• Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Gameit Only Makes You Watch Ads About Products You Actually Want To Buy

    Gameit Only Makes You Watch Ads About Products You Actually Want To Buy

    What if you could avoid pre-roll advertisements for irrelevant products? That’s the dream that Gameit is trying to turn into a reality. The app is an ecommerce platform that only shows you an advertisement on a product that you’re interested in buying. The advertisements are recycled from the brand’s existing commercials, and then users are sent into a quick trivia game about… Read More

  • Firefox Will Soon Get Sponsored Suggested Tiles Based On Your Browsing History

    Firefox Will Soon Get Sponsored Suggested Tiles Based On Your Browsing History

    It’s pretty odd hearing a not-for-profit organization like Mozilla talk about how it wants to help advertisers strengthen the conversation between brands and its users — especially given that I’ve never met anybody who wanted to have a conversation with a brand. But that’s the world we live in. Mozilla today launched its ‘Suggested Tiles’ program, which… Read More

  • Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

    Gobble Says It Has Delivered 230K Easy-To-Cook Meals Since Launching Last Year

    Back in September, Gobble unveiled a new kind of food delivery. It doesn’t offer a fully prepared meal or a box of ingredients and recipes — instead, it delivers “dinner kits” where much of the prep work is already done, and the cooking can be finished in just 10 minutes. But is that what people are really looking for? Well, it’s still fairly early (and Gobble… Read More

  • Oculus Connect 2 Will Give Developers What They Need For Consumer Rift Launch

    Oculus Connect 2 Will Give Developers What They Need For Consumer Rift Launch

    Oculus is hosting its second annual primary developer conference between September 23 and 25, the company announced today. The big show, called ‘Connect 2′ in keeping with the original event last September, will feature keynote presentations from Oculus execs Michael Abrash, John Carmack and Brendan Iribe, and will also provide “everything developers need to know to launch on… Read More

  • Microsoft, Facebook, Google And The Future Of Voice Communications

    Microsoft, Facebook, Google And The Future Of Voice Communications

    All of a sudden, it seems like Facebook, Google and Apple are climbing all over each other to own the voice interaction, and specifically, the phone conversation. They’re in a race to compete in the most valuable part of “social” — as if they’ve forgotten, until now, just how much humans ultimately value one-on-one conversation. Read More

  • Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media Raises Another $30M

    Mode Media is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Previously known as Glam Media, the company ran the fashion site of the same name, as well as other online properties including Brash and Foodie. Last month, it brought all those sites together as Mode.com (although the individual brands still exist under the broader Mode umbrella) and launched a mobile app called Mode… Read More

  • Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Firefox For iOS Begins Its Beta Testing Program

    Mozilla’s Firefox browser for iOS is nearing public release, as the organization is now actively recruiting beta testers willing to try the app ahead of its App Store debut. A recent survey sent to potential testers is asking for details about which devices they own, and instructs them that the beta will require a version of iOS 8 or higher in order to work. It also reminds… Read More

  • An Interview With A Drone Painter Who Made A Poop Portrait of Eric Schmidt

    An Interview With A Drone Painter Who Made A Poop Portrait of Eric Schmidt


    If you happen to be staying in San Francisco during the long Memorial Day weekend, one of the things you can do is see the art in the F.A.T. Gold Retrospective at Gray Area in the Mission District. F.A.T. Gold is a collective of hackers, engineers, musicians, and graffiti artists who have created punk projects that have unleashed fake Google Streetview cars onto the roads of Berlin to a… Read More

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