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Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing


Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all their friends or a subset of them. Now if you allow public followers, you can post your Story publicly so ...

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Putin passes law that will ban VPNs in Russia


Russia has banned VPNs and other technology that allows users to gain anonymous access to websites. The new law (link via Google Translate), signed today by President Vladimir Putin, goes into effect on Nov. 1 and represents another major blow to an open Internet. This weekend, news broke that Apple ...

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ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock — with a catch


Update: They’re gone! Again! If you want an NES Classic Edition (and you should) but don’t want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldn’t), you’re in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didn’t sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. ...

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Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive


Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like fellow anonymous social apps Secret and Yik Yak. A source told TechCrunch that Whisper experienced layoffs this week, and after requesting comment, ...

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Tracking my life with tech to improve my life


There’s this idea that if we quantify and track our lives, our lives will be better. But I’m not so sure about that. Over the past week, I’ve tracked both my sleep and bedroom air quality. Let’s first take a look at the Beautyrest Sleeptracker. The Sleeptracker comes with a ...

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Verizon adds wireless customers, hits Q2 targets


Verizon added 614,000 postpaid wireless customers as it met its quarterly second earnings targets. The second quarter highlighted the impact of adding unlimited data plans to Verizon. Verizon added unlimited data plans amid a T-Mobile surge in customer additions. Verizon’s customer additions were less than both AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon ...

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