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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Friday …

— The battle between Facebook and ad blockers who want to block Facebook’s anti-ad-blocking software goes on, as Facebook rolls out a new code to block the latest workaround to Facebook’s blocking of ad blockers. Everything’s clear now, right?

— Ten former Twitter employees shed some light on the company’s efforts to stop harassment on the site. Twitter says there were many inaccuracies in the Buzzfeed report.

— Media companies are apparently flocking to the new Instagram Stories feature for putting out content, and they are getting solid audiences from the service.

— How big could Apple’s App Store be by 2020? Pretty big. Pretty big.

— Microsoft has acquired live-streaming service Beam, which lets people watch video game streamers, and join in on the action, too.

— When was the last time you really thought about Silicon Graphics? Well, its shares are up almost 29 percent today in the wake of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise saying it would buy the company for $275 million.

— Hulu is shutting down its free video-streaming service, but is there a chance that the company could be making a big mistake in doing so?

— And more from the internet TV front: Amazon is making a 13-episode docu-series about the history of Playboy and Hugh Hefner.

Photo: Facebook logo and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app’s splash screen. Facebook has begun letting marketing messages slip past ad-blocking software on desktop computers. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images).

 

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