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Snapchat—the app known for its disappearing messages, for capturing the hearts of young smartphone users, and for allowing users to visually morph themselves into dogs, unicorns, and cowboys—may be on the precipice of a pretty huge deal.

According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., is considering a 2017 initial public offering that would value the brand at $25 billion. According to the report, the IPO could happen as soon as March, and could represent the biggest IPO since Alibaba’s $168 billion offering in 2014.

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Back in July, Verizon (the parent company of Engadget) agreed to acquire (most of) Yahoo for $4.83 billion, and normally, that would be the end of things. However, since then, Yahoo confirmed it suffered a massive security breach in 2014, and reports claim that its security chief quit last year after discovering its participation in bulk US government surveillance of incoming emails.

Now, the New York Post cites multiple sources claiming that executive Tim Armstrong is upset about the lack of disclosure and seeking to get out of the deal or cut the price.

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How to build a custom website with zero code

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Whether you’re trying to build a brand or launch a business, having a streamlined website is key to surviving in the digital space. However, not all of us have the tech background necessary to build customized websites from the ground up–not without a little help that is.

With Dragify Website Builder, you can build your own custom website without having to stumble over lines of code. For a limited time, a lifetime subscription to Dragify is on sale for only £38.98 ($29.99 USD).

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Instagram's expansion continues as it tops 500 million users

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With 1.6 billion users, Facebook is used to big numbers. Even Whatsapp has one billion people using it every month.

Instagram, on the other hand, isn’t quite as big as its counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not expanding at a decent clip. In a short blog post today, the photo-sharing service announced that it now has 500 million registered users, adding 100 million accounts in nine months.

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Facebook Will Start Tracking Which Stores You Walk Into

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Facebook wants to show advertisers that their ads make you visit their bricks-and-mortar stores and buy their stuff. To do this, they’ll use phones’ location services to track whether people actually walk into the stores after seeing an ad.

The company’s new Local Awareness ad features will be fascinating for businesses and depressing for the rest of us. Businesses can now include a map with their ad to show users where the closest store is in case they want that $12 dress right now. So far, so good.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  A sign is posted in front of the LinkedIn headquarters on February 11, 2011 in Mountain View, California. Online business networking site LinkedIn filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission in January for an initial public offering later this year.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Out of the blue, Microsoft announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for a massive $26.2 billion in an all-cash transaction ($196 per share). Company co-founder and controlling shareholder Reid Hoffman and CEO Jeff Weiner fully support the deal. Weiner will remain as CEO and will report to Microsoft head honcho Satya Nadella.

The business-oriented social network boasts 433 million members and is growing 19% year over year. It gets 105 million unique visitors each month and 60% of users go through the newly released app.

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11 Tips For Redesigning Your Website

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Your website is the public face of your brand. If your site isn’t easy to navigate, potential customers are going to click away. Luckily, a few simple strategies — from keeping the interface simple to making small, iterative improvements — can help.

Below, 11 technology executives from Forbes Technology Council offer their best advice for companies redesigning their websites that want to focus on better UX and UI.

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You can now view your Instagram photos inside a virtual reality museum

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As the world of virtual reality becomes more engrained in our everyday life, it’s becoming more important to create virtual reality (VR) content. Companies are coming up with dedicated camera rigs left and right, but not everyone has the desire or dough to drop the money on making his or her own VR content.

One solution to creating custom VR content is to leverage visuals that have already been captured.

 

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Blisk — A Free Web Browser That Every Programmer And Developer Must Use

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Web developers have different needs and expectations from a web browser to get their things done. They keep looking for newer tools that suit them best and make their work easier.

Very often a web developer relies on a web browser to create a website that looks great on desktop and mobile platforms. While there are many options already available, Blisk in the new player in town that every developer needs to check out.

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Indiegogo has made some effort to help get crowdfunded projects off the ground, but it has mostly focused on big companies so far. What about startups still grappling with the basics of making devices?

Don’t worry: they’re getting some help now, too. Indiegogo has formed a partnership with Arrow Electronics to help crowdfunders produce their inventions. If Arrow thinks a project is both feasible and important, it’ll offer direct access to design, manufacturing support and supply chain services (including engineers) worth as much as $500,000.

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