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Mashable lays off large portion of news staff
Digital publication Mashable laid off about 30 staffers yesterday, according to Politico, and replaced two executives. Some staffers found out about this while they were out on assignment. Re/code reports on what Mashable is up to, and how this is about pivoting to more video content about digital culture.
The FBI's iPhone hacking tricks only work on the 5c
During a speech at Kenyon College on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey said their abilities to unlock iPhones is limited to the 5c, according to CNN Money. He said the FBI bought a special tool from an unspecified third party that allowed them to unlock the phone. Comey argued they can only access a "narrow slice" of iPhones.
Facebook is allowing advertisers to post sponsored content
Under the old rules, Facebook would only allow marketers to post content on its site if it was part of a paid ad placement. But now Facebook is relaxing these rules and letting advertisers and web publishers to post sponsored content directly to their Facebook pages, according to the Wall Street Journal. This applies to Instant Articles, video and Facebook live. This branded content will have an icon next to it indicating that it comes from a paying advertiser.
Web developers have a reason to love Bing
Microsoft's search engine Bing may become the preferred search engine for web developers. The Next Web reports that Bing has made it easy to search for executable code, rather than relying on sites like Stack Overflow.
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