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Censorship of WeChat users extends beyond mainland China

(Reuters) – Censorship on China’s top social messaging app WeChat goes beyond the country’s borders, according to a report released on Thursday, with messages containing sensitive terms that are sent from overseas to mainland-linked accounts being blocked.<p>China has stepped up efforts to remove …

China

How Pornhub's designers keep you coming…back

This is the point where you can stop pretending you’ve never heard of Pornhub. It’s the Facebook of the adult world, ubiquitous and all-conquering. Its brands deliver epic Web traffic, claiming 60 million unique users <i>a day</i>.<p><i>Note: From here on, all links in this post should be considered NSFW.</i><p>But …

Social Media

Facebook Opens 'Creative Hub' Ad Testing Platform to All Users

Now, you can test out Facebook's various ad formats before you put money behind them via 'Creative Hub'.

Facebook

A Usability Test on the Starbucks iOS App

<b>Usability Testing</b><p>Using my personas, I went out to find 6 Starbucks drinkers to run through a usability test on the Starbucks app.<p>Each user was given …

Design

Usability Testing Accordion-Style Checkouts: 2 UX Pitfalls that 75% of Sites Neglect

When benchmarking checkout flows for the first time back in 2012, we found that 14% of the top 100 US e-commerce sites used an accordion-style …

Design

Instant Games Now Available on Facebook News Feed and Messenger

<i>Cross posted from the Facebook developer blog</i><p>We are launching Instant Games, a new HTML5 cross-platform gaming experience, on Messenger and Facebook …

Facebook

Does Facebook Generate Over Half of Its Ad Revenue From Fake News?

Fake news has been in the news. But one important question about fake news has not yet been answered: How much revenue would Facebook sacrifice if it purged fake news from its site?<p>Sadly, I can’t provide a reliable figure — but a BuzzFeed News analysis of top fake news traffic before the election …

Facebook

Are Snapchat's Spectacles creepy or cool?

Recode’s Peter Kafka and The Verge’s Lauren Goode and Sean O’Kane discuss on Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>The hottest gadget this fall might be a pair of glasses: Specifically, the $129 Spectacles glasses made by Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat.<p>And Snap is selling the glasses, which feature …

Snapchat

Facebook testing feature that shows you where to find free and public Wi-Fi

Facebook has begun early testing of a feature designed to highlight places where you can access free and public Wi-Fi near you. The social networking company confirmed that its Wi-Fi discovery feature is being rolled out now, though it appears to only be in select countries.<p>“To help people stay …

Facebook

Gay dating app Hornet raises $8 million, its first institutional funding

Hornet, a dating app that touts itself as “the world’s second largest gay social network,” announced that it has raised $8 million in its first round of institutional financing. The Series A round was led by Shanghai-based VC firm Ventech China, and adds to the $500,000 angel round Hornet raised …

LGBT

Inside a Design Critique with Facebook

At Facebook, our mission to make the world more open and connected means being open ourselves, sharing not only the work we do but also how we do it. …

Facebook

Simplifying Facebook Search

Facebook Search was originally designed to let people easily navigate to profiles, businesses, groups, and events. Over the past few years it has …

Facebook

A critical analysis of the iOS 10 lockscreen experience

The iOS 10 lockscreen has little round-cornered cells which represent your most recent un-attended notifications on the lockscreen.<p>Swipe right on a …

Instagram launches disappearing Live video and messages

Instagram is combining the best of Snapchat and Periscope to help you get comfortable on camera. Rather than overlap with Facebook Live and Messenger, Instagram is putting an ephemeral spin on video streaming and private messaging.<p>Today, two big new features begin rolling out to Instagram Stories …

Periscope

How To Align Text In Buttons And Other UI Elements

<i>by</i> <i>Max Snitser</i><i><br>first appeared on</i> <i>my personal blog</i><p>I’ve struggled for some time about the right way of aligning text in buttons and not only this. So I …

