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Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-09T03:55:48+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Messaging apps collectively passed the 5 billion mark for monthly active users last year, with Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger on track now to pass 2 billion users apiece. With messaging’s popularity showing no signs of slowing down, a new app is entering the fray in hopes of catching the wave. Yahoo has quietly launched

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Snapchat hosts first Creators Summit after years of neglect – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-09T02:53:52+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Social media stars have always been treated like nobodies instead of VIPs on Snapchat. Despite pioneering the Stories and creative tools they love, the lack of support saw many drift to YouTube’s ad dollars and Instagram’s bigger audience. Now Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is finally stepping up to win back their favor and

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Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-08T02:26:45+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp. The encrypted DMs option was first spotted inside

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Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-03T23:23:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Social|

Get ready to shop the ‘Gram. Instagram just stealthily added a native payments feature to its app for some users. It lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram. Not having to leave for a

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Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what? – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T22:22:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Social|

We’re at the cusp of the visual communication era. Stories creation and consumption is up 842 percent since early 2016, according to consulting firm Block Party. Nearly a billion accounts across Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger now create and watch these vertical, ephemeral slideshows. And yesterday, Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox

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Facebook’s Free Basics program ended quietly in Myanmar last year – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T01:11:27+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Social|

As recently as last week, Facebook was touting the growth of Free Basics, its Internet.org project designed to give users free curated web access in developing countries, but the app isn’t working out everywhere. As the Outline originally reported and TechCrunch confirmed, the Free Basics program has ended in Myanmar, perhaps Facebook’s most controversial

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Instagram’s ‘Explore’ section is getting a makeover – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T01:42:24+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Instagram is getting a revamped “Explore” section to improve discovery, the company announced this morning during the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The update will better organize its suggestions into topical channels based on your own interests and tastes, so you can more easily find the type of content you’re looking

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Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise version, now has 52 SaaS apps and bots, opens up for more integrations – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T00:40:19+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Workplace, the more secure, closed enterprise version of Facebook that competes against the likes of Slack, Microsoft Teams and Hipchat as a platform for employees to communicate and work on things together, says that it today has tens of thousands of organisations using its platform. Now to pick up more, and to bring

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Instagram launches video chat – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-01T23:24:42+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Facebook today announced that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing platform, is getting support for video chats, among a couple of other new features. As Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted in his F8 keynote today, quite a few Instagram users already use the platform’s live video feature to chat with friends. “People use

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Facebook is launching a new Groups tab and plug-in – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-01T22:12:41+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Facebook is rolling out a new Groups tab and plugin, announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his opening keynote at Facebook’s F8 developer conference this morning. The addition of the new Groups tab on Facebook will make groups a more central part of the Facebook experience, the CEO explained. “In a community, you can

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