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  • Facebook’s new job opening posts poach business from LinkedIn

    Facebook’s new job opening posts poach business from LinkedIn

    LinkedIn has neglected two big opportunities Facebook is now capitalizing on: helping lower-skilled workers and people who aren’t actively looking for a job. Today Facebook is rolling out a slew of new Jobs features we spotted it testing last year. They could hurt LinkedIn’s growth prospects and divert recruiting ad dollars. Business Pages will now be able to post job openings to… Read More

  • 7 reasons why Facebook will autoplay sound despite complaints

    7 reasons why Facebook will autoplay sound despite complaints

    If you’re freaking out about Facebook starting to autoplay videos with sound by default, at least it won’t pause or play on top of music you’re already listening to through apps like Spotify. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch today that sound will not autoplay on Facebook videos if you’re already listening to something on your device. You’ll have to tap the sound… Read More

  • Twitter adds Periscope’s live videos to its Top Trends

    Twitter adds Periscope’s live videos to its Top Trends

    Twitter’s recently launched “Explore” section will now feature live videos sourced from Periscope within its “Top Trends,” the company announced yesterday. The move will further integrate Twitter’s standalone live streaming app into its main platform, leaving even fewer reasons to keep a separate app dedicated to live streaming video around. The… Read More

  • Yelp launches new feature for asking and answering questions about any business

    Yelp launches new feature for asking and answering questions about any business

    Yelp is releasing a new feature with the simple, self-explanatory name Questions and Answers. Well, mostly self-explanatory. This is distinct from Talk, a feature where Yelp users can ask an incredibly broad range of questions (as I write this, the New York page currently includes conversations about the travel time to the airport, when it’s legal to kick out a roommate and The… Read More

  • VCs swipe left on dating apps Crunch Network

    VCs swipe left on dating apps

    VC investment in dating startups declined over the past year, with smaller average rounds and fewer funded companies, according to Crunchbase company profile data. Read More

  • You can now use Signal for encrypted video calls

    You can now use Signal for encrypted video calls

    Open Whisper Systems, creator of encrypted communication platform Signal, released an update today as an open beta to enable encrypted video calling. The app previously offered fully end-to-end encrypted chat and voice calling, but the addition of video will make it even easier to convey information without compromising security. The update also promises to improve the existing, somewhat… Read More

  • Twitter quickly kills a poorly thought out anti-abuse measure

    Twitter quickly kills a poorly thought out anti-abuse measure

    Twitter earlier this month announced a series of changes aimed at silencing abuse on its network, but a recent change to its service – which was quickly reversed following user feedback – indicates the company still doesn’t have a good handle on how to handle online harassment. Via a tweet posted yesterday by the Twitter Safety account, the company announced it would no… Read More

  • Yik Yak is back with a college Slack called Hive

    Yik Yak is back with a college Slack called Hive

    Yik Yak crashed and burned after raising $73.5 million… then laying off most of its employees as users ditched its anonymous message board app. But now Yik Yak appears to be taking another shot at the college demographic with an app for chatting up people with the same classes, major or interest. Last week, an app called Hive appeared in the app stores. It was built by Richard Guy… Read More

  • Facebook is pushing record labels to let you soundtrack your videos

    Facebook is pushing record labels to let you soundtrack your videos

    How can Facebook and Instagram make their amateur videos more interesting than those you see on Twitter or Snapchat? A killer soundtrack. That’s why Facebook is now pressing record labels even harder for a licensing deal. Successful negotiations could allow users to either edit popular music into their creations or record clips with popular music in the background without their… Read More

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