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  • Facebook will soon start ranking faster loading webpages higher in News Feed

    Facebook will soon start ranking faster loading webpages higher in News Feed

    Facebook today announced it will soon be rolling out a change to its News Feed that will increase the distribution of links to faster loading web pages – including those that use its own Instant Article format, it seems. The change will negatively impact Pages whose links load more slowly, the company also notes. The update to News Feed will roll out gradually in the months ahead… Read More

  • Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

    Hustle scores $8M to kill telemarketing with personalized texts

    No one picks up the phone and everyone gets too much email. If you want to contact people for fundraising, a political campaign or marketing, texting is the way to go. But a generic mass text is more like spam than a convincing conversation. Hustle lets you personalize every message and turn it into persuasive one-on-one dialogue. Read More

  • Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

    Instagram Stories turns 1 as daily use surpasses Snapchat

    Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world’s largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch. Half of the businesses on Instagram produced a story in the last month, and it’s boosted the app’s average usage to 32 minutes per day for those under 25, and 24 minutes per day for those 25 and up. If… Read More

  • Snap hits record low after getting rejected from the S&P 500

    Snap hits record low after getting rejected from the S&P 500

    Snap shares fell 4 percent and closed at a record low on Tuesday at $13.10, but it wasn’t just because of the dreaded lockup expiration, which allowed some insiders to finally sell shares. Snap faced another devastating blow when it was revealed that the company won’t make it into the S&P 500, a popular stock market index. Read More

  • Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

    Facebook said to be working on dedicated video chat device

    Facebook is reportedly working on dedicated video chat hardware, per a new report by Bloomberg. The device is said to be the inaugural major product from Facebook’s hardware-focused Building 8 product development lab, and will include a notebook-sized display. It’s intended to make video chat participants separated geographically feel like they’re together in the same space… Read More

  • VSCO launches its first video editing tool

    VSCO launches its first video editing tool

    VSCO is a brand well-known among photographers who take advantage of its presets for desktop and its mobile app featuring film-inspired filters and pro image tools. Now the company is moving into video editing, with the launch of its first video editing tool on iOS. The tool will allow users to apply presets and tools to any size video from their smartphone camera, then share the… Read More

  • Snap down just 1% after first wave of lockup expirations

    Snap down just 1% after first wave of lockup expirations

    Snap, the Snapchat parent, closed the day down just 1 percent Monday after the first phase of the dreaded lockup expiration, which meant that some insiders are now eligible to sell shares. The anticipation of a big sell-off had been putting downward pressure on the stock for weeks, but it appears that enough of that fear was already built into the stock price to withstand Day One. Read More

  • Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

    Snap Inc has joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. Facebook, Google and YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter formed the GIFCT last month, and tomorrow it will host its first workshop with fellow tech companies plus government and non-governmental organizations. Read More

  • Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

    Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

    SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud. Now some new startups are nipping at SoundCloud’s heels by focusing on podcasting in ways the music streaming service never did. Anchor is a… Read More

  • With 200M daily users, Giphy will soon test sponsored GIFs

    With 200M daily users, Giphy will soon test sponsored GIFs

    And it’s about time. Giphy, the four-year-old search engine for GIFs, is going to finally start testing monetization. According to a source close to the company, Giphy will begin testing sponsored GIFs within messaging experiences. This means that users who search for GIFs may be served a sponsored GIF within the messaging tab. There are some obvious use-cases here: A search for… Read More

  • Snap’s lockup expiration could pose bad news for the stock

    Snap’s lockup expiration could pose bad news for the stock

    After months of watching Snap’s volatile ride on the stock market from the sidelines, some insiders will be allowed to sell their shares Monday. Known as the “lockup period,” employees and early investors of companies are generally restricted from selling their shares during the initial months following an IPO. The duration of this period varies and in Snap’s case, 150… Read More

  • Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook Stories unlocks public sharing

    Facebook could jumpstart its Snapchat clone by letting social media stars and public figures post Stories publicly. When Facebook Stories launched globally in March, you could only share to all your friends or a subset of them. Now if you allow public followers, you can post your Story publicly so anyone can watch. Read More

  • Authory wants to help journalists raise their voices

    Authory wants to help journalists raise their voices

    Journalists wanting a neat way to back up and showcase their writing should take a look at Authory: a new service that promises to save your work from tumbling into a digital abyss — i.e. being buried 10,000 leagues down, folded under the ceaseless deluge of new data, where few eyeballs stray. Read More

  • Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

    Anonymous app Whisper lays off 20% of staff to survive

    Startups are dying all over the place as last year’s investment cool-off leads many to run out of cash. But Whisper refuses to race into the graveyard like fellow anonymous social apps Secret and Yik Yak. Read More

  • Twitter tests a $99 monthly automatic Tweet promotion service

    Twitter tests a $99 monthly automatic Tweet promotion service

    Twitter might have found an interesting halfway point between charging subscriptions and its traditional advertising revenue model – automatic promoted tweets for a flat $99 monthly fee, which could appeal to power users and brands alike. The service, spotted by Matt Navarra when Twitter emailed him as a past Twitter Ads user, “automatically amplifies your tweets and profile”… Read More

  • AltspaceVR social app is shutting down

    AltspaceVR social app is shutting down

    Social VR app AltspaceVR is shutting down its main service after running out of cash, saying it “can’t afford to keep the virtual lights on anymore.” The app was one of the first VR social experiences to gain traction and was available across a variety of platforms. Read More

  • Facebook’s Instant Articles restore subscription options they previously stripped

    Facebook’s Instant Articles restore subscription options they previously stripped

    Facebook has announced that news sites which rely on paid subscriptions, limiting readers to a certain number of articles per week, will now be able to do so through Instant Articles. The company has spent the last two years promoting these Facebook-hosted versions of articles, which unfortunately lacked this rather critical ability. Google’s AMP and Apple News have supported it for a while. Read More

  • Patook wants to be Tinder for platonic friendships

    Patook wants to be Tinder for platonic friendships

    Technology isn’t necessarily the best solution for forging new real life connections, whatever the collective marketing spiel of the web’s social giants likes to claim. But Patook is having a crack at the tricky feat of remotely sparking friendships, without inviting in the creeps… Read More

  • Twitter is having a very bad day

    Twitter is having a very bad day

    Twitter reported its second-quarter earnings today, and it did not go over well. As a result, the stock is down more than 12% in trading today — which is a very Twitter thing to happen, so to speak. Here’s the chart, which could pretty much be summed up with a 😐: Today also wiped out most of the gains that it accrued year to date. Twitter’s last report was a rare… Read More

  • WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

    Facebook is winning the race to bring Snapchat’s Stories format to the rest of the world before its originator. WhatsApp Status, its version of Snapchat Stories, now has 250 million daily active users. That’s despite it being relegated to a secondary dedicated tab in the app, opposed to being front and center on the home screen like Instagram Stories which also now has over 250… Read More

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