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  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

  • Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital, to help run its business and… Read More

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double… Read More

  • Twitter Overhauls Its UI On iPhone, Stops Hiding Your Bio

    Twitter Overhauls Its UI On iPhone, Stops Hiding Your Bio

    If you’ve ever thought that Twitter’s interface for displaying profiles on phones was a bit wonky, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Even Twitter agrees. Twitter has just rolled out a new profile interface for iOS users that they’ve been quietly testing for the past few months. The biggest change? They no longer inexplicably hide everyone’s bio line behind a swipe. Read More

  • Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Researchers at SUNY Buffalo have found that habitual Facebook users — those who are on the site more frequently than their peers — were more susceptible to phishing scams. How did they figure this out? By asking them about their habits and then surreptitiously creating a fake friend who then asked them for private information, including their student ID number and date of birth. Read More

  • Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

    Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

    Offering a different spin on anonymous mobile chatting, Seattle-based Reveal Chat is debuting an app today that lets its users share more with the other party as they become more comfortable with the person they’ve connected with on the other end of the screen. Founded by a pair of ex-Amazonians, the startup is backed by a number of high-profile investors, including former Facebook… Read More

  • Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls… Read More

  • Twitter’s CEO Will Respond To Whether He’s High Once He Finishes These Doritos

    Twitter’s CEO Will Respond To Whether He’s High Once He Finishes These Doritos

    Peter Thiel thinks Twitter is more 420 than 140-characters. In a CNBC interview today, the famous Facebook investor bashed its competitor saying “Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It’s a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there.” And when Twitter employee Jason Goldman ribbed Twitter CEO and former improv… Read More

  • Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and, now Tumblr, as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their… Read More

  • BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Opens To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

    BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat App Bleep Opens To The Public, Adds Mac, Android Clients

    In the rush of new services for consumers that are concerned about their data privacy, make room for another messaging app. Peer-to-peer file distribution service BitTorrent is today announcing the public availability of Bleep — its encrypted P2P chat app for voice calls and texts that is still in alpha — with Mac and Android apps now available to download, in addition to… Read More