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Fabby grabs $2M in seed funding for its app, which can put any background behind you

What is it about Belarus that keeps producing image filter startups? MSQRD was famously acquired by Facebook last year for instance and it also produce the PRISM imaging app. Now new startup Fabby has managed to pull in a $2m funding round – which will go a long way in Belarus, I can tell you.<p>The …

Startups

62 Percent of Small Business Owners Say Facebook Ads Miss Their Targets, Weebly Reports

Dos your small business have presence on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)?<p>It makes sense. If everyone and their grandmother is there, your small business should …

Small Business

Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim

A security issue has been flagged in the hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp that could allow for messages sent via the encrypted platform to be intercepted and read.<p>The Guardian report, which describes the vulnerability as a “backdoor”, notes that independent security researcher Tobias …

Encryption

Snapchat launches universal search to simplify navigation

Snapchat just made it much easier to navigate the app and find friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app. Launching today for some people on Android and rolling out soon to all iOS and Android users, the search …

Snapchat

Facebook is hiring engineers to basically mind read

Facebook has some interesting job postings right now.<p>The tech giant is recruiting for positions including "brain-computer interface engineer," "haptics engineer," and "neural imaging engineer." Those positions are all part of Building 8, a fairly secretive hardware research group at the company.<p>The …

Facebook

Google's biggest Android problem is also ruining emoji

Want to use that new selfie emoji? How about the facepalm or avocado? If you're on Android, or texting someone who is, there's a good chance those new characters aren't working.<p>That's because Google, like Apple, ties emoji updates to its new software releases: update to the latest version of …

Google

Pinterest starts using deep learning to recommend Related Pins

Pinterest today is announcing that it’s now using a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning to recommend Related Pins, one of the most important features of its app for saving images and other content to boards. Related Pins, which appear below pins on Pinterest’s web and mobile apps, …

Computer Science

Google Classroom is hoping the new year will be the best one yet for teachers and students

Your grade school teachers may have told you to put away your smartphones and stow your laptops in class, but in 2017? In 2017, the classroom is …

e-Learning

Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphones inspired a new wave of language learning apps like Duolingo, OKPanda, or Lingua.ly, to name a …

Learning

YouTube launches “Super Chat,” a way for creators to make money from their live streams

YouTube announced a new feature today aimed at helping creators make money while connecting with their fans during a live stream: Super Chat. The addition is reminiscent of streaming site Twitch’s Cheering feature, which allow viewers to pay real money in order to have their messages stand out in …

You Tube

3 ways to make people love your chatbot

Virtual assistants and chatbots are here to make our lives easier. Want help finding gifts? Retailers ranging from Nordstrom to DSW and Sephora offer chatbots to find presents for your friends and family through Facebook Messenger. Need advice on making a dessert that’s gluten free? Whole Foods’ …

Chatbots

This is, without a doubt, the coolest Sketch technique you’ll see all day.

Warning: More GIFs than the peanut butter aisle.<p>Yes, I pronounce it “Jiff”. Go away.<p>When Sketch launched resizing rules in Sketch 39, it was such a …

Digital Design

Facebook previews journalism features like digests and subscription trials

Between fake news and publishers struggling to keep a loyal connection to their readers, Facebook’s relationship with the journalism business is a bit strained right now. So today Facebook is revealing its roadmap of upcoming news features that it calls “The Facebook Journalism Project” to make its …

Facebook

WhatsApp is finally getting GIF search

WhatsApp is addressing the needs of its users one feature at a time.<p>The Facebook-owned messenger has added the ability to search for GIF files right into the app. Users can now look up the animation files and quickly send them to their friends.<p>WhatsApp has also upped the media sharing limit from 10 …

Google

Meet the man making Snapchat videos more popular than TV

As part of WIRED's tastemakers series, meet Snapchat's director of partnerships, Ben Schwerin<p>When it comes to live entertainment, there may be no substitute for being there - but Snapchat's director of partnerships Ben Schwerin wants to make sure his company can provide the next best thing before …

Snapchat

The Best Product Design Teams on Medium

Teams to follow, and the people who write their stories<p>I love poking around on Medium and finding other design teams that are collectively using the …

How Snapchat will change the music industry in 2017

It started with a Twitter video, announcing: <i>New music coming Friday</i>. Then, an Instagram video—revealing a beat, and some lyrics.<p>But when globally famous pop star Ed Sheeran wanted his fans to experience the first true listen of his new music, he turned to Snapchat. With an augmented reality lens, …

Snapchat

WhatsApp, Facebook and Google face tough new privacy rules under EC proposal

European ePrivacy directive revision looks to protect communication confidentiality, block nonconsensual tracking and lessen cookie warnings<p>Messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail will face tough new rules on the tracking of users under a revision to the ePrivacy Directive …

Internet

Open color

Google Voice is getting an upgrade

Google’s somewhat aging VoIP calling service, Google Voice, is preparing to roll out a significant update, the company has confirmed. Several Google Voice users this week reported seeing an upgrade link touting “the new Google Voice” on the web version of the service, along with a link that would …

Google

Snap crosses the pond and makes a home in the UK

In a different kind of British invasion, Snap (the company that launched 1,000 ephemeral selfies) has planted its disappearing flag in the UK for its international home-away-from-home as it preps for an initial public offering in the U.S.<p>“I am happy to confirm that the UK is the Snap Inc. Family’s …

United Kingdom

China’s Tencent takes on the App Store with launch of ‘mini programs’ for WeChat

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, a device that practically invented the smartphone genre in itself, but, over in China, a modern bellwether of the mobile industry rolled out its own vision of the future.<p>Tencent, the $240 billion Chinese internet giant, introduced its take on mobile …

Apps

Bot Check-In: A Year of Disappointment

In January, I wrote about how 2016 had been declared the year of bots by many. At year’s end, the bots narrative has been very loud but mostly …

Startups

Where Weird Facebook is King: How a College Kid Does Social

The former viral “actual teen” updates his views on Facebook, Snapchat, and the rest.<p>On <b>January 2, 2015,</b> I wrote a viral post entitled “A Teenager’s …

Facebook

Etsy’s Evolving Icon System

How we systematized and customized our ever-present icons<p>When an interface is made entirely of text, the amount of time and effort it takes to read …

Graphics

Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to …

APIs

Vine will shut down for good this month

Twitter broke a lot of hearts last October when it announced that it was closing down Vine, the popular platform for sharing six-second videos.<p>The company recently noted that it would still support the creation of these clips with a new Vine Camera app. An FAQ page on Vine’s site confirms that the …

Slack invests in 11 bot startups to seed its platform

Slack announced today that it has invested in nearly a dozen new bot startups to bolster its Slack App Directory.<p>The team collaboration chat app has invested in 25 startups thus far with money from the Slack Fund, an $80 million investment fund backed by venture capital firms like Index Ventures …

Startups

Messaging app Telegram adds unsend feature

Disappearing messages don’t impress security professionals, given how flimsy a privacy protection they offer, but despite an inherently fickle form the feature keeps recurring on comms platforms.<p>The latest to add what it calls an “unsend” feature is mobile messaging platform Telegram — which is now …

Messaging

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