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27Nov/140

Lamborghini 88 Tauri, il super-smartphone di lusso

Gli smartphone di lusso avranno un altro esponente marchiato Lamborghini. Ci stiamo riferendo a 88 Tauri, che sarà il prossimo dispositivo mobile prodotto dalla società italica e destinato al pubblico dedito agli accessori tecnologici lussuosi. Lamborghini non intende infatti rivolgersi al pubblico più generico, bensì a coloro interessati e disposti a spendere migliaia di euro per un oggetto disegnato con eleganza.

Lamborghini 88 Tauri sarà il prossimo smartphone realizzato dal celebre marchio bolognese. Non si tratta di uno smartphone qualunque. Lamborghini non ha voluto allinearsi a Samsung, LG e Apple, piuttosto a Vertu e Savelli, altri marchi del lusso tecnologico. Sì, perché considerato Antares, smartphone realizzato da Lamborghini, il prezzo di 88 Tauri avrà almeno tre zeri. Costerà migliaia di euro, magari allo stesso prezzo del fratello Antares: 3.000 euro. Non perché l’hardware sia diverso da quello che integrano i tradizionali produttori; sono i materiali, il design e soprattutto il marchio a fare di questo smartphone un oggetto non comune nel mondo dell’elettronica di consumo.

Lamborghini 88 Tauri, non ancora ufficialmente annunciato dall’azienda motoristica italiana, include il meglio attualmente disponibile: schermo Full HD da 5 pollici con multi-touch a 10 punti e strato anti-impronte; processore quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3 GB di RAM, fotocamera posteriore da 20 MP e frontale da 8 MP, perfetta per i selfie. Inoltre, il Lamborghini 88 Tauri avrà una batteria da 3.400 mAh e Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Infine, sarà il primo smartphone a usufruire del Dual SIM Dual Active, ossia della possibilità di mantenere attive nello stesso momento due SIM, così da poter ricevere le notifiche da due diversi numeri senza dover cambiare tra una SIM e l’altra dalle impostazioni.

Ovviamente, come già detto, Lamborghini 88 Tauri avrà un pubblico più di nicchia, quello dedicato al lusso. Toglietevi dalla mente l’idea di vedere questo smartphone nei negozi di elettronica: 88 Tauri sarà probabilmente venduto in selezionate gioiellerie di tutto il mondo oltre che negli showfloor Lamborghini.

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27Nov/140

Lamborghini 88 Tauri, il super-smartphone di lusso

Gli smartphone di lusso avranno un altro esponente marchiato Lamborghini. Ci stiamo riferendo a 88 Tauri, che sarà il prossimo dispositivo mobile prodotto dalla società italica e destinato al pubblico dedito agli accessori tecnologici lussuosi. Lamborghini non intende infatti rivolgersi al pubblico più generico, bensì a coloro interessati e disposti a spendere migliaia di euro per un oggetto disegnato con eleganza.

Lamborghini 88 Tauri sarà il prossimo smartphone realizzato dal celebre marchio bolognese. Non si tratta di uno smartphone qualunque. Lamborghini non ha voluto allinearsi a Samsung, LG e Apple, piuttosto a Vertu e Savelli, altri marchi del lusso tecnologico. Sì, perché considerato Antares, smartphone realizzato da Lamborghini, il prezzo di 88 Tauri avrà almeno tre zeri. Costerà migliaia di euro, magari allo stesso prezzo del fratello Antares: 3.000 euro. Non perché l’hardware sia diverso da quello che integrano i tradizionali produttori; sono i materiali, il design e soprattutto il marchio a fare di questo smartphone un oggetto non comune nel mondo dell’elettronica di consumo.

