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Facebook's government request report adds Instagram -- duck face and all

Facebook received about 12,600 US law enforcement requests in the second half of 2013

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.

on pcworld.com

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Meet the new Twitter, same as the old Facebook

Twitter is snagging some of Facebook’s features, but risks losing its personality in the process.

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New Chrome for Android beta adds Chromecast support for web video, closed tab recovery

Along with a bunch of other features, Chrome Beta now has native Chromecast support for video.

on greenbot.com

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Heartbleed: What you need to know about the security fiasco in three minutes or less

If you're still unsure as to how the Heartbleed security hole affects you, here's a quick rundown of the issues.

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Facebook wants to free your News Feed from spam

The network is again tweaking its News Feed algorithm to show more of the stuff you want to see.

Turns out most people prefer to watch TV instead of tweet about it

New research indicates all that second-screen social activity might be overblown.

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No more in-app chat: Facebook moving messages to Messenger

Users will have to install Facebook’s separate Messenger app to keep the conversation going.

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Breather bets $25 is a fair price for an hour of peace

Breather makes finding a quiet place to work in Manhattan or Montreal as easy as ordering a car on Uber or a vacation rental on Airbnb.

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Twitter’s radical redesign looks a lot like Facebook

The social network needs to jump-start its growth, and hopes a familiar look will help.

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'Youth Startup' camp may be the worst thing about Silicon Valley besides 'Silicon Valley'

Because you're never too young to begin training for a rewarding career in being annoying.

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Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

A social network labeled people as jerks and charged them to contact customer service and change their profiles, the agency says

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Meet California's first Bitcoin ATM

In this video report, we'll see a demo of how a machine built by Las Vegas-based Robocoin lets you buy Bitcoins with cash or sell them from your digital wallet.

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Google's Project Loon balloon goes around the world in 22 days

Jules Verne would be impressed, but it's only one step toward an attempt to provide Internet access to remote areas.

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Report: More ads are coming to Twitter--a lot more

You can expect to see as many as 15 new kids of ads in the near future, according to the Wall Street Journal.