Facebook is trying to kill clickbait

Social media managers will now need to revise their strategies for getting clicks. In its ongoing crusade against spammy links that clutter up your news feed, Facebook today announced that it's rolling out two new updates that will allow it to reduce click-baiting headlines and surface content...

This photo of a car crash kept showing up in Google's image results today

Google's image search tool experienced a bizarre problem this morning: users around the globe reported that they were seeing images of a car accident appear alongside results for innocuous search terms like "puppies" and "kittens." The same image was showing up everywhere, and no one was really sure why. The first few photo results for any search were what you'd expect to see, but suddenly...

Rubble Bucket Challenge aims to raise awareness about Gaza

As the rest of the world continues to dump buckets of cold water over their heads in support of ALS research, some Palestinians have created their own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Known as the Rubble Bucket Challenge, the campaign invites social media users to douse themselves in sand, gravel, and other materials from buildings that have been destroyed during Israel's seven-week military offensive. The choice of materials was both deliberate and necessary: they couldn't use ice water, participants say, due to deteriorating conditions on the ground.

"In Gaza we don't have water and when we have water, we can't make ice since the electricity is off most of the time," writes Gaza resident Abu Yazan, alongside a video he uploaded to Facebook Tuesday morning. "So my cousin Hafiz, [my] nephew Khalid and I used remains of a destroyed house to participate in this challenge."

"Money will not bring innocent souls back to life." Maysam Yusef, Rubble Bucket Challenge founder

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Amazon, not Google, is buying Twitch for $970 million

Twitch is getting bought, but it's not YouTube and Google that are doing the buying. Amazon has agreed to buy the massively popular video game streaming website in an all-cash deal totaling approximately $970 million. The announcement is surprising in light of recent reports that suggested...


Google Chrome arrives in Cuba

Google Chrome is now available for download in Cuba, one of the world's most isolated internet regimes. Google announced the move in a short Google+ post Wednesday, noting that American sanctions against Cuba and other countries have made it more difficult for the company to launch products abroad. Although Cuban internet users have been able to access Chrome through unofficial channels, they'll now be able to download the web browser directly...

Ads are coming to SoundCloud

All good things must come to an end and SoundCloud's ad-free existence is one of them. The popular music- and podcast-sharing platform is today launching an ad-supported On SoundCloud program to enable creators to monetize the audio they post to it. Starting out in the US and rolling out gradually from there, the new scheme will have users "see and hear" commercials alongside particular tracks. Ads will only be attached to a song if its author...

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