Breaking up is hard to do


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Summary: Facebook is starting to address some of the complexities of fluid relationships in people’s lives. Many apps struggle with being the app for today, but not tomorrow, and users can’t be expected to do the hard work.

Facebook has recently introduced a new feature allowing for users to take a break from their exes after a breakup. This is potentially very useful, and at the same time points up a challenge with many internet services, that they are resolutely for today and forward looking, and therefore tend to treat all relationships and linkages as if they are current.

Facebook’s idea is not completely new- Dodgeball faced the same issue in its development, especially important for a service which acted something like Tinder, in the emerging mobile world of New York and other urban areas in the mid-noughties. That service was notification based so it was easier to turn things

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Google will retire Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise, and Debian 7 in March 2016


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Google today announced it is ending Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March 2016. The company didn’t elaborate a reason aside from saying the move would help “to provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions.”

This means Google will provide regular Chrome updates and security patches for users on these operating systems for less than four more months. After that, the browser will still work, but it will be stuck on the last version released in March.

Earlier this month, Google announced it was dropping Chrome support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8 in April 2016. In other words, today’s news just rounds out the cleanup to Chrome’s remaining desktop platform, Linux.


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Google’s data saver mode in Chrome for Android will now save up to 70%


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Google announced on Monday that it’s updated the data saver mode in Chrome for Android to save up to 70 percent of data when browsing web pages.

Users in India and Indonesia (two huge emerging markets for mobile, and Android specifically) will be the first to receive the new feature, with it rolling out to other countries in the coming months.

Tal Oppenheimer, Google’s product manager for Chrome, explained in a blog posting that it’s doing this “by removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection.”


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“After the page has loaded, you can tap to show all images or just the individual ones you want, making the web faster and cheaper to access on slow connections.”

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BlackBerry is bringing BBM mobile payments to Africa


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BlackBerry announced Monday that it plans to allow BBM users in Africa (starting with Nigeria) to send money or airtime “as simply as they transfer photos or files.” It’s part of a wider push by BlackBerry to establish a presence in the mobile payments space, especially in emerging markets.

In Nigeria and South Africa, the company says it sees over half a million new users install BBM per month, which it believes is allowing “a network effects [to] take root in several markets across the continent.” Beyond that, it’s seeing “close to 10 million visits to the BBM Shop per month, and now over 26 million ad requests per day.”

These strong advertising numbers mean that South Africa and Nigeria “represent two of our biggest global opportunities,” and that while “both are seen as developing economies, they are some of our top revenue-generating markets.”


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The Mass Fidelity Core Offers Booming Stereo Sound From One Tiny Wireless Speaker


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Core_Coffee_N_4_c_10262015 Home audio is rarely just plug-and-play. Systems I’ve dealt with installing over the years have come with dozens of feet of wiring and multiple units that require an afternoon or more to get all set up. Now, most audiophiles certainly don’t mind this step of the process and really enjoy the ability to get their systems finessed to their likings, but to many others I’d… Read More

Nokia will start selling its $60K Ozo virtual reality camera in Q1 2016


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The Nokia Ozo virtual reality camera, on display at a Nokia event in Los Angeles on November 30.


Nokia today is announcing that it will begin to sell its Ozo virtual-reality camera in the first quarter of 2016. The cost: $60,000.

At an event in Los Angeles today, the company is holding an elaborate demonstration of the camera’s ability to broadcast live footage in 3D and 360 degrees. Rock band Best Coast will be performing at Capitol Records nearby, and people attending the publicity event will watch footage from the device as it is stitched together in real time.

The price tag proves that the device will be initially aimed at major media companies and content producers. But over time Nokia Technologies, the Nokia research and development unit behind the Ozo system, might well be providing hardware to people with less money to spend.


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Pill + Lets You Share Sound Quality You Expect From Beats Headphones With Friends


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beatspill In time for your Cyber Monday shopping, Beats has released its first portable speaker since Apple acquired the company — the Pill + wireless bluetooth speaker. Right down to the packaging, Apple’s influence on the product’s sophisticated design shines through. Opening the Pill + is a lot like unwrapping an Apple laptop or phone. Rather than the flashy colors we’ve come… Read More

AppDynamics Raises $158M; Now Valued At $1.9 Billion


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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 4.50.06 PM Last month, based on an SEC filing, we told you that seven-year-old, San Francisco-based AppDynamics had raised a fresh $83.4 million in funding as part of a round that was targeting up to $150 million. Turns out the company met that target and then some. CEO David Wadhwani — who joined the firm in September after spending more than a decade as an executive at Adobe, including as… Read More

Adobe data: Cyber Monday 2015 will hit a record $3B in sales, sale product shortages hit all-time high


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It’s becoming clear that many consumers avoided the hassle and crowds of Black Friday and waited to search for online bargains on Cyber Monday.

Adobe, which tracks sales through its marketing cloud, said Cyber Monday sales will hit $2.98 billion by the end of the day, a 12 percent increase over last year’s total.

Adobe says its numbers are based on data aggregated from more than 125 million visits to 4,500 retail websites. The company uses a predictive model to forecast sales in the remaining hours of the day. Adobe says it tracks 80 percent of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers through its marketing cloud.


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Taking Stock Of Tech’s Third Quarter


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tech-ipo I trust that you are sated, smiley, and generally recharged by the recent Thanksgiving cycle. Earnings time. You may have thought that you were out of the non-GAAP woods. Not in the least. Certainly, Box still has yet report, but the majority of tech shops have dropped their digits, leaving it up to you and I to parse the mix. Read More

Privacy Advocates Celebrate The End Of The NSA’s Phone Record Collection Program


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capitol The NSA shut down its bulk phone record collection program yesterday, more than two years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the program to journalists and prompted a global debate about surveillance technology. The program has been marked to sunset since Congress passed the USA Freedom Act earlier this year. But in light of the terror attacks that rocked Paris earlier this… Read More

Mozilla Wants To Hive Off Its Thunderbird Email/Chat Client, Says Mitchell Baker Memo


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Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 23.35.50 The Mozilla Foundation looks like it’s about to take another step in its bid to sharpen its focus on its Firefox browser and continue with its fightback to gain more market share against competitors like Google’s Chrome. According to a company-wide memo penned today by chairperson Mitchell Baker (and confirmed by Mozilla to be from her), Mozilla wants to once and for all hive… Read More