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  • Google postponing Nexus Q launch to ‘make it better’

    Apparently Google’s strange little media streamer isn’t quite ready for prime time — not according to the company that made it, at least. The software giant has begun sending out a note to pre-orderers letting them know that the launch of the sphere has been delayed in order to “work on making it even better.” The company adds that it’s responding to user feedback from previewers who want it to “do even more than it does today.” To show that there are no hard feelings, the company will be “extend[ing] [the] Nexus Q preview to our pre-order customers and send[ing] [them] a free device,” according to Google. We asked the company to clarify that last bit, to make sure if meant exactly what we thought it meant, and sure enough they told us, “We are sending a free Nexus Q to any users who pre-ordered the device at no cost to them.” Sometimes it pays to be an early adopter. No word on when the device will begin shipping, but the company promised it will be arriving “soon.”

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    Google postponing Nexus Q launch to ‘make it better’ originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Facebook working on ‘save-for-later’ feature, lets you like things privately

    Facebook working on 'save-for-later' feature, lets you like things privately

    Ever wanted to flag a Facebook post for the future — one you wouldn’t want to be seen “liking” in the present? Well, the heads at Palo Alto are testing a way to make that happen: a save-for-later feature that’ll allow you to add posts to a private feed. Saving is conducted on the sly, so you can create a slimmed-down stalking experience without alerting the posters. If you’re prone to using the desktop version of the site, the option should appear alongside the familiar “Like”, “Comment” and “Share” soon. A similar change should be available on the mobile site, with a press-and-hold mechanic doing the job in the apps for iDevices. There’s no word on other platforms at the moment, but we’d be surprised if the update is confined to browser and iOS users. We know you’re keen to start hoarding those embarrassing drunken status updates, so hopefully the update will be rolling out shortly.

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    Facebook working on ‘save-for-later’ feature, lets you like things privately originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Twitter responds to suspended reporter controversy, explains Trust & Safety policies

    Twitter responds to suspended reporter controversy, explains Trust & Safety policies

    Well, you might not have heard about it from us, but by now you’re likely familiar with the tale of British journalist Guy Adams and the controversy surrounding his suspended Twitter account. The Independent correspondent posted a number critical missives regarding NBC’s Olympic coverage, one including the corporate email address of an executive at the network. Shortly there after his page went down. Adams has since had his account reinstated, but Twitter felt it necessary to clear the air about the circumstances regarding the temporary blockage. When the company’s Trust & Safety receives a complaint that personal information is being distributed, its policy is to temporarily suspend the offending account. NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel filed such a complaint, and the social network now admits it was at the behest of members of its team working closely with NBC on its Olympic coverage. That, it acknowledges, was a mistake. Twitter says it does not actively monitor anyone’s account and that the Trust & Safety team was unaware that Zenkel acted on the suggestion from the company’s employees. Adams has since had his account reinstated and in a blog post Twitter has stated that it “should not and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is.”

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    Twitter responds to suspended reporter controversy, explains Trust & Safety policies originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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