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Chance Miller

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Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses a Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Hackintosh, and Macbook Air.

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November 13

As it continues to try to grow its Snapchat competitor, Facebook today announced that it is launching support for Stories in Groups and Events. With this new feature, members of a specific Facebook Group or Event will be able to contribute to a Story that’s visible to the rest of the members…

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October 24

As expected, Nintendo this evening announced that it is bringing Animal Crossing to iOS and Android next month. The game is called Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and it brings many of the things gamers love about the Animal Crossing franchise to mobile devices, with a few new twists…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

October 19

Update #2: The Verge has received the following statement from Google, who says it will reimburse those who paid the premium:

“This was an error, which is now fixed,” a spokesperson writes, adding “Sorry for any confusion. We’ll be reaching out shortly to reimburse those impacted.”

Update: Some report different experiences with Google’s pop-up shop, saying the company changed policy throughout the day. It sounds very much like a “your mileage may vary” situation.

Google today opened brick-and-mortar pop-up shops to promote and sell its new hardware products in Los Angeles and New York City. While Google has held pop-up stores in the past, these stores marked the first time that it was putting its Made by Google products up for sale at them.

The Verge, however, explains that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are actually being sold at a premium at these locations…

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October 12

Kwon Oh-hyun announced in a statement today that he is stepping down as the CEO of Samsung Electronics and as head of the company’s components business. In his statement, Kwon explained that his decision comes as Samsung faces an “unprecedented crisis.”

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October 10

Twitter today announced a new feature coming to its iOS and Android apps that makes it easier for users to follow a specific ongoing event. The new feature, called “Happening Now,” appears at the top of your timeline and aggregates tweets about a certain event.

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October 4

Earlier this year, it was reported that Google was creating its own AMP-based competitor to Snapchat’s Discover feature, called Stamp. Now, a new report out of Recode offers a few more details on Google’s Snap competitor and notes of how the company is going about working with publishers…

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September 26

Twitter today is moving away from its traditional 140 character tweet limit. The company has announced that it is testing a new 280 character limit for some users. Product manager Aliza Rosen made the likely controversial reveal in a blog post this afternoon

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September 25

Snapchat’s focus on augmented reality is continuing with its latest iOS app update. The company today announced a new feature called “Sky Filters” that uses augmented reality to paint the sky in your photo a totally different color…

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September 24

As detailed in a new report from TechCrunch, Twitter has started testing a new Twitter Lite application for Android. The social network is testing the app in the Philippines as it looks to make the service more accessible in countries where data speeds are an issue.

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September 19

T-Mobile raises unlimited data cap to 50GB before ‘prioritization’ kicks in

T-Mobile announced in a blog post today that it is upping its “prioritization point” for unlimited data users. While this limit was previously set at 32GB, the carrier has today pushed that up to 50GB…

September 17

Instagram is making a small but notable change to how it handles autoplaying videos. While the app has always autoplayed videos as you scroll through your feed, sound would be muted until you tap on the video. Now, Instagram is slightly changing up how sound is handled with videos…

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September 14

Amid its fiery legal battle with Uber, Google is reportedly in talks to make a $1 billion investment in competing ride-sharing service Lyft. According to a pair of reports from Axios and Bloomberg, the move is being driven by top-level executives, including Larry Page.

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September 9

In this week’s top stories: We offer some tidbits about the upcoming Pixel 2, Google highlights new features coming to Assistant, Ben talks about his “long weekend” with the LG V30, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s news. expand full story

August 25

In addition to recent changes to the Newsfeed and other aspects of the app, Facebook today has announced new “On This Day” features for its mobile applications. In a blog post, the social network announced new features for easily “recapping your memories” baked right into the News Feed.

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August 15

Facebook today has announced a host of updates for both mobile and desktop users. Most notably, the company is making changes to how users go about navigating the News Feed on desktop and mobile, while the Camera functionality is also gaining a handful of new features.

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August 12

SoundCloud secures its ‘largest financing round,’ names former Vimeo exec new CEO

As rumors suggested earlier this month, SoundCloud has officially confirmed that it has secured investments from The Raine Group and Temasek. The company outlined the investments in a blog post, while it also announced that former Vimeo executive Kerry Trainor will be taking over as CEO…

August 9

Facebook will soon officially launch its foray into the TV industry. The company announced in a blog post today that it is adding a new “Watch” section to its website, mobile, and TV applications where it will house its slate of original programming…

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August 8

Google Home now available in Germany for €149

Despite once being limited to the United States and United Kingdom, Google Home has gradually been expanding to more countries. As expected, the smart speaker today has gone up for sale in Germany for €149…

July 31

According to a new report from CNET, Amazon is suspending sales of smartphones from Blu. The move comes as Blu phones are increasingly the subject of privacy concerns related to user tracking and data collecting.

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July 25

Head of Google Canada operations departs, company searching for a replacement

On the heels of yesterday’s earnings release, Alphabet today announced that its head of Google Canada operations is departing the company. As reported by Reuters, Sam Sebastian is leaving the company in favor of a new gig at The Weather Network…

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