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There are tons of hospitality exchange communities out there – Couchsurfing is the first to come to mind – but none have been more controversial than Airbnb, which seems to be constantly struggling in various cities in the legality of its business. For example, in New York State, you are only allowed to sublet an apartment for 30 continuous days or less if you’re present. Yet many renters put their places online to make a little money when they’re out of town. This also presents a problem for neighbors who live near Airbnb renters who may not be thrilled to see strangers routinely come…

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The rumors have finally come to fruition: Business profiles are arriving on Instagram. Accounts that are recognized as a business will receive tools to help measure engagement and promote their posts. The Insights tool, for example, lets business account owners see their followers and post performances based on time of day to figure out when to best publish something. Promote is pretty self-explanatory: Businesses can now select a target audience to whom they can promote a post, or let Instagram sort this out automatically. You can also add a time period for promoted posts and add call to action buttons. With…

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Where there’s live content, there’s bound to be someone taking joy in some massive trolling. A little over a year after it launched, Periscope today announced that you can now moderate comments to prevent abuse and spam. The system works like this: If you’re watching a stream and notice an inappropriate comment, you can flag it as “spam,” “abuse,” or “other reasons.” Then, Periscope will randomly select other viewers who watched the stream when that comment went live and ask them to vote on whether that comment truly was offensive.   The result of the votes are then revealed to those…

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I get a lot of shit as a tech blogger who won’t put passcode on my phone. There are several reasons I’ve elected not to: I review phones on an often-enough schedule that there’s nothing super personal on them The SIM card moves with me as the phone switches, so no SMS or call history worth snooping on Setting PINs and passcodes up each time gets redundant I mostly use these phones to take photos or access Google Maps, so quick access is preferable Justifiable or not, this is just how I stubbornly operate. It’s also amounted to some comical results. Butt dials pwnz…

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