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  • Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

    Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

    Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. After launching HTML5 ‘Instant Games’ inside Messenger, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Words With Friends Frenzy in November 2016, today Facebook is allowing developers to add in-app purchases as well as interstitial and rewarded video ads. Read More

  • Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles

    Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles

    A few months ago we reported that Facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles beginning in October. Well now it’s October, and surprise – Facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles! Here’s how it will work: Facebook will start with two paywalled options for publishers to choose from: The first option is a metered… Read More

  • Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. Read More

  • Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

    Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

    In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Read More

  • Facebook’s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen’

    Facebook’s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen’

    Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.  When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. “When… Read More

  • Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’

    Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’

    Facebook’s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook’s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop, as well. Facebook tells TechCrunch this is the beginning of the official rollout of the Explore feed. On… Read More

  • Twitter is done with hate symbols and violent groups

    Twitter is done with hate symbols and violent groups

    Twitter, a platform infested with trolls, hate and abuse, can be one of the worst places on the internet. As a followup to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweetstorm last week, in which he promised to crack down on hate and abuse by implementing more aggressive rules, Twitter is gearing up to roll out some updates in the coming weeks, Wired reported earlier today. Read More

  • WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress

    WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress

    Expect to see plenty of censorship news coming out of China over the next week. The country’s National Congress is a hugely influential political summit that takes place every five years, and includes the selection of central party leadership. It is also a time when Chinese censors are on high alert, particularly when it comes to online media. Read More

  • Facebook’s Building 8 head, Regina Dugan, is leaving the company

    Facebook’s Building 8 head, Regina Dugan, is leaving the company

    Facebook’s Regina Dugan, who led the company’s secretive Building 8 hardware lab, is leaving the company after just 18 months in the role. Dugan detailed in a Facebook post that she would be leaving to focus on “building and leading a new endeavor.” She will be staying in her position until “early next year” to help the team transition into 2018. Read More

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