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Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’

Facebook’s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook’s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop, as well. Facebook tells …

Facebook

Twitter CEO promises to crack down on hate, violence and harassment with “more aggressive” rules

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to…Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them. The tweet storm was based in a response to the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, as well as work that Dorsey says Twitter has been working ‘intensely’ on over the past few months. …

Social Media

Facebook buys app that lets teens send each other compliments

Facebook has acquired tbh, an iOS app that’s popular among teens for delivering compliments. The company is allowing tbh to operate as it did before, which is similar to how other Facebook acquisitions, like WhatsApp and Instagram, are run.<p>Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a …

Teens

Facebook ‘3D posts’ let you play with VR objects in News Feed

Facebook wants to let you create virtual objects in its Oculus Medium sculpting platform or Facebook Spaces VR hangouts and then share them with friends who don’t have a VR headset. Today at Oculus Connect 4, Facebook previewed 3D posts, a new type of News Feed post where users can grab, spin and …

Facebook

Snapchat Context Cards Are About to Bring a Lot More Information to Snaps

Snaps will be packed with a lot more background information following Snapchat’s launch of Context Cards Tuesday.<p>The messaging application teamed up …

Advertising Industry

Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

Facebook’s data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks. Now the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland after previously being available in more than 100 mostly developing countries. Messenger Lite packs …

Facebook

Instagram Stories launches cross-posting to Facebook Stories

Facebook Stories might not be a ghost town for long. After testing in Portugal last month, TechCrunch spotted the option to syndicate your Instagram Stories to Facebook Stories appearing to US users. Now Facebook confirms this feature is officially rolling out, and everyone should have it soon if …

Facebook

Tinder taps comedian Whitney Cummings to launch ‘Reactions’

Following in the footsteps of Facebook and iMessage, Tinder has today introduced Reactions, letting Tinder users send each other custom animated responses.<p>These reactions include Hearts, Eye Roll, Round of Applause, Martini Throw, etc. This makes it even easier for Tinder users to casually use the …

Tinder

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 …

Collaboration

Tinder’s new ‘reaction’ feature is a weak attempt to combat its most horrible male users

Swiping left on this one<p>Tinder is rolling out a puzzling new feature to better help users who encounter aggressive, offensive, or annoying users on its platform. With “reactions,” users can send animated responses like applause, an eye-roll, or a thrown drink.<p>In the dating world, online messages …

Relationships

Instagram adds polling stickers to Stories

Instagram is making its Stories a little more interactive with a new polling feature that users can add with a “poll” sticker.<p>Adding polls is similar to any other sticker on Instagram: just drag and drop it onto your image in your story, and you’ll automatically be presented with the option to …

Instagram

In China, Facebook Tests the Waters With a Stealth App

SHANGHAI — Facebook and many of its apps have been blocked in China for years. To change that, Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point of meeting with Chinese politicians, reading stodgy Communist Party propaganda, studying Mandarin and — perhaps more daunting — speaking it in public.<p>Now the social …

China

💚 → 👏 👏 👏

Product questions 🤔<p>After our two weeks of fun, it came time to make some hard calls.<p>What would the new icon be?<br>• How many times could a user recommend …

Mobile

Snapchat’s new Filters can transform the sky above your head

Snapchat’s latest augmented reality feature is another implementation of the tech that applies to the world, rather than the faces found in frame when you take a picture. They’re called ‘Sky Filters,’ and they can automatically detect sky in your images, and repaint them with totally different …

Augmented Reality

Instagram now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users

Instagram’s still growing at a rapid pace, having added 100 million new monthly active users in just a month since it last reported a new figure. It now has 800 million users engaging with the service on at least a monthly basis, the company revealed on Monday at an event in NYC, and it has 500 …

