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Instagram says “you’re all caught up” in first time well spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram’s newest feature, at least users know when they’ve ...

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With its new ‘Interests’ feature, eBay again tries to personalize its marketplace

Remember when eBay bought Hunch in 2011 to improve its personalization technology and attract shoppers based on their interests? Or when  it launched a Pinterest-like tool called Setify in 2012 for creating personalized collections and wishlists? Or when it revamped its mobile apps in 2014 to focus on discovery and interests? Well guess what? Ebay is at it again today, as it’s launching a ...

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AWS launches an undo feature for its Aurora database service

Aurora, AWS’s managed MySQL and PostgreSQL database service, is getting an undo feature. As the company announced today, the new Aurora Backtrack feature will allow developers to “turn back time.” For now, this only works for MySQL databases, though. Developers have to opt in to this feature and it only works for newly created database clusters or clusters that have ...

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Is Twitter taking Snowden’s advice? ‘Encrypted message feature’ spotted in Android app

One wily Twitter user has discovered a potential new encrypted feature on the app which could prove a gamechanger for its roughly 330 million monthly active users. The as-yet-unlaunched ‘Secret conversation’ function, buried in Twitter’s Android app, could allow users to send encrypted messages similar to apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp reports TechCrunch. The hidden feature was reportedly first ...

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Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp. The encrypted DMs option was first spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package (APK) ...

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Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature

Instagram is preparing to let you add music to your Stories, judging by code found inside its Android app. “Music stickers” could let you search for and add a song to your posts, thanks to licensing deals with the major record labels recently struck by Facebook. Music stickers would make Instagram Stories much more interesting to watch. Amateur video footage ...

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Our event on blockchain will feature the CryptoKitties founder

TechCrunch is poised to break through the huge noise surrounding blockchain with a new event. Zug, the Swiss Canton just outside of Zurich, has come to be known as “Crypto Valley” because it’s become a regulatory haven where startups are increasingly filing their Initial Coin Offerings. It’s also turned into a place where Blockchain startups are actually putting people on ...

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Skype targets podcasters and live streamers with a new feature for recording video calls

Microsoft is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of podcasts and videos to make Skype more appealing to content creators. The company is now testing a new “Skype for Content Creators” mode for its desktop app that will allow creators to place and record calls using Skype software, which can either be streamed live or imported into other apps for ...

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Amazon introduces new private certificate feature

At the Amazon Summit in San Francisco today, the company announced a new cloud service that enables organizations to create and manage private certificates in the cloud. While the Summit wasn’t chock full of announcements like the annual re:Invent conference, it did offer some new services like the beefing up the AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) with an all-new Private Certificate ...

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Snapchat & Instagram remove Giphy feature over racist gif

Snapchat and Instagram have removed Giphy from their platforms, after the feature suggested an extremely racist GIF to users when they searched the word “crime”. Both social media platforms removed the newly enabled feature after learning of the issue, and have vowed to only reinstate the GIF option when they’re sure it will not happen again, TechCrunch reports. “As soon ...

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