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Twitter’s latest experiment turns favorites into retweets (and it’s annoying lots of people)

Twitter is back in experimental mode, but its latest test is annoying people. A sizable number of users are seeing tweets favorited by others in their timeline, just like retweets. They are also getting notifications when others follow someone new.<p>This was first brought to my attention a couple of …

Facebook Messenger's video calling lands in (almost) every country

Facebook Messenger's video calling feature is now available in more locations -- almost everywhere, according to David Marcus, "with the exception of a few countries." Marcus, the social network's Vice President of Messaging Products, announced the development as a status update. He didn't exactly …

Snapchat valued at more than $15bn in latest fundraising

Chinese e-retail giant Alibaba reportedly makes its second investment in Snapchat this year<p>Snapchat has raised $537m in a new round of equity funding that could climb as high as $650m, valuing the picture messaging app at more than $15bn.<p>Investors in this latest round of fund raising included …

Getting started with Google Photos

Finally, the photos app you've been waiting for.<p>You can have your Android M, your Brillo, your Cardboard and any of the other products announced at Google's I/O developer conference yesterday.<p>I just need Google Photos , a product I've been waiting for to create order out of my sprawling photo …

Facebook Messenger chats its way to 700 million users

CEO Mark Zuckerberg adds that his other messaging application, WhatsApp, has 800 million monthly users.<p>Facebook's instant-messaging empire continues to grow, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed this week.<p>Facebook Messenger, the instant-messaging application that complements the company's social-network …

Facebook made a huge move this week that could lead to its next billion-dollar business

On the surface, that's exciting for people who don't want to join Facebook, but still want a non-SMS-based way to communicate with their friends.<p>Mostly though, it's a huge business opportunity for Facebook itself.<p>Most simply because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the company believes in …

Mark Zuckerberg

Twitter unveils 'Project Lightning' to bring live events to life

The feature will allow users to follow live events through curated streams of tweets, photos and videos<p>Twitter is going live. After years of attempting to compete with market leader Facebook on its own turf, Twitter is poised to embrace the key aspect that differentiates the two social networks …

Facebook's concept for mobile ads uses rich imagery and 360-degree views

At an advertising conference in Cannes, Facebook is showing off what it believes could be the next iteration of mobile advertising.<p>Rather than viewing static images, users would have the option to scroll through various pixel-dense pictures or GIFs. Facebook’s concept apparently makes use of 3D …

Digital Advertising

Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

Instagram has real-time coverage of almost everything happening in the world. Now its unlocking that content with a revamped Explore tab featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content, plus a new Places Search. You’ll be able to see all the photos from Father’s Day or Coachella, scope …