Linkin Park addresses Chester Bennington’s death with a heartbreaking message


Since learning of Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington’s tragic death by suicide last Thursday, there has been an outpouring of love from fans and band members on social media. 

On Monday, Linkin Park addressed Bennington’s death publicly, writing him a heartfelt letter shared with fans on the band’s official Facebook page:

“Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened,” the bandmates began, going on to describe the positive and powerful impact Bennington had on this world, which was further exemplified by the massive amounts of support they’d received. Read more…

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Man wishes daughter happy birthday with a dad joke, wins the heart of the internet


You’re never too old for a good dad joke as this 21-year-old demonstrated in a tweet that went viral.

Raylin Pellatt tweeted a screenshot of a Facebook post that her dad shared in celebration of her 21st birthday. Joe Pellatt posted a picture of Raylin posing next to a sea lion with the caption: “Happy 21st Birthday to my beautiful daughter (left) Raylin!”

Raylin shared the adorable post on Twitter where it went viral.

Thanks for the clarification, Dadpic.twitter.com/Y2ulMh7sJV

— Ray (@rayy_baybay) July 21, 2017

Twitter absolutely loved Joe’s hilarious dad joke. Read more…

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Trans artist destroys period stigma with one seriously bold Facebook post


That infamous “time of the month” has always been difficult for Cass Clemmer. 

Clemmer, who is transgender and uses they/them pronouns, doesn’t fit into the common “womanhood” narratives of menstruation. And that makes dealing with their period especially hard.

Though menstruation is an annoying inconvenience for many, periods can be traumatic for trans people. And that’s not just because of cramps and headaches.

“Every time I get my period, I deal with severe gender dysphoria,” Clemmer says. “I end up going exclusively into women’s restrooms because it’s honestly safer during the days I’m bleeding.” Read more…

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Snap hires team to protect it from Zuckerberg’s army


Snapchat cares about security—whether it’s keeping CEO Evan Spiegel’s yacht adventures private or its software free from vulnerabilities. They, of course, would also not like to see any of their code ripped off by competitors such as Facebook. 

Bloomberg connected some dots in a story Friday, highlighting moves that Snap Inc. has made in taking cybersecurity more seriously.

Notably, Snap Inc. snatched up Strong.Codes, a Swiss startup that specializes in protecting software code from being reverse engineered, a.k.a. copied.  Read more…

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New patent reveals Facebook is exploring a modular phone


Facebook is exploring new handheld gadget with interchangeable parts that could used like a smartphone or portable speaker, a new patent application revealed on Thursday.

The product is described in the patent as a “modular electromagnetic device” and would work with different swappable modules like a speaker, microphone, GPS system, touchpad, and even a thermometer. 

People would be encouraged to swap out modules they wanted to replace, or they could completely customize the gadget to fit their specific needs.

“From a consumer perspective, the life cycle of conventional consumer electronics is expensive and wasteful,” Facebook said in the patent application.  Read more…

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How I finally broke my Facebook addiction


A few weeks ago, I did the unthinkable: I deleted the Facebook app from my phone. 

It started off as more of an experiment. I was curious if not having the app would help extend the dismal battery life of my iPhone 6S. But I was also starting to wonder if there might be other, less obvious, benefits too.

I’m happy to report that I’ve been living (mostly) Facebook free for more than a month, and I don’t miss it at all. In fact, I feel think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as much of a social media addict any other digital media reporter. And while I’ve long preferred Snapchat and Instagram to Big Blue, that never stopped me from compulsively checking Facebook multiple times a day pretty much as long as I’ve had a smartphone. Read more…

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What Facebook’s most ‘meaningful’ Groups tell us about Zuckerberg’s grand vision


Facebook’s newest priority isn’t a shiny new technology or a funky new predictive algorithm. It’s Groups, one of the earliest features on TheFacebook.com. 

These aren’t your sophomore year of college Groups though. Facebook is pointing to a series of highly-engaged collectives that highlight why they believe that Groups will play an important part in the future of Facebook—and fulfill CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal to “bring the world closer together.”

It comes down to a particular word: “meaningful.”

Facebook’s representatives keep coming back to this word when discussing Groups. Maybe that’s because the feature initially lent it self to jokes like “Bring Back The Jello Bears,” which I championed back in 2007.  Read more…

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Almost 100,000 people were watching a fake Facebook Live of a tornado GIF


Facebook Live was conceived to put viewers in the middle of a scene.  

But what happens when that scene is fake? A Facebook page called “Newsfeed” took a heavily manipulated weather GIF, turned it into a video, added a standard thundering storm sound loop, and streamed it live for four hours.  

Image: newsfeed/facebook/screengrab

Guess what? It went absolutely nuts.
At one point, more than 90,000 people were watching it at the same time. The video got more than 14 million views, 360,000 shares, 256,000 comments, and 900,000 reactions. 

Naturally, people pointed out in the comments and on Twitter that the video was fake, but that didn’t stop users from watching and sharing it:  Read more…

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