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Facebook shuts down News Feed customization feature Friend List Feeds

9 years ain't bad.Image: Aytac unal/Anadolu agency/Getty Images Welp, they had a good run. Facebook is doing away with Friend List Feeds, the customized news feeds that showed only posts from a group of Facebook humans of your choosing (plus, ya know, ads). According to TechCrunch, earlier this week, Facebook rolled out messages to some users that “Friend lists feeds will be going away soon,” and Facebook confirmed the change. SEE ALSO: 10 things you didn’t know you could do with Facebook Messenger Here’s the full eulogy: Friends list feed…

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Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s tweets

I said that?Image: vicky leta/mashable It’s just too good. The New York Times reported on Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is putting President Trump’s tweets under the microscope. He may use the Tweets to help determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the Russian election tampering investigation.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling Mueller reportedly wants to question Trump about the intention of certain Tweets, particularly those about James Comey and Jeff Sessions. Mr. Trump, what was your intention when you called…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s dull hearing could’ve been improved with Scottish accents

Much better.Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sure, you might’ve been a little underwhelmed by the Mark Zuckerberg hearing. The dry answers and hours of inane questioning were a little too much for us, but you know how it could have been vastly improved? A Glaswegian accent.  SEE ALSO: A grown man face-planting onto a snowy trampoline in slow mo is what true joy looks like Here’s what Glasgow Zuck would sound like, courtesy of Scottish comedian Janey Godley. Yer maw would love it.  Big Kim from Kilmarnock #janeygodleyvoiceover pic.twitter.com/kfXxCr1sVA — Janey…

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This Firefox extension stops Facebook from tracking you

Facebook tracks its users online, far beyond the app and other services. Given the latest data privacy scandal involving Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla is letting internet users fight back.  SEE ALSO: Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook until Zuck makes good A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox users isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, making it more difficult to track users’ actions elsewhere on the web. The hope is that someone searching for and booking a trip wouldn’t then cause related ads to appear…

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Facebook is more dangerous than ever. You can make it stop

Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix. His firm recently found itself in the spotlight for misrepresenting itself and harvesting data from millions of Facebook users to aid the Trump campaign / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAImage: AFP/Getty Images Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into long…

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How to make sure sketchy Facebook apps aren’t spying on you

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable Over the years, you’ve probably logged into a lot of services on Facebook without thinking about how those services use your data. Some of those services may have leveraged your data to undermine the very foundations of American democracy. Hard to say! New reports from the Guardianand New York Timesreveal how a Trump-aligned data-gathering service called Cambridge Analytica “exploited” information from millions of people in the lead-up to the 2016 election. It was pretty simple: The firm created a personality test app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” and people opted…

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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Here are 25 of Wendy’s most shady tweets from 2017

Let’s face it: 2017 was the perfect year to stress eat a Baconator and Frosty. Wendy’s not only helped us feed our feelings, the mastermind behind the Wendy’s Twitter account provided emotional comfort when the fourth Spicy Chicken Sandwich just didn’t cut it. The fast food chain has shown no mercy when it comes to its competitors. With its witty clapbacks, Wendy’s kept our mouths watering as it continued to serve up beefy burgers with a cold side of shade.  SEE ALSO: Burger experts weigh in on the Google vs…

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Why it always feels like Facebook is spying on you

How much is paranoia and how much is real?Image: christopher mineses/mashable Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him.  And he’s got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats.  “The next day, all I saw on my Instagram and Facebook were Kit-Kat ads,” Lama said.  After his Kit-Kat experiment, he successfully repeated it with chatter about Lysol. The 23-year-old musician is now more convinced than ever that Facebook is listening to his conversations through his phone’s microphone.  “It listens to key…

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Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO:…

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