Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over “Real Name” Rule

An anonymous reader writes Facebook apologized to drag queens and the LGBT community after an outcry over the social network’s policy of requiring members to use real names on their accounts. While the policy itself will stay in place, Facebook says, it will be changing how the rule is enforced. In a Wednesday post, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we’ve put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks."

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How To Download Windows 10, Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens, And More… [Tech News Digest]

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Also, Pokémon on iOS, MSN gets rebooted, the self-destructing SSDs, Twilight films on Facebook, and an iDevice love story. How To Download Windows 10 Now Windows 10 is now available to download, with Microsoft inviting people to join the Windows Insider Program and help test the new operating system. If you’re technically proficient with a PC then head to previews.windows.com to get started. However, as this is only the Windows 10 Technical Preview, a very early version of the OS, you should bear a few things in mind before signing up. The Windows 10 Technical Preview is likely to be…

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Angry Birds maker Rovio looking to simplify its business with potential layoffs

The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that’s clearly not sustainable in today’s competitive market.



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What’s The Best Place to Buy Computer Parts?

What's The Best Place to Buy Computer Parts?

If you’re building a new computer or shopping for upgrades, you have plenty of places to choose from. This week we want to know which online and offline retailers you trust the most for low prices, good return policies, and great selection on everything from CPUs to graphics cards.

We just updated our PC build guides, and we know that may have inspired a number of you to go shopping for your own components. Using sites like PCPartPicker to make sure you always get the best price is definitely the way to go, but some retailers are better than others when it comes to replacing DOA components or honoring those low sale prices. This week, we want to hear your favorites!

Let’s hear your vote in the discussions below! To cast your vote, follow these guidelines:

  1. Follow this format for your vote, including the bold print. If you don’t, it won’t be counted:
    A PHOTO OR SCREENSHOT OF THE BEST PLACE TO BUY COMPUTER PARTS

    Vote: [BEST PLACE TO BUY COMPUTER PARTS]

    Why: Why is this the site or store that you think is the best? Maybe you trust them for fast shipping and great prices. Maybe they have great customer service, or do product reviews and videos to help you be an informed buyer. Make your case!

  2. Don’t duplicate nominations! Instead, if someone’s nominated your pick, star (recommend) it to give it a boost, and reply with your story instead.
  3. Please don’t leave non-entry, direct comments on this post. They’ll just get pushed down. Save your stories for others’ submissions!

If you’re not sure what we mean, just check out the nominations by our writers below. We’ll give you a head start, and they should all be in the proper format, so you can just follow our lead.

The Hive Five is our weekly series where you vote on your favorite apps and tools for any given job. Have a suggestion for a topic? Send us an email at tips+hivefive@lifehacker.com!

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Kamcord gameplay recording platform gets into mobile gaming competitions starting w/ SEGA

Kamcord, the mobile gameplay recording platform that offers developers an easy way to implement cross-platform gameplay recording and sharing features, is today announcing its next big push in mobile gaming: competitions. The company realized that its SDK provides a lot of unique opportunities for app developers interested in hosting competitions or tournament-style contests, so it’s […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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Kim Dotcom cuts ties with Baboom, the music streaming service where he released his first album

Kim Dotcom has parted ways with Baboom, a music streaming service he supported and used to launch ‘Good Times,’ his first-ever album. The platform is currently available as a preview for early access users, although Baboom says it’ll launch properly in the first quarter of 2015. Dotcom had a 45 percent shareholding in the company, but sold his stake to VIG Limited. “Kim is moving on to focus on other projects, and both camps wish each other well with future plans,” Grant Edmundson, CEO of Baboom said. Good bye @Baboom. I was holding u back. The music industry hates me….

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Add a real thermal heat-seeking camera to your iPhone for $199

Go beyond Photo Booth’s fake ‘Thermal’ filter with this iPhone accessory by Seek Thermal. The company now sells a real thermal imaging camera attachment for $199 on its website. The gadget plugs in using a Lightning port, so it works with any iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus you […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J

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Trustworthiness Is Just as Important as Competence in Leadership

Trustworthiness Is Just as Important as Competence in Leadership

There are a lot of important leadership skills out there, that any manager should strive for. But trustworthiness is just as important as oft-touted skills like confidence and competence.

Heidi Grant Halvorson over at 99u explains:

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, author of many of the key studies on trust and leadership, has argued that when you project competence before warmth, you run the risk of appearing cold and eliciting fear from your employees. They might respect you, but fearful employees are rarely able to work at their best. And you certainly can’t blame them for wanting to jump ship once an offer to work for someone who doesn’t make them constantly anxious comes along.

Confidence in your abilities is important, she says, but so many of us are focused on proving ourselves that we neglect that warmth that makes our colleagues trust us. Keep that in mind the next time you interact with your team. Check out the link below for more.

The Most Important Skill for Great Leaders? Trustworthiness. | 99u

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Vertu’s latest luxury phone offers exotic materials and high-end specs for $6,900

The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.



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German publishers accuse Google of “blackmail” as search firm axes News snippets

Google’s decision to cut text snippets and image thumbnails from certain publishers in Germany is, the publishers claim, an antitrust issue.

German publishers accuse Google of “blackmail” as search firm axes News snippets originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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