Facebook's Zuckerberg says user control of Safety Check coming

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On Monday, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dropped an unexpected piece of news in Italy on a topic currently at the top of the country’s collective conscious: safety. 

During an hour-long question and answer session in Rome, Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook is working on a way to allow users to activate its Safety Check instead of only allowing the company to activate the feature.  

The subject came up after an attendee asked Zuckerberg, “Is [Safety Check] going to change in the future? Will users be able to activate it on their own, perhaps to alert other people?” Read more…

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20 free must-have apps for dog lovers

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Dogs and apps both tend to make life better. Even better is when they combine to make everything easier, because — face it — your dog is probably the cutest thing alive but also a hot mess

That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to every app you’ll ever need as a dog lover. Read on for help with choosing a dog, training, first aid and vet visits, walks, dog sitters, GPS trackers, dog selfies, finding other dog lovers and even a solution for when you can’t have a real-live dog.

For to-be or current puppy owners

1 & 2. iClicker (iTunes) and Puppy Clicker Training (Google Play)

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Instagram will soon suggest Stories from people you don't follow

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Instagram’s obvious bid to compete with Snapchat by launching a Stories feature was, apparently, just the beginning. 

Now the app will harness the power of Facebook’s algorithmic expertise to begin surfacing Instagram Stories from people you don’t already follow, according to a report from Techcrunch

The suggestions will appear at the top of your screen and will be based primarily on your interests and the people you follow on the app. 

When contacted by Mashable, the company confirmed that the reported changes are coming. Suggestions will also be drawn from Stories that are popular on that day, accounts with frequently popular Stories, as well as Stories from accounts that already come up in your current Explore grid. Read more…

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This isn't a spaceship, it's a Maserati-based hearse

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The old adage “live fast, die young” just got an update. Because now, thanks to an Italian coach-builder, you can live fast, die young … and get driven to your funeral even faster.

What a time to be alive! Wait, no, scratch that.

The swoop-y corpse carriage you see above was created by the Ellena Autotrasformazioni company. It started life as a diesel-powered Maserati Ghibli. Then it was stretched by just over 64 inches, bringing its total length to just over 21-and-a-half feet.

Importantly, in fitting with its fancy exterior styling and low-profile sport tires, the hearse offers some luxurious features, including “pretend nautical leather,” wreath door hooks and a stainless steel removable cross (just in case the deceased isn’t Christian). Read more…

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FBI investigating possible voter database hacks in two states

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The FBI is investigating possible voter registration data breaches caused by foreign hackers in Arizona and Illinois, according to a report by Yahoo! News

According to an alert obtained by Yahoo!, the agency has warned election officials around the country to be on the alert for such intrusions. While the alert didn’t name the states specifically, a source identified the states to Yahoo!.

Both Arizona and Illinois reported hacks earlier this summer, though similar instances have also occurred in other states, including California. And, in December 2015, more than 191 million voter records were published online, though it wasn’t confirmed at the time if it was the result of a hack or a mistaken release of information. Read more…

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iPhone owners sue Apple over 'Touch Disease'

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Owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices are slapping Apple with a lawsuit over a so-called “Touch Disease” that makes the devices unusable.

The case, which was filed in the Northern District of California Saturday, alleges that Apple is aware of the technical glitch but refuses to fix affected devices. Named plaintiffs Todd Clearly, Jun Bai and Thomas Davidson are reportedly accusing Apple of fraud.

“The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect,” the complaint said, according to Reuters. Read more…

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