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WhatsApp launches a separate app for small businesses

WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers

19 Jan 2018,

Twitter workarounds give anyone 280 characters to play with

You can expand your tweets right now, using these techniques.

27 Sep 2017,

Germany can fine Facebook up to $57 million over hate speech

Digital rights activists worry that the new law will curb free speech.

30 Jun 2017,

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents.

23 Jun 2017,

Deciding where to post on social media is too damn hard now

Social media used to be so easy. You put your photos on Facebook and your definitely-not-million-dollar shower thoughts on Twitter. It was nice, simple, and stress-free. It’s not like today where you waste half of your day deciding where to post shit to.

24 May 2017,

Facebook fined $122 million by EU for ‘misleading information’ about WhatsApp acquisition

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for “providing incorrect or misleading information” about its 2014 acquisition of WhatsApp.

18 May 2017,

Google's chat app Allo can now create emoji based on your face

Google's messaging app Allo — one of the several confusingly similar communication apps Google has launched in the past year or so — has a new trick: It can create a Bitmoji-like, cartoon version of yourself.

16 May 2017,

Facebook’s Messenger games are now available to everyone

Facebook announced today that its new Messenger game-playing features are now available to the entire 1.2 billion people who use the app every month. Instant Games, as the platform is called, first launched in closed beta last November with arcade titles like Pac-Man and Galaga.

03 May 2017,

Twitter will stream 24-hour news from Bloomberg starting this fall

Twitter will partner with Bloomberg as part of its plans to stream live video 24 hours a day, The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal will see Bloomberg producing news programming specifically for Twitter, mixing live news reported from Bloomberg’s global bureaus with videos posted by verified Twitter users, and streaming around the clock.

01 May 2017,

Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

Snapchat is adding a new way to use its app that brings its popular filters beyond faces. The new ‘World Lenses’ add augmented reality elements to any scene you can capture with your camera, placing 3D objects you can actually walk around with your smartphone’s camera, which is actually a lot closer to what we used to mean when we said “augmented reality” in its earlier days.

18 Apr 2017,

Facebook addresses revenge porn with tech to prevent people from re-sharing intimate images

Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can’t re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn — intimate photos of people shared without their consent.

06 Apr 2017,

Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

Facebook’s plan to copy everything that made Snapchat successful is finally reaching its final form with the launch of stories in the main Facebook app. You can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what your friends have been up to for the past 24 hours.

28 Mar 2017,

Meet Snapchat's billionaires and millionaires

Snapchat, an app once written off as a sexting tool, is now worth more than $30 billion -- and the people who recognized its value early enough are in for a big payday.

03 Mar 2017,

Mark Zuckerberg’s humanitarian manifesto

Are we building the world we all want?” That’s a question often reserved for the lips of presidents and religious leaders, and too rarely asked by CEOs. But technology has risen as a force that unites us, alongside government and faith. So too must captains of industry rise to accept their opportunity of influence, for the betterment of humanity in one of its most volatile moments.

17 Feb 2017,

LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in Russia requiring all online sites to store personal data on national servers.

17 Nov 2016,

WhatsApp opens up video calling to everyone

WhatsApp is rolling out video calling today to its billion-plus monthly users. That’s basically the entire story — if you’d like to use it, update the app, open a chat, and tap the familiar video camera icon in the top-right corner.

15 Nov 2016,

Ping! Say hi to sponsored messages in Facebook Messenger

If you've spoken with a company via the messaging app, that company can pay Facebook to try to continue that conversation with you.

09 Nov 2016,

Facebook tries to clone Snapchat for 8th, 9th and 10th times

Facebook has been trying to steal Snapchat’s thunder for a while, but this weekend the social network beat even its own covetous record.

04 Nov 2016,

Instagram tests shoppable photo tags

Instagram wants you to shop without always having to interrupt your scrolling with a browser window. That’s why today it will start showing shoppable tags on photos from 20 retail brands like Kate Spade and JackThreads to iOS users in the US.

02 Nov 2016,

Twitter lays off 9% of its workforce as it posts a desperately-needed positive Q3

With Twitter’s acquisition hopes essentially dead, the company now seems it’s on its own to fend for itself and needs to figure out a way to build a reasonable and profitable business.

27 Oct 2016,

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