional security measures which we have in readiness for such situations have… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook rolls out Trending News to its mobile apps

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We’ll forgive you if you’ve lost track of all of the changes Facebook has introduced to the News Feed over the years — it’s often something of an experimental playground. The social network’s latest idea is a dedicated “Trending News.” The section is currently rolling out to mobile users, and is something of an extension of Facebook’s Trending Topics. It is making its way out to Android and iOS users in the US. The section is fairly self-explanatory, providing access to news stories that are currently proving popular. iOS users in the US should already been able to see the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft is told there’s nothing illegal about scraping public data from LinkedIn profiles

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A federal judge has told Microsoft to stop preventing “talent management algorithm” hiQ Labs scraping data from public LinkedIn profiles. hiQ Labs has been using information gathered from LinkedIn to predict when people are going to leave their jobs — information which is incredibly valuable to employers. Microsoft was not happy at the data that hiQ Labs had been scraping from public profiles, and tried to stop it from happening. The company introduced “various blocking techniques” to prevent the startup from accessing the data and secure user privacy, but the ruling ultimately went in favor of hiQ Labs. Making his… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kodi users now need to turn to VPNs to watch Premier League football

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It has been difficult to avoid talk of Kodi for one reason or another recently, and it’s something that’s likely to be on the lips of fans of UK football now the 2017/18 Premier League season has started up. Watching pirated streams of football matches through IPTV providers and other services has long been a popular use for Kodi, and the English Premier League (EPL) has had enough. The organization previously obtained a High Court order blocking illegal streams in real-time, and a more recently obtained injunction extended this ability. With the new season now under way, football fans are… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Department of Justice wants to identify 1.3 million visitors to anti-Trump site

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The Department of Justice is trying to force a web host to reveal the IP addresses of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website. The DoJ is also requesting contact information, email content and photos. The site — #DisruptJ20 — was used to organize protests against Donald Trump on the day of his inauguration. DreamHost says that it is fighting the warrant that has been issued, because the “information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment. That should be enough to set alarm… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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