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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook today announced it has begun testing ad breaks that interrupt on-demand video, using a small set of partners who will earn a 55 percent ad revenue share while Facebook keeps 45 percent. That could change the way creators make video content so they tease viewers enough to sit through the ads, while luring more producers to Facebook. On-demand video publishers will get to select where… Read More

  • India’s top mobile operator Airtel is buying smaller rival Telenor India

    India’s top mobile operator Airtel is buying smaller rival Telenor India

    Less than a month after Vodafone confirmed it is in talks to merge with Idea Cellular and create India’s largest mobile operator, one piece of M&A has been confirmed in that space. Bharti Airtel has gobbled up smaller player Telenor India in a deal announced today. The Airtel-Telenor deal is subject to regulatory approvals, but both sides said it should be completed within the next… Read More

  • Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

    Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

    A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a different way to read stories on your phone: as text message-like chats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, a social publishing platform for authors whose community now includes over 45 million readers worldwide, who visit its site or its flagship mobile app to read its nearly 250 million stories. With Tap, Wattpad is stepping… Read More

  • How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

    How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

    Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. At least that’s the philosophy that Pinterest engineer Andrew Zhai and his team have taken, because around that time he and a few others began… Read More

  • MobileIron adding IoT management to its arsenal

    MobileIron adding IoT management to its arsenal

    MobileIron, which went public in 2014, has been known mostly for helping large companies manage mobile devices, especially in a time when people tend to bring their own. Today it announced it was expanding that mission to the Internet of Things. When you think about it, it’s a logical move for a company that is used to overseeing a large number of devices and helping IT keep them secure. Read More

  • Instagram lets you post up to 10 photos or videos as 1 swipeable carousel

    Instagram lets you post up to 10 photos or videos as 1 swipeable carousel

    Instagram wants you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed, not just its Snapchat Stories clone. Today, Instagram launches the ability to share a mix of up to 10 photos or videos as a single carousel post that friends can swipe through. You can think of them as Instagram albums that collect permanent photos or videos around a theme. The feature rolls out… Read More

  • Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    One of the remarkable things about the roadshow presentations for hotly-anticipated IPOs — where they’ll make a pitch to investors and answer questions — is that they are often unremarkable. That seemed about the same case for Snap, which was presenting to potential investors at the Mandarin Hotel in New York this afternoon. Over lunch, a packed ballroom 30 stories up at… Read More

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