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Alt-right group encourages Twitter users to create 'fake black person accounts'

A prominent white supremacist website is encouraging supporters to create fake accounts in an effort to push back against Twitter for suspending the accounts of several high-profile, right-wing users last month.

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In a post on the alt-right Daily Stormer website, founder Andrew Anglin encouraged Twitter users this month to create "fake black person accounts" on the social networking site to create "the biggest trollstorm Twitter has ever seen" and to delegitimize the Black Lives Matter movement.

"The primary goal is revenge on Twitter for having launched this attack on free speech, and specifically on the alt-right … by creating a massive spectacle and putting stress on their systems," Anglin wrote. "We wish to create a state of chaos on Twitter, among the black Twitter population, by sowing distrust and suspicion, causing blacks to panic."

The post was made as Twitter continues to target abuse and hate speech on the social network. Last month, the company introduced tools to shield users from hateful accounts, keywords and phrases, and updated its "hateful conduct policy."

"The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassment we've seen across the Internet has risen sharply over the past few years," the company said in its announcement of the new features. "These behaviors inhibit people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere. ... Our hateful conduct policy prohibits specific conduct that targets people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease."

Twitter banned several accounts linked to the alt-right movement for violating the hateful conduct policy, including those of Richard Spencer, founder of the white supremacist National Policy Institute and considered to be the founder of the alt-right movement, notorious alt-right Twitter personality Ricky Vaughn and former chief technology officer of Business Insider Pax Dickinson, NPR reported.

In a YouTube video, Spencer denied any wrongdoing and called the decision to delete the accounts "corporate Stalinism."

"I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt-right," he said, comparing the situation to the Night of the Long Knives, a reference to a 1934 purge in Nazi Germany. "I was using Twitter just like I always use Twitter, to give people some updates and maybe comment on a news story here and there."

Black Twitter users have made the equivalent of an internet scoff at the white supremacist's plans. The Daily Stormer article led Twitter user @iHateDanae to create the hashtag #BlackTwitterVerficationQuestions to poke fun at the proposed plan.

You catch an attitude with your mom in a heated argument. Which of the following is she?#BlackTwitterVerificationQuestions— Smillee Sims (@smilleesims) December 14, 2016

If the cookout starts at noon, what time will the food be ready?#BlackTwitterVerificationQuestions— Micah R. Gaines (@MicahRGaines) December 15, 2016

"I saw it as a humorous way of taking ownership of the Twitter experience we have created," she told The Huffington Post. "(It was) really rewarding to bring everyone together in a humorous way, considering how tough this year has been on most of us."

Yahoo hack: Have an account? Here's what you need to know

Hackers have stolen information from more than 1 billion Yahoo accounts in what appears to be the largest security breach of all time, The Associated Press reports.

Here's what you need to know:

1. What information was compromised in the hack? According to a statement released Tuesday, the tech company said the breach, which occurred in August 2013, "may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers." The good news? Yahoo does not believe that hackers obtained "passwords in clear text" or information about users' credit cards or bank accounts.

2. How do I know if my account was affected? Yahoo said it is contacting users who may have been targeted, but to be on the safe side, you should assume the worst and take precautions to protect your account.

3. What is Yahoo doing in response? The tech giant said in a security notice that it is making affected users change their passwords and invalidating "unencrypted security questions and answers so that they cannot be used to access an account." Yahoo also said it is invalidating "forged cookies" and hardening its systems.

4. What do I need to do? First, change your password and security questions for Yahoo, as well as "any other accounts on which you use the same or similar information," the company said. The New York Times recommends using a password manager (i.e., LastPass) or making long passwords with "nonsensical phrases," special characters and numbers. Click here to manage your Yahoo account. 

Next, enable two-step verification here. When you sign in, Yahoo will send you a code via text message or phone call to confirm your identity. Learn more here. 

Yahoo is also encouraging users to set up Account Key, which allows you to sign in by clicking a cellphone notification instead of typing in a password. Learn more here.

