Snapchat update brings group messages as it looks to take on chat apps like WhatsApp

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Snapchat has finally launched group conversations, letting the app take on competitors like WhatsApp. The company will finally let people talk to a group of friends – up to 16 of them – rather than starting individual conversations with a range of different people. The move is perhaps one of its biggest launches in recent years. The company has been gradually looking to become more of a centre for people to have conversations, something that was severely limited by its inability to have group conversations like competitors including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles 32/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.


Amazon Prime Air will now deliver things to people on a drone, almost straight away

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Amazon will now fly things to people's houses to deliver them. The company has completed the first ever Prime Air delivery, dropping an order off at someone's house just 13 minutes after they'd ordered it. For now, the drone deliveries are in a private – and largely mysterious – testing process. It is trying a range of different drones, it has said, flying them around different environments in the UK as part of its secretive tests. But eventually the company intends to roll out drone deliveries to everyone across the world.


Google results claim that the Holocaust didn't happen, and company won't change it

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Google's search results currently tell people that the Holocaust didn't happen, and aren't going to be changed. Searching for "did the holocaust happen" on Google brings up a first result from Stormfront, the neo-Nazi website. The title of the piece is "Top 10 reasons why the holocaust didn't happen", and anyone clicking through sees a list of Those proclaimed reasons include a suggestion that since "there were survivors", nobody can have been killed in the supposedly fictional mass execution of Jews during the Second World War. In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles 32/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. At this biennial event, the participating companies exhibit their latest service robotic technologies and components 33/39 The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight 34/39 Government and industry are working together on a robot-like autopilot system that could eliminate the need for a second human pilot in the cockpit 35/39 Aurora Flight Sciences' technicians work on an Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automantion System (ALIAS) device in the firm's Centaur aircraft at Manassas Airport in Manassas, Va.


Amazon Go launches, letting people walk into shops and take things from the shelves

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Amazon has launched a real-life shop where people can just pick things up and leave. Amazon Go, as it is calling the shop, uses a range of technologies to watch over people and see what they take from the shop. When they leave – which is done simply by walking back out the door – they'll be charged through their Amazon account for everything that they've picked up. To shop at the store, people just sign in at the door with their Amazon app, by pressing their phone against a sensor. That signs them in – and then everything else is done automatically.


Digital Economy Bill passed by MPs, forcing people to ask if they want to watch porn

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The House of Commons has passed a Bill that forces people to ask to be allowed to see porn and bans many sex acts from appearing in adult videos. The Digital Economy Bill received an unopposed third reading from MPs, meaning that it is on its way to becoming law. As such, it will force pornographic websites to add age verification checks that won't let people watch videos until they sign up to a special verification programme. It will also put into law new rules that will allow videos depicting unusual practices from adult websites. That clause, which provoked anger this week, bans anything from being made available online in the UK that wouldn't be allowed on a commercially available DVD.