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Snapchat now has lenses specifically to be used in viral TikTok dance challenges

Snap knows that people post videos with its augmented reality lenses to multiple platforms, and today, it’s launching lenses specifically to be used on TikTok. The company is partnering with four TikTok stars. One lens, made in collaboration with Dixie D’Amelio, places rain around the subject along with cartoon lightning bolts and fireworks, depending on […]

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Google Travel adds new pandemic-related travel planning information

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the travel industry, but Google is trying to help by adding new tools to its travel tools that flag pandemic-related information for users, like local COVID-19 case counts and whether the hotel offers free cancellations. New additions include “travel trends” that show what percentage of hotels have availability and flights […]

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iFixit’s Galaxy Buds Live teardown

iFixit, a company known for its tech product teardowns, has dissected Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live wireless headphones. Comparing to other wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods Pro, iFixit points out the Galaxy Buds Live are not hard to pry open, and actually some of the easiest buds they’ve ever dissected. Inside, you can clearly see […]

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Facebook will now show a warning before you share articles about COVID-19

Facebook’s latest attempt to help combat the spread of potentially harmful COVID-19 misinformation involves a new notification screen that will provide more context about an article or other link, like when it was first shared and its source. Facebook acknowledged that old stories shared out of their original context play a role in spreading misinformation. […]

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TikTok collected device identifiers for over a year in violation of Android policies

TikTok’s Android app collected users’ MAC addresses for 18 months in violation of the platform rules, as discovered by a Wall Street Journal investigation on Tuesday. The addresses would have served as a unique identifier for each user’s device, making them valuable for both advertising and potentially more invasive forms of tracking. Both the iOS […]

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Reddit bans racist subreddit after co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls it out on Twitter

After a Twitter call-out from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Reddit has banned a community dedicated to posting degrading images and comments about Black women. The subreddit, called r/DegradeEbonyThots, was started in mid-March and had almost 4,000 subscribers. But when Motherboard viewed it following Ohanian’s tweet, an automated notification by Reddit said that the subreddit was […]