Finally, you should closely monitor all of your online accounts for "suspicious activity" and be wary of any requests for personal information, Yahoo said. The company also recommends against "clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails."

5. I can't make sense of any of this. How can I get more help? Visit Yahoo Help here or post to the Yahoo Help Community. You also can Yahoo contact customer service on Twitter at @YahooCare.

Latest iOS update brings new facepalm, fingers-crossed emojis and redesigns

More than 100 new emoji are included in the latest iOS update of the iPhone.

iOS 10.2 began rolling out on mobile Apple devices today and includes new emojis for faces, animals, food and professions.

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BuzzFeed News reported in October that new emojis included facepalm, fingers-crossed, a drooling face and a sick face. There is also a pregnant woman emoji and a selfie emoji with a raised arm holding a phone.

"Emoji have been beautifully redesigned to reveal even more detail," the updates description says.

Related: Coming soon to iOS: Facepalm, shrugs and more

Wider gender representation has also been included across new professions such as a pilot, judge, welder and farmer and sports and activities such as water polo, juggling, gymnastics and fencing.

Almost all of the nature and food emojis have been updated to look more realistic -- that is, more 3D-like. The moon emojis have more craters and flowers have more shading in the petals.

Related: Over 70 new emojis unveiled

New animal emojis include a bald eagle, butterfly,  fox and gorilla.

Long-awaited foods have also been added: an avocado, pancakes and a croissant are on the keyboard.

Essentially, iPhone users have more ways than ever to express themselves.

Facebook glitch leads to old photos being posted without user permission

Facebook's annual "Year In Review" feature recaps moments that users shared on the social media site during the past year, but PC Magazine reported Friday that a glitch that might be related to the feature is concerning to some.

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The glitch resurfaces months-old photos on friend's news feeds.

PC Magazine writer Stephanie Mlot first saw the issue on her own Facebook feed and noted that some users posted about the issue on the Facebook help community.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook has a feature called "On This Day," which allows users to choose whether or not to share older photos that have previously been posted to Facebook.

The reported glitch posts older photos to friends' news feed without the user's permission. According to the Wall Street Journal, the photos look as if they have been posted for the first time, with a current timestamp and no reactions or comments.

"We are aware of this and are investigating," a spokesperson for Facebook told PC Magazine.

T-Mobile unveils technology that uses one number for all devices

T-Mobile announced a new technology that allows customers to use the same phone number for all their devices and add multiple numbers to one phone.

T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that the technology, called Digits, will work with virtually all internet-connect devices, such as phones, tablets, wearables and computers.

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Users can then make and take calls and texts on whatever device they choose. Once they log in, call history, messages and voicemail can be accessed. No matter what device is used, only one number will show up when the user texts or calls from another device.

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Using Digits, users can also put multiple numbers on one device and then switch back and forth between their numbers.

Digits also works across other carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

“So if you juggle identical phones with work and personal numbers, you can stop paying for two devices, two plans and two times the network access fees,” a release from the company said.

The technology is already built into the newest Samsung smartphones (Note 5 and Galaxy S6 and later) and T-Mobile is working to integrate Digits into other devices.

Until then, Digits is available through an app on Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as via browsers on PCs or Mac computers.

Currently, the technology is in beta testing with a limited number of customers, but will be released to everyone early next year.

T-Mobile has not said how much the service will cost customers inside or outside of a T-Mobile plan.

Read the full news release from T-Mobile at this link.

Uber can now track your location after you've been dropped off

A new update on the ride-sharing app Uber has some users upset and creeped out.

BuzzFeed News reported that a number of Uber users are not comfortable with the app's update in which it announced that it will collect users' location data for up to five minutes after they arrive at their destinations..

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NPR reported that users became aware of the update via a prompt to accept the change through a pop-up notification on their phones.

According to the Uber website, the data collection will only occur occasionally and not for every trip.

"We do this to improve pickups, drop-offs, customer service and to enhance safety," the site said, adding that the information is collected when users are using the app and it is visible on their phone screens, during trips even if the app is not visible on screens, and up to five minutes after the Uber driver ends a trip, even if the app is in the background and not being actively used on the phone.

