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  • Human Rights Groups Lambast Twitter For Banning Service That Tracked Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Human Rights Groups Lambast Twitter For Banning Service That Tracked Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

    Seventeen international human rights and transparency groups, including the Sunlight Foundation, EFF, Free Press, Open State Foundation, Human Rights Watch and others, are taking Twitter to task for its decision to ban the Politwoops tool last month, which was used to track politicians’ deleted tweets. Twitter had earlier banned the U.S. version of this tweet-tracking service in May… Read More

  • Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook is unveiling an improved version of its Conversion Lift measurement tool, which first launched in January. Previously, Facebook allowed you to measure whether your ad campaign was actually improving online and offline sales. Now, you can also test different ads to find the best approach. Read More

  • Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.

    Mobile App Letgo Raises $100 Million From Naspers To Take Over Classifieds In The U.S.

    Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers… Read More

  • Facebook Looks To Tackle Personalized Learning In The Classroom

    Facebook Looks To Tackle Personalized Learning In The Classroom

    Facebook is working to give public school students an education that’s more tailored to their needs. In a blog post today from Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, the company announced that over the past school year it has partnered with Summit Public Schools, an innovative school system in the Bay Area to improve and test their new learning technologies. Read More

  • Pinterest Brings On A New Head Of Its Advertising Partner APIs

    Pinterest Brings On A New Head Of Its Advertising Partner APIs

    Pinterest has brought on a new executive to manage the technology its marketing developer partners use to power advertising campaigns on Pinterest. Michael Akkerman, formerly a vice president at Kenshoo, will help manage the technology and relationships with the company’s advertising partners that are using its APIs. The company started its Marketing Developer Program earlier this… Read More

  • Airbnb Rolls Out An Apple Watch App

    Airbnb Rolls Out An Apple Watch App

    Airbnb has found its way onto the Apple Watch. The company is releasing a new Apple Watch app today that’s centered around lightweight communication between hosts and guests. Hosts and guests can use it to get notifications as well as read messages and respond to messages. Hosts can also accept booking requests straight from the watch. Read More

  • Clashem Is An Epic Video Battle App

    Clashem Is An Epic Video Battle App

    Advances in technology over the past few years has made access to video (both creation and consumption) as simple as pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. And with those advances come a whole crop of video sharing apps, not least of which is a new video battle app called Clashem. Launching out of the Red Bull Media House, Clashem pairs two videos (which may have absolutely nothing to do… Read More

  • Snapchat Hires A New Growth Lead

    Snapchat Hires A New Growth Lead

    Snapchat has hired a new growth lead from Facebook as it continues its trek to becoming one of the most valuable social networking companies in the world. Anthony Pompliano, a product manager that led growth and engagement for Facebook pages, has joined the company to lead Snapchat’s growth team, he said in a tweet earlier today. Snapchat confirmed the hire, saying Pompliano will be… Read More

  • Josh Miller Leaves Facebook For The White House

    Josh Miller Leaves Facebook For The White House

    Once an entrepreneur has sold his or her company and logged the required time with the acquiring outfit, he or she typically sets out to start another company — or become an investor. Josh Miller — whose startup, Branch, allowed groups of people to hold discussions and share links — is taking another tack. Read More

  • Instagram Direct’s 85M Users Can Now Reply With Photos In Snapchat-Style Visual Convos

    Instagram Direct’s 85M Users Can Now Reply With Photos In Snapchat-Style Visual Convos

    Instagram Direct felt half-baked when the in-app chat feature launched without the ability to send photo replies in December 2013. Still, the private group messaging feature built an audience of 85 million monthly users, and now it’s getting upgrades that make it a true visual communication tool to rival Snapchat. Read More

  • Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS

    Google+ Brings Its Interest-Based “Collections” Feature To iOS

    Google+ Collections, the company’s effort at establishing its Google+ social network as more of a Pinterest competitor (since taking on Facebook didn’t go so well), has launched today in the iOS version of the Google+ app. The idea with this newer feature is to allow users to congregate around their shared interests, like video games or cooking, for example. With Collections, any… Read More

  • Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.25M In Seed Funding

    Wiselike, The Q&A Platform For Professionals, Picks Up $1.25M In Seed Funding

    There is no shortage of Q&A platforms on the web. But today, a new startup with fresh funding is looking to repurpose the Q&A format into something more valuable for the asker, the answerer, and the general viewer. Meet Wiselike, which has just picked up $1.25 million in seed funding led by GGV Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, GREE and more. Here’s how it… Read More

  • AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL Acquires Photo And Messaging Startup Kanvas Labs

    AOL is announcing another acquisition — Kanvas Labs, maker of mobile social apps. An AOL spokesperson told me that the company will continue to offer the existing Kanvas Labs products. Those include photo editing app Kanvas; Kanvas Keyboard, which allows users to include GIFs and stickers in their mobile conversations; and Kanvas for Messenger, which integrates the startup’s… Read More

  • Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    Giffiti Jazzes Up Photos With GIFs

    In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations.  Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on… Read More

  • SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

    Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

  • Vine ❤️ Music

    Vine ❤️ Music

    Vine, the six-second looping video app from Twitter, has today announced a significant feature update that brings more attention to the audio in users’ videos. Starting tomorrow (Friday), Vine users will have more control over their vines with the ability to add music to their content. While it was previously possible to add music to vines by using a separate device to play the music… Read More

  • Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

    PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it… Read More

  • OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

    OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

    Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million. After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next generation MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad called Fates… Read More

  • NFL’s Twitter Video Deal Came And Its Deal With Facebook Went

    NFL’s Twitter Video Deal Came And Its Deal With Facebook Went

    Today, the WSJ reported that the NFL’s video test with Facebook ended “quietly” earlier this year. The publication also referred to it as a “partnership,” a term that is used very loosely in business, especially here in the Valley. The test involved promoting Verizon-sponsored, NFL-related clips within people’s news feeds with post-roll ads. We’re… Read More

  • Instagram Thinks Outside The Square, Now Allows Landscape And Portrait Photos And Videos

    Instagram Thinks Outside The Square, Now Allows Landscape And Portrait Photos And Videos

    One in five photos or videos on Instagram show up with annoying whitespace around them because people use other apps to letterbox their landscape or portrait imagery to fit in Instagram’s square cropping. So today, Instagram for iOS and Android is dropping the requirement that all photos and videos be squares. Now when users upload photos, they can pinch or tap a format button on the left… Read More

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