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YOU SHOULDN’T WANT TO USE THE NEW TWITTER MUTE BUTTON

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You can mute your TV. You can mute Gmail threads. And as of Monday, you can mute Twitter accounts if you don’t want to see their activity. These three points define a spectrum of muting that moves from logical to bizarre.

Muting your TV, speakers, YouTube videos, etc., makes sense. Sometimes you need to kill the sound, or you’re going to watch some silent TV while you talk (that is, listen) to your grandfather on the phone. With email, you wouldn’t normally want to take yourself out of messages that presumably involve you, but there are cases where muting can be useful. For example, if you’re part of a planning thread for a camping trip that you can’t attend, you don’t really need to have the back and forth about who’s bring marshmallows.

But with Twitter, the case for muting falls apart. The whole point of Twitter is that you follow people whose tweets you want to read. If you don’t want to read their tweets, don’t follow them.

Some muting has been possible for a while—services like TweetDeck let users sort and organize content, which can effectively silence certain accounts.

But now that there is an official Twitter function, it’s that much easier to start muting. And this is a slippery slope toward neutering Twitter’s usefulness. The Twitter home timeline is supposed to be a place for incidental discovery. And though it may feel random to stumble across new ideas or interesting links on Twitter, it’s not really, because your timeline is pre-curated by you.

Admittedly, there are politics to Twitter. If a friend, family member, or colleague follows you, it can be slightly awkward not to follow them back. In that case the mute button is an easy way to save face. Or you might want to use your follow to support a brand or organization without actually seeing their high volume of similar tweets. This all goes double if you use Twitter for work. But these are special cases.

It’s all right that Twitter added the mute function. It exists in so many other services that it just makes competitive sense to have it there as an option. But as a user, you shouldn’t really want to use it. And where unfollowing makes a real, sometimes hurtful, statement, muting just allows people who think they’re clever to go on deluging other people’s timelines with painful anecdotes. By muting an account you’re also muting your disdain for their less-than-pithy quips.

Besides, if you mute every annoying person you follow, what will drive the angry frenzy that fuels your hilarious and wonderful Twitter rants?

source:http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/05/12/twitter_s_new_mute_button_is_antithetical_to_the_service.html

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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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