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Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook preparing to demote slow-loading stories on News Feed

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is preparing to update its News Feed ranking algorithm to promote fast-loading stories and demote slow-loading stories. Jiayi Wen and Shengbo Guo, senior engineers with the social network, announced that the update to its News Feed ranking algorithm aimed at showing people more stories that will load rapidly on mobile and fewer stories that take longer to load.

Wen and Guo added that the change would allow users to spend more time loading and reading stories relevant to them.

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Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Facebook reportedly working on dedicated video chat device

Social-networking giant Facebook is reportedly working on a new device that will be dedicated to increasingly popular video chat.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that the dedicated video chat hardware will be the inaugural major product from the company’s Building 8 product development lab.

The device will reportedly include a notebook-sized screen, and it will try to make geographically separated video participants feel like they are together in the same space.

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YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

YouTube Red to be merged with Google Play Music

Internet search giant Google has confirmed that it is working on a plan to merge its YouTube Red service with Google Play Music in order to create a new sleek and streamlined service.

Speaking at a recently-held panel session for the New Music Seminar conference in New York, Google Music chief Lyor Cohen said that the company needed to merge the two services to attract new subscribers.

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Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Niantic CEO responds to allegations over Pokemon Go Fest mess

Responding to issues related to the failure of the “Pokémon Go” event in Chicago, Niantic CEO John Hanke said his company was committed to listening to even harsh feedback to improve what it does.

Hanke was responding to allegations that the game developer hadn’t effectively prepared for last Saturday’s Pokémon Go event, which was attended by more than 20,000 people but was plagued by technical issues.

The technical issues made the popular video game unplayable for many of the attendees, leading to boos and shouts from the large crowd.

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Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Apple already preparing for the iPhone 9: Report

Technology major Apple is weeks away from announcing its “iPhone 8” smartphone but rumors have already started swirling about its successor – the potential iPhone 9.

Citing anonymous sources, the Korea Economic Daily recently reported that LG Chem has been selected by Apple as an exclusive supplier for batteries for its next-next-generation iPhone.

The deal is for batteries for the device which is due for release sometime in 2018. The anonymous sources also suggested that the “iPhone 9” would likely debut in the 2nd half of 2018.

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Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Microsoft’s quarterly earnings beat Wall Street expectations

Redmond-based tech giant Microsoft Corporation on Thursday posted better than expected earnings for the last three months, thanks to strong performance of its cloud business. Microsoft announced non-GAAP revenue and GAAP earnings per share of $24.7 billion and $0.83, respectively. Non-GAAP earnings per share were reported $0.98. Non-GAAP operating income was reported at $7.0 billion.

Strong performance of cloud business particularly helped the company in beating Wall Street analysts’ predictions.

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Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Microsoft unveils Cortana VA-powered thermostat

Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation has unveiled a Cortana virtual assistant-powered thermostat called GLAS that it will build in partnership with Johnson Controls.

GLAS boasts a touchscreen that will allow users to manually control and check on information, such as temperature, calendar schedule and air quality readings.

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Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Waymo partners with Lyft to develop autonomous vehicles

Alphabet’s driverless car division Waymo LLC has confirmed that it will work in partnership with ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. to develop autonomous vehicles.

Without elaborating specifically on the terms of the partnership, Waymo and Lyft announced on Sunday that they would work together to develop products and technology for self-driving vehicles.

The deal is being seen as an effort of the two companies’ effort to deal a blow to rival firm Uber Technologies’ similar ambitions.

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British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

British officials applaud cyber specialist for halting ransomware cyber attack

Cybersecurity officials in United Kingdom have applauded a young cyber specialist for helping halt the global ransomware cyber-attack.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced that the cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, prevented further spreading of the ransomware by registering a domain name. The action has already prevented more than 100,000 potential infections.

In a tweet on Saturday, the anonymous cyber specialist/researcher acknowledged that he initially did not know that his action would help stop the malware.

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Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

Google Maps for Android updated to include Street View

With some recently announced versatile new features on board, Google Maps for the Android platform has gotten a slight remake.

Despite the arrival of the new features, Google Maps basically functions in the same way as users know. However, the company has smartly integrated some “Street View” features straight into the navigation view.

When a user asks it for directions, he/she can swipe up from the bottom of the app’s screen to make out all the turn-by-turn steps as before. However, now each of those steps comes accompanied by a Street View picture of that exact turn.

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