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  • Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise edition, snaps up Walmart as a customer

    Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise edition, snaps up Walmart as a customer

    Workplace — Facebook’s bid to take on the Slack, Microsoft and the rest of the players in the market of business chat and collaboration — is getting a big push today by way of a significant customer win. The company has signed on Walmart, the retailing giant and the world’s biggest employer with 2.2 million employees on its books. Walmart is rolling out Workplace to… Read More

  • Instagram now lets you choose who can comment on your posts

    Instagram now lets you choose who can comment on your posts

    Instagram is celebrating its milestone of reaching 800 million users on the platform, and 500 million using it daily, with new comment moderation tools that make it easier to silence anyone being potentially offensive. The new comment tools mean that if you have a public account on Instagram, you can limit comments to specific groups of people, including your followers or people you follow. Read More

  • WhatsApp blocked in China, though past bans proved temporary

    WhatsApp blocked in China, though past bans proved temporary

    WhatsApp has been widely blocked in mainland China by the country’s government, with text messaging as well as photo and video sharing not currently functional. However, WhatsApp had previously been blocked in the country and saw those blocks lifted within a few days, so it’s unclear how long the chat app may remain inaccessible. Read More

  • Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

    Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

    According to Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute researcher, not all Twitter bots are born bad. He should know. Ferrara created a “large-scale experiment designed to analyze the spread of information on social networks” and found that “good” tweets spread just as quickly as bad tweets. Further, they confirmed something the we already know: that… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new Filters can transform the sky above your head

    Snapchat’s new Filters can transform the sky above your head

    Snapchat’s latest augmented reality feature is another implementation of the tech that applies to the world, rather than the faces found in frame when you take a picture. They’re called ‘Sky Filters,’ and they can automatically detect sky in your images, and repaint them with totally different atmospheric looks. The new filters are rolling out live starting today on… Read More

  • Instagram now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users

    Instagram now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users

    Instagram’s still growing at a rapid pace, having added 100 million new monthly active users in just a month since it last reported a new figure. It now has 800 million users engaging with the service on at least a monthly basis, the company revealed on Monday at an event in NYC, and it has 500 million using the service on a daily basis, too. Instagram announced the 700 million… Read More

  • Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app, first in the Philippines

    Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app, first in the Philippines

    Twitter today has nearly four times as many monthly active users outside the U.S. as it does in its home market — 260 million versus 68 million — and this week it quietly launched a new app in an effort to boost those numbers further. The social network is testing a Android app for Twitter Lite, a native app version of a mobile web site Twitter launched earlier this year that… Read More

  • Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference

    Thoughts on Facebook’s 9 plans to curb election interference

    Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency — but at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government and starting to self-regulate. Read More

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