Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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Twitter says it will monitor verified users’ offline behavior and remove verification badges if behavior is inconsistent with its rules (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter says it will monitor verified users’ offline behavior and remove verification badges if behavior is inconsistent with its rules 

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Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication

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Lawyers from Facebook, Google, Twitter stuck to prepared statements and vague promises during Tues. Senate hearings, and none promised to support Honest Ads act (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Lawyers from Facebook, Google, Twitter stuck to prepared statements and vague promises during Tues. Senate hearings, and none promised to

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Ex-Googlers unveil Coda, a collaborative editor with word processor and spreadsheet tools, in private beta, reveal two rounds raised $60M, Reid Hoffman on board (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Ex-Googlers unveil Coda, a collaborative editor with word processor and spreadsheet tools, in private beta, reveal two rounds raised $

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A deep look at Heart of Texas, a Russia-linked Facebook group that promoted Texas succession and had 225K+ members before being taken down in summer of 2017 (Casey Michel/Extra)

Casey Michel / Extra: A deep look at Heart of Texas, a Russia-linked Facebook group that promoted Texas succession and had 225K+ members before being

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