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Uber hires an Obama insider for its political fights

David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager, will become Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy.

Google may offer accounts for kids, controls for parents

Children's accounts could go legit if Google can satisfy privacy requirements

Twitter intrudes on your Timeline with favorites that look like retweets

People are not happy about Twitter’s latest experiment.

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10 changes Twitter needs to make right now to stop abuse

Harassment is all too common on Twitter. We have a few ideas the network can use to become a safer space.

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Facebook tests 'satire' tag, makes the Internet slightly less confusing (and less fun)

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that may help you determine that the story you saw about a hamster infestation at the White House is, in fact, an attempt at humor.

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The Premier League has had it up to here with all your soccer Vines

And England's top-flight soccer league is vowing to keep all those six-second highlight reels off social media during its coming season.

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FAA says Lyft-like platforms for private planes are illegal

Turns out plane-sharing and ride-sharing are not at all the same.

Twitter promises to fix policies after bullies target Robin Williams’s daughter

The network hasn’t said what those policy changes will be, but it’s about time.

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Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

The finger-pointing continues between the ride-sharing services, which both accuse the other of ordering and canceling thousands of rides.

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Twitter sets the stage for video ads

A new program, now in beta, allows for paid video content in people's feeds.

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Yo adds more context to the 'yo' with iOS update

The app’s use of push notifications may send tech companies scurrying to compete for your lockscreen.

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10 tech dramas that Hollywood should turn into movies

Forget Silicon Valley. Never mind Halt and Catch Fire. The history of technology provides ample source material for your next big-screen blockbuster.

Lyft accuses rival Uber of dirty ride-sharing tricks

Lyft says that Uber employees have ordered and cancelled thousands of Lyft rides since last fall, hurting its business.

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Beware of Bitcoin, US consumer agency warns

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted a bulletin warning of the risks associated with the virtual currency, including exposure to hackers and scammers. Bitcoin advocates say it paints an incomplete picture.

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Variety: To teen newbs, YouTube dudes rule over boob tube rubes

Or to put it another way: A survey by the entertainment industry trade magazine found that YouTube stars are more popular among teenagers than movie, TV, and music celebrities.