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Facebook wants to be your next destination for streaming TV shows

After reluctantly admitting that it is indeed a media company last December, Facebook is starting to get into the business of producing content including original TV-quality shows and unscripted video shorts.<p>The social network is said to be betting big on fresh shows targeted at audiences aged …

Netflix

WhatsApp will soon let you share any type of file

Facebook-owned WhatsApp isn't really known for quickly adding new features, unlike Facebook-owned Instagram or even Facebook Messenger. But WhatsApp …

Quotabit - A Habit Tracking App Concept

Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode’ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr this week introduced a “safe mode” for its service, which combines the company’s previously available “safe search” functionality with a new filter that would hide “sensitive” content from the site’s main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding …

LGBTQ

YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and …

Apps

Instagram tests favorites, a major rethinking of private sharing

Reinventing the friends list<p>Instagram has begun testing a way to share posts with a more limited group of friends. Called favorites, the feature attempts to improve on earlier social network friend lists, encouraging users to post more often by giving them more control over their audience. If it …

Four Square

Best Practices for Qualitative User Research

<i>No matter how big or small your user research project is, if you are going to do user research, you want to make sure that you are doing it right.</i> …

Usability

Facebook introduces profile picture protections to stop people from misusing images

Feature available in India now<p>Facebook is introducing new protections for profile pictures for users in India, in a bid to stop people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing their images. Users who elect to guard their profile through the new system will ensure that others can’t send, share, …

Facebook

Designing The Perfect Accordion

<b>Design patterns.</b> An almost mythical phrase that often inspires either awe or resentment. As designers, we tend to think of design patterns as generic …

Web Design

Our First Communities Summit and New Tools For Group Admins

<i>By Kang-Xing Jin, VP, Engineering</i>Today we hosted our first-ever Facebook Communities Summit in Chicago with hundreds of group admins where we …

Collaboration

Pinterest’s camera search Lens gets a new look

Pinterest’s camera search tool, Lens, is getting a makeover today with some updated including the ability to zoom in and out and tap to focus, and making it easier to search with Lens from photos they’ve already taken.<p>Lens is very much a move to try to collapse the distance between the experience …

Pinterest

Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running …

Snap Inc.

Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

Snapchat’s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other’s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It’s rolling out today to all iOS and …

Snap Inc.

Spotify now lets you build playlists with friends inside Messenger

Earlier this year, Spotify introduced a new Messenger bot that let users share song clips with friends. Today, the company is expanding on that bot’s functionality to now allow a group of friends to build a playlist together via Messenger – even if not everyone in the group is on Spotify.<p>The …

Apps

Instagram Stories hits 250M daily users, adds Live video replays

Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat and rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, 150 million in January and 100 million in October after launching the Snapchat Stories clone in …

United States

Hike beats WhatsApp to launching messenger app payments in India

India-focused mobile messaging service Hike landed funding from Tencent last year, and today it took a major step to emulating the Chinese firm’s WeChat app with the introduction of mobile payments.<p>The launch of Hike Wallet not only shows an ambition to build a messaging platform, it also means …

Banking

Time Warner just handed Snapchat a $100 million lifeline

Shares of Snap snapped back to life on Monday after the announcement of a new deal with Time Warner.<p>Time Warner will make shows such as scripted …

Time Warner

Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring short-form video series to the app. However, unlike the original videos found on Snapchat – an app that’s often the next step up for the tween-age Musical.ly …

Viacom

Adding Delightful Details without Sacrificing UX: Top Tips from Dropbox’s Product Designer

Matt ArmstongA little delight in design can go a long way when it comes to creating websites and apps, but how much is too much? That’s the question …

UX Design

Is Amazon crazy for wanting to buy Slack for $9 billion?

One of Bloomberg’s last pieces filed late Wednesday night noted that Amazon wanted to buy group chat service Slack, and valued the business at a whopping $9 billion.<p>I’m trying to make sense of that figure, because that’s a lotta zeroes, and a whole lot more than the $3.8 billion valuation Slack saw …

Startups

Twitter gets some sweet design updates across all its apps

Working off of feedback from users for a year, Twitter has made some welcome design updates to its web and mobile apps, as well as to TweetDeck and Twitter Lite.<p>First off, there are simpler icons for things like replying to tweets (it’s now a chat bubble instead of a backward-facing arrow), and …

Apps

Instagram is testing a new way for celebrities and influencers to identify their sponsored posts

Instagram is creating a standardized format that should make it clearer to everyone when a post has been paid for by an advertiser.<p>These aren’t for ads that businesses buy directly from Instagram, but rather for influencer marketing, where brands pay celebrities and other users with a significant …

Instagram

Facebook rolls out the GIF button for comments to all users

Reply threads on Facebook are about to get a lot more animated. To mark the 30th anniversary of the GIF format, all users will get the new GIF comment button that Facebook began testing three months ago. Facebook also announced that almost 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger over the past year, …

Facebook

Facebook is about to look like a Hallmark store exploded

Those annoying colored posts on Facebook aren't going anywhere. In fact, they're getting an upgrade.<p>Facebook has been quietly adding patterns, textures, illustration, and more to the status cards. Users around the world have been noticing a number of new background options in different colors.<p>The …

Facebook

What we learned evolving an App through 20 (!) Alphas and 10 Betas

This article illustrates how an app’s UI evolves during development, and highlights some subtle but important changes.<p>If you aren’t interesting in …

Facebook’s AI crosses language barrier to assist in Spanish

Any technology that only works in English neglects 75% of the world. That problem is especially severe for Facebook with its global userbase. Yet most languages are being left out by the advances in artificial intelligence centered around natural language processing led by researchers in the U.S. …

Artificial Intelligence

Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners

To beat Facebook and Google’s duopoly, Snapchat needs advertisers to build and buy campaigns with confidence. So today it’s announcing the Snap Publisher tool for building vertical video creative, it’s rolling out its self-serve Ad Manager, and its launching a Snapchat Certified Partners program to …

Advertising

Snap is developing a second version of Spectacles which may include augmented reality

Snap extended the sale of its Spectacles into Europe this month, but already the company is working on a second version of the video-recording glasses which could be quite radical, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.<p>The first set of Spectacles went on sale last year and are priced at …

Augmented Reality

Apple’s new App Store policies target China’s online tipping economy

Apple has a tip for China—all online tips must go through Apple before they go anywhere else.<p>This past week the hardware giant unveiled two new policies that appear directed largely at WeChat, China’s most popular chat app, where peer-to-peer payments, or “tips,” are transferred every day. The …

Apps