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  • Bumble is launching video stories to show more of your match

    Bumble is launching video stories to show more of your match

    Bumble will soon release BumbleVID, which will allow users from across the dating platform to create a story with unlimited 10-second videos, which will each delete after 24 hours. Here’s how it will work. Users record 10-second videos from directly within Bumble. These videos then post to their profile, and can be viewed by anyone who comes across their profile while swiping. You can… Read More

  • Facebook to test showing ads mid-video with publisher revenue split

    Facebook to test showing ads mid-video with publisher revenue split

    Facebook is doing what many publishers had hoped it would one day do, according to Recode: opening up another key revenue stream for video producers. The so-called “mid-roll” ad unit, which inserts an advertiser’s clip in the middle of a video instead of up front or at the end, will enter testing soon according to the report, with revenue resulting from the ad sales split… Read More

  • Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter Crunch Network

    Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter

    With rumors swirling that Twitter may (or should) sell, it’s time to ask: Is that for the best? Will it maximize what Twitter can — and should — become? In short, no. Twitter doesn’t need to sell. Instead of going external for a shot in the arm, the networking brand should work internally — get creative with offerings and tweak current features. Read More

  • Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

    Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

    Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API, forwarded to us by one of these devs. Some examples of experiences… Read More

  • Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Facebook needs to crack down on fake “Live” videos

    Was that space walk or climb of a massive antenna tower really shot on Facebook Live? No. Is the point of Facebook Live to show a virtual clock counting down to the new year? No. Yet these are some of the videos that have crookedly taken advantage of the notifications and extra News Feed visibility of Facebook Live posts. Read More

  • AOL’s Kanvas launches an SDK: now any app can use its photo and video effects

    AOL’s Kanvas launches an SDK: now any app can use its photo and video effects

    The rise of apps like Instagram and Snapchat has put photo effects front and center in the world of picture messaging, giving users not only the ability to send images to each other, but to personalise them with little doodles, lurid colors, bunny ears. Now, an app maker that has built a bunch of these is launching an SDK that will let any app add these kinds of effects to their… Read More

  • Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    It’s not the happiest new year at social publishing platform Medium, apparently. According to a blog post from its CEO Ev Williams, also co-founder of Twitter, the well-funded startup is laying off 50 employees in non-engineering roles and shuttering its offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Williams took the rosiest possible angle on changes happening at Medium, titling his… Read More

  • Zuckerberg could run Facebook while serving in government forever

    Zuckerberg could run Facebook while serving in government forever

    Mark Zuckerberg is not limited to just two years working in the government while still controlling Facebook, as has been widely misreported. A closer examination of SEC documents reveals Zuck only needs to still own enough Facebook stock or have the board’s approval to be allowed to serve in government indefinitely. Combined with Zuckerberg’s announcement yesterday that his… Read More

  • Facebook adds automatic subtitling for Page videos

    Facebook adds automatic subtitling for Page videos

    Facebook pulled the world back into the silent film era with its muted, auto-play videos, but its latest tool could make it easier to repurpose traditional clips. Facebook has launched a free, automatic video captioning tool to all US English Facebook Pages. TechCrunch and some other Pages only recently began seeing the quietly launched option, though Facebook responded to our inquiry saying… Read More

  • Coffee Meets Bagel extends into relationships with DateSpots.co and Mixtape

    Coffee Meets Bagel extends into relationships with DateSpots.co and Mixtape

    Coffee Meets Bagel, the dating app that shows you one match per day, is unveiling a few new tools to help newborn relationships flourish. These new products are web apps, built in collaboration with Yelp and Spotify. The first is called DateSpots.co and it lets people search for the perfect spot for a first date. The CMB team worked closely with Yelp engineers, following the launch of… Read More

  • Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law

    Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law

    An Illinois law is proving a thorn in Facebook’s side as a class action lawsuit, alleging mishandling of biometric information, moves toward trial. The latest developments in the case have the social network objecting against releasing or even admitting the existence of all manner of data, but the plaintiffs aren’t taking “objection” for an answer. Read More

  • NFL games are now live streaming on China’s Sina Weibo network

    NFL games are now live streaming on China’s Sina Weibo network

    The NFL is hoping to expand its presence in China with a new deal that gives social media platform, Sina Weibo – often called China’s Twitter –  the rights to live stream select games on its network, including the Super Bowl. The deal marks the first time a sports league will live stream games on the service, the NFL says. Additionally, Sina will gain the rights to… Read More

  • Twitter introduces 360-degree video live streaming

    Twitter introduces 360-degree video live streaming

    Twitter is taking another step into getting into live video by introducing 360-degree live streams through Periscope. Anyone on Twitter and Periscope can watch 360-degree live video, though currently only select partners can go live in 360 via Periscope, the company announced in a blog post. While it’s only available for a limited number of partners for now, it makes sense that Twitter… Read More

  • Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe

    Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe

    The direction you look could one day control your VR or mobile experience thanks to Facebook and Oculus’ latest buy, The Eye Tribe. Oculus confirms to me that this is an official acquisition. The startup has developed a $99 eye tracking device developer kits for computers, and software that can bring gaze-based interfaces to smartphones and potentially virtual reality headsets. The Eye… Read More

  • No Signal: Egypt blocks the encrypted messaging app as it continues its cyber crackdown Crunch Network

    No Signal: Egypt blocks the encrypted messaging app as it continues its cyber crackdown

    Egypt has intensified its cyber crackdown under president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In recent years authorities have blocked Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program for not allowing it to spy on users, imprisoned citizens for satirical Facebook posts and reportedly used Deep Packet Inspection technology allowing for extensive surveillance of Egyptians’ online activities. Read More

  • Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

    Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

    Snapchat sewed up its first acquisition in Israel this week, according to the outlet Calcalist News. It acquired four-year-old Cimagine, whose augmented reality platform lets consumers instantly visualize products they want to buy in their intended location, paying what Calcalist says was between $30 million and $40 million. According to its LinkedIn page, Cimagine currently works with brands… Read More

  • Now Snapchat has “Filter Games”

    Now Snapchat has “Filter Games”

    Snapchat wants you to play with your face, not just take pictures of it. New Selfie Lens filter games are starting to appear to users, creating an addicting new Snapchat feature that also inspires competition between friends and could become a powerful ad revenue driver. Snapchat confirms this is the launch of a new, native games feature. Back in March, Snapchat tested a limited run of a… Read More

  • Twitter overcharged video advertisers, issues refunds

    Twitter overcharged video advertisers, issues refunds

    Now it’s Twitter copying Facebook… but in the worst way. Following several embarrassing disclosures of inaccurate metrics by Facebook, today Business Insider’s Alex Heath broke news that Twitter overcharged some advertisers. Between November 7th and December 12th, a source tells BI that video ad buyers were overcharged up to 35 percent. Twitter apparently informed these… Read More

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