Lamborghini 88 Tauri, non ancora ufficialmente annunciato dall’azienda motoristica italiana, include il meglio attualmente disponibile: schermo Full HD da 5 pollici con multi-touch a 10 punti e strato anti-impronte; processore quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3 GB di RAM, fotocamera posteriore da 20 MP e frontale da 8 MP, perfetta per i selfie. Inoltre, il Lamborghini 88 Tauri avrà una batteria da 3.400 mAh e Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Infine, sarà il primo smartphone a usufruire del Dual SIM Dual Active, ossia della possibilità di mantenere attive nello stesso momento due SIM, così da poter ricevere le notifiche da due diversi numeri senza dover cambiare tra una SIM e l’altra dalle impostazioni.

Ovviamente, come già detto, Lamborghini 88 Tauri avrà un pubblico più di nicchia, quello dedicato al lusso. Toglietevi dalla mente l’idea di vedere questo smartphone nei negozi di elettronica: 88 Tauri sarà probabilmente venduto in selezionate gioiellerie di tutto il mondo oltre che negli showfloor Lamborghini.

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27Nov/140

I 10 telecomandi più strani del mondo [FOTO]

Il telecomando tradizionale è un oggetto ormai consolidato nelle case di tutto il mondo. Ci sono comunque aziende che si sono cimentate nella creazione di telecomandi più variodipinti oppure completamente nuovi. Si spazia così da un telecomando-apri bottiglie e un accessorio per iPhone allo sperimentale telecomando che funziona con le onde cerebrali per gestire la TV con il pensiero. Senza dimenticare il telecomando fatto di gel.

Il telecomando? Ormai è passato di moda. I veri geek hanno un telecomando personalizzato, dotato di un design unico e assolutamente fuori dal comune. Come ad esempio, un telecomando a forma di cuscino. I pulsanti non sono solamente estetici perché include circa 500 componenti ed è un telecomando completamente funzionante. Peccato che perda la funziona di cuscino: già immaginiamo come si possa cambiare facilmente i canali durante il sonno. Quello più stravagante è probabilmente il telecomando fatto di gel. Quando non viene utilizzato, rimane molle; non appena i sensori integrati rilevano qualche segnale, il telecomando si irrigidisce e può essere usato normalmente. Si tratta di un concept realizzato da Panasonic.

Passando ad altri progetti sperimentali, Haier sta lavorando a un telecomando che funziona sfruttando le onde cerebrali per impartire comandi mentali alla TV così che basti, letteralmente, un pensiero per gestire il volume, i canali o la riproduzione video. Vince il premio di “telecomando più difficile da imparare a essere usato” il Gesture Remote Control. Ogni comando, infatti, ha una specifica gesture perché la superficie è completamente esente da tasti fisici. Sony ha invece sfidato alcuni appassionati cinesi a creare un telecomando eco-friendly. Uno studente ci è riuscito e ha ideato un telecomando a forma di bacchetta, che dev’essere scosso per essere acceso e funziona con gesture in aria per abbassare e alzare il volume oppure cambiare il canale e spegnere la TV.

Rimanendo nel merito dei telecomando curiosi, un altro telecomando basato sulle gesture riprende le sembianze di una bacchetta magica, bell’oggetto per sorprendere i più piccoli. O ancora, l’enorme tappeto-telecomando con cui gestire la propria TV e far giocare i bambini. Passando a telecomando più normali ma non certo convenzionali, ecco un orologio da polso per gestire la TV. Costa circa 40 dollari e inserendo il codice della TV permette di avere tutti i comandi a portata. Anche un iPhone può diventare un telecomando usando l’accessorio, un segnale a infrarossi, da attaccare alla presa Lightning. Infine, il nostro preferito: un telecomando-apri bottiglie, al costo di 25 dollari.

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27Nov/140

I 10 telecomandi più strani del mondo [FOTO]

Il telecomando tradizionale è un oggetto ormai consolidato nelle case di tutto il mondo. Ci sono comunque aziende che si sono cimentate nella creazione di telecomandi più variodipinti oppure completamente nuovi. Si spazia così da un telecomando-apri bottiglie e un accessorio per iPhone allo sperimentale telecomando che funziona con le onde cerebrali per gestire la TV con il pensiero. Senza dimenticare il telecomando fatto di gel.

