Twitter’s new, longer tweets are coming September 19th

Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can report. Beginning September 19th, the company will no longer count media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls etc.) and quoted tweets towards the platform’s 140-character limit. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.

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Mythbusters’ build team is reuniting for a Netflix show

The final season of had a conspicuous absence: the build team of Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron. While the Science Channel is rebooting Mythbusters as as a reality show, the secondary team will be returning to audiences with a new venture called The White Rabbit Project, which will begin airing on Netflix in December.

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Pokémon Go for iOS updated to resolve Google account concerns

Pokémon Go for iOS has just been updated to version 1.0.1, with developer Niantic Labs promising improved stability, crash fixes, and a less intrusive grip on Google account permissions. Last week, it was discovered that the massively popular augmented reality game was granting itself “full access” to the accounts of those who signed up to start playing Pokémon Go using a Google account.

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UC Davis spent $175,000 to bury search results after cops pepper-sprayed protestors

The University of California, Davis spent at least $175,000 to improve its reputation on the internet after images of campus police pepper-spraying protestors went viral in 2011, according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee . The money went to public relations firms that promised to clean up the university’s search results.

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Twitter’s updated Mac app wasn’t made by Twitter

Twitter’s oft-neglected app for Mac got a much-needed update today, adding support for inline GIFs, videos, quote-tweets, and other features that mobile users have had for years. But while many users were glad to see the app getting attention, others criticized it for performance issues: laggy scrolling, the new-notification dot failing to disappear after clicking, and login issues.

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Welcome to hell: Apple vs Google vs Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let’s talk about ad blocking. You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we’re really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of collateral damage.

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Ahmed Mohamed says he’s going to the White House – and then he’s transferring schools

Two days after his arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed appeared at a press conference today to address his supporters. The 14-year-old student at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, thanked his many fans on social media, who include Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, among many others.

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Verizon is about to unveil a new logo

Following its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, Verizon today internally unveiled a new logo, writes Advertising Age . Because Google isn’t the only company that can revamp itself, right? Old logo pictured left, new logo on the right: The new design drastically deemphasizes Verizon’s signature red checkmark, moving it over to the right beside the “n.”

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Watch Tesla’s creepy ‘solid metal snake’ plug itself into a Model S

Remember when Elon Musk said Tesla was working on a car charger “that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. For realz”? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. It doesn’t really matter because now you can see a prototype in action, for realz – and on a “stuff of nightmares” scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 6.5.

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Drones forced firefighters to ground aircraft while fighting California wildfire

You’ve probably seen the photos by now: a massive wildfire caused an apocalyptic scene on Interstate 15 at the Cajon Pass in California yesterday. Dry conditions sparked the blaze at 2:30PM PT, and it quickly grew before crossing the freeway later that after afternoon and destroying over 20 vehicles.

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The Simpsons loses Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Principal Skinner as Harry Shearer quits

Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto, Smithers, and many more on The Simpsons, has apparently left the show. Shearer used Twitter to indicate that he wouldn’t be returning in upcoming seasons of the long, long-running cartoon, suggesting that his desire to work on other projects was the reason for the decision.

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Watch Strong Bad answer an email for the first time in almost six years

has been coming back here and there over the past year, and today we’re finally getting a proper return for one of its biggest stars: Strong Bad. For the first time in almost six years, a Strong Bad Email segment has been released on Homestar Runner’s site – the last email segment was released in October 2009.

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Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand

While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand.

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Major security failure exposes Lenovo users to attack

Lenovo’s Superfish bug just went from bad to worse, as researchers have turned up an easy way to take advantage of the security flaws opened up by the pre-installed software. Superfish is present on Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015, although Lenovo says no Thinkpads were shipped with the software.

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