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Twitter Grows Display Name Length To 50 Characters

It's not just tweets that are getting longer on Twitter. The social network has updated its display name restriction, enabling people to use names as long as 50 characters, up from 20. This will help people add more emoji and it'll be useful for those who have longer names.

Facebook Makes Donating During Crises Easier

The Crisis Response Hub on Facebook has received an update that makes it easier for visitors to donate when a disaster, natural or otherwise, occurs. Each crisis page features a donate option at the top of the display. Facebook won't charge any fees for donations.

Snapchat's Redesign To Include Algorithmic Feed

When Snapchat comes out with its redesigned application it's reportedly going to include an algorithmic feed, much like those adopted by Facebook, Twitter, and others. CEO Evan Spiegel discussed during the company's Q3 earnings call how a redesign was in development.

Google Chrome Fighting Website Redirects

Google is taking measures to combat abusive redirect practices with updates to Chrome. The browser, in versions 64 and 65, will fight back against redirects and "trick to click" links that are used by malicious site creators to misleadingly bring traffic to sites.

US Court Orders Sci-Hub To Shut Down

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an entirely favorable ruling in its case against Sci-Hub, a pirating site for scientific papers. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sided with all of the plaintiff's requests, including demands for damages.

Twitter Brings 280 Character Limit To Everyone

Twitter began introducing its new 280-character limit in September, with a select group of users joining a test of the new feature. Now the social network is rolling out the updated character limit to all of its users around the globe, meaning 280-character tweets are staying.

Google Uses 'Earth' To Map Air Pollution

Google is using Earth to give people a better understanding of pollution in California. Working with Aclima, an environmental tech company, Google measured air pollution around the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Central Valley. That data was turned into a map.