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    • WADA report slams anti-doping measures at Rio 2016

      WADA report slams anti-doping measures at Rio 2016

      More than a third of all athletes at Rio had no record of drug testing in 2016. More »

      Sporting News - 4 minutes 30 seconds ago
    • Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

      Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

      Sebastian Coe said on Friday that Qatar could move the Summer Olympics to later in the calendar year if the Gulf country ever successfully bids to host the Games. More »

      AFP - 1 hour 17 minutes ago
    • Facebook is testing a new Snapchat clone in its main app

      Facebook is testing a new Snapchat clone in its main app

      In what is quickly becoming an all too familiar story: Facebook is — once again — attempting a Snapchat clone. And this time, the company is putting it right inside its main app. The social network introduced a new experimental camera feature to its app that allows users to privately share photos with filters and other effects. SEE ALSO: Facebook's experimental app uses AI to turn live video into fine art The feature, which doesn't yet have a formal name, is limited to Ireland for the moment, though it's possible some version of the test could eventually come to more locations (Facebook previously tested similar features in Canada and Brazil during the Olympics.)  For those who are part of the test, a camera icon will appear in the top left corner of the app (this is where the Messenger icon currently appears for U.S. users). Tapping into that menu or swiping right from News Feed opens the new camera.  Facebook's new camera feature, including the new AI-based filters that make your images look like art (right.) Image: facebook The interface itself will likely look pretty familiar to Snapchat users — it opens on the camera and you can snap photos and videos and add filters, "masks" (Facebook's answer to Snapchat's selfie lenses) and other effects. It also includes a Prisma-style feature that uses artificial intelligence to make your photos and videos look like artwork, which Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox previewed earlier this week.  Once you've shot your photos and added your effects, you have two options for sharing: you can either share to Facebook as you would any other post or you can share it privately with a limited group of friends via a feature called direct.  Facebook's direct feature for private photo sharing. Image: facebook Direct, which also bears a striking resemblance to another ghost-clad messaging app, allows you to share the images you take in the new camera with only the friend you choose. Messages shared this way will appear in a new area of the app you can reach from the top right corner. There, your friends can also write responses to your photos and videos.  The images themselves disappear (though they can be replayed once) once you stop chatting.  Facebook says that all of this is still experimental and that they plan to continue testing variations of these features so it's hard to say if any of it will move beyond a test or what a final version could look like. Though the company says the goal is to capitalize on users' desire to share more casually and more visually, like Instagram Stories, it seems pretty clearly to be yet another shot at Snapchat. BONUS: Snapchat's new Spectacles   More »

      Mashable - 1 hour 53 minutes ago
    • Olympics-NHL players unlikely to pay to play at Winter Games

      National Hockey League (NHL) players would love to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics but are unlikely to shoulder the burden of paying their own travel costs, NHL players' association executive Mathieu Schneider has said. The participation of the NHL players in Pyeongchang has been thrown into doubt after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would no longer cover insurance and travel costs, which have been widely estimated at around $10 million. "I understand from the IOC's perspective that they don't want to pay players to come," Schneider was quoted as saying by Yonhap News. More »

      Reuters - 5 hours ago
    • Rio 2016 Olympic Anti-Doping Efforts Branded a ‘Serious Failure’

      The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has revealed “serious failings” in testing procedures at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In a report, WADA reveals that up to half of all planned drugs tests scheduled for certain days could not be completed, as the athletes due to be tested could not be located. WADA conducted 500 fewer anti-doping tests during the Games than it had planned. More »

      Newsweek - 5 hours ago