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  • Ex-TechCruncher Billy Gallagher announces book on Snapchat’s origin

    Ex-TechCruncher Billy Gallagher announces book on Snapchat’s origin

    “So much of it is stranger than fiction. It’s a great story, I knew that if I didn’t write the book, someone else would and I’d regret it,” says Billy Gallagher, author of “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story.” The book follows CEO Evan Spiegel from the Stanford dorms where Snap was invented, to rejecting Facebook’s… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new Context Cards use Snaps for spontaneous discovery

    Snapchat’s new Context Cards use Snaps for spontaneous discovery

    Snapchat is introducing a new feature that will transform the experience of using the apps at a fundamental level. They’re called ‘Context Cards,’ and they’re new ways to find out more info about any Snap shared by users, providing access to things like restaurant reviews, reservations, Uber and Lyft ride hailing, contact information and more. This is where Snapchat has… Read More

  • Cortana will now interrupt your Skype chats

    Cortana will now interrupt your Skype chats

    Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has finally arrived in Skype. Announced at last year’s Microsoft Build 2016 event, the assistant’s integration was also previewed when the company released an overhauled, Snapchat-inspired version of its mobile messaging app this summer. But Cortana for Skype wasn’t ready at that time. Now, the feature is live, offering users… Read More

  • Twitter will launch a bookmarking tool in the near future

    Twitter will launch a bookmarking tool in the near future

    Twitter confirmed it’s planning to launch a bookmarking feature to save tweets for later reading. The addition will help users keep a separate list of items they want to refer back to, instead of using the heart (aka “favorite”) button, which can indicate more of a “like” – similar to the “thumbs up” button on Facebook. The feature’s… Read More

  • Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

    Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

    Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post. Read More

  • Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash

    Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash

    “I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos” wrote Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos on Saturday in a reeling tweetstorm. He claims journalists misunderstand the complexity of attacking fake news, deride Facebook for thinking algorithms are neutral when the company knows they… Read More

  • AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

    AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

    The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement. Read More

  • Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share

    Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share

    TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other business apps. But users would surely enjoy if the consumer Messenger app got its… Read More

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