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What were the most disruptive iPhone apps of 2016?

From mobile augmented reality to social live-streaming, here are the trends that iPhone apps brought to the mainstream this year. And what we should expect in 2017.

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2016's biggest social media stories

Social media had undue, and dangerous, influence on the presidential election in 2016, and Microsoft closed one of the highest-profile acquisition in social media history. These are just two of CIO.com's picks for the most significant...

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2016: The year in tech companies' public apologies

Google, Microsoft, HP, T-Mobile, Facebook and pretty much every other big name in tech was forced to issue a public apology or more during the year, as public relations pros earned their money (or not) to salvage their employer or...

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What the mainstream media didn't tell you about fake news

The news reporting on fake news is fake news because the public now believes Macedonian teenagers organically promoted disinformation with a single hop onto Facebook.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn aim for ‘logical’ integrations

Microsoft and LinkedIn are now officially one company with a common vision for the future of work and social collaboration. Analysts say early integration plans reveal priorities across both platforms.

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7 ways to tighten enterprise social media security

In this day and age when people share everything, there needs to be constraints in place to keep company secrets off Facebook.

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9 big small business social media no-nos

Social media marketers point out some of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes companies make when using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – and offer advice on how to avoid making these social faux pas.

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What the rise of social media hacking means for your business

While it might be easy to dismiss sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as harmless diversions for employees, they reveal a wealth of actionable intel to a hacker.

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EU approves LinkedIn deal after Microsoft makes concessions

EU regulators approved Microsoft's acquisition of social network LinkedIn on the condition that the U.S. company abide by several minor concessions.

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Facebook encrypted messages: Setting up Secret Conversations in Messenger

Even Facebook lets you have a little privacy, letting you send encrypted messages using the Secret Conversation feature in Facebook Messenger. Here’s how it works.

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What were the best tech-themed songs of 2016?

The Best Songs of the Year lists are flooding the Internet these days, with music watchers from NME to Rolling Stone to Fuse sharing their picks. But what about the best technology-themed songs of 2016?

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Microsoft's chatbot is reborn as Zo

Microsoft reworked its AI-powered chatbot—now called Zo. It’s currently available only on Kik, a chat service for mobile phones.

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China cracks down on fake news

The current debate over fake online news has one country feeling vindicated: China. For years, its controversial censorship system has been cracking down on so-called "online rumors," and last week a state-controlled newspaper...

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Twitter gets new product head and team from app startup Yes

Twitter has swallowed social app developer Yes and is also getting a new product head as part of the deal.

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All you need to know about machine learning in 12 minutes, 45 seconds

Yann LeCun, artificial intelligence pioneer and head of Facebook’s AI research group, explains machine learning in six short videos.

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Why ecommerce hasn't taken off on social media

Social media has so far failed to live up to its promise as an online one-stop-shop for consumers and retailers. The biggest platforms haven't given up, but some critics say it may be too late.

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UK's internet surveillance law receives royal approval

Britons hoping that a quaint historical tradition might stop a Draconian internet surveillance law in its tracks were disappointed on Tuesday morning, when the Queen gave her approval to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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Microsoft details post-LinkedIn plans to EU

Microsoft’s concessions are an attempt to demonstrate it won't use its LinkedIn acquisition to try to stifle competition or punish partners.

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