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Why are Facebook friends checking in at Standing Rock, North Dakota?

If on Monday you noticed that a lot of your Facebook friends were suddenly visiting North Dakota, it's likely they not only aren't actually at that location, but that they're trying to contribute to a cause. Ongoing protests in the state over the...

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The original emoji now belong to a museum

From the people who brought you an art exhibit dedicated to Icelandic songstress Björk comes the most 2016 art acquisition we can imagine. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired the original emoji. RELATED: Apple is replacing its pistol emoji with...

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Tech Crawl: big Oculus updates, Yahoo sale terms may change and a Snapchat IPO

Happy Friday! Whether you're going to Weekend 2 of ACL Fest or not, you'll want to know what's up in the tech world before you hit the weekend hard. Here's what's news: Oculus reveals It was a busy day at Facebook-owned Oculus VR, which on Thursday showed...

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What are 'Dank memes?'

it can be impossible to track down the origin of Internet memes, often funny ideas and goofy images with silly captions, and it often doesn't really explain how they morph from one thing (sometimes harmless) to something else (incredibly hateful)...

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Austin high school students review tech gear, diss iPhone 7 in rap as TechieGrad

"You think design's going forward but I just think it's going back / Making phones so thin the battery life is trash / And don't even try to get me started on the headphone jack / Lightning headphones that's a cheat, you're acting like it's a great...

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Layoffs at Austin-based newspaper of the web, The Daily Dot

Austin-based media company Daily Dot, an online publication that covers news and culture of the Internet, has laid off about 15 staffers, according to reports that originated at Politico. It's unclear how many more who worked for the site than the...

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Tech Crawl: NFL's Twitter streaming debut, Tidal + Apple shot down and Facebook's debate role

Happy dies y seis, everybody! Here's the tech news you should know about as you start your day: The NFL on Twitter Recode reports on how Twitter did with its debut of streaming NFL action Thursday night in a game between the Buffalo Bills and New...

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10 Tweets About... Instagram's new 'Stories' feature

Yesterday, Facebook-owned Instagram debuted "Stories," a new way to create photo and video slideshows and share them for 24 hours with friends. But it seemed awfully familiar to those who already use Snapchat, which has had the feature since 2013...

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Morning Tech Crawl: Instagram's Snapchat impression, a Bitcoin heist and new tech reviews

Happy Wednesday morning, Austin! Here's a roundup of some of the news being most buzzed about on tech blogs right now. Instagram's flattery of Snapchat It's no secret that some users are not fans of Facebook-owned Instagram's move toward an algorithm-based...

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10 Tweets About... Twitter's suspension of Milo Yiannopoulos

As mentioned this morning in the Tech Crawl, Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos had his @Nero account suspended on Twitter, apparently for being involved in a barrage of hate-filled Tweets directed at "SNL" and "Ghostbusters" performer Leslie...

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