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Facebook’s desktop messaging app is finally here

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Image: GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Your prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook’s Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app is currently available for machines running Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.9 and above. It allows users send individual and group messages in a window that won’t get lost among browser tabs.  Image: screenshot/facebook The […]

91-year-old former congressman sets the Twitter bar in the Trump era

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John Dingell has been owning Twitter for years.Image: ambar del moral/mashable 91-year-old former congressman John Dingell has been quick, witty, and on fire with his 140 characters for years. Despite his age, he knows how to use the tweet machine the way it was intended: biting commentary, playful retweets, and insightful and smart reactions. Time and again he’s shown he’s mastered Twitter. After tweeter-in-chief Donald Trump was elected, Dingell’s Twitter game has become even more relevant and fiery. SEE ALSO: Artist paints offensive tweets he received outside Twitter’s HQ to highlight how Twitter handles abuse After the violence in Charlottesville […]

AIM will officially sign-off forever in December

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Image: Liz Pierson / mashable composite AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), the beloved messaging service that was the first online experience for an entire generation, will finally reach the end of its life later this year.  SEE ALSO: How dancing emoji hijacked your job — and why there’s no going back The remnants of the once popular chat service will be taken off life support (i.e. AOL parent company Oath will discontinue support) on Dec. 15. So if you’re still using AIM to chat with your friends and make plans to meet up at the local mall, you’d better start looking […]

Oh no, Ted Cruz just liked a very NSFW tweet and it’s all over followers’ timelines

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Oh no, Ted whyImage: CQ-Roll Call, Inc. You know some intern’s going to cop the blame for this. A very NSFW video is going viral on Twitter, (no) thanks to Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account. The Texas senator and former U.S. presidential hopeful liked a pretty graphic two-minute long video from @SexuallPosts. SEE ALSO: Seth Rogen expertly trolls fervent Trump supporter on Twitter With over 3 million followers, the like from Cruz’s verified account would have pushed the video to the news feeds of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of his followers’ timelines. Image: twitter/mashable screenshot As Tuesday morning, […]

Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

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Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Why Consumer Reports is wrong about Microsoft’s Surface products Facebook, […]