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Just say no to typos: WhiteSmoke can edit

If you're looking to take your prose to the next level -be it an email or blog post - a service called WhiteSmoke might help. Similar to Grammarly, the service uses a unique algorithm to detect flaws in your text and can also look out for plagiarism. Once it scans your document, it'll offer recommendations for improving your writing. And if you're looking to send a note to your intercontinental pen pal, WhiteSmoke doubles as a translator for over 50 languages. The app is compatible with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and various browsers, and will also work on your mobile device, so you'll never submit an imperfect email, article, or report again.

Facebook's new slogan: If you think we're not good for your business, leave

Facebook is famous for the mantra "move fast and break things." But these days, the tech giant is all about time well spent, and with that comes a new tagline for everyone to follow: if you don't like us, leave. That's what Facebook executives Campbell Brown and Adam Mosseri stressed on Monday during their onstage grilling at Recode's Code Media conference. Brown said three separate times in the 50-minute conversation that publishers and businesses should feel free to leave Facebook if they feel the social network isn't working for them. The speaking engagement came as Facebook faces ongoing scrutiny from partners, including news publishers, advertisers, investors, users, and its own employees.

3D emoji coming to Android

Samsung’s 3D emoji are supposedly “more advanced” than Apple’s Animoji. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices will be the first to feature 3D emoji and stereo speakers. It is reported that Samsung’s 3D emoji are more advanced than Apple’s Animoji on the iPhone X, but are similar in terms of resembling a 3D character that tracks the facial movements of the user and mimics them. The 3D emoji reportedly include animal characters that can be shared with friends. On top of the 3D emoji feature, the S9 will also reportedly have stereo speakers.

The ‘Stories’ format is coming to Google search next

Google is launching a developer preview of something it’s calling “AMP Stories.” In the days to come, Google will start testing a Stories format that will appear on the search engine - but only if you go looking for it. For instance, if you search for a publication like People, CNN, to name a few, you might get served a carousel of slideshow content created by that partner. AMP hasn’t been without controversy, but it has become a major source of traffic for the publications that use it. However, it should be noted that Google isn’t going to put just any publisher’s AMP Stories up on its pages.