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TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

It seems that TikTok is finally ready to turn the tables on big rivals like Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube. After having been copied repeatedly by those competitors, the once-embattled short video platform is now returning the favor by copying a feature that has become a staple for at least one of those social networks. TikTok is apparently testing out its own ephemeral Stories in an attempt to diversify its features and attract even more users to its platform.

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Amazon returned products landfill no longer: FBA Liquidate, Grade and Resell

Amazon returned products landfill no longer: FBA Liquidate, Grade and Resell

This week Amazon announced two new Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) programs meant to improve the dirty business of unsold and returned products. One is an "FBA Liquidations" program, the other is the "FBA Grade and Resell" program. Amazon is still a long way away from solving issues created by the immense amount of waste created by their shipping programs*, but making moves to acknowledge and deal with returned and unsold products is a step in the right direction.

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Time to trash your old Android phones

Time to trash your old Android phones

Google sent out a note this week about some of the oldest Android devices, saying they'll cut off service soon. If you have an Android device that's a certain age or older - or more specifically, running a very old version of Android - it may finally be time to accept that it's no longer worth keeping in your dresser drawer. Unless, of course, you're just using the device like a virtual photo album. That'll still work.

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Apple Store website redesign puts touchscreen users first

Apple Store website redesign puts touchscreen users first

The latest update to Apple's website adds a dedicated "Store" tab to the top of the page. The title of the page is "Store", with a description on the first page: "Store. The best way to buy the products you love." Apple is identifying their store in the same way they identify Apple Watch as "Watch" - they making it clear that the user is already in the Apple universe, so there's little need to further differentiate this "Store" from any other.

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Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

It seems that Internet services are starting to adjust their subscription plans to cater to more users without actually changing their premium prices. YouTube, for example, is testing a cheaper YouTube Premium Lite that removes only ads but keeps all other restrictions in place. On the other hand, Spotify seems to be coming from the opposite direction and is testing an even cheaper subscription tier that removes most of the restrictions but keeps the ads intact.

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Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google has long offered something other than password managers to safeguard online accounts with its single sign-on (SSO) services. Users don't even have to create and keep their own credentials when signing up or signing into services that support these "Sign in with Google" APIs. The process for using that, however, hasn't exactly been seamless, but Google is now polishing off its multiple sign-in offerings under a single Google Identity Services roof and is making the sign-in process even easier.

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YouTube Shorts $100 million fund arrives: What creators should know

YouTube Shorts $100 million fund arrives: What creators should know

YouTube has officially launched its Shorts Fund, which it first announced back in mid-May. The $100 million fund will distribute payments to creators through 2021 and 2022, assuming they create short videos for the platform's TikTok alternative. Following the Shorts platform beta period, the Shorts Fund is now live for thousands of eligible creators.

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Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Study warns social media bans drive users to more extreme platforms

Users who violate a social media platform's rules may get a warning, a temporary suspension, or, depending on the issue, a permanent ban from the platform. These bans are made in an effort to reduce the amount of problematic content on the platforms, but a new study warns that banning these users doesn't ultimately fix the problem...and is likely to drive them to even greater levels of extremism and toxicity.

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Best Buy Insignia F50 Fire TV series launch with Amazon

Best Buy Insignia F50 Fire TV series launch with Amazon

The retail powerhouse 000-up between Best Buy and Amazon continues with a new line of Insignia-branded smart TV sets. These newest sets will launch later this year alongside Best Buy Toshiba-branded Fire TVs with features that are ever-so-slightly better than their predecessors. The Insignia F50 Series Fire TVs are the first of the line branded with "Fire TV" instead of "Fire TV Edition" - and that could be an important distinction in the coming years.

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SpaceX reveals latest Starlink user count – and how many are still waiting

SpaceX reveals latest Starlink user count – and how many are still waiting

SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service has around 90,000 users currently, according to a new disclosure, though the total is a fraction of the waitlist. Launched in mid-2019, Starlink uses a growing constellation of low Earth orbit satellites and a self-orienting dish on the ground to beam down internet connectivity, though it's only been relatively recently that Starlink has accelerated adding users.

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Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Video conferencing services have become the bread and butter of work, school, and even social life for the past year and a half. Each of the contenders has its own idiosyncrasies and preferred ways to access their services. Zoom started out as a standalone app but has enabled a version that runs inside a web browser. Google Meet, on the other hand, starts from the opposite direction and has embraced a browser-only experience on desktops. That's changing now with a dedicated desktop app for desktops, but, as it turns out, it's actually a Progressive Web App version of Meet instead.

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Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter bounty challenge offers cash for finding algorithmic bias

Twitter has announced intentions to launch its first algorithmic bias challenge, one that offers cash rewards for individuals who help uncover "potential harms" caused by the company's saliency algorithm. This new competition builds upon the bias identification approach Twitter detailed back in May. The challenge will take place as part of DEF CON AI Village this year.

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