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Developers Have an App for App Addiction

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A small but growing number of behavioral scientists and former Silicon Valley developers have begun trying to counterprogram those news alerts, friend requests and updates crowding our waking hours. Increasingly, the rebel developers are using fire to fight fire — creating apps that try to put users back in control. …

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Net Neutrality Repeal In Effect Today

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The repeal of rules governing how internet service providers can treat traffic on the web go into effect today, with backers, including the majority of the Federal Communications Commission, saying the new rule book will still protect internet users’ freedom, while allowing service providers to continue to innovate. Opponents, however, …

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Amazon, Lennar teaming up on Smart Homes

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Amazon and homebuilder Lennar are offering homes that have a number of connected devices aimed at allowing homeowners internet-based control of the house’s amenities. Devices in the homes are all controlled by voice commands through Amazon’s smart speaker, Alexa. The homes feature keyless smart locks, thermostats controlled through mobile phones, …

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Facebook Reportedly Testing Paid, Ad-Free Version

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Facebook is looking into the possibility of offering a paid version of the social media platform that would be ad free, Bloomberg reported. The company is doing research to see if such an option would bring in new users, Bloomberg said, citing anonymous sources. Facebook has explored the idea before, …

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Snapchat Testing Pullback from Redesign

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Redesign redux. Snap, parent company of Snapchat, said this week it is testing a new design (again) for the app, with company officials telling Business Insider it may pull back on some of the major changes from a redesign announced in February. The new design would put the page with …

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Twitter to Prohibit Most Crytopcurrency Ads

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Twitter is preparing to prohibit a range of cryptocurrency ads amid looming regulatory intervention in the sector Alexander J. Martin | Sky News The microblogging platform is following similar moves by Facebook and Google which have restricted financial advertisements due to concerns about illicit activities. Sky News understands that the …

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