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10 Must-Follow Breaking News Accounts on Twitter

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    1. Breaking News

    You may already be one of the 6 million followers of appropriately titled NBC News-owned Breaking News. If not, hit ’em up now.

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    2. BBC Breaking News

    The Twitter account for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s breaking news offers fast alerts about world events.

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    3. CNN Breaking News

    Comprised of tweets from the CNN.com team, this account’s stream is a mix of breaking news and retweets from other CNN accounts.

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    4. WSJ Breaking News

    If you want to stay up-to-date with business and economics, as well as general news, the WSJ is the one to watch.

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    5. Reuters Live

    During breaking news events, the Reuters team mans this account for what it calls “very frequent updates.”

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    6. CBS Top News

    Follow this CBS News branch account for “top” stories and breaking news with quickly viewable summaries.

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    7. AJELive

    Qatar-based Al Jazeera English has a breaking news account. AJELive covers world news with an emphasis on news from the developing world.

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    8. Sky News Newsdesk

    Another UK-based broadcaster, Sky News’ Twitter policy could be considered controversial, but it brings good worldwide coverage from its Newsdesk account.

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    9. ABC News Live

    ABC News’ “Live” account promises “streaming video, live-tweeted events and in-depth breaking news.”

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    10. TWC Breaking

    Finally, The Weather Channel runs a breaking news Twitter account if you want to stay informed about the atmospheric condition of the world.

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In just seven years Twitter has evolved from a microblogging social network to become, among other things, an essential source of breaking news.

Are you tuned into all the major breaking news accounts on Twitter? We have created a list of the top 10 English-language accounts we recommend following for all the latest current affairs.

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FACEBOOK IS TESTING ITS VERY OWN DATING APP

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Yes, Facebook Dating is a real thing. And we may have just received a sneak peek.

Jane Manchun Wong — an app researcher who’s spotted Facebook features in the past, like Talent Show — posted photos from what she claims is an internal test of Facebook Dating.

 

The company wouldn’t say whether these pics are the real deal, although it did confirm it’s testing Facebook Dating internally.

Two months ago, at its F8 developer conference, Facebook shared that it was developing a dating app. Aspiring yenta Mark Zuckerberg explained it was “going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not hookups.”

Later, on its blog, Facebook dished out a few more details: “People will be able to create a dating profile that is separate from their Facebook profile — and potential matches will be recommended based on dating preferences, things in common, and mutual friends. They’ll have the option to discover others with similar interests through their Groups or Events.”

From Wong’s photos, it looks like the app will let you prevent your current Facebook friends from seeing your dating profile, thus avoiding potential embarrassment. It’ll also offer a variety of gender options, including trans man, trans woman, and non-binary.

No word on when, exactly, Facebook Dating will become available to the public. Guess you’ll just have to make do with Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Happn, Grindr, Hinge, and the thousands of other dating apps out there in the meantime.

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WHATSAPP MESSAGES AND SENDERS CAN BE ALTERED AFTER YOU RECEIVED THEM, SAY RESEARCHERS

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Security researchers have discovered that it’s possible for hackers to change both the content and the sender of a WhatsApp message after you’ve received it …

This includes the ability to change quoted messages, to make it appear you said something you didn’t.

CNET reports that the possibility was discovered by Check Point Software Technologies.

The firm] found that hackers can create a hacked version of the app and alter a quoted message (a past one that someone is replying directly one) to change the content or sender.

The hacker would, however, need to be part of the chat, so the vulnerability mostly applies to group chats.

WhatsApp told the NYT that it was not aware of the technique being used in the wild, and a cure would be worse than the problem.

One solution would be to create transcripts of every message exchange to verify the accuracy of every quote. Creating such a transcript is a significant privacy risk because those accounts of what people wrote to each other must be stored somewhere, the company said.

All WhatsApp messages are protected by end-to-end encryption, which means that only those within a chat would be able to exploit the loophole. Storing a transcript would effectively mean removing that end-to-end encryption.

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WHATSAPP INTRODUCES GROUP CALLS FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE

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Times after Messenger launched the video call option, WhatsApp rolls out its new feature for conference video calling. The new WhatsApp feature is now available to facilitate the users around the globe on iOS and Android.

Distinctly, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time.

The functionality is pretty simple: To start the video call with one of the contacts, a button on the top right corner of the screen will let the user add another participant to call.

Once the call gets connected, an add icon appears, on the top right, above the names of the recipients. However, if the third user accepts the call their names will be separated with a comma. The feature can connect up to four people on a video call, all at the same time.

Noteworthy is the fact that this feature only works on the latest version of WhatsApp.

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