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Twitter wants to inject live events into every area of the app – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-13T21:05:37+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Categories: Social|

The chronological news feed has been a bit of a looming specter for Twitter . Sure, it’s their bread-and-butter, but it only works for users who are willing to put in the time to prune their own feeds and strip away follows while constantly keeping an eye out for new accounts. For Twitter, a

Amino raises $45M to bring fan communities to smartphones – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-12T20:27:32+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Amino has raised a big Series C round of funding — $45 million from GV, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Time Warner Investments, with Hearst Ventures joining as a new investor. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson has described Amino as a way to help people who have “passionate niche interests” find

Facebook still wants to be a media company – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-11T19:43:45+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Facebook may have disbanded its “Trending” news section, but the social network is not abandoning its media company ambitions, despite whatever CEO Mark Zuckerberg said to Congress. In fact, the opposite of “not being a media business” is now occurring: Facebook is directly paying news publishers to create video, even as it claims

Pinterest gives advertisers a way to show promoted videos that take up the screen – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-31T12:55:48+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen. While Pinterest normally offers users a grid that they can flip through — compressing a lot of content into

Students confront the unethical side of tech in ‘Designing for Evil’ course – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-30T00:05:11+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Whether it’s surveilling or deceiving users, mishandling or selling their data, or engendering unhealthy habits or thoughts, tech these days is not short on unethical behavior. But it isn’t enough to just say “that’s creepy.” Fortunately, a course at the University of Washington is equipping its students with the philosophical insights to better

Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during US midterm elections – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-26T22:20:28+00:00 May 26th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it would be adding “election labels” to the profiles of candidates running for political office. “Twitter has become the first

Snapchat launches less creepy Send and Request Location features – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-25T01:16:16+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Snapchat is taking another shot at location after its always-on coordinate-broadcasting Snap Map proved a bit invasive for some users. Snapchat now lets you send your on-going real-time location to a friend, or request theirs, which show up on the Snap Map and within your message thread. Essentially, this is location sharing built

Elon Musk has a very bad idea for a website rating journalists – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-24T00:44:47+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Social|

Elon Musk has, as I imagine he often does during meetings or long car rides, come up with an idea for a new thing. Unlike the Hyperloop, which was cool, and various space-related ideas, which we know he’s at least partly expert about, this one is just plain bad. It’s basically Yelp But

Progressive advocacy groups call on the FTC to ‘make Facebook safe for democracy’ – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-21T23:16:56+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Social|

A team of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook safe for democracy.” According to Axios, the campaign, called Freedom From Facebook, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign on Monday that will run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms.

Instagram officially launches re-sharing of posts to Stories – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-17T20:22:43+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Social|

No, it’s not a “regram” option. Sorry!  But today, Instagram is officially launching a new feature that will allow users to re-share someone’s Instagram post with their friends via Instagram Stories – something it confirmed was in testing earlier this year. The idea with the new re-sharing option is to give users a way to

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