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Google+ v10.15 hints at custom streams with unread counts [APK Teardown]

Google+ may have fallen out of the spotlight, but we've seen one update after another in the last few months that point to what may turn out to be a really significant revision to the social network. There have been signs for new formatting capabilities, a title layout, and even bookmarking posts to revisit later. The latest update speaks to yet another new feature that may allow for a new type of customizable stream.

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41 temporarily free and 73 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

What's this? An app sales roundup on a Saturday? Say it isn't so! All joking aside, yes, I missed yesterday's regularly-scheduled list due to... well, I forgot, okay? Anyway, to make up for it, I took some time on a Saturday morning to get this out for you all. It's quite a selection, too, with some notable items in bold. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and come back around on Monday to get some more.

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Google Maps' group planning Shortlist starts showing up for some users

Summer is over and most Googlers are back at their desk working on releasing features we were promised at I/O 2018 (and making our lives, especially Cody's, a lot more busy). Just in the past couple of days, we've seen Photos' Color Pop effect and Assistant's new visual responses, and now, there's something new in Google Maps too: Shortlists.

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Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts

Earlier today, Twitter sent a message to a large number of users informing them about an API bug. According to the company, it identified a bug on September 10 that potentially allowed direct messages and protected accounts to be read by "Twitter developers who were not authorized to receive them."

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Google app v8.22 beta adds new Sound Search widget, prepares auto-download for podcasts, Contributions page, Pixel Stand promotion, and more [APK Teardown]

Google is rolling out v8.22 of its self-titled app. You'll now find a new widget for Sound Search hidden away, and a teardown includes several topics related to auto-downloading podcasts, Google Assistant for Households, a page for your contributions, and an animation to promote the upcoming Pixel Stand.

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Google is testing manual bokeh and Color Pop effects in Google Photos

You might remember a few months ago when Google announced Color Pop effects in Google Photos. A few people got neat Color Pop photo suggestions in the Assistant tab, but a wide rollout never happened. Now, it looks like Google is again testing Color Pop, and it brought manual bokeh effects along for the ride.

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Google might rebrand the Feed to Discover, change its icon to an asterisk

In today's episode of "Google can't leave well enough alone," we have a small peek at what might be the next rebrand of the Google Feed. First, it was Google Now, then it started slowly changing to a news feed with a newspaper-like icon, which was redesigned to a home button when the Feed we all know now launched last year. There might be another change in tow though, as some users are starting to see a new asterisk-shaped icon instead, with the name "Discover" linked to it.

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WhatsApp adds Android Pie's native notification inline photos

Like many other messaging services, WhatsApp has shown inline photos in notifications for a long time. But with the arrival of Android 9 Pie, Google changed how things are done and introduced a proper MessagingStyle notification style with support for inline pics and stickers. In the past couple of days, WhatsApp has implemented it in the beta channel.

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Google splits Family Link into separate apps for parents and children/teens [APK Download]

Google has split Family Link into two applications. Previously, the parental control service was offered in a single app which was installed on the devices of parents and children alike. The existing listing has now become Family Link for parents and a second app, Family Link for children and teens, has been introduced. After installing the latter on a child's device, parents can control it directly from their dedicated app.

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