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Marc Andreessen is under fire after playing both sides of an important decision made at Facebook earlier this year. A new Bloomberg report cites recently unsealed court documents from a lawsuit filed against the company's board of directors. In the suit, shareholders accuse Andreessen of advising CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he was supposed to be representing the interest of investors.

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You know what's really ducking annoying? When your phone changes the word you were actually trying to say into "duck" or "ducking". It happens all the time, and it's ducking crap.

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At WWDC, Apple showed of a crazy new version of Messages. Feeling pressure from other messaging services like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Google's new Allo, Apple has completely reimagined its app for the youths. In just the few days we've spent with iOS 10's developer preview, we've found more than a dozen new features just within Messages alone. It's likely more are coming.

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Texting is long overdue for a makeover. The simple, utilitarian Short Message Service (SMS) has served our messaging needs well for more than a decade, but as our texts become increasingly crammed with photos and videos, it's clear that SMS can no longer meet the needs of the average smartphone user. That's where Rich Communications Services (RCS) comes in: the much-better platform that Google wants to put on your phone.

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You're texting your friend or SO, maybe you've sent a short paragraph about how your day was with a polite question at the end, and BAM. The response is "Yes." Maybe your partner is just a fan of proper punctuation, but according to a new study, in this day and age that's a faux pas.

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Two weeks ago, we surveyed 3670 people online about how they communicate. We discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they often talk on email more than they do in real life, and younger people who love in-person meetings and use a variety of apps. Is this our first digital generation gap?

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Staff at the University of Newcastle received an odd "safety alert" the other day, when a message sent around warned about the dangers of texting and walking. The message was disappointingly not sent by text itself, but in a group email advising that "a number of University staff" have been injured as a result of using their mobile phones on the go.

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Rumour has it, Apple wants to give you the option to use read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis in iMessage. This is a dreadfully bad idea that will undoubtedly destroy relationships, estrange friends, and piss off teens. Why? Because read receipts are awful, and making them more sophisticated is bullshit.

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The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you'll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style and put everyone out of their misery. Friends, it's time to kill the phone call.

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Among the worst features of Apple's iOS 8 is QuickText, a feature that believes it can figure out what you're going to text someone before you even think of it. It could be magical, instead it's only good for writing nonsense sentences and mangling famous movie quotes. But maybe, just maybe, you can use it to get laid on Tinder?

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Text messaging is new enough that movies and TV shows haven't landed on a consistent way to show viewers what their characters are saying. Done incorrectly, an on-screen text session can look immediately dated or weird. But with the right visuals, the effect can be great.