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  • Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny… Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages

    Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages

    No one likes brands more than their friends, and there are plenty of ways to get their marketing updates. Facebook’s unique value is keeping you up to date on your real-life friends. So to “get this balance right” Facebook today announced it’s reconfiguring News Feed to show content from close friends higher up, which may push posts from business Pages further down. A… Read More

  • Mobile-First Word Processing App Quip Adds Chat Rooms, Making It More Like Slack

    Mobile-First Word Processing App Quip Adds Chat Rooms, Making It More Like Slack

    Products like Slack, Hipchat, Yammer and Asana have been slowly picking apart the world of enterprise communication, giving workers new, easier to use, and frankly more fun platforms to speak to each other and work on documents together. Now another startup wants to get in on the action. Quip — the mobile-first “word processor” app co-founded by ex-Facebook CTO Bret… Read More

  • Mixmax Raises $1.5M From Harrison Metal, Floodgate To Bring Interactive Apps To E-mail

    Mixmax Raises $1.5M From Harrison Metal, Floodgate To Bring Interactive Apps To E-mail

    Mixmax, which is making e-mail interactive with apps that set-up calendar meetings and polls, raised $1.5 million from Harrison Metal, Floodgate’s Mike Maples and Ann Miura-Ko, Ram Shriram of Sherpalo Ventures and angels Eric Ries, Soundcloud CEO Alex Ljung, Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams, Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis and Soundcloud’s Eric Wahlforss. “It’s crazy that we… Read More

  • Clear Deletes Dumb Tweets Before You Regret Them

    Clear Deletes Dumb Tweets Before You Regret Them

    Most of us have embarrassing stories about things we’ve shared on social media, but it’s hard to top Ethan Czahor’s. He was hired as Jeb Bush’s chief technology officer, but shortly after he got the job, journalists uncovered some old offensive tweets and he had to resign. Now Czahor is back in the tech world with an iOS app called Clear that could help people in… Read More

  • Edgee Finds Space Between A Blog And A Tweet

    Edgee Finds Space Between A Blog And A Tweet

    Berlin-based startup edgee reckons it’s spotted a vacant space in the crowded social media parking lot for a new digital content format designed to sit between the expertise and effort of writing a blog post, and the brevity and flightiness of a tweet. Read More

  • Twitter Now Lets You Opt In To Receive Direct Messages From Anyone

    Twitter Now Lets You Opt In To Receive Direct Messages From Anyone

    Twitter has for years tested a feature that would allow anyone to opt in to receive direct messages from other users on its platform, even if the accounts weren’t following each other as per earlier requirements. This setting was rolled out more broadly to a portion of Twitter’s user base in 2013, but never became an option for the general public. That changes today, says… Read More

  • With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

    With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

    Despite all the mobile video apps out there, Gary Krieg said there’s still something missing — a need he’s trying to fill with his new app Hykoo. See, Vine has created its own set of stars, and Meerkat and Periscope offer new platforms for livestreaming, but Krieg pitched Hykoo as an attempt to build an Instagram for video (which, yes, Instagram itself is also doing ). Read More

  • A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

    A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

    One of the stranger things that Y Combinator has supported — among the many more interesting things they’ve started to back like prosthetic legs, macrobiotic research and Uber-for-marijuana startups — is a non-profit that built an entire political party in Buenos Aires, Argentina. DemocracyOS is a software platform that allows regular voters to debate and forward policy ideas. Read More

  • Trio Lets You Mash Up Your Own Media With GIFs, Vines, Music And More

    Trio Lets You Mash Up Your Own Media With GIFs, Vines, Music And More

    If you spend entirely too much time creating, searching for and sharing the best GIFs and Vines with your friends, then you might get a kick out of a new mobile application called Trio. The app allows you to mash up media in order to create unique “remixes” that combine photos, videos, GIFs and music pulled from a variety of public sources, as well as from your own Camera Roll. Read More

  • Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack indicates Snapchat set aside .11% of its stock for former Apple head of iOS Scott Forstall to be an advisor. Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures’ CEO, is a Snapchat board member, so when his email was stolen by hackers protesting the release of The Interview, sensitive Snapchat information came to light. WikiLeaks recently made those emails easier… Read More

  • The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand

    The New HowAboutWe Will Let You Order A Date On Demand

    HowAboutWe, five years old and recently acquired by digital dating giant IAC, is relaunching its mobile app today with a bevy of new features and updated pricing. The most notable update comes in the form of Tonight, a feature that allows users to essentially order a date on-demand. With Tonight, users can opt-in for a date tonight, put in a specific time, and HowAboutWe will search through… Read More

  • Following Merger With Addvocate, Trapit Launches A Combined Product For Social Sharing

    Following Merger With Addvocate, Trapit Launches A Combined Product For Social Sharing

    Trapit, the combined company created from last year’s merger of startups Addvocate and Trapit, is unveiling the main result of that merger today — a set of tools for “employee advocacy and social selling” that includes features from both companies. In other words, Trapit now offers a product where you can find relevant content (as you could in the original Trapit)… Read More

  • Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle

    Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle

    Following its acquisition of live streaming app Periscope, Twitter has been actively fighting to make sure its service beats that of independent competitor Meerkat, which had a slightly earlier start. In recent weeks, Twitter has made changes to cut off Meerkat’s access to Twitter’s social graph, and even began pushing celebrities and publishers to stop using Meerkat. Those… Read More

  • Introji Are Emoji For More Complex Emotional States

    Introji Are Emoji For More Complex Emotional States

    Introji is a project aiming to bring some much needed emotional nuance to emoji — by crowdsourcing an alternative emoji app for introverts. Read More

  • Tinder Cuddles Up To Instagram In Latest Update

    Tinder Cuddles Up To Instagram In Latest Update

    Tinder released an update today that integrates directly with Instagram, letting users scroll through the Instagram profiles of their potential matches within the app itself. Tinder now also supports common connections, letting users see the degree to which they’re separated from a person based on the social graph, as well as presenting all Facebook interests instead of just common… Read More

  • Tumblr 4.0 Arrives On iOS With Better Blogging Tools, Filtered Search, And A New Widget

    Tumblr 4.0 Arrives On iOS With Better Blogging Tools, Filtered Search, And A New Widget

    Tumblr this morning has begun to roll out a sizable update to its iOS application with the release of Tumblr 4.0. The new application, which also now appears under a revamped app icon, includes a number of features previously available only on desktop, like the ability to create secondary blogs on the fly or submit to submission blogs, for example. Meanwhile, other additions are… Read More

  • Vine Experiments With Expanded Storytelling At Coachella

    Vine Experiments With Expanded Storytelling At Coachella

    This weekend, Vine debuted a channel dedicated entirely to Coachella, but did so in a very different way. Instead of opening it up to the masses of content about Coachella, they focused on a narrative created by two highly popular Vine users, Devon and Cody. With this playlist, which isn’t the first temporary “channel” the company has created but is the first dedicated to… Read More

  • Kik Introduces An In-Chat Browser For Its Mobile Messaging App

    Kik Introduces An In-Chat Browser For Its Mobile Messaging App

    Facebook may be building an app platform for Messenger, but rival Kik had continued its focus on putting the entire web in chat after it upgraded its in-app sidebar browser into a full-blown browser for its messaging app. Read More

  • Periscope’s Kayvon Beykpour Will Go Live At Disrupt NY In May

    Periscope’s Kayvon Beykpour Will Go Live At Disrupt NY In May

    Periscope and Meerkat have a lot in common. They’re both livestreaming platforms. They’re both integrated with Twitter in some fashion. They both launched in the past couple months. And last but certainly not least, they’ll both be making an appearance at Disrupt NY in May. We’re incredibly pleased to announce that Periscope cofounder Kayvon Beykpour will join us for… Read More

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