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  • 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