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Etsy Bans Products Bearing Washington NFL Team’s Name or Logo



Et tu, Etsy?

The online marketplace for vintage and handmade goods has banned the use of the Washington Redskins’ logo and nickname from its store. That’s bad news if you’re a Washington, D.C., NFL fan in the market for some homemade mittens supporting your favorite team.

“In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term ‘redskin(s)’ is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans,”…

Facebook Now Serves 1 Billion Video Views a Day on Average



Facebook is quickly transforming into FaceTube

Facebook revealed on Sunday that its users have viewed an average of 1 billion videos each day on the social network since June. Roughly two-thirds of those views are happening on mobile

“The goal of News Feed is to deliver the right stories to the right people at the right time, from the people and things you care about,” Fidji Simo, Facebook’s project management director…

Reddit Bans Subgroup That Was Posting Nude Celeb Photos



The Reddit subgroup that became a depository for hacked nude celebrity photos has been banned by the social networking service

Dubbed “The Fappening,” a reference to masturbation, the subreddit had pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others whose pictures had been hacked and leaked onto the Internet starting last Sunday.

On Saturday, all that was left on the page was a cartoon image of a gray door blocked off by yellow caution tape and a banned message from…

Snapchat Expands ‘Our Story’ to All Users



After being “blown away” at the response from Snapchatters at Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and other music festivals to the “Our Story” feature, which pools photos and videos from live events into one feed, the photo messaging application announced Friday that it has expanded the product

Now all Snapchatters, not just attendees at pre-determined events, can use Our Story.

“You’ll notice today that there’s a new ‘Live’ section beneath…

Facebook Bolsters International Ambitions With New Ad Option



Facebook wants to bring emerging market mobile advertising up to speed — by making speed less of a factor.

Facebook has launched a new option that allows marketers to target certain types of smartphone network connections, a move aimed at improving its advertising offerings in emerging markets.

“Optimizing the creative — for instance, targeting a video campaign to people with high-speed connections, and swapping in an image or…

You Won’t Believe This: Facebook Tries to Weed Out ‘Clickbait’



Facebook is tweaking how stories appear on its News Feed in an attempt to minimize “clickbait,” or headlines that attract users to click on a story that may not offer much substance.

The social network revealed the change in a blog post on Monday, citing continued pressure from users to present better content in the News Feed

To do that, Facebook is employing a metric becoming increasingly popular across the Internet: time spent…

Facebook Says It’s Cracking Down On Clickbait


Report: Tesla OS Update Could Let You Start the Model S With an iPhone



Tesla did away with the need for gas, and now, according to a new leak, it’s planning to throw away the keys.

The newest Tesla Model S OS update will reportedly allow owners to start and unlock their electric cars with an iPhone.

Based on screenshots obtained by Electrek on Wednesday, the new Tesla mobile app has “new notifications functionality and the ability to start your car.” Electrek, an electric car…

OkCupid Defends Human Experiments: ‘That’s How Websites Work’



While news of Facebook’s emotion-manipulation study sparked public outrage and investigations from regulators, dating site OkCupid is letting its users know that human experiments are a reality of using the Internet.

In a post called “We Experiment on Human Beings,” founder Christian Rudder took to OkCupid’s blog Monday to defend human experimentation and remind users that such tests are extremely common and even beneficial to users.

Instapaper Founder Launches Overcast, an App for Smarter Podcasts



Developer Marco Arment is best known for his read-it-later app Instapaper, and for his former role as Tumblr’s lead developer

Arment’s latest project, however, tackles an entirely different medium: podcasts. The developer just rolled out the first version of Overcast, a deceptively simple, yet powerful, podcast player.

The app was inspired by the simplicity of iOS 7, according to Arment.

“iOS 7 shook up the market, and by…