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Last Update on August 27, 2015 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: ON-AIR SHOOTING PLAYS OUT ONLINE

MONETA, Va. (AP) -- Not only was yesterday's shooting of a TV news crew in Virginia a crime for the ages, it was also a crime for our age: the age of the Internet and social media. And it appeared the man who carried it out orchestrated things to give his deeds the widest possible exposure to a world where we are all so interconnected. As Vester Flanagan launched his assault on former WDBJ colleagues Alison Parker and Adam Ward, he appeared to time his actions for maximum effect. He didn't pull the trigger until the cameraman turned his lens on Parker, the reporter. He also used a self-mounted video camera to record the shooting from his own perspective. Flanagan complained about his co-workers in blasts on his Twitter feed -- where he also boasted that he had made his own video of the shooting -- and invited people to watch it. His least high-tech move: using a fax to send a rambling screed to ABC News hours before unleashing his weapon.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK'S VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Siri, Cortana -- and now M. Facebook is the latest technology company to offer users a virtual assistant service. The social networking site is testing the artificial intelligence-powered service, called simply "M," inside its messaging app. Not everyone has access to it; it's being screened by just some of the 700 million registered Facebook users. Like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, M can do things like buy items for you, have gifts delivered -- and book restaurant reservations or other appointments.

 
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