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Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge

Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. This is possible because Edge last year gained support for the […]

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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names from $20 to $70 a year. Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 Mobile preview with Cortana, Edge, and lock screen improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Mobile preview today. The latest build includes improvements to the Action Center, notifications, Cortana, Settings, emoji, Edge, and the Lock screen. Like the last mobile build, this one is only available for devices that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile (the Lumia 950, 950 XL, 650, 550, Xiaomi Mi4, and […]

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Facebook just validated the bot movement for businesses

ANALYSIS: The battle for our attention has once again shifted to a new technological plane within the mobile space. The industry now is starting to turn its attention away from apps and instead focusing on a new interface to drive “conversational commerce,” a concept first named by social designer Chris Messina. It’s centered around “delivering convenience, personalization, and decision […]

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Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code 1.0 as the code editor passes 500,000 monthly active users

Microsoft today is announcing the release of version 1.0 of its open-source Visual Studio Code text editor. The cross-platform application now has more than 500,000 monthly active users, after launching last year. More than 1,000 extensions have become available for Visual Studio Code since Microsoft introduced extensibility in November, when it became available on GitHub […]

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Chrome 50 arrives with push notification improvements and declarative preload

Google today launched Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, adding the usual slew of developer features. You can update to the latest version now, using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from google.com/chrome. Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web […]

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Apple releases first Safari Technology Preview update with Web Inspector, ES6 enhancements

Apple today released the first update to its Safari Technology Preview version of Safari designed for software developers. This second release (version 9.1.1) comes with several changes that have to do with JavaScript, CSS, accessibility, the browser’s Web Inspector feature, and most generally, the latest from the WebKit open-source browser engine. With respect to JavaScript […]

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Facebook’s latest AI experiments: generating captions and recognizing faces in videos

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook demonstrated its latest in artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts. Not surprisingly, they are about video. Video implies a whole bunch of individual images put together. So it logically flows from Facebook’s progress around object recognition and image caption generation using AI. “You can imagine us […]

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Microsoft adds Universal Windows Platform support to Facebook’s React Native

Microsoft and Facebook are announcing today that the Facebook-led React Native open-source software for native mobile app development is getting Universal Windows Platform (UWP) support. The new UWP development software is available now. But Microsoft will be sharing the code as part of the React Native project, said Christine Abernathy, developer advocate for Facebook’s open-source […]

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Google launches Android N Developer Preview 2 with new 3D rendering API, launcher shortcuts, and Emoji Unicode 9

Google today launched the second release of the Android N developer preview. You can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview. Google launched the first Android N developer preview just over a month ago. In past years, Google has unveiled the next Android version and released the accompanying […]

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Facebook unveils antennas for improving Internet access in cities and rural areas

Facebook today is showing off its latest unconventional equipment for bringing better Internet connectivity to more people. There are two new projects: the Terragraph antennas for distributing gigabit Internet in densely city environments using both Wi-fi and cellular signals, and the Aries array of radio antennas for delivering wireless signals to devices in rural areas […]

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Google launches TensorFlow 0.8 with support for distributed model training

Google today is announcing the release of version 0.8 of its TensorFlow open-source machine learning software. The release is significant because it supports the ability to train machine learning models on more than just a single machine. TensorFlow can be used for a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which involves training artificial neural […]

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VCs raised billions in Q1 even as they made fewest investments in 3 years

ANALYSIS: At first blush, a review of venture capital dealmaking during the first quarter of 2016 suggests an industry gone mad. VC firms raised the highest amount of capital raised in more than decade, even as they made the lowest number of investments in three years. What gives? The Q1 2016 Venture Pulse Report issued today by CB Insights […]

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Google blocks KickassTorrents in Chrome and Firefox as a ‘deceptive site’

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users visiting popular torrent site KickassTorrents (KAT) have been seeing a malware warning since yesterday, similar to the warning they received on the site back in October 2015. Navigating to both http://kat.cr and https://kat.cr results in a message cautioning you to go no further (“Deceptive site ahead” in Chrome and […]

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WordPress 4.5 arrives with editing improvements, custom logos, and responsive previews

WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.5, which adds a slew of new features to the blog management tool to “streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.” You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (8.0MB). WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that powers 25 percent of the Web. The latest version […]

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Facebook opens Instant Articles to all publishers

SAN FRANCISCO — As promised, Facebook today opened up its Instant Articles offering to all publishers, allowing anyone to import their content into the social network and adding it directly to a user’s News Feed. The company said that adoption has been “tremendous” with more than 1,000 publishers worldwide. “We see clear evidence that Instant […]

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Everything Facebook announced at F8 2016 so far

This week Facebook is unveiling the future of its developer platforms during its annual “F8” conference in San Francisco. For more on the future of Messenger, Facebook live video, chatbots, artificial intelligence, and Internet-beaming satellites, read on — and check back for more as we update this list today and tomorrow with breaking stories from our reporters on the ground at […]

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Mobile user acquisition fraud: Rovio and others share how to fight it (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: How do you combat user acquisition scams that are increasingly slick and nearly undetectable? Find out from the front line how pros are successfully combating mobile fraud. Access the webinar on demand right here. You’re spending up to $25 per high-quality user — but how many of them are real? User acquisition fraud has doubled since […]

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Facebook’s Bot Engine lets you teach chatbots what to say with AI

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Facebook today announced the beta launch of Bot Engine, a tool for teaching chatbots what to say in specific types of situations. The technology — which developers can use in association with the Send/Receive API for building Messenger bots that Facebook announced earlier today — comes from […]

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Twilio adds Facebook Messenger to its communication API platform

SAN FRANCISCO — Twilio has extended its API support to Facebook Messenger, thereby offering its developers another medium from which to communicate with their users. The integration means that the cloud communications platform not only provides phone and SMS as an outlet, it now offers a way to use the messaging app with its 900 million […]

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Facebook opens its Messenger platform to chatbots

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook announced today that it was opening up its Messenger platform in beta and now lets chatbots into the app. What this means is that you’re now able to interact with an AI-powered “representative” from a business right on one of the largest conversation service out in the market today. At the F8 […]

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Facebook is launching its first Internet-beaming satellite in ‘next few months’

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said that it’s moving forward with efforts to connect the rest of the world to the Internet. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company’s Internet.org program has made progress and will be launching its first satellite in the next few months. In addition, its Free Basics initiative has now helped […]

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Facebook opens up its livestream API to developers

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has announced a set of partners for its livestreaming product. The company has opened up its live API, something that it plans on building out in the next five years. Introduced in August, Facebook Live is the social networking company’s response to Meerkat and Periscope. The company has said that it […]

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How to livestream Facebook’s 2016 F8 developer conference

Facebook developers, it’s that time of year when the social networking company holds its annual F8 conference. Held in San Francisco from April 12-13, the keynotes for both days will be livestreamed as well as some of the afternoon sessions, so if you’re not able to make it, you can watch what new products and […]

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Telegram’s Bot API gets inline keyboards, support for 19 file types before Facebook’s F8 event

Telegram has released an update for its Bot API that it calls the “biggest change” to its platform “since June 2015.” Included in version 2.0 are a slew of features including new inline keyboards, support for more file types, group administration tools, and more. The company introduced the release this past weekend, which was just several days […]

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