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Opera has announced the company's web browser will include a built-in ad blocker to help speed up the web and prevent users of the web browser from being harassed by rogue and disruptive adverts. The latest developer version of the browser, released today, will have this feature available for activation and is boasted to decrease load times of web pages by up to 90%.

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Expect to see new faces on your Facebook in the future. The social network has purchased popular face-swapping app MSQRD, built by Belarusian startup Masquerade, with the app offering a range of features including live video effects for selfies and the creepy-sounding "celebrity masks." (Facial overlays that make you look like famous person X.) Masquerade announced the news in a blog post, first reported by Tech Insider, with Facebook confirming the acquisition to The Verge.

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Following speculation over the weekend, a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of Instagram has launched on the Windows Store. The app is supposedly an iOS port, which was ported over using Facebook's 'Osmeta' tools, which the firm acquired a few years ago.

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In a blog post Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, has announced that SQL Server 2016 will be starting its wave of launch activities at their Data Driven event in New York this Thursday with general availability later in 2016. We have covered SQL Server 2016 previously, and some of the benefits it brings to Big Data as well as security conscious users. Microsoft also has announced that for the first time, SQL Server will be released for Linux.

Today I’m excited to announce our plans to bring SQL Server to Linux as well. This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. We are bringing the core relational database capabilities to preview today, and are targeting availability in mid-2017.

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WhatsApp has received an update for both Android and iOS adding support for file sharing, but the new feature is not yet available for Windows phones.

At present, only PDF documents appear to be supported for sharing. The company has not stated whether additional formats will be added in future updates.

In addition to file sharing support, the update came with a design tweak for browsing photos and videos. There are also new wallpaper options, in which users can now select from solid colors, as opposed to various patterns and designs. The update is now live, and you can grab it at the iTunes App Store or Google Play.