Facebook plans to clarify when pro-Bloomberg posts come from staffers

Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is spending an unprecedented amount of money on his campaign. A big chunk of that is going into his social media efforts, where members of his campaign have been posting Pro-Bloomberg messages. The problem is there’s no obvious way to tell these messages come from paid staffers. According to CNBC, Facebook is considering taking steps to make it clearer that these messages come from paid staffers, though it did not disclose what options it’s considering exactly. The company told CNBC: We think it’s important that political campaigns have the guidance… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Google addresses Huawei ban and warns customers not to sideload apps like Gmail and YouTube

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge Google on Friday evening published a support article meant to clarify the ongoing situation with Huawei. Last year, the United States government barred companies in the US from working with the Chinese hardware maker. “Google is prohibited from working with Huawei on new device models or providing Google’s apps including Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Play Store and others for preload or download on these devices,” Tristan Ostrowski, legal director for Android and Google Play, wrote in the post, which was picked up by 9to5Google. According to Google, there’s still plenty of confusion around what’s going on — and exactly which products are subject… Read More

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Best laptops under $500: the best budget laptops around

It may be harder to find the best laptop under $500, but it’s not impossible. While it’s true that generally true that more powerful laptops tend to be pricier, the best laptops under $500 will strike that perfect price and performance balance. Most budget laptops are never going to deliver that level of performance many of the best laptops on the high-end boast. However, if you don’t expect to do anything incredibly graphics-intensive or processor-hungry, there are quite a few laptops out there that will see you through most computing demands without costing you an arm and a leg. With a bit of help from us, you can save some… Read More

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Best touchscreen laptops 2020: the best touchscreen laptops we’ve tapped this year

The best touchscreens laptops have forever changed the way we think about – and use – laptops, transforming the portable scene for good and for the better. Their touchscreen and 2-in-1 capabilities offer users a few different functionalities, catering to their different needs, while still delivering the same level of power and portability that rival that of the best laptops on the market. The fact that these laptops are now available with touch-friendly operating systems like Windows 10 and Chrome OS makes them even more appealing. The best touchscreen laptops essentially give users the ability to utilize their laptops as tablets to squeeze in a bit of gaming and some… Read More

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Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Friday morning, Jeff Sites, a challenger to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, didn’t have a blue verification badge on his official Twitter page. Sites had announced his campaign months earlier, so he should have been verified months ago. It caught the eye of one volunteer named Nancy Levine, who has been monitoring Twitter’s plan to verify all 2020 candidates, and has been lobbying Twitter on Sites’ behalf specifically. After speaking with Levine, The Verge contacted Twitter to inquire about the nature of the delay; within hours, the candidate was verified. Still, the Sites situation illustrates the ongoing messiness of Twitter’s verification process, which… Read More

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