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Twitter officially launches ‘threads,’ a new feature for easily posting tweetstormsTwitter%20officially%20launches%20%26%238216%3Bthreads%2C%26%238217%3B%20a%20new%20feature%20for%20easily%20posting%26nbsp%3Btweetstormstweet-stormsarahintampa

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:00:34 +0000

(image)  Twitter today is announcing the launch of a new feature that will allow people to more easily post tweetstorms – that is, those series of connected tweets that have grown to become a popular workaround for getting past Twitter’s character count limitation in order to share longer thoughts. The company confirmed last month it was testing the feature – which it’s now… Read More


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Facebook opens AR platform and “world effects” to all developersFacebook%20opens%20AR%20platform%20and%20%26%238220%3Bworld%20effects%26%238221%3B%20to%20all%26nbsp%3BdevelopersFacebook AR Effectsjoshsc

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:01:20 +0000

(image)  Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start building AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes “World Effects” — Facebook’s copy… Read More


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Facebook will no longer always divert international advertising revenue to IrelandFacebook%20will%20no%20longer%20always%20divert%20international%20advertising%20revenue%20to%26nbsp%3BIrelandGERMANY-INTERNET-INNOVATION-TECHNOLOGY-WIRELESS-ZUCKERBERGmatthewlynley

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:56:55 +0000

(image)  Facebook today said it is shifting to a “local selling structure” in countries outside of the U.S., in which its advertising revenue in that country will be recorded by their local company in the country. That means that rather than directly route its revenue to its international headquarters in Dublin, local policymakers and governments will potentially get an opportunity for… Read More


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Instagram becomes an interest network with hashtag followingInstagram%20becomes%20an%20interest%20network%20with%20hashtag%26nbsp%3Bfollowinginstagram-hashtagsjoshsc

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:29:22 +0000

(image)  Instagram has always been a social network where you follow friends and creators, but today it’s evolving with a new way to follow hashtags so you see top posts and Stories about a topic on your home page. Rather than having to dig this content out of search or the Explore tab, you can see the best #Slime videos or #FloralNails tutorials no matter who posts them. Read More


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Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and SpotifyTinder%20is%20testing%20a%20feed%20of%20real-time%20updates%20from%20your%20matches%2C%20including%20posts%20from%20Instagram%20and%26nbsp%3BSpotifytinderfeaturesarahintampa

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:50:36 +0000

(image)  Tinder announced today it’s beginning a test of a new feature called “Feed” designed to help users learn more about their matches. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those you’ve already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and your Top Artists and Anthems… Read More


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Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a Word documentDescript%20gets%20%245M%20to%20make%20sound%20editing%20like%20a%20Word%26nbsp%3Bdocumentandrew mason descript transcription gifmatthewlynley

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:57 +0000

(image)  Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house. But Descript, Mason’s new startup that’s spun out from Detour, isn’t designed to just… Read More


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Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhereGoogle%E2%80%99s%20new%20Star%20Wars%20AR%20stickers%20put%20Porgs%26nbsp%3BeverywhereGoogle Pixel 2 - The Last Jedi AR Stickersbheater

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:24 +0000

(image)  After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of an Android 8.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peek of a fun little addition made possible through its ARCore technology, letting… Read More


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Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App StoreApple%26%238217%3Bs%20widened%20ban%20on%20templated%20apps%20is%20wiping%20small%20businesses%20from%20the%20App%26nbsp%3BStorebizness-appssarahintampa

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:01:57 +0000

(image)  Following its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps.… Read More


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Facebook Sound Collection lets you add no-name music to videosFacebook%20Sound%20Collection%20lets%20you%20add%20no-name%20music%20to%26nbsp%3Bvideosfacebook-video-soundtrackssarahintampa

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:00:10 +0000

(image)  The right soundtrack can make a boring video interesting. So after years of reported discussions with the record labels, Facebook is launching video editing tool Sound Collection for inserting into Facebook and Instagram clips “songs, vocals, noises, and instrumental tracks spanning genres like hip hop, pop, jazz, country, and more.” Read More


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Meet ‘Genies,’ the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact newsMeet%20%26%238216%3BGenies%2C%26%238217%3B%20the%20lifelike%20personalized%20avatars%20that%20reenact%26nbsp%3BnewsGenies Avatarjoshsc

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:44 +0000

(image)  “We plan on making Bitmoji obsolete,” says Akash Nigam, CEO of Genies. Bragging about beating one of the world’s top apps before his has even launched is emblematic of Nigam’s and Genies’ brash style. But with $15 million in funding at a valuation over $100 million, top investors like NEA and Hollywood royalty like CAA are buying into the avatar startup. Read More


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Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location dataSamir%20Arora%20unveils%20Sage%20Digital%2C%20a%20startup%20that%26%238217%3Bs%20all%20about%20accurate%20location%26nbsp%3BdataSamir Aroraanthha