Il telecomando? Ormai è passato di moda. I veri geek hanno un telecomando personalizzato, dotato di un design unico e assolutamente fuori dal comune. Come ad esempio, un telecomando a forma di cuscino. I pulsanti non sono solamente estetici perché include circa 500 componenti ed è un telecomando completamente funzionante. Peccato che perda la funziona di cuscino: già immaginiamo come si possa cambiare facilmente i canali durante il sonno. Quello più stravagante è probabilmente il telecomando fatto di gel. Quando non viene utilizzato, rimane molle; non appena i sensori integrati rilevano qualche segnale, il telecomando si irrigidisce e può essere usato normalmente. Si tratta di un concept realizzato da Panasonic.

Passando ad altri progetti sperimentali, Haier sta lavorando a un telecomando che funziona sfruttando le onde cerebrali per impartire comandi mentali alla TV così che basti, letteralmente, un pensiero per gestire il volume, i canali o la riproduzione video. Vince il premio di “telecomando più difficile da imparare a essere usato” il Gesture Remote Control. Ogni comando, infatti, ha una specifica gesture perché la superficie è completamente esente da tasti fisici. Sony ha invece sfidato alcuni appassionati cinesi a creare un telecomando eco-friendly. Uno studente ci è riuscito e ha ideato un telecomando a forma di bacchetta, che dev’essere scosso per essere acceso e funziona con gesture in aria per abbassare e alzare il volume oppure cambiare il canale e spegnere la TV.

Rimanendo nel merito dei telecomando curiosi, un altro telecomando basato sulle gesture riprende le sembianze di una bacchetta magica, bell’oggetto per sorprendere i più piccoli. O ancora, l’enorme tappeto-telecomando con cui gestire la propria TV e far giocare i bambini. Passando a telecomando più normali ma non certo convenzionali, ecco un orologio da polso per gestire la TV. Costa circa 40 dollari e inserendo il codice della TV permette di avere tutti i comandi a portata. Anche un iPhone può diventare un telecomando usando l’accessorio, un segnale a infrarossi, da attaccare alla presa Lightning. Infine, il nostro preferito: un telecomando-apri bottiglie, al costo di 25 dollari.

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27Nov/140

US courts hope an old law will help them bypass phone encryption

Federal law enforcement might not be having much success pushing for laws that require a security backdoor on your phone, but that doesn't mean it's out of options. Judges (including one who published an opinion on a New York fraud case) have been leaning on the All Writs Act, a 1789 law granting courts power to carry out their duties, to compel phone makers to provide "reasonable technical assistance" in unlocking devices. Theoretically, this could force vendors to help decrypt phones when they'd otherwise say they couldn't.

Of course, theory and practice are two different things. Both Android (as of Lollipop) and iOS have encryption that they say is impossible to break unless the device owner supplies the password, which they don't keep. A court may require Apple, Samsung or other companies to take a look, but that doesn't mean they'll have any success -- in the New York case, the phone in question is still locked. The opinion in that trial could carry weight with other judges, however, and there's a concern that their definition of "reasonable" may not accept current technical limitations.

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27Nov/140

OnePlus is opening a retail store in China

Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on December 20th. As you might imagine, the product selection is fairly limited -- it'll offer the One smartphone, of course, but you'll mostly find accessories like cases and headphones. To make up for this, OnePlus is positioning this as an "experience" with a water bar as well as plans for both customer training and get-togethers. More stores are expected to roll out in China, although you shouldn't expect them abroad. OnePlus only just teamed with Amazon to launch Indian online sales, so the company has a long way to go before it can even consider a worldwide retail empire.

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27Nov/140

Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts

Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Or how about a new TV for Aunt Linda? She could probably use a new TV. Black Friday -- and, increasingly, the days and weeks surrounding it -- may be your best chance at finding a great deal. And you probably don't have to leave the house!

