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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

    Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

    Snapchat introduced a way to create custom geofilters back in February of last year, and now it’s making the feature easier to use. U.S. Snapchat users can now create and submit custom filters directly in the app, rather than having to go to the studio website to make their custom filter. The mobile creative studio is now located in settings, under a menu item called “On-Demand… Read More

  • Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are embracing video

    Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More

  • Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility

    Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility

    Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2 billion monthly active users. If getting to 1 billion was about building a product, and getting to 2 billion was about building a user base, Facebook’s responsibility is to build empathy between us at it reaches for 3 billion. Read More

  • Facebook improves its AI Messenger assistant ‘M’ with new wits

    Facebook improves its AI Messenger assistant ‘M’ with new wits

    Facebook M, the company’s AI-powered assistant that lives inside Messenger, was launched widely back in April, giving suggestions to users based on the context of their conversations. Today, M is getting a bit smarter and more socially capable. Read More

  • Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter form Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove from major web platforms recruiting materials for terror groups. Read More

  • Facebook brings new masks, filters and reactions to Messenger video chat

    Facebook brings new masks, filters and reactions to Messenger video chat

    Facebook is bringing a ton of new filters, masks and video reactions to video chats in Messenger, aiming to deliver a more fun experience to younger users on the app and shore up the service against competing video chat apps. Read More

  • Uptime, YouTube’s experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all

    Uptime, YouTube’s experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all

    YouTube’s experimental app Uptime, which lets you watch videos with friends while reacting and commenting, has now opened up to all users. The app was first launched in March of this year, from Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, as a means of testing a more interactive and social way to watch YouTube. However, it initially required an invite to use it. That requirement was… Read More

  • Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

    Australia wants Five Eyes to squeeze tech firms on encryption

    The political rhetoric against strong encryption continues to crank up. Reuters reports today that Australia will be pushing for greater powers for countries to tackle the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals at an upcoming meeting of ministers from the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network. Read More

  • YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

    On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by dynamically adapting its player to whatever video you’re… Read More

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