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Instagram says ‘you’re all caught up’ in first time-well-spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram’s newest feature, at least users know when they’ve seen everything and can stop scrolling without FOMO. Instagram is showing some users a mid-feed alert after a bunch of browsing that says “You’re All Caught Up – You’ve seen all new post from the past 48 hours.” When asked about it, Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s testing this feature. It declined to give details about how it works, including whether the announcement means you’ve seen literally every post from people you follow from the last two days, or just the best ones that the algorithm has decided are worth showing you. The feature could help out Instagram completists who want to be sure they never miss a selfie, sunset or supper pic. Before Instagram rolled out its algorithm in the summer of 2016, they could just scroll to the last post they’d seen or when they knew they’d last visited. Warning them they’ve seen everything could quiet some of the backlash to the algorithm, which has centered around people missing content they wanted to see because the algorithm mixed up the chronology. But perhaps more importantly, it’s one of the app’s first publicly tested features that’s clearly designed with the “time well spent” movement in mind. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal about prioritizing well-being  over profits, to the point that the network reduced the prevalence of viral videos in the feed so much that that app lost 1 million users in the U.S. and Canada in Q4 2017 . “I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down

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Huawei’s Matebook X Pro comes to US today after a February debut, starting at $1,200 for Core i5 model and $1500 for Core i7 model with 16GB RAM,…

Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge : Huawei's Matebook X Pro comes to US today after a February debut, starting at $1,200 for Core i5 model and $1500 for Core i7 model with 16GB RAM, 512GB storage   —  But the $1,500 model might be the real deal here  —  Huawei's Matebook Pro X is finally bringing its tiny bezels and wild …

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Acer to pre-install Alexa on its PC lineup, starting with Spin 5 laptops, as well as roll the feature out to compatible Acer models over the next few…

Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com : Acer to pre-install Alexa on its PC lineup, starting with Spin 5 laptops, as well as roll the feature out to compatible Acer models over the next few weeks   —  Acer announced this morning that it is the first to ship notebook PCs preinstalled with Amazon Alexa.  It won't be the last.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urges DoJ to review monopolies in tech after a 60 Minutes segment about Google’s monopoly in search (Sara…

Sara Salinas / CNBC : Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urges DoJ to review monopolies in tech after a 60 Minutes segment about Google's monopoly in search   —  - Mnuchin acknowledged that antitrust matters don't fall under his jurisdiction, but said someone ought to be looking.  — His comments come on the heels of a …

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IT services firm Roper Technologies to acquire tax and budgeting solutions provider PowerPlan for $1.1B in an all-cash deal from PE firm Thoma Bravo…

CNBC : IT services firm Roper Technologies to acquire tax and budgeting solutions provider PowerPlan for $1.1B in an all-cash deal from PE firm Thoma Bravo   —  IT services provider Roper Technologies said on Monday it would buy software company PowerPlan for $1.1 billion in an all-cash deal from private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

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Facebook and Qualcomm partner to develop high-speed Terragraph WiFi for cities, will begin field trials in 2019 using 60GHz technology from Qualcomm…

Mark Hachman / PCWorld : Facebook and Qualcomm partner to develop high-speed Terragraph WiFi for cities, will begin field trials in 2019 using 60GHz technology from Qualcomm   —  Facebook's plan to connect neighborhoods and businesses wirelessly, known as Terragraph, will begin field trials in 2019 using 60GHz technology …

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Profile of Duolingo, a language learning app that has 25M MAUs and offers courses, mostly created through crowdsourcing, in 31 languages (Michael J….

Michael J. Coren / Quartz : Profile of Duolingo, a language learning app that has 25M MAUs and offers courses, mostly created through crowdsourcing, in 31 languages   —  Duolingo has pulled off a remarkable feat.  The startup, valued at $700 million, has built one of the world's most popular language learning apps while only hiring a handful of translators.

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