WHAT IS IT?

Let's start with the modern definition: "Black Friday" is the day immediately following the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the United States, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November. It's a non-official kickoff day for the holiday shopping season, alongside shopping mall Santas and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" playing on repeat. Many employers give workers the day off, as it falls between Thanksgiving Day and the weekend. Not retailers, though -- it's a huge day for holiday sales, if not the biggest, and many retailers open extra early and have timed discounts rolling throughout the day.

Now that we're all on the same page about what actually happens on Black Friday and when it happens, what in the world does that name mean? There are quite a few inaccuracies surrounding this, so let's start with a few places that the modern use of "Black Friday" didn't come from: sales records going from red ink (losses) to black ink (profits), a stock market scam in 1869 (that did happen, though), employees calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving to have a four-day weekend, the American slave trade. Thankfully, the truth is far more interesting.

The term "Black Friday" originates with Philadelphia traffic police in the mid-20th century. Before traffic lights, traffic police were the way that traffic was regulated. Hell, even after traffic lights, traffic police are required to direct motorists during especially congested moments. Here in New York City, traffic police frequently direct folks during rush hour, frantically waving their arms and blowing whistles as confused commuters putter through town. Such was the case in downtown (Center City) Philadelphia every year following the Thanksgiving holiday.

"Every 'Black Friday,' no traffic policeman was permitted to take the day off. The division was placed on 12 tours of duty, and even the police band was ordered to Center City. It was not unusual to see a trombone player directing traffic."

That excerpt is from The Philadelphia Inquirer, written by long-time Philadelphia Police beat reporter Joseph Barrett. The piece's headline? "This Friday Was Black With Traffic", a reference to the term that Philadelphia police officers used in describing the day after Thanksgiving. They called it "Black Friday," because of the massive traffic jam that they dealt with all day due to shoppers, and then all night due to the Army-Navy football game.

WHAT IS BLACK FRIDAY NOWADAYS?

That depends on your perspective. Is it a nightmare race to commercialism embodied by "leaked" advertisements and YouTube videos of shoppers pepper-spraying other shoppers? Or maybe it's a convenient opportunity to pick up holiday gifts on the cheap(ish)? Or could it just be a chance to spend time with your Aunt Linda, who loves a bargain? But then you end up in a Bed, Bath and Beyond at 6AM, eating Slim Jims for breakfast, second-guessing your very existence. Anyway.

What we really mean to say here is that Black Friday has changed. The internet, as it does, fundamentally altered the concept of Black Friday forever. It used to be a day where people lined up very early in the morning (or even the night before) in order to be one of the first into the store, wherein limited quantities of heavily discounted products would be up for sale. While that still occurs, online retail sales increase dramatically every year. This year's projection for online (desktop and mobile) retail sales in November and December in the US? According to comScore: $61 billion, which is a near 20 percent increase from last year. Those sales make up approximately 10 percent of all holiday sales.

Holiday Spending Totals In Billions, 2013-2014

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Beyond the ease of purchasing online rather than going to a store in person, shopping online during Black Friday in recent years has become a numbers game. You can often find identical deals in store and online -- you're betting that you're quick enough online to snag one before it's too late, rather than going to the store in person and seeing that competition firsthand. Is it more likely that your local store has fewer people vying for the same discounted item? Do you care enough to bother?

"DOORBUSTERS"

Lining up for Black Friday sales very early in the morning has its benefits. With so many retailers offerings similar discounts on the same day, many distinguish themselves with "doorbuster" deals. Not only do these deals reward the people who are very first in line with time- and/or stock-limited discounts on especially in-demand items, but they also serve to entice consumers into that particular store. It's a similar profit model to how Walmart works: Sell some items at a loss so that customers buy other items while in the store. "While I'm here buying a heavily discounted toaster for mom, I'll pick up a few scarves for myself and that TV for Aunt Linda and maybe a few blouses too."

