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  • Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

    Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More

  • Reports of a Facebook fake news detector are apparently a plugin

    Reports of a Facebook fake news detector are apparently a plugin

    Update: The feature appears to be an implementation of the Chrome plugin B.S. Detector, which some users took as a test by Facebook itself. We’ll continue to investigate but for now it looks like this is not a Facebook feature. Yes, the irony is rich.  Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. Read More

  • Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. and scores a new VP of product in the process

    Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. and scores a new VP of product in the process

    One-hundred and forty-three. That’s not the new character limit or the number of heads of product Twitter has employed over the few years (though close). That, rather, is the amount of times the new fellow filling that role has tweeted over the course of the past nine years — a number that includes two recent updates from the past couple of hours acknowledging the gig, one of… Read More

  • You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    If Snap’s Spectacles are really about sharing your life with the world, we need a solution for capturing the majority of our lives that occur boxed inside buildings. This solution could come in the form of replacement lenses or in the form of an entirely new device. Niche lens manufacturer Rochester Optical gave us the first one today with replacement lenses for Spectacles that… Read More

  • Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

    Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

    There is a huge disconnect between the way users engage with content on platforms like Instagram and the way that they shop online. Without native links in Instagram posts, influencers are looking for other ways to monetize their posts through services like RewardStyle and now, Geenee. Geenee is a platform that lets users shop on Instagram by simply taking a snapshot of the post they like… Read More

  • Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

    Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

    Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up — whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying or because the topic itself is sensitive — like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More

  • Twitter now lets mobile users make their own Moments

    Twitter now lets mobile users make their own Moments

    Earlier this fall, Twitter opened up access to its storytelling feature “Moments” to all Twitter users, allowing anyone to create their own stories using tweets and photos uploaded to the service. At the time, Moments creation was only available on the web, but the company promised that mobile support would arrive soon. Today, it has — Twitter has announced that the ability… Read More

  • Facebook has cut off Prisma’s Live Video access

    Facebook has cut off Prisma’s Live Video access

    Style transfer startup Prisma added support to its iOS app for livestreaming its art filter effects in real-time via Facebook Live earlier this month — but almost immediately the startup’s access to the Live API was cut off by the social media platform giant. Read More

  • Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm’s first showcase instant games launch on Facebook

    Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm’s first showcase instant games launch on Facebook

    In Ernestine Fu’s future, you shouldn’t have to wait more than a few seconds to launch a game or an app to connect with a friend. In fact, a few seconds might even be too long. That’s what prompted the birth of Blackstorm, a development platform that has the tools to build high-fidelity applications — the same you might get from an app in the App Store — in HTML5… Read More

  • SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

    SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

    If you’re anything like me you hate social media with a white-hot passion yet you feel oddly compelled to put garbage into it on a regular basis, to your great shame. Thankfully there is now a service that can create a book about your year in social media, allowing you to seethe both offline and online, a boon to this plugged-in generation. The service is called MySocialBook and… Read More

  • CNN buys Casey Neistat’s Beme app, brings the YouTuber in-house

    CNN buys Casey Neistat’s Beme app, brings the YouTuber in-house

    CNN has acquired Beme, the social app co-founded by YouTuber Casey Neistat. As part of the deal, Neistat will lead the Beme team as a new standalone media sub-brand operating under CNN’s umbrella as executive producer, and all 11 members of the Beme team will join the ranks of the news network, according to Variety. Beme’s had an interesting history, with a founding vision of… Read More

  • Gong says it’s cracked news personalization

    Gong says it’s cracked news personalization

    If you’re a little skeptical about trying out another news aggregator, Gong CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat knows what you’re probably thinking — after all, he heard the same thing when he was pitching investors. “They all kind of looked at me and said, ‘Not again,'” he recalled. But it seems like Ben-Bassat (who was previously an executive at Blizzard Entertainment and… Read More

  • Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

    Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

    Snapchat now has not one, but two Spectacle-selling Snapbots deployed at the same time. The second dropped Wednesday morning at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT) at a spot near Santa Monica at the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. The Brentwood Country Mart is a shopping and for spot in L.A.’s Brentwood district, which actually hosts a petting zoo, too. This is the third time a Snapbot has dropped… Read More

  • Facebook built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks

    Facebook built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks

    Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it’s built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac. Rather than censor posts itself, Facebook would potentially provide the tool to a third-party in China such as a local partner company that could use it to prevent users in China from seeing content… Read More

  • Don’t know what they want? Give a pre-swappable Snappy Gift

    Don’t know what they want? Give a pre-swappable Snappy Gift

    Gift cards are soulless and buying the wrong gift leads to annoying returns. But you might not know if your loved one would prefer a drone, action camera or a VR headset. With Snappy Gifts, they get to choose. Snappy Gifts is a new startup offering a fresh new approach that takes the guess-work out of generosity. You go to Snappy Gift’s app, choose a price range and then select from… Read More

  • Facebook downsizes small business sales in Europe, reportedly 30 jobs affected in Germany

    Facebook downsizes small business sales in Europe, reportedly 30 jobs affected in Germany

    As Facebook’s advertising business continues to grow globally, the social network is also streamlining operations in certain markets. TechCrunch has learned that Facebook is consolidating sales operations in Europe focused on small and medium businesses. In the process has cut 30 jobs including in Hamburg, according to a source among those cut. The cuts are of… Read More

  • Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Universal plans to bring Wattpad stories to TV

    Social publishing platform Wattpad is making its biggest move into Hollywood yet thanks to a new deal with Universal Cable Productions. UCP is a TV production company owned by NBCUniversal — it’s produced shows including USA’s Mr. Robot, SyFy’s The Magicians and Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. As a result of the deal, the company plans to develop… Read More

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