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

–Facebook has launched “Watch”, a new platform for watching shows on the social network. Now come the “But will anyone want to watch TV on Facebook?” questions.

Consumer Reports has pulled its recommendation of Microsoft’s Surface laptops due to reliability issues. It’s the first time since 2014 that Consumer Reports has withdrawn a recommendation for a PC.

Uber has added a new in-app messaging feature that lets riders send messages directly to their driver once they have booked a ride. The feature is meant to replace standard texting between a rider and driver.

–Google’s firing of the engineer who wrote the screed criticizing the company’s diversity policies has given a boost to alt-right websites that are launching services claiming to offer more “free speech” platforms.

–After hearing it quickly, FaceApp has pulled a set of controversial image filters that would let a person see what they would look like as a different ethnicity.

Snap reports quarterly results after the stock market closes. Advertising and revenue-per-user results will be key items to focus upon.

PayPal has acquired Delaware-based Swift Financial in an effort to expand its working capital program for small businesses.

–Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron is taking a beating, with its shares falling more than 15 percent, Thursday. Before the stock market opened Thursday, Blue Apron delivered its first quarterly report since going public and it lost more money than had been expected.

–More competition for Uber overseas? Brazilian rival 99, which is backed by Softbank, among others, is on a hiring spree.

Photo: An image of programming from Facebook Watch (Courtesy: Facebook)


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