The term "doorbuster" was reportedly coined by J.C. Penney in a 1949 advertisement, according to First Mention. He assuredly didn't intend for that term to become literal, which it unfortunately did at a New York Walmart store in 2008.

"By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless," The New York Times reported in November 2008. "Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him."

The concept of "doorbusters" -- and, really, violence in general as a result of Black Friday -- has been such a problem in the past 20 years that a website exists solely to track the injuries and fatalities associated with the annual event. It's called "BlackFridayDeathCount.com."

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You should probably enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers and watch cartoons all day. That's what we're gonna do! Hooray! But if you really want to get in on the action, we've got this Black Friday roundup right here in a gallery:

Black Friday 2014 roundup

If you're like us and are sitting this one out, there's a wealth of interesting background on the subject. Stuff You Should Know's podcast from last year was instrumental in this piece, as was the National Retail Federation's statistics-rich website. For the full origin story of the term, Barrett's excellent piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer is a must-read.

[Image credit: Chaparral/Flickr (Best Buy), Machinima ETC/YouTube, Mike Holding/YouTube, NRF (chart), Plummer Viora/YouTube, stu_spivack/Flickr (leftovers)]

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27Nov/140

US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote

Want to see a classic example of irony? Head to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) website. The government security group has issued a public warning about Regin... you know, the extra-sophisticated malware that many suspect the US wrote to spy on telecom networks. It's more than a little amusing to see one agency warn about a problem the other may have created, although it raises a few questions when there haven't been similarly direct warnings for (allegedly) state-created attacks like Stuxnet and Duqu. Is it evidence that the US wasn't involved, or that Regin is out of control? An attempt to throw people off the scent? Or something else?

It's difficult to know the answer without confirmation of Regin's claimed state-sponsored origins. Even if it was made for US surveillance, though, the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing. Agencies like the NSA aren't compelled to reveal every secret activity to other branches, even the Department of Homeland Security (which oversees CERT). Barring any revelations, it's more likely that CERT is just acknowledging the concerns raised by groups like Symantec and Kaspersky -- even if it has led to some unintentional comedy.

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27Nov/140

Squeezing into OMsignal’s smart shirt of the future

Pull the hardware out of the rough cardboard (you know the sort that screams "premium") and you'll be greeted with a shirt, the attached sensor -- nicknamed the "little black box" -- and a micro-USB cable for charging. The base model being tested here is a black, sleeveless vest with neon green accents, but depending on which model you buy, you can also get a sleeved version that comes with blue, yellow or gray trims, or a white version. In terms of materials, the shirt is 55 percent polyester, 23 percent nylon, 20 percent elastane and 2 percent other, and has that same smooth, difficult-to-grip texture as a neoprene wetsuit.

In essence, the "technology" on show here is really all contained in the band that runs beneath your nipples pectoral muscles. There are two sensors (at slightly different heights) at the front and one on the back that sits close to your left kidney. If you're familiar with the heart rate monitoring chest strap that you get with a fancy GPS running watch, then just imagine that, but baked into a shirt. Merging this tech with clothing isn't especially new, since there are plenty of sports bras that have the fasteners and sensors compatible with a Bluetooth sensor. OMsignal's USP here, of course, is that the Bluetooth sensor it uses is significantly more complicated and promises to do more.

The small Bluetooth module, then, is connected to the shirt with five (five!) snap fasteners, and is about the same size as a stack of 10 credit cards. It's textured and angled a little so that it somewhat bends around the contours of your body as it sits along your left side. Flip it over and there's a micro-USB port nestled among the snap fasteners and a unique PIN code on the right that you'll need to pair your device to the compatible iOS app.

