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Pebble updates its smartwatch firmware with expanded character set and full notification support on Android
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Pebble has graced its popular e-paper display-based smartwatch with a firmware update that brings full character support to display notifications in a range of languages, and has also updated its Android app to allow any app to beam notifications. The new firmware now allows for Pebble watches to display notifications in 80 languages, handling special […]

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Amazon Travel hotel booking service rumoured to arrive early next year
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Travel sites could be about to have a very unhappy new year. Amazon is set to enter the travel business, according to a report by travel news specialists Skift. It says Amazon has been working with independent hotels and resorts in and around major cities to prepare its new Amazon Travel service. The site claims Amazon Travel […]

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Flapit is a physical social metrics counter for your business, available from today
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Want to show off your cupcake business’ Facebook fan count, Twitter followers or Yelp rating in your store? Flapit can do just that, sitting by your cash register, in your window front or on your wall, for $299. Citing market research that shows a majority of customers are likely to trust brands and stores with […]

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Facebook Extends Structured Status Updates to Pages
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In a bit of a puzzling move, Facebook has apparently extended its structured status updates to pages. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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Facebook Shuttle Bus Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 853
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Look for the union label: The drivers of Facebook’s shuttle buses elected to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters by a 43 to 28 vote, USA Today reported. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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More College Admissions Officers Are Finding Fewer Red Flags on Applicants’ Facebook Profiles
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The bad news for college applicants: More admissions officers than ever are visiting their profiles on Facebook and other social networks. The good news for college applications: Those admissions officers are finding fewer reasons on those profiles to red-flag applicants. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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SMBs Embracing Videos on Facebook
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More and more small and midsized businesses on Facebook are turning to videos to help drive their messages and increase engagement, according to new data from the social network. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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Facebook Job Listings Point to Drones Ramp-Up
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Facebook is looking for a few good men and women to build a few good drones. (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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Verizon’s widely mocked tech news site hasn’t published anything in weeks
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SugarString’s last stand. Verizon’s attempt at technology journalism has seemingly been halted, as its widely mocked news site hasn’t published anything new in more than three weeks. “SugarString” is bankrolled by Verizon Wireless and got off to a rocky start when its editor, Cole Stryker, was seeking out reporters and told prospective candidates that the […]

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Comcast says it’ll stop wasting your time, offers technician tracking tool
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In Thursday blog post titled “Your time is valuable; we don’t want to waste it,” Comcast customer service chief Charlie Herrin detailed a new service that will give customers alerts 30 minutes before a technician shows up. Comcast reduced its four-hour technician arrival windows to two hours a few years ago, and it promises $20 credits […]

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Crowdfunding project promises a “laptop that respects essential freedoms”
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It looks a little bit like an overgrown MacBook Air. But the Librem is free of corporate oppression. Purism What price can you put on freedom? If you’re talking about software freedom, a new San Francisco-based computer company prices it at $1,949 and up. Purism has turned to the crowdfunding site Crowd Supply to fund […]

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Google’s New Service Kills Ads on Your Favorite Sites for a Monthly Fee
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Google Contributor asks people to pay a tiny amount to support the websites they love. But will it work? The post Google’s New Service Kills Ads on Your Favorite Sites for a Monthly Fee appeared first on WIRED.

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