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Facebook is now available on Tor for more secure browsing — After enabling secure HTTPS browsing by default for all users in August last year, Facebook has taken another step to allow for secure browsing, and has made their social network available via the Tor network for users who want to maintain their anonymity when logging on to the Web.
Oct 31, 2014

Facebook is now available on Tor for more secure browsing - more secure browsing for the service that hoovers data!

Oct 31, 2014

There's an irony about Facebook offering a Tor site, but still - an interesting move >

Check Out Honda's 'Double-Sided' YouTube Video — Honda is promoting its new Civic Type R Concept Car with a nifty interactive video campaign that lets you switch between two complementary videos with a press of the R button.

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two has crashed during a test flight — Spaceflight company Virgin Galactic has lost its Spaceship Two in a crash during a test flight. Here's the statement from the company: Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.

Internet tax proposal in Hungary shut down following protests — The Hungarian government is shelving its plan to tax internet data transfer by the gigabyte, following protest rallies attended by thousands of concerned citizens in Budapest since last week, reports Reuters.
Oct 31, 2014

Good > Hungary shelves internet tax plans following protests

Oct 31, 2014

Sense prevails >> Hungary shelves internet tax plans following protests

(Re-)activate Push Notifications for The Next Web via Safari — A few months ago we added Safari push notifications for OS X to our site. Since then about 500 new people activate the feature, per day! More than 35,000 people receive notifications every day now. That's amazing but also easy to understand, as the notifications are subtle but engaging.

Use your Photoshop skills to solve a murder mystery this Halloween — Professor Photoheim has been murdered at his own annual Halloween Party, and it's up to you to find out who's responsible. Are your detective skills sharp enough to solve the crime? To celebrate All Hallows' Eve, Adobe is hosting a little murder mystery challenge for Photoshop users on its Photoshop Facebook page, where the investigation is already under way.

Slack Nabs $120M at $1.12B Valuation — Few pieces of corporate-oriented software have managed to build a following the way Slack has. It seems others agree too, given that the company just secured $120 million in funding through Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. The funding round also comes with a $1.12 billion valuation.

Spain orders Google to pay news publishers a tax for search results — The Spanish parliament passed a ruling yesterday to allow news publishers to charge aggregators and search engines like Google each time they display news content in search results. The law, lobbied for by Spain's AEDE group of news outlets, goes into effect on January 1, 2015, but it doesn't yet specify how much aggregators and search engines could be charged.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TheNextWeb: ICYMI: Spain orders Google to pay news publishers a tax for search results

Former Android Boss Andy Rubin is Leaving Google — Today, Google executive Andy Rubin told his team that he was leaving the company. Rubin joined Google when the company bought Android in 2005. In 2013 he left the Android division and went to head the company's robotic division.
Oct 30, 2014

Will be interested to see the effect on Google's robotics efforts now that Andy Rubin has gone >

Deadline for iPhone Tells You When You're Going to Die — If you need a stark reminder of your mortality as Day of the Dead approaches, the new Deadline app for iOS will do the trick. The $0.99 app combines the new HealthKit SDK from iOS 8 with a bit of personal information in order to estimate how much time you have left in life.
Oct 30, 2014

Deadline for iPhone taps HealthKit to predict when you’re going to die

Oct 30, 2014

Quantified death. Well that's just dandy > Deadline for iPhone taps HealthKit to predict when you’re going to die

Lenka Monochrome Camera App Upgrade Adds New Controls — Lenka, the dedicated monochrome camera app for iPhone was updated today for iOS 8 and now includes additional shooting and editing controls. Developed by photographer Kevin Abosch, Lenka is designed for shooters of all levels, while delivering a singular aesthetic to its exclusively black and white output.
Oct 31, 2014

Be sure to download the new Lenka app update for iOS 8. Better control over B&W photos.

A Gorgeous Swiss Army Knife? An Old Tool Gets a New Look — What's the first thing you think of when someone says the words: Swiss Army Knife? For most of us, the image that springs to mind is a dark red folding pocket knife from Victorinox that features multiple cutting blades alongside other convenient tools that extend from a compact body.

Mark Zuckerberg is hosting an AMA on Facebook, November 6 — Have you ever wanted to ask Mark Zuckerberg something? Maybe you want to know when the long-fabled dislike button will be added, or perhaps you just want to know his favorite color. Well, you could get the chance next Thursday. As TechCrunch notes, the Facebook CEO will be hosting a his first-ever public Q&A session on November 6.

Pinterest Redesigns Its Profile Pages — Pinterest today rolled out a minor redesign to its user profile pages, making profile photos round instead of square. The new look centers profile information and includes a Send Profile option under the settings button. The follow button has also moved to the top right corner.

A Professional Hub for Creators and their Crew — While services like SoundCloud, Vimeo and YouTube allow content creators to share their work with the world, Clowdy is a relatively new service that aims to provide more of a network to help them develop their careers. Audio, video and photography can be uploaded and sold directly to fans in what the founders hope will become a thriving social hub for discovering creativity.
Oct 30, 2014

Clowdy: A professional hub for all content creators, from director to intern

Instagram Video Ads are Rolling Out Today — Instagram has been serving up ads for a while already in some markets, but now it's officially rolling out video ads too as expected. As AdWeek reports, the Facebook-owned platform has inked deals to display 15-second skits from a number of big brands, including Disney and Banana Republic.

Create Music Videos with Smule's Karaoke App — Karaoke is experiencing a rise in popularity. As a society, we've seen that singing in public, both on TV and YouTube, isn't as weird as our parents led us to believe. In fact, it could lead to to fame and riches.
Oct 30, 2014

If you wanna sing a song with me, my user name is: strngwys…

Microsoft Band is a new cloud-powered wearable fitness tracker — Microsoft launched its new fitness-focused wearable that plugs into the new cloud-based Microsoft Health tracking service today. Dubbed Microsoft Band, the $199 device tracks users' heart rate, steps taken, sun exposure, stress levels, calories burned and sleep quality.