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Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism. Facebook will now allow non-stop, long-form broadcasting as long as the creators don’t mind that they won’t be able to permanently save and share the video. The new Continuous Live Video API enables persistent streams like nature feeds, 24-hour windows into major landmarks or cameras trained on a pit full of puppies, Facebook revealed to me. This is just one way Facebook has attracted broadcasters to its Live API.…

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Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

Google’s plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals – like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more – will be available to Android developers by year-end, assuming all goes well in testing this year. In an under-the-radar announcement Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer conference, the head of Google’s research unit ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Daniel Kaufman offered a brief update regarding the status of…

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Moto Z trademark application spotted at the USPTO

It seems that we can very nearly confirm Evan Blass’s reporting on Motorola using the “Moto Z” brand in some way. The company has a trademark application filed at the US Patent and Trademark for the term dated May 17. In his VentureBeat article, Blass detailed how the Moto Z term would replace the Moto X branding on the company’s flagship smartphones, including ones produced for Verizon Wireless under a line called “DROID“. As Motorola is likely to get hold…

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Tim Cook just acknowledged that the price of iPhones may be too high

Apple CEO Tim Cook just gave his most detailed commentary yet on the effect the high price of the iPhone has on the device’s declining sales. In an interview with NDTV’s Vikram Chandra in India, Cook was asked a tough question about whether the iPhone — which costs about $600 in the US but is more expensive almost everywhere else in the world — was really worth its price. iPhone sales fell 16% in the most recent quarter, and the…

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Snapchat is adding pizzazz to your selfies with non-emoji stickers

It was only a matter of time: Snapchat now lets you attach stickers to your photos and videos. Or what we normally consider ‘stickers’ anyway. Previously, Snapchat stickers only included a standard set of Unicode emoji. While more illustrated stickers appeared in conversations a couple of months ago, this is the first time you’ve been able to attach them to your ephemeral snaps. As with emoji, you add the stickers by click on the Post-It-looking button on the top right.…

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