"If you want to turn off collection, you can disable location services through your device settings," the site said.

NPR reported that Uber used to have the option to access user's location "Never" or "While using the app." The latter has been replaced by "Always."

Bloomberg reported in June 2015 that the Electronic Privacy Information Center, digital-privacy group, filed a complaint against Uber with the Federal Trade Commission when Uber updated its privacy policy. The updated policy asked users for permission to collect location and address book information when the app is running.

"The FTC failed to act and Uber is now tracking users non-stop," EPIC said in response to the latest Uber update on its website.

Krispy Kreme, UberEats bring doughnuts to your door

You can now get Krispy Kreme doughnuts without leaving your home.

Krispy Kreme is delivering through UberEats, according to UberEats' Nov. 21 twitter post.

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The doughnut chain announced the news Friday on Facebook.

 Posted by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Friday, December 2, 2016

The offer isn't available for all UberEats users, but if you live in  Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; the District of Columbia; Los Angeles; Nashville; Orlando; Phoenix; San Antonio; or the San Francisco Bay area, you can order the sweet treats through the app.

Those  in other cities may not need to fret. According to the meal-delivery app, it may expand the option to other locations.

Netflix enables offline access to content

What began as a mail-order rental outlet has gone almost entirely digital. Netflix has moved into making its own shows and feature films. And with growing mobile consumption, Netflix conquered the app world as well. 

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Though the streaming service has not previously let users download programs to watch offline, that's all about to change.

The California-based company announced in a news release Wednesday that it will begin allowing customers to download shows to watch on the go. 

Eddy Wu, Netflix's director of product innovation, wrote, "While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their 'Stranger Things' binge while on airplanes and other places, where internet is expensive or limited."

Netflix will soon roll out a new version of the app with the download feature available, and several shows, including "Narcos," "Orange is the New Black" and "The Crown," are already available for download.

The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

Read more at Netflix

Apple to offer free replacement batteries for select iPhone 6s

Apple has announced it will be working with some consumers who have iPhone 6s that unexpectedly shut down with no warning or reason.

Devices made between September and October 2015 are affected Apple announced Monday and will offer free replacement batteries, CNN reported.

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The tech giant did not say what is causing the phones to turn off.

Recently, a consumer watch group in China investigated the problem after iPhone users in the country said their iPhone 6 and 6s would turn off on it's own even with a charged battery. The phones would not power back up when plugged into chargers, CNN reported.

Apple stressed it was not a safety issue.

Last week, Apple admitted that iPhone 6 Plus phones can suffer from what is been dubbed "Touch Disease." The touchscreen stops working when it has been bent or dropped repeatedly. Apple will fix phones with "Touch Disease" with a $149 service.

To find out if your iPhone 6s is on the list for a new battery, click here. The repair will be handled by Apple, not the wireless companies that feature the device, Apple announced.

Students found a fix for fake news on Facebook

Following criticism of fake news and misinformation circulating on Facebook, some students have a fix for the social-media site.

The Washington Post reported that Nabanita De, an international second-year master's student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has contributed to a solution.

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De participated in a hackathon at Princeton University and when tasked with creating a technology project in 36 hours, she pitched an algorithm to determine real from fake articles on Facebook.

Purdue University freshman Anant Goel and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sophomores Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen made FiB, a Google Chrome internet browser extension.

Related: Fake Facebook news writer: Trump won 'because of me'

The Post reported that the extension tags Facebook posts "verified" or "not verified" The distinction is made by an algorithm that analyzes the content of the story with other similar stories and the credibility of the website reporting the story.

Related: Facebook curators suppressed conservative news, former staff members say

Goel told the post that if Facebook used FiB, it would be a third-party relationship so that outside developers can verify the data determined by the algorithm.

That approach is an attempt to avoid previous accusations Facebook faced that it was biased against conservative websites.

The extension is open source, which means other, more experienced developers can contribute to the tool.

Such a simple solution can be helpful, but for now, it's up to the user to implement a verification tool such as FiB.

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