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Facebook Considered a 'Sympathize' Button, So Users Don't Inadvertently 'Like' Bad News

Facebook has experimented with a more nuanced approach to responding to friends' posts, though it has not shown up on the world's largest social network yet. The "sympathize" button appeared at one of Facebook's hackathons, as a way to express Facebook's popular one-click support, without seeming callous.

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FBI Hackers' Surveillance Toolkit Includes Secret Webcam Recording Malware - Report

Since the late summer, we've known that the FBI had an elite hacker squad to develop surveillance on terrorism and organized crime suspects using malware. Now new details are emerging about the capabilities of that malware, and it reportedly includes using a suspect's laptop camera to spy on them.

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Facebook "High Quality" News Feed Tweak Will Be Mostly Source-Biased

Facebook announced changes to its News Feed on Monday, promising to increase the "quality" of news-related posts by tweaking the visibility of "relevant" posts. But Facebook's explanation of how it would accomplish this was rather nebulous, only giving an example of reducing the number of meme photos from third-party sites. Now, News Feed manager Lars Backstrom has revealed some details, and it sounds like Facebook's News Feed is taking a page from Google.

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile's MetroPCS-Enhanced LTE Speeds Require No Customer Upgrades

T-Mobile has begun upgrading its LTE service for faster speeds by using some of the spectrum it acquired in its MetroPCS purchase. The rollout just began in late Nov., but T-Mobile plans to offer the LTE expansion in its top markets soon.

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Internet Explorer for Windows Update: Microsoft Security Update Released: 'Critical' Warning for IE 9, IE 10, and IE 11 Browsers

Microsoft released its monthly security bulletin for the Internet Explorer browser and a "Critical" label has been issued.

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Pokémon X and Y Music Soundtrack Released: $9.99 Price for 212 Songs from Sixth-Generation Video Games; Previous Gen Music Coming in 2014 [Download Here]

The music in the "Pokémon" video games are finally available in mp3 form as the franchise have released a "Super Music Collection."

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Huawei Ascend W2 Specs, Release Date News Update Revealed: New Windows Phone 8 Smartphone Coming Soon following China Launch [Video]

Huawei revealed their latest Windows Phone 8 smartphone for the low-end mobile market with the Ascend W2.

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Pokémon X and Y News Update 2013: Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Sale Offer on Amazon; Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Sales Gives Nintendo Mixed Results in 3Q 2013 [Video]

Nintendo has released its financial results from the third quarter of 2013, and the company encountered mixed numbers.

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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins unveils the BackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones

iOS vs. Android vs. Windows Phone Market Share in Latin America: Google Mobile OS No. 1; BlackBerry Trips by 10 Percent; Apple Inc., Microsoft Fight for Second Place, Says Kantar

When it comes to smartphone operating systems in Latin America, no mobile platform comes close to toppling Google Android.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty Ghosts News: iOS and Android App Released, Adds Multiplayer Gameplay to Game

The Call of Duty App will add Clan Wars and second screen features to the game.

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Google Glass Release Date and Price: Is Field Trip Glass's Killer App?

In Field Trip, Google Glass might have found its killer app.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date in Berlin: Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Confirmed by Bloomberg Report

A new report confirms that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled along with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company's new smartwatch accessory.

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Google Glass Update: Google Encourages Developers to Get Started on More Applications

Google Glass may be taking some steps towards expanding its range of applications soon. Google has begun encouraging app developers who are currently waiting for the development kit that's specific to Glass to go ahead and start making the apps for Android.

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Google Patents Electronic "Throat Tattoo" for Bluetooth Functionality

A new patent reveals plans for a device that attaches to a user's throat and is used for voice commands and other functions.

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Mexican Children Win Second Place in NASA Robotics Tournament

Three Mexican students ages 12 to 14 won the second place in the 2013 International Air and Space Program (IASP), an annual tournament organized by NASA.

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Walmart Food Stamp Shopping Spree

Walmart Reveals Black Friday Sales for Video Games and Gaming Hardware

The retailer will have many games at a discounted price as well as on sale Xbox 360's, PlayStation 3's, and Nintendo 2DS'

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Markerbot 3D Printers

3D Printer Company Wants Device in Every Public School, White House Supports Idea

Makerbot wants every public school in America to have a 3D printer to help bring the technology into the mainstream.

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Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S: Nexus 5 Proves Itself Against the 64-Bit iPhone 5S

Trying to decide between a Google Nexus 5 smartphone and the Apple iPhone 5S? If performance is your thing, then you might want to take a harder look at the Nexus 5, even if it doesn't have a fancy new 64-bit A7 processor like the iPhone 5S.

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Google Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat Update Release Date: When to Expect It

Given that the Google Nexus 5 launched with Android 4.4 KitKat onboard, owners of the Google Nexus 7 tablet might be wondering, "when will I get my first taste of KitKat?" While Google hasn't given anything specific, here's when you can expect to see the brand new operating system land on your tablet.

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Internet Explorer for Windows Update: Microsoft Security Update Released: 'Critical' Warning for IE 9, IE 10, and IE 11 Browsers

Microsoft released its monthly security bulletin for the Internet Explorer browser and a "Critical" label has been issued.

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Google Nexus 5 Phone Stock: Delivery Times Begin to Climb

Google's Nexus 5 is finally available for purchase, and just as expected, grabbing one isn't going to be easy. Those interested in buying a Nexus 5 will have to wait at least two to three weeks before it will leave the warehouse.

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Google Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update: Pure AOSP ROM Releases for Download

Google's new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system might only be officially available on the also-new Nexus 5 handset, but owners of the older Nexus 4 can get a headstart now that Android 4.4 AOSP ROMs have been released.

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Facebook Embeds

Social Media Saturday: Facebook Edition - Embeds, Games Publishing, Video Ads

Social Media Saturday: This week in social media was relatively quiet, except for one company: Facebook stole the show. Along with finally converting its entire site to secure HTTP, the company also rolled out embedded posts, moved some Facebook Home features to its main app, and may start rolling out 15-second ads.

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Social Media Saturday: Tumblr and Twitter Go After NSFW, and Tumblr Fixes Its iOS Bug

This week in social media Tumblr learned about a huge vulnerability that it subsequently fixed. But it also tried to fix NSFW content, and stirred up a bit of a fuss. Twitter also added a NSFW filter, but that was less controversial.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Update Release Date: Android 4.3 or Android 4.2, But Most Likely Not Until 2014

Samsung Galaxy S2 owners who were hoping for another Android upgrade might want to sit down for this one: it's going to be a while, possibly forever.

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