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Twitter begins emailing the 677,775 Americans who took Russian election bait | Ars Technica

Also raises official count of Russia-linked accounts, talks detection tools.<p>On Friday, Twitter took an end-of-the-week opportunity to dump some …

Social Media

WhatsApp launches a separate app for small businesses

Only on Android for now<p>WhatsApp has launched a separate app designed for use by small businesses to more easily connect with customers. WhatsApp Business adds key features like dedicated business profiles for details like email address, business description, store addresses, and website; smart …

Apps

Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals. The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount …

Apps

Snap's leaked memo threatens employees with jail time for leaking information

Snap Inc. really can't catch a break. After news broke earlier this week that it was laying off two dozen of its employees, a leaked memo has …

Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to The Information and Cheddar which first reported the news.<p>Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. More than …

Snap Inc.

Instagram tests new 'Type' feature for Stories and screenshot alerts

Instagram’s Stories are one of the most popular ways to share content on social media, but sometimes images and videos just aren’t as effective as plain old text. At least, that’s what the company seems to think; it’s testing a new feature – simply called ‘Type’ – that allows you to post a written …

Instagram

Slack tests private shared channels for companies to share secrets

Slack today announced several new features coming to its new shared channels, including the ability to make them private.<p>Shared channels, currently in beta, are channels which can exist on two different Slack workspaces, enabling different organizations to work together. The new update adds private …

Collaboration

Instagram now tells everyone when you’re active, here’s how to hide it

Another day, another feature nobody asked for. Facebook subsidiary Instagram has now enabled activity status in direct messages: this means that practically all of your friends will now be able to see when the last time you were actively using the app was.<p>The feature rolled out as part of the …

Instagram

WhatsApp Business finally rolls out for Android — and it’s totally free (for now)

After years of waiting and limited trials, businesses finally have their own WhatsApp solution. The company today launched the simply-named WhatsApp Business, available on Android devices as a free download.<p>The app provides some of the basic functionality you’d want from a business app. You can …

Apps

Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly …

Facebook

Skype finally gets end-to-end encryption, thanks to Signal

Microsoft has partnered with Signal, the secure messaging app that counts whistleblower Edward Snowden among its fans, to add end-to-encryption to Skype.<p>That means that all your chat, files and audio messages will be securely transmitted through the service, and they’ll only be readable to you and …

Encryption

Snapchat’s big redesign bashed in 83% of user reviews

Confusingly jamming Stories in between private messages has sparked backlash amongst the first users of Snapchat’s sweeping redesign. In the few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada where the redesign is widely available, 83 percent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the update are …

Enjoy

Duo calls can now be made with some users that don't have it installed, Allo chats also improved

Google recently began rolling out a slightly updated look to the contact list on the Duo video calling app. Alongside this fun rearrangement of …

Google

Hike Messenger launches Hike ID; now chat without sharing phone number

In a bid to offer more privacy controls to its users, homegrown Hike Messenger has announced the launch of Hike ID. The unique Hike ID will remove …

iOS

Google exec confirms 'group calling' and other updates are coming to Google Duo

Duo, Google’s video calling app, might be getting new features through an upcoming update.<p>Yes<p>— Justin Uberti (@juberti) January 9, 2018<p>Justin Uberti, …

Google

News Feed FYI: Bringing People Closer Together

<i>By Adam Mosseri, Head of News Feed</i><p>Facebook was built to bring people closer together and build relationships. One of the ways we do this is by …

Facebook

Google launches a new directory to help you discover Assistant action

Google says that you can now perform more than a million actions with the Google Assistant. Those range from looking up photos with Google Photos to starting a meditation session from Headspace. But one problem with voice assistants is that it’s very hard to discover what actions you can actually …

Google

Facebook brings Messenger Kids to Fire tablets

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s new app designed to allow those under the age of 13 to more safely communicate thanks to parental controls, is today launching on Fire tablets. The service had originally debuted on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in early December, but today’s launch will also see it arrive …

Social Media

YouTube’s in-app messaging and Community tab will make their way to YouTube TV, YouTube Music

YouTube is aiming to bring its set of social features, including the in-app messaging system and “Community” tab for creators, to its wider suite of apps. Specifically, the company is interested in porting those features to its YouTube TV app aimed at cord cutters, as well as its Music app.<p>The …

YouTube

Luxury Brands Swarm Into WeChat’s Brand Zone

WeChat has made a fundamental change to the way it works.<p>China’s most popular social media app has always limited its posts’ visibility to the …

Louis Vuitton

Chat app Line is reportedly considering its own cryptocurrency

Tickets please, the next crypto train is about to depart. Japan-based messaging app Line is said to be the latest public company to consider a move into the blockchain and cryptocurrencies, according to a Bloomberg report.<p>Unlike some of the more obscure and head-scratching moves, which include …

Bitcoin

Amit Fulay, head of Allo and Duo for Google departs for Facebook

After spending the last 7.5 years at Google, Amit Fulay, most recently Head of Product for Google Allo and Google Duo, has left the search giant for Facebook…<p>This morning, Fulay announced on his Twitter that he’s departing the Mountain View company effective immediately. In his bio on the social …

Google

Twitter and Snapchat team with Fox to show World Cup highlights

The social networks will show every goal scored, game recaps and stream live programming of this year's biggest sporting event from Russia.<p>As competition between social networks to show sports intensifies, Twitter and Snapchat are the big winners when it comes to the World Cup.<p>The two social …

FIFA

This Is the Data Snapchat Doesn’t Want You to See

Snapchat keeps its partners, investors—and even employees—in the dark about how core features are performing. Now, some of those figures are finally …

Snapchat

Facebook is shuttering M, its personal assistant aided by AI and humans

Facebook is killing a buzzy version of its personal assistant “M,” which was powered by artificial intelligence and real-life humans. The service, which helped people set up appointments and buy things, was available through a Messenger bot—but only to about 2,000 in California people throughout …

Artificial Intelligence

Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond. According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain …

Bitcoin

Snap Needs to Adopt This Ad Format

Snap might force its users to sit through ads in Snapchat.<p><b>Snap</b> (NYSE:SNAP) has an advertising problem.<p>That much should be evident by its repeatedly …

Advertising

WhatsApp users sent a record-breaking 75 billion messages on New Years Eve

Popular chat app WhatsApp achieved a new milestone this past New Years Eve.On Sunday, WhatsApp users sent more than 75 billion messages. That …

Apps

WhatsApp and Instagram could be getting a new 'killer feature' in 2018

<b>Instagram is trialling a new sharing feature that will let you export your Stories to WhatsApp in Brazil, with a worldwide expansion rumoured to take</b> …

Instagram