Once you've paired the app to the little black box, you'll be asked to do a fitness test that takes around five minutes. You'll need to stand still for the first and last portions, and in the middle, a cheery Canadian narrator will order you to squat, reverse lunge and air bike your way to a heart rate of 140BPM. In the final minute, the app tracks your recovery as you clutch at your chest and pant in agony, giving you a letter score to assess your fitness. You will be unsurprised to learn that I managed to score a paltry D.

That score didn't come the first time out, I should add, because the cold climate that dries your skin out causes the conductive threads in the shirt to stop working. In the same way you're asked to run the rubber strip of a traditional chest strap under a tap before you put it on, you need to moisten the OMsignal's sensor pads with water or rub a hydrating water-based gel on your skin to improve the conductivity.

The app mostly concerns itself with three large circles that represent your heart rate (red), breath (blue) and steps/calories (yellow). Each one is pretty large and, perhaps inexplicably, the yellow circle is held off-screen for you to swipe on and off as you see fit. I'm not entirely sure why, since there's plenty of screen real estate on your iOS device to see all three, but there has to be some logic to it. Below that is the button for the aforementioned biometric test, which you can use to test and re-test yourself as your fitness improves. Then you've got a trio of options, letting you activate the fitness-tracking module for when you go out for runs and the results page that tells you how well you've done.

The fitness option is great for real-time tracking if you're on a treadmill or other such system that lets you keep an eye on your phone. You can even configure your goals so that you have to reach a set period of time for a set heart rate zone, ranging from fitness, through aerobic and anaerobic, all the way to VO2 Max -- the last one being exercise speak for "maximum effort."

It's a neat package, and something that I think I'll spend more time playing with in the future, but if there's one complaint, it's that there's no social element to the app. In the same way that you can create competitive leagues with your friends on Nike+ Running, it'd be nice to challenge other users. It's early days, so hopefully that can come later, since there's lots of potential for bragging amongst your support circle.

In terms of battery life, I've only worn the OMsignal for one day so far, but it looks as if you'll get around 12 hours on a single charge (and I'll update this when I've had more time with the product). Of course, that's just for the activity- and fitness-tracking features; you can wear it as a piece of clothing for as long as your washing routine/dignity allows.

Before I go, I do want to give a word of caution out to my people, those who are carrying a little more heft than they'd like. Exercise clothes, you see, have started to skew heavily toward the fashionable, especially since Stella McCartney started designing them. More often than not, I'll see people wearing yoga pants and compression shirts to get coffee or buy groceries, and look good as they do it. The problem, as you may have surmised, is that exercise clothes often look great on those who've already made it, people who are already "cut," but their figure-hugging nature may be intimidating if you're just starting out on the journey. That's one of the reasons that this action shot is tucked down here at the bottom, rather than greeting you as you began the article.

Add in the multiplier effect of compression garments -- ultra-tight clothing designed to aid recovery -- and you realize that everyone can see your love handles and moobs. That's certainly the case for the sleeveless vest that OMsignal has been supplying to journalists. Now, we should all be cheering on those who are seeking to better themselves, but I can't help imagine that those going for a run in one of these may encourage cries of derision from bystanders. That's why I'd suggest buying the sleeved shirts and wearing a baggy T-shirt or sweater on top, at least when you start out.

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27Nov/140

Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone

It's no secret that Twitter has been looking for ways to put more targeted ads in your social feed, but its latest approach may make you uncomfortable if you jealously protect your privacy. The service has revealed that its app will start tracking which apps you have installed on your device in order to improve the relevance of both ads and other content that slips into your tweet stream, such as favorites. Twitter is adamant that it's not collecting data from within apps, and will let you know when the monitoring kicks in. However, those safeguards are offset by the feature's opt-out nature -- the service will automatically scoop up that info unless you explicitly tell it otherwise.

Both Android and iOS allow developers to collect at least some information about the apps that are running, so Twitter isn't technically venturing out of bounds. Also, third-party clients like Tweetbot or Talon won't face this problem (at least, for now). However, the move raises concerns that Twitter will know more about your behavior than you'd willingly offer.

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