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  • TechCrunch decides: The best and worst emoji of Unicode 10.0

    The always reliable Emojipedia (they have one job and they do it well (actually it’s a complex beat)) has posted the final list of emoji that will be included in the Unicode 10.0 release this June. There’s a bunch of great stuff in here if you like fantasy creatures and inclusion. But there are a couple clunkers, too. Let’s look at the best and worst of today’s emoji crop. Read More

  • Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

    Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

    Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger now lets you privately share your Live Location for an hour

    Facebook Messenger now lets you privately share your Live Location for an hour

    Facebook Messenger wants to be an offline social gathering tool, not just an online chat app. Today it’s adding a new Live Location feature that lets you share for an hour within a private direct or group message thread your real-time location on a map. The recipients can then see an estimate of how long it would take you to reach them by car. Read More

  • Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talent

    Facebook looks inward for new AI technical talent

    The race is on to attract as much expertise in artificial intelligence as possible at tech companies large and small, and more than a few Silicon Valley giants are looking inward to convert tech talent they already possess into the AI resources they increasingly need. Facebook has its own AI course, which is oversubscribed, and which is led by one of the leading AI researchers in the world. Read More

  • Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack

    Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack

    Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More

  • Facebook finally tests a GIF button for comments

    Facebook finally tests a GIF button for comments

    After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF. Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments, a source told TechCrunch. We inquired with Facebook, which confirmed the GIF test is coming with this statement: “Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to… Read More

  • This sensory wearable is designed for flirting

    This sensory wearable is designed for flirting

    With people more likely to be locking eyes with their smartphone screens these days when they’re hanging around in public, the London-based designers behind this feathery wearable are worried that the chances for exchanging flirtatious glances with passing strangers is being engineered out of daily life. Or, let’s be honest, translated into monetizable swipes on Tinder et al. Read More

  • Twitter remembers it owns TweetDeck

    Twitter remembers it owns TweetDeck

    It’s been six years since Twitter acquired TweetDeck, but the company might finally bring new features to the client. In a survey sent to some power users today, Twitter asked which features they would most like to see added to an “advanced” version of TweetDeck. Read More

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