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  • Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. These rumors hold that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the inevitable Snapchat movie (“The Sexting Network”?). According to people familiar with Microsoft, there… Read More

  • Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found. It may seem like an obvious conclusion: of course, people are… Read More

  • Sync, BitTorrent’s Dropbox Rival, Now Lets You Share With Links, Hits 10M Installs

    Sync, BitTorrent’s Dropbox Rival, Now Lets You Share With Links, Hits 10M Installs

    Sync, a free file-sharing and synchronising service from P2P company BitTorrent that works like a server-less, cloudless Dropbox, has amassed 10 million user installs and 80 petabytes of data transferred since first going live last year — buoyed in part by a wave of sentiment against cloud-based services that some suspect keep your private files less private than you would hope… Read More

  • Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop – an iPhone app and website which lets you save, organise, and share locations – has now launched on the US app store with new collaborative mapping features and the ability to have multiple profiles. We’ve been using it a lot in London, where it’s been taking off. It’s also had a privacy overhaul allowing the ability to toggle between making pins and… Read More

  • Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Makes Mobile Timelapse And Steady Video Capture Easy

    Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Makes Mobile Timelapse And Steady Video Capture Easy

    Instagram is building new apps that aim to do more with mobile photography, and today they’re launching Hyperlapse (via Wired), which allows you to make timelapse videos using standard video captured with your smartphone camera on the fly. The Hyperlapse app launch closely follows the international launch of Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat-style photo sharing app, but this one looks like… Read More

  • Twitter Expands Its Ad Program To Twelve New Countries

    Twitter Expands Its Ad Program To Twelve New Countries

    Twitter has added twelve new countries to its advertising network, called Twitter Ads, with most markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The new countries include: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Portugal. Read More

  • Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Why do so many people watch others play video games on Twitch? Because the fans don’t look much different from the celebrities. They all play the same games. In a world of muscle-clad athletes and beautiful pop stars, on Twitch all that matters are your skills and your wits. Be funny or fast on the trigger, and you can be famous, too. It’s aspirational. That lets viewers identify… Read More

  • Facebook Says It’s Cracking Down On Clickbait

    Facebook Says It’s Cracking Down On Clickbait

    If you’re tired of headlines declaring that “you’ll never believe what happened next!”, it looks like Facebook feels your pain. The company said in a blog post today that it’s trying to cut back on “click-baiting headlines”, which it defines as “a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about… Read More

  • Facebook To Embarrass Celebs At Emmys By Making Them Shake A Big “Facebook Mentions” Tablet

    Facebook To Embarrass Celebs At Emmys By Making Them Shake A Big “Facebook Mentions” Tablet

    Not content to cede the battle for TV’s second screen to Twitter, at tonight’s Emmy’s, Facebook in partnership with Access Hollywood, is unleashing something it called the “Mentions Box” on the celebs walking down the red carpet. This box is really just an oversized Facebook-branded tablet, which celebrities will shake to reveal a fan’s question. Read More

  • Remedy Bets That Google Glass Will Find Its Sweet Spot In The Medical Industry

    Remedy Bets That Google Glass Will Find Its Sweet Spot In The Medical Industry

    While Google Glass has generated a healthy debate over privacy, etiquette and whether the device will ever gain broader acceptance in society, there are some obvious specialty use cases for Glass. Remedy, a startup founded by two sisters who are a Thiel fellow and medical student, is betting that doctors will find Google Glass useful in quickly collecting and piecing together case data on… Read More