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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • The Weasel And The Woodpecker

    The Weasel And The Woodpecker

    Remember that picture of the weasel riding the woodpecker? It came to mind several times this weekend as I roamed the SXSW festival in Austin. Live streaming app Meerkat dominated the conversation at most gatherings, with the competing video streaming product, Periscope, coming up far less frequently – if at all. Then on Friday night Twitter confirmed rumors that it had closed on… Read More

  • Friendsy Is Tinder For College Students Only, Created By Two Princeton Students

    Friendsy Is Tinder For College Students Only, Created By Two Princeton Students

    During his freshman year at Princeton, Michael Pinsky went to the student lounge to watch a Yankees game. Knowing there were plenty of other fans on campus, he was certain it would be packed. But the lounge was empty except for Vaidhy Murti, another fan, sitting on an adjacent couch. The two began to talk, becoming fast friends. But the pair realized it doesn’t always work that… Read More

  • Yaytop Helps You Phone-A-Friend Before You Post A Pic To Instagram

    Yaytop Helps You Phone-A-Friend Before You Post A Pic To Instagram

    Last Spring, University of Michigan students Niko Natsis and Aaron Nussbaum noticed that some of their friends and siblings would send their pictures to each other on iMessage in order to give edits that would do better on social networks. The pair decided to build Yaytop, an app that lets you quickly ping friends for help with edits before you post to Instagram or Facebook. Read More

  • BuzzFeed’s CEO Says Modern Media Is About Pushing Actual Content, Not Links

    BuzzFeed’s CEO Says Modern Media Is About Pushing Actual Content, Not Links

    “Because so many publishers build their businesses on banner ads, they have to get people back to their site to make money” says BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. But that misses much of the value of social media. “You should be using this distribution channel to show them content, not just a pointer to some other space.” During his talk to a massive SXSW crowd, Peretti… Read More

  • Yik Yak Founders Defend Themselves Against Criticism Over Cyberbullying

    Yik Yak Founders Defend Themselves Against Criticism Over Cyberbullying

    Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington took the stage today at South by Southwest, where they addressed what they described as the biggest misconceptions about their anonymous, location-based chat app. As Yik Yak’s popularity has climbed, it has also faced growing concerns and criticism – a recent article in The New York Times provides a good overview, with accounts… Read More

  • Pew Finds One-Third Of Americans Have Made Privacy Changes, Post-Snowden

    Pew Finds One-Third Of Americans Have Made Privacy Changes, Post-Snowden

    File it under ‘chilling effects': A new report by the Pew research centre suggests a sizable minority of people in the U.S. have changed their behavior and use of technology to try to avoid online government surveillance programs in the wake of disclosures triggered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Read More

  • LinkedIn Buys Careerify To Build Out Its Big Data Recruitment Business

    LinkedIn Buys Careerify To Build Out Its Big Data Recruitment Business

    LinkedIn has made another acquisition to build out its big data recruitment business. It’s acquired Careerify, a startup based out of Toronto, Canada, that focuses on software for businesses to hire people. Two of Careerify’s products — an employer branding software product (intended to help companies appear more attractive to prospective candidates) and “internal… Read More

  • What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    What Will Meerkat Do Without Twitter?

    That’s the danger of building on someone else’s platform. You never know when they’ll pivot into your business and steamroll you. Last night, that happened to Meerkat. The livestreaming app was built entirely on Twitter, piggybacking on it for identity, communication, and distribution. Yesterday morning, Twitter confirmed reports that it had acquired an unlaunched competing… Read More

  • Facebook Buys And Shuts Down Shopping Site TheFind To Boost Commerce In Ads

    Facebook Buys And Shuts Down Shopping Site TheFind To Boost Commerce In Ads

    Facebook today announced it has acquired personalized shopping search engine TheFind to help improve its commerce ads. TheFind had raised $26 million from Lightspeed and Redpoint since getting off the ground around 2005, but will now be shut down. Some, but not all, members of the team are joining Facebook. Read More

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