Fresh from raising $175M, Indian chat app Hike clones Snapchat

In its first act since raising $175 million from Chinese internet giant Tencent in August, India-based messaging app Hike has become the latest to clone Snapchat.<p>The Tencent deal, which valued Hike at more than $1 billion, may have raised eyebrows, but this week’s update is less surprising. Hike is …

India

Making Your Icons User-Friendly: A Guide to Usability in UI Design

Any icon in your interface should serve a purpose, whether you’re designing a website or an app. Sure, icons are there to save space on the screen. …

Design

Sprinklr acquires Little Bird, a tool for finding experts on anything via Twitter

New York marketing tech firm Sprinklr has acquired Portland-based Little Bird, according to Sprinklr founder and CEO Ragy Thomas.<p>Little Bird was founded in 2011 to help researchers quickly find the top experts and influencers on any given subject via Twitter. It raised from Mark Cuban, Jason …

Social Media

Facebook bows to EU pressure and pauses WhatsApp data sharing

Facebook’s plan to glean more data from WhatsApp users has hit an obstacle in Europe. The social network is “pausing” some data-sharing activities after regulators across the continent called on the companies to clarify WhatsApp’s messaging around permissions and provide more details on how the …

Facebook

LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in …

LinkedIn

Like by smiling? Facebook acquires emotion detection startup FacioMetrics

Facebook could one day build facial gesture controls for its app thanks to the acquisition of a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called FacioMetrics. The startup made an app called IntraFace that could detect seven different emotions in people’s faces, but it’s been removed from the app …

Emotions

Official Reddit app finally adds iPad support in today’s update

It seems amazing that the official Reddit app has taken this long to add iPad support following the iPhone-only launch back in April, but it’s finally happened as the company has launched version 2.0. iPad support is the only new feature, alongside bug fixes for Reddit Live …<p>There are no additional …

Reddit

Recode Daily: Snapchat is speeding toward its IPO

Confidential filing targets the valuation at $20 billion to $25 billion.<p><b>Snapchat maker Snap</b> has privately filed for an IPO that could value the company between $20 billion and $25 billion and hit the market as early as spring. The company is speeding ahead, even before seeing a significant …

Snapchat

Facebook overhauls ad metrics, admits 4 bugs and errors led to misreported numbers

Facebook has been posting big gains on the back of advertising this year, but it looks like not all is well in the world of ad metrics on the social network. Today the social network admitted that it has discovered some bugs and errors in its system that have led to misreporting numbers across four …

Facebook

Google Allo can now guess what emoji you want to use

Google has treated Allo to a rather unexpected update on Android and iOS. The upgrade brings a couple of new features to the recently-launched messaging application, including a refreshed Smart Smiley button and interchangeable background themes for chats.<p>Building on Allo’s prediction algorithm, …

Google

5 UX tips from Facebook's VP of Design

Julie Zhuo, VP of product design for Facebook, has been at the company since 2006. Since joining, she’s helped grow the service from eight million college and high school kids to over one billion people worldwide.<p>How’d she do it? Read on for highlights from her recent AMA interview.<p><b>Do more</b><p>Julie is …

Design

Facebook’s new inbox for businesses manages messages on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger

Facebook is making it easier for businesses to use three of its most popular services by consolidating the messages they receive into a single repository. Between managing their presence across their Facebook Page and their Instagram, and corresponding to customers through Facebook Messenger, the …

Facebook

Facebook Messenger now works in Android Auto

On the heels of Google’s announcement that its in-car infotainment platform Android Auto can now function as a standalone mobile app, Facebook today announced that it’s now rolling out Android Auto integration on Messenger. That means Android Auto users will be able to listen to and reply to texts …

Facebook

Mobile Design Best Practices

Apps are now a mainstream, trusted way to deliver content and services. But in a crowded market, how does a mobile app become useful, relevant, and …

Design

Pinterest launches an ‘Explore’ section for trending topics and ideas

Pinterest today is launching a new section of the app that is geared around surfacing trending and top ideas that’ll get additional new content in front of users.<p>Called “Explore,” it’s a new section of Pinterest that pits its recommendation algorithms against trending content across Pinterest from …

Trends