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 02:17:35 +0000

(image)  Samir Arora says it’s time for a new wave of applications that use reliable location data. Arora previously founded Mode Media (which he departed before its shutdown last year, though he remains involved in Mode Media Japan) and NetObjects before that. Today he’s unveiling Sage Digital, the startup that he’s hoping will provide the data for that new wave. Arora said Sage has… Read More


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Pinterest brings on a new head of corporate and business developmentPinterest%20brings%20on%20a%20new%20head%20of%20corporate%20and%20business%26nbsp%3Bdevelopmentgary-johnsonmatthewlynley

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:02 +0000

(image)  Pinterest today said it is hiring a new head of corporate and business development, bringing on former Facebooker Gary Johnson as it looks to continue to expand. The hiring comes at a time when Pinterest recently saw its president, Tim Kendall, depart to start his own company. Read More


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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on AI, VR and battery lifeQualcomm%E2%80%99s%20Snapdragon%20845%20focuses%20on%20AI%2C%20VR%20and%20battery%26nbsp%3Blifepushpinbheater

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:21:29 +0000

(image)  Qualcomm teased its new flagship smartphone chip at day one of its Summit in Maui, and, as expected, the company’s got a lot more to offer us on day two. The Snapdragon 845 is the latest premium processor, due out next year. And like its predecessor, the 835, you can expect the thing to be nearly ubiquitous on 2018’s flagship handsets — not to mention a few Windows PCs. Read More


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Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in BostonLyft%26%238217%3Bs%20self-driving%20pilot%20with%20nuTonomy%20begins%20rolling%20out%20in%26nbsp%3BBostonnuTonomy Boston 2matthewlynley

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:55:50 +0000

(image)  Lyft is beginning its self-driving car pilot with self-driving car company nuTonomy in Boston as it looks to ramp up its self-driving efforts, and is now matching its riders with self-driving vehicles in parts of Boston, nuTonomy said today. Lyft announced its partnership with nuTonomy in June this year, indicating that the pilots would begin in the coming months. Read More


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The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s next flagship processorThe%20Snapdragon%20845%20is%20Qualcomm%E2%80%99s%20next%20flagship%26nbsp%3BprocessorApple Threatens To Drop Qualcomm Wireless Chips From iPhonebheater

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:21:51 +0000

(image)  It was a busy day in Maui as Qualcomm kicked off this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit. The San Diego chipmaker announced a two-in-one PC form factor powered by the Snapdragon 835 that has some big name hardware partners like Asus and HP behind it. The company also used the opportunity to tease its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 845. Read More


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Foursquare VP of business development Mike Harkey has left for GoogleFoursquare%20VP%20of%20business%20development%20Mike%20Harkey%20has%20left%20for%26nbsp%3BGooglefoursquare-logo-2014matthewlynley

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:59:15 +0000

(image)  Foursquare’s VP of business development Mike Harkey, who has been with the company for more than five years, has left to join Google as its director of global product partnerships. Read More


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Apple introduces a new pay-per-install ad product called Search Ads BasicApple%20introduces%20a%20new%20pay-per-install%20ad%20product%20called%20Search%20Ads%26nbsp%3BBasicsearch-ads-basic-iossarahintampa

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:00:24 +0000

(image)  Apple today is introducing a new way for app developers to acquire users for their apps: it’s launching a pay-per-install advertising product called Search Ads Basic. The “basic” branding signals that this product is being aimed at smaller developers compared with the existing Search Ads product, which is now being renamed to Search Ads Advanced. Launched last year, Search… Read More


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Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extensionPinterest%20integrates%20deeper%20with%20Facebook%20with%20a%20new%20bot%20and%20messenger%26nbsp%3Bextensionpinterest-messenger-botmatthewlynley

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:00:51 +0000

(image)  As Pinterest looks to further expand beyond just the audience you’d expect to use it, it’s going to have to start chasing down users and meet them on different territories — and that includes messaging apps. So today Pinterest is launching a pair of updates that is going to help it tap into that audience of people that are sharing content on Facebook Messenger. Read More


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French peer-to-peer payment app Lydia adds Apple Pay supportFrench%20peer-to-peer%20payment%20app%20Lydia%20adds%20Apple%20Pay%26nbsp%3Bsupportapple_pay_deviceetherin

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:48:03 +0000

(image)  A peer-to-peer payment app that works similarly to Venmo from startup Lydia in France now works with Apple Pay (a feature originally announced in July), making it possible to spend your balance from the app wherever MasterCard and Apple Pay are accepted. It’s a neat use of Apple Pay to make it possible to do mobile payments without requiring that a user have a credit card – and it… Read More


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The company behind Dots is changing CEOsThe%20company%20behind%20Dots%20is%20changing%26nbsp%3BCEOsdotsandcomjburnsy

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:00:28 +0000

(image)  Playdots, the company that lets gamers play with Dots, will soon have a new CEO as co-founder and current COO Patrick Moberg takes over for co-founder Paul Murphy. Murphy lead the company as CEO since the founding in 2013 and will stay with Playdots as a board member. Murphy and Moberg co-founded Playdots in 2013 and in 2015 led the company to spin out of betaworks on the back of $10 million… Read More


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