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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    When you have a question at a small company, you always know who to ask. But as corporations grow, it becomes impossible to remember everyone’s names, let alone their areas of expertise, and communication channels flood with noise. Facebook At Work, the company’s new enterprise collaboration suite, could change that. Read More

  • Xpire, Now On Android, Brings “Disappearing” Posts To Twitter

    Xpire, Now On Android, Brings “Disappearing” Posts To Twitter

    Disappearing messages, like those on popular apps like Snapchat, give users a sense of greater privacy when compared to larger, more public social networks like Facebook or Twitter. While not infallible (see 2014’s Snapchat hack, for example), the idea is that your content doesn’t live forever etched in stone online, but exists to be consumed in the moment, then discarded. Read More

  • Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks

    Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks

    About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely at the enterprise market under the working title, “FB@Work.” Now that product is officially coming to light: today the company is launching new iOS and Android apps called “Facebook At Work,” along with a version of Facebook at Work accessible via its main website, which will… Read More

  • Video Chat App Rounds Raises $12M In New Funding Led By Sequoia

    Video Chat App Rounds Raises $12M In New Funding Led By Sequoia

    Rounds, a video chat company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is announcing that it has raised $12 million in Series B funding. The company was founded back in 2008 under the name Gixoo, launching a video platform called 6rounds a year later. Rounds says it now has 25 million registered users, and CEO Dany Fishel told me that the “vast majority” of them joined in the past few months. Read More

  • The SocialRank Index Shows Companies How They Stack Up On Social Media

    The SocialRank Index Shows Companies How They Stack Up On Social Media

    Social media analytics startup SocialRank released a new tool earlier today called the SocialRank Index — aimed at tracking and aggregating the performance the biggest brands in the world. This seems like a natural evolution of SocialRank, which started out as a side project for identifying your “most valuable follower.” Not surprisingly, it expanded with new data points… Read More

  • Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Clinkle Pivots From Its Soured Brand To “Treats” For Sharing Discounts

    Not since Color has a startup been as widely laughed at as the troubled Stanford payments startup Clinkle. So it’s little surprise that the company has changed the name of its app to “Treats”, as well as its direction. After seeing the company’s site had rebranded, I spoke with 23-year old CEO Lucas Duplan to find out how Treats will work. The private beta product… Read More

  • Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

    We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind. Sources tell us that Twitter is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use case that is unique to its home market and others like it. People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a… Read More

  • European Ministers Call For Increased Digital Surveillance After Paris Terror Attacks

    European Ministers Call For Increased Digital Surveillance After Paris Terror Attacks

    And so it begins again; the customary fingerpointing at the Internet as a platform for fueling extremist hatred in the wake of the latest terrorist outrages in Europe — accompanied, in certain corners of the political arena, by calls for greater powers of digital surveillance to preemptively thwart acts of terror. Read More

  • Pew: Facebook User Growth Slowed As Others Gained, But Still Has Most Engaged Users

    Pew: Facebook User Growth Slowed As Others Gained, But Still Has Most Engaged Users

    Facebook is still the most popular social network, but its growth has slowed in the U.S., according to a new report out this morning from the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, more Americans are now using multiple social media sites, allowing platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn to all achieve significant increases in user numbers over the past year, the… Read More

  • Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, A ‘Pied Piper’ For Video

    Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, A ‘Pied Piper’ For Video

    Facebook has a acquired QuickFire Networks, a TC Disrupt 2014 Battlefield contestant that built a custom hardware and software platform for reducing video file sizes and upload times. The Wall Street Journal got the news earlier today, with confirmation later arriving on QuickFire’s site. QuickFire’s tech speeds up encoding videos with different profiles for frame rate… Read More

  • Nearby Live Lets You Anonymously Meet New People Via Your Smartphone

    Nearby Live Lets You Anonymously Meet New People Via Your Smartphone

    A mobile application called Nearby Live, which began its life as a social app for Windows Mobile users, has slowly expanded its reach over the years and has now hit a few notable milestones. As the app, now with over 2.1 million users, heads out of the Stanford-affiliated StartX accelerator, it has rebranded, lost a co-founder, raised a small seed round, and finally reached its final… Read More