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Twitter’s Periscope, Paypal’s legal trouble and Facebook builds on Messenger success

Live streaming services have been trending in the tech world. The commotion began with Meerkat, a service that launched at the end of February. Using Twitter to alert people to a Meerkat broadcast, or a “Meerkast,” the service allows people to stream a live video feed to the web and attract any amount of viewers.

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Amazon drone testing, Sony TV streaming and Uber passes NYC milestone

Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin testing out the drones as package delivery vessels.

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Dating apps strengthen and diversify to pull in huge user numbers

The mobile dating industry has taken off. IBISWorld, an analyst, reckons the U.S. market to be worth some $2.1 billion, of which around a third is commanded by Match, the owner of…

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New 4G is taking Western Sahara’s protests beyond refugee camps

At an English school in the Western Saharan camp of Smara, young men are drinking sugary local tea, talking and checking social media. The first two activities, in a region much of…

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Latest social networks explore new profit points

Social media statistics tend to be staggering. There are more Facebook users on Earth, for example, than there are Catholics. Half a billion Tweets are sent every single day; six billion hours…

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Twitter’s user growth worry, Anthem security breach and Wheeler makes net neutrality stand

Twitter only added 4 million extra users during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the company’s latest earnings report.

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Purple WiFi looks to take social hotpsot service global

Purple WiFi, a social-led hotspot service, is expanding fast. Last month the Manchester, U.K.-based firm secured a $5 million funding round led by Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of retail giant TESCO.…

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Alibaba’s regulators row, Apple catches Samsung and Amazon profits

Alibaba came under brief scrutiny from the Chinese commerce regulator this week, before a report criticizing the firm’s efforts to deter the selling of counterfeit products on its site was promptly played down.

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Facebook posts 34% increase in profits

Facebook reported a 34% rise in profits for Q4 of 2014, on the back of strong performance in mobile advertising. The social media giant’s earnings of $701 million or $0.54 per share also…

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement, Whatsapp on desktop and eBay’s restructuring

Microsoft unveiled more details of the latest iteration of its operating system, Windows 10 this week. The good news for Windows enthusiasts is that the new system will be offered for free.

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