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  • Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

    Over the last year, Twitter has been suspending accounts for promoting terrorism. The social network had already made it public that 125,000 accounts were suspended between mid-2015 and early 2016. Today we learned that Twitter has added an additional 235,000 suspensions, bringing their two-year total to 360,000 accounts. By Twitter’s own admission, quickly identifying accounts… Read More

  • Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity

    Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity

    Facebook may try to compete with Steam, or at least win back revenue lost when casual gaming shifted to mobile. Today Facebook formally announced it’s working with game engine Unity to build a dedicated, downloadable desktop gaming platform, plus it’s broadening the Facebook.com experience for gamers. Both will allow publishers to offer their iOS and Android games on desktop in… Read More

  • Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai is supposed to help photographers and artists defend their intellectual property. Now it’s launching a new feature to make that process easier — or at least better-integrated with Twitter. Previously, Blockai users would go to the startup’s website to upload their work, creating a record in a public database (namely, the blockchain) stating that they’re the… Read More

  • Instagram adds an Events channel to show you the best videos from concerts and sporting events

    Instagram adds an Events channel to show you the best videos from concerts and sporting events

    Over the past year Instagram has been working to reinvigorate the Explore tab, which is the app’s place for showing you personalized content. What started as a simple algorithm to determine photos you may enjoy has evolved into a full-fledged discovery platform to show you photos and videos that will want to make you spend more time in the app. A major part off this initiative was… Read More

  • Operator fuses bots with humans to build cyborg shopping experts

    Operator fuses bots with humans to build cyborg shopping experts

    Big purchases are scary to make online without anyone there to quell your fears and answer questions. Operator’s app wants to give you the same peace of mind, not with mechanical chat bot responses, but through real humans with knowledge about whatever you’re buying. Today Operator 2.0 launches with a new Discovery tab where curators assemble recommendations about their… Read More

  • Yik Yak yearns to be local, not just anonymous

    Yik Yak yearns to be local, not just anonymous

    Anonymity has proven a dangerous path for startups like Secret, so Yik Yak is pushing a soft pivot towards connection with people close by. You can still share anonymous quips on the sagging college app, but now it’s forcing you to add a handle and photo. Then it wants you to post status updates about what you’re doing that day, and browse and contact nearby Yakkers. Changing course… Read More

  • Facebook fights Messenger spam with Asimov’s three rules of bots

    Facebook fights Messenger spam with Asimov’s three rules of bots

    The big risk of Facebook launching the Messenger platform was that spammy bots could drown out your friends. Now Facebook is formalizing rules to prevent that because before, there were none. Messenger API experiences may only respond to users who initiate conversations. They can only reply within 24 hours, and once more after that for reengagement. Subscription Messaging that requires an… Read More

  • Google launches Duo video-calling app, a dull cross-OS FaceTime rival

    Google launches Duo video-calling app, a dull cross-OS FaceTime rival

    Can Google spring back from its social failures with a bare-bones video-calling app that unites iOS and Android users? Today it’s launching Duo, which lets you video call people one-on-one via their phone number. The problem is they’ll have to download the app but won’t get any bells and whistles or the ability to connect with Google Chat, Hangouts, Spaces, the upcoming… Read More

  • Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12

    Google announced today that Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12; users will be asked to migrate to YouTube Live. In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed that Hangouts on Air isn’t shutting down, but will move to YouTube Live. “We’re focusing our live streaming efforts on YouTube Live and consolidating our services there,”… Read More

  • Snapchat is acquiring mobile search app Vurb for $110M+

    Snapchat is acquiring mobile search app Vurb for $110M+

    Snapchat could help you organize a night out with friends or get a digest of the day’s news thanks to its acquisition of mobile search startup Vurb. TechCrunch caught wind of the impending deal over the weekend and now The Information reports Snapchat is in the closing stages of talks to pay $110 million for Vurb (75 percent stock, 25 percent cash). Snapchat is also said to offer $75… Read More

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