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[Update: Ban Lifted] Brazilian Judge Orders 48 Hour National Ban On WhatsApp, Users Flock To Telegram

Telecom operators in Brazil have been working for months to undermine the legality of WhatsApp, and now a judge in Sao Paulo has apparently agreed with the arguments. Starting at 9PM ET this evening, WhatsApp was blocked in Brazil, and will continue to be blocked for 48 hours. Mobile operators have said they will enforce the block (probably while high fiving each other). What will happen in 48 hours is unclear, but you can bet Facebook has multiple planeloads of lawyers on their way to Brazil.

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Google's Androidify App Updated With New Holiday Items And Accessories, Including Ugly Sweaters And Pretty Phones

The ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon seems to be yet another case of public trends where the fundamentally undesirable is somehow turned into a nouveau fashion statement, like Uggs or Hummers. While an intense examination of the psychology behind their resurgence would be an interesting application of our time, I'm not paid to write about wooly jumpers. If all you want for Christmas is an Android avatar with a tasteless sweater, then check your Androidify app for the latest update.

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The Dev Behind Flappy Bird Releases Another Game That's Not Flappy Bird (It's Swing Copters 2)

Do you feel like you hate yourself to a sufficient degree? If not, Dotgears has just the thing—Swing Copters 2. It's the sequel to the original Swing Copters. That game was supposed to make you forget all about Flappy Bird, which the developer pulled after it became a cultural phenomenon. Swing Copters got a few million downloads, and now there's a second one

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Google Is Offering Free Overnight Shipping On All US Google Store Orders Until December 22nd

Google has been offering free basic shipping on the Google Store since it launched as the new home for Google's hardware. Now, it's going a step further for the holidays. For a limited time, you can get free overnight shipping.

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PSA: Qualcomm Is Renaming The Snapdragon 618 And 620 To 650 And 652, Respectively

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Google App For Android TV v2.0 Updates The Search Interface To The New Brand Style [APK Download]

Out with the old and in with the new. That's just about the best way to describe the latest update to the Google app for Android TV. Version 2.0 doesn't seem to bring much in the way of features, but what it lacks in functional changes is more than made up for with visuals. Basically everything having to do with a search interface looks at least a little different, if not completely. If you're eager to try it out for yourself, there's an APK Mirror link at the bottom. Otherwise, take a gander at a few screenshots below.

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New microphone – Left: old version, Right: new version.

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[Deal Alert] Tronsmart Has A Bunch Of USB Type C Cable 2-Packs On Sale With $3 Off Coupons

USB cables aren't particularly exciting, except when they are, and during those times, it's kind of annoying. That guy you know who always has a different phone every time you see him will tell you why USB Type C cables are worth jumping up and down over, while a regular person will grumble over the need to replace every cable in their house.

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Leak Claims To Show An Early Prototype Of The 2016 Moto X

The 2015 Moto X Pure Edition has only been out for a few months at this point, but a new leak purports to show off its successor. The device posted on Nowhere Else (a French site) has a metal back with Motorola branding and a gigantic camera module. It doesn't look like a finished product, but phone development cycles are notoriously long.

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Official Skype For Business Android App Arrives On Google Play

Skype means business, and towards the end of the summer, it let people sign up to test a preview of the upcoming Android app. That testing period is over. The official Skype for Business app is now available in the Play Store.

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Rumor: Hangouts May Lose SMS And MMS Capability In A Future Update

The issues with Hangouts on Android are becoming legendary at this point. It's an app that has suffered from a multitude of bugs, sluggishness issues, and incomplete features over the years. Now, a rumor posted by Phandroid says that Google is going to pull one of the more problematic (and important) features from Hangouts in a future update—SMS and MMS.

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