If you want to get verified on Twitter, you’ll have to wait until after the US mid-terms

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Attaining a blue tick of verification remains a goal for many Twitter users, but it remains elusive for most. It is quite some time since Twitter paused the option for anyone to request verification, and now the company has revealed that opening it back up is far from a priority. The idea behind pausing the application process was to give the company the opportunity to work on fixing what was seen as a broken verification system. Product lead Kayvon Beykpour says that Twitter doesn’t have the “bandwidth” to sort things out right now, and instead needs to concentrate on sorting… …Continue reading on BetaNews

EU hits Google with record €4.34bn fine for ‘very serious illegal behaviour’ in Android antitrust case

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The European Commission has fined Google a record €4.34 billion ($5 billion) in an antitrust case that saw the company accused of using Android as a “vehicle to cement its dominance as a search engine”. The Commission said that Google forced phone makers to pre-install its software on their handsets, taking advantage of Android’s popularity, and breaching European antitrust rules. The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager summed things up by saying Google has been “denying rivals a chance to innovate and compete on the merits”. See also: Chrome’s RAM usage is higher than ever as Google introduces Site Isolation to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft is killing off Skype classic and bringing call recording to Skype 8.0

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Microsoft has announced that Skype 7.0 (also known as Skype classic) is to be killed off, forcing all users to move on to the “modern” Skype 8.0. The company says that from September 1, only the new version of Skype will work, and this is something that is likely to upset users who were unhappy at the redesign that was introduced nearly a year ago. To soften the blow, Microsoft has updated Skype 8 with a range of new features, and says that other new options — including the ability to record Skype calls — are on their way too.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Instapaper is gaining independence

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The bookmarking service Instapaper has announced that it is going independent. Five years after being bought by betaworks, ownership is to switch to a new company called Instant Paper, Inc. Two years ago, Instapaper was sold to Pinterest, and the switch to independence is likely to be welcomed by its many users. Practically speaking, going independent should mean that very little changes, but the company is giving users three weeks’ notice of what’s happening. In an announcement on the Instapaper blog, the team behind the service says: “Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Panos Panay: Microsoft is not working on a Surface Phone

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If you were getting your hopes up about the possibility of a Surface Phone appearing, we have some bad news. Speaking with Wired, Microsoft CEO Panos Panay said that the company is not working on that form factor. In the course of the interview, Panay said that Microsoft is working on various new form factors for future devices. Asked whether this included the fabled Surface Phone, he dashed the hopes of many — although news has leaked out recently about a future “pocketable” Surface device. See also: Would this foldable Surface Phone running Windows 10 make you switch from Android… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft joins forces with Walmart to take on Amazon with cloud technology

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Microsoft has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with retail giant Walmart to help “make shopping faster and easier for millions of customers around the world”. The five-year deal between the two companies will see Walmart making use of Microsoft’s cloud technology solutions such as Microsoft 365 and Azure. The retailer already uses some Microsoft services, but with the new partnership this expands into cloud tools that use machine learning and artificial intelligence. See also: How to install Microsoft Windows Essentials tools — including Movie Maker — on Windows 10 Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition… …Continue reading on BetaNews

US lifts ZTE supplier ban, sending shares soaring

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Chinese telecoms hardware manufacturer ZTE has had something of a rough ride in the US recently, but having agreed to comply with all of the demands made by authorities, the ban on its US operations has been lifted. The US had banned American companies from supplying goods to ZTE, effectively crippling its business. Now, having paid $400 million into an escrow account — on top of its $1 billion fine last month — the company is operating again, and its Hong Kong-listed shares jumped 12 percent as a result. But the lifting of the ban is far from being the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple’s big 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard cover-up

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Just a few days ago Apple launched the latest additions to its MacBook Pro range, and the company talked about the fact that the keyboard is quieter. A teardown of the latest devices reveals not only why the keyboards are quieter, but also that the method used seems to serve a secondary purpose — or maybe that the quietening is itself a secondary purpose. The keyboards of previous MacBook Pros have suffered issues that led to a free repair program being set up. The latest laptop teardown by iFixit shows that Apple has added a silicone membrane beneath each key,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

YouTube launches Copyright Match tool to fight content stealing and duplication

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Eager to encourage content creators to do what they do best — create content — YouTube has release a new tool that it hope will help cut down on the problem of video theft and duplication. Called Copyright Match, the new system is different to the existing Content ID system, but it does use a similar matching technology. YouTube says that it has been testing the tool for almost a year and is now ready to open it up to a larger portion of its community See also: YouTube TV offers heartfelt apology for World Cup outage, promises free week… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Adobe is working on Photoshop for iPad

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Apple has long been keen to push the iPad and iPad Pro as a viable laptop alternative, and with a decent selection of apps to choose from it’s something that works for many people. There are, however, a number of apps missing that stop some people making the jump from laptop to iPad — Photoshop being one of them. Sure, at the moment there is Photoshop Express for iOS, but this is a massively cutdown product that simply does not meet the needs of professionals. Answering the prayers of many, Adobe is now said to be working on bringing a… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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