Daily Active Users

Microsoft Teams is replacing Skype for Business to put more pressure on Slack

Microsoft Teams isn’t even a year old, but it’s about to replace Skype for Business. At Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida today, the software giant is revealing that it plans to kill off Skype for Business in favor of Microsoft Teams. Skype for Business took over from Lync, …

Microsoft

Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

Snap wants its ads to open to something interesting rather than a boring mobile website. Today Snap announced 14 new ad Creative Partners that will help build custom games, interactive videos, gyroscope-powered epxeriences, lead generation campaigns, and pre-loaded Instant Apps as destinations for …

Mobile

Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

Snapchat doesn’t technically have a developer platform, but that hasn’t stopped other startups from taking advantage of its new feature for attaching links to your Snaps and Stories. Sarahah was the first, allowing people to ask fellow Snappers for open-ended anonymous feedback. But the problem is …

Snapchat

Send Quick Replies with Viber’s New Desktop Feature!

Whether we like to admit it or not, we spend a big chunk of our day browsing the web, messaging our friends and making phone calls. And while we’ve …

Viber

Designing Responsive Webpages for the iPhone X

Less than 24 hours ago, Apple unveiled the iPhone X. Along with it came a little new bar that sits happily in the bottom bezel that invokes nostalgic …

Slack Gets Slice of SoftBank’s $100 Billion Tech Bounty

Slack Technologies Inc. closed a $250 million funding round led by SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund, giving it more ammunition for expansion in an …

Venture Capital

Google is serving ads in YouTube Red – even though it promises not to

So much for Google’s vows to deliver an ad-free watching experience for its premium YouTube Red service.<p>Peeved users have taken to Reddit to voice their frustration the search engine giant has begun displaying ads in its paid Red subscription service, which promised to deliver original content …

Advertising

Keybase launches fully encrypted Slack-like communications tool — and it’s free

Keybase added to its encrypted tool kit today when it launched Keybase Teams, an open source, Slack-like communications tool with end-to-end encryption. Desktop and mobile versions are available for download now.<p>It may seem like competing with Slack, the enormously popular enterprise communications …

Encryption

Snapchat’s new augmented reality feature brings your cartoon Bitmoji into the real world

Taking a selfie will never be the same.<p>Snapchat’s latest product update is giving the term “selfie” a whole new meaning.<p>The company is combining two of its most creative features: The cartoon avatars people can create for themselves called Bitmoji, and augmented reality technology, which lets users …

Augmented Reality

Facebook ‘Snooze’ button temporarily hides people in your feed

Sick of a friend’s non-stop vacation photos? Bored of hearing about some business Page’s big launch? One of your groups won’t shut up about their upcoming get-together? Now Facebook has a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days.<p>The …

Facebook

Facebook is building a Houseparty clone for live group video chat

Gather ‘round the Bonfire<p>Facebook is building a standalone app that incorporates ideas from Houseparty, the group video chat app that rose from the ashes of Meerkat, <i>The Verge</i> has learned. The app, which has the working name Bonfire, was recently demonstrated for employees. It is being targeted for …

Facebook

WhatsApp rolls out Picture-in-Picture video calling, text status feature for Android, iOS users

WhatsApp rolls out two new feature for both Android and iOS users. One of them is the Picture-in-Picture video calling feature and the second one is …

Facebook may spend $1 billion on original video in 2018

We've been aware of Facebook's video ambitions for awhile now. Last month, it replaced the "Video" button with a "Watch" tab, which was designed to be the landing page for Facebook's push into original TV shows. What we didn't know, though, was just how serious they were about it: <i>The Wall Street</i> …

Facebook

Prepare your feeds: Facebook just introduced a licensing agreement for video and music content

Facebook has made a foray into the music industry, announcing a possible licensing agreement with artists. The deal would see users be able to upload …

A New Facebook Collection Ads Feature Will Help Print Catalogs Translate to Mobile

Facebook Monday unveiled a new creative format for the Collection ad format it debuted in March.<p>Collection is aimed at using video to help retailers …

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