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Twitter makes website redesign official — and no, you can’t opt out

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Twitter’s big website redesign is here — and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Almost a year after the company began testing it, “new Twitter” is being turned on for all users. And unlike in earlier versions of the redesign, you no longer have the option to switch back to “legacy Twitter.”

That alone is probably enough to send some users into a panic. Still, the redesign should be familiar enough to mobile users, as its added features basically make twitter.com much more like the Twitter app.

And no, sorry, there’s still no way to edit tweets.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that while it will take a few days for the design to change for everyone on Twitter.com, there will be no going back. Read more…

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Facebook got hit with $5 billion fine, but it’s what comes next that matters most

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The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Facebook $5 billion as the result of its long-running investigation into the social network’s privacy violations, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The settlement, which has not yet been finalized, according to the report, comes after a lengthy investigation into the company’s privacy practices that kicked off last March following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

Five billion will set a record for the largest such fine ever imposed on a tech company. (Google previously held the record for a $22.5 million fine it received in 2012.) But a multibillion-dollar fine alone will have little impact on the company, which took in more than $15 billion in revenue last quarter alone. Read more…

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Snapchat tests Netflix-like home page for shows

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Snapchat’s plan to reinvent TV is picking up steam. The company, which hasn’t always had an easy relationship with high-profile users, just announced a new lineup of original “Creator Shows” that will star influencers and celebs, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams, and Kevin Hart.

Now, the company is testing a new feature that might make it easier to binge-watch: a dedicated section for shows separate from the main Discover page and other publisher content.

Right now, Snapchat’s shows are integrated in the app’s Discover section. With the test, which was recently spotted by Mashable in the app, an additional swipe over from the Discover page brings up a hidden “Shows” section.  Read more…

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