1. Russia’s ‘Facebook’ Cracking Down on ISIS Accounts: The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks.When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading of James Foley, the militants were forced to move on to different social networks like Diaspora and VKontakte (or VK), the Russian equivalent of Facebook, looking for more permissive digital pastures. Read more here.

2. Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names: There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users. Read more here.

3. The YouTube-ification of Vimeo: Now with more baby videos: If you’ve hopped on to the New York City L train recently, chances are that you’ve come across a sea of blue: shrink-wrapped subway cars, plastered with Vimeo messaging. “If other video sites are the BQE, Vimeo is the High Line.” Read more here.

4. Microsoft reportedly announcing ‘Minecraft’ acquisition on Monday: Reports of Microsoft’s plans to acquire Mojang, creator of the Minecraft video game franchise, surfaced earlier this week, shortly after Apple’s iPhone 6 event. Reuters now reports that the surprise deal is said to be worth $2.5 billion, and Microsoft will announce the acquisition on Monday. Read more here.

5. California bans businesses from imposing fines for negative Yelp reviews: California wants to stop companies from retaliating against customers who leave bad reviews. Last Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that bans them from adding “non-disparagement” clauses to their terms of service. Such clauses could let caterers, hotels, or other businesses fine customers who write negative reviews on places like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Read more here.

6. PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF: We’re on the verge of a linguistic revolution, made possible by the fact that Apple has opened up its iOS operating system to allow third-party keyboards. One of the first entrants will be PopKey, a project out of the WorkshopX creative studio based in Ottawa, which has created on-demand social photo printing service CanvasPop, among others. Read more here.

7. Tripr for iPhone connects travelers who will be in the same place at the same time: Traveling broadens the mind, opens up new avenues, teaches you new things and, ultimately, is good for the soul. But where you go is often partly dictated by friends, spouses, partners, and anyone else you’re like to go away with. Read more here.

8. WordPress preemptively resets 100,000 accounts as a precaution over recent Gmail password leaks: Earlier this week, news emerged that up to 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords were published to a Russian Bitcoin forum, though Google said that it didn’t believe any of it was the result of a security breach at its end. Read more here.

9. Any.do for Android now lets you attach files to your to-do list items: Popular to-do list app Any.DO has given its Android app the usual bug-fixes and tweaks that come with app updates, but it has also gained an interesting new feature in the form of file attachments. Read more here.


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