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Snapchat Adds Selfie Filters For Cats

Snapchat adds selfie filters for catsBBC Technology / BBC - 10 months ago
  • Snapchat's augmented-reality selfie filters now work on cats, the photo-sharing app has announced.Previously, its facial-recognition technology could apply the filters to only humans and some breeds of dog.
  • Now, cat owners can use Snapchat's Lenses to decorate their pet with hats, glasses and slices of bread.The announcement came weeks after parent company Snap reported the number of people using Snapchat on a daily basis had dropped.
  • Its number of daily active users dropped by three million to 188 million between April and June.
  • Sony's eye autofocus mode is currently limited to humans but it plans to change that
  • In September, camera-maker Sony announced it was developing autofocus technology that worked on animals, to make sure their eyes appeared in sharp focus.

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Facebook Announces Portal, Its New Video Chatting Hardware

Facebook announces Portal, its new video chatting hardware Matthew Hughes / The Next Web - 11 months ago

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9 Highlights From Snapchat CEO’s 6000-word Leaked Memo On Survival

9 highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6000-word leaked memo on survivalJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 11 months ago
  1. Apologizing For Rushing The Redesign
  2. Chat Is King
  3. Snapchat Must Beat Facebook At Best Friends
  4. Discover Soars As Facebook Watch And IGTV Stumble
  5. But Discover Is A Mess
  6. Aging Up To Earn Money
  7. Finally Prioritizing Developing Markets
  8. Fresh Ideas, Separate Apps
  9. The Freedom Of Profitability

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Years After Evan Spiegel Tried To Buy Secret, Its Co-founder David Byttow Joins Snap As Director Of Engineerig

Years after Evan Spiegel tried to buy Secret, its co-founder David Byttow joins Snap as director of engineerigCatherine Shu / TechCrunch - 11 months ago
  • David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, the defunct anonymous social network that once gained notoriety for serving as the tech industry’s burn book, announced today that he will join Snap.
  • Most recently, Byttow was engineering and product lead at on-demand delivery service Postmates, a position he’d held since May 2017 when it acqui-hired enterprise blogging service Bold, the last startup he launched.
  • Launched in 2014, Secret was among several anonymous apps, including Whisper, Yik Yak, and ASKfm, that gained traction (and concerns about anonymous cyberbullying) at around the same time.
  • It emerged with the publication of “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars,” a book about Snapchat’s beginnings written by former TechCrunch writer Billy Gallagher, that Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel had quietly tried to acqui-hire Secret’s team before the app shut down.

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Snapchat Releases Deeply Integrated Voter Registration Portal

Snapchat releases deeply integrated voter registration portalRachel Kraus / Mashable - 11 months ago
  • Beginning Tuesday, all Snapchat users over the age of 18 will receive a new "Register to vote" link directly in their profile page, that takes them to an in-app TurboVote portal.
  • Snapchat is also releasing a voter registration filter, and it will have a curated Our Story about issues that Snapchat users are passionate about; swiping up on the story will take users to the registration portal.
  • Last election cycle, Snapchat also ran a voter registration campaign.
  • Its placement in the profile section also differentiates it from Facebook and Twitter.

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Google Is Following Instagram And Snapchat With A Big Push Into Stories

Google is following Instagram and Snapchat with a big push into StoriesKurt Wagner / ReCode - 11 months ago
  • Google is pushing deeper into Stories, the photo and video montages that Snapchat created and Facebook popularized after it copied the format into all of its apps.
  • Google, which has allowed some publishers to create Stories since February, is going to start using artificial intelligence to create its own Stories that will appear in Google search and image results.
  • At the start, Google will create these Stories around “notable people—like celebrities and athletes,” according to a company blog post — though eventually they will expand into other categories.
  • “We’re doubling down on Stories in search,” said Cathy Edwards, Google’s head of engineering for image search, at a press event in San Francisco on Monday.

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Snapchat, Amazon Team Up On Visual Product Search

Snapchat, Amazon team up on visual product search CNBC - 11 months ago
  • Snap on Monday announced a new visual search tool for the company's Snapchat app in partnership with Amazon.
  • The visual search will allow Snapchat users to point the app's camera at an item and quickly find it on Amazon and buy it straight from the social-messaging app, the company said in a blog post on Monday.
  • The stock jumped about 3 percent on the news, and is now up up a little less than 1 percent on the day.
  • Snap's stock is down more than 35 percent since the start of 2018.

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Google Displaying AMP Stories In The Google Feed On Android

Google displaying AMP stories in the Google Feed on AndroidAbner Li / 9to5Google - 11 months ago
  • Earlier this year, Google debuted AMP stories to compete with similar formats popularized by Snapchat and also found in Instagram.
  • The AMP story is a “mobile-focused format for delivering news and information as visually rich, tap-through stories.” Portrait images, videos, and infographics are all geared towards tall phone screens and are very consumable.
  • That portrait nature is conveyed in the Google Feed with the story card featuring a tall image that takes up most of the screen.
  • AMP stories appear in the Google Feed to the left of the homescreen and in the Google app.

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Instagram Code Reveals Unreleased Voice And Video Calling

Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video callingJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 1 year ago

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Most People Are Confident They Can Quit Facebook

Most people are confident they can quit FacebookDaniel Van Boom / CNET - 1 year ago
  • The pride cometh before the fall.The majority of social media users in the US, a full 59 percent of them, reckon it wouldn't be hard to give up Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and all other social media platforms.
  • The study also found that 74 percent of US Facebook users hit up the platform daily.

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Instagram Seemingly Nearing Launch Of New Audio & Video Calling Feature

Instagram seemingly nearing launch of new audio & video calling featureChance Miller / 9to5Google - 1 year ago
  • Instagram appears to be preparing to compete with Snapchat’s most popular feature.
  • As you can see in the below screenshot, there are icons for both traditional “calls” as well as “video calls.” TechCrunch speculates that Instagram will implement the calling feature within its Direct messaging system.
  • This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Instagram adding support for audio and video calls.
  • But now that the button icons are in APK, which is publicly available but takes work to decompile and comb through, it’s hard for the company to deny the coming launch.

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All The Social Media Opt-outs You Need To Activate Right Now

All the social media opt-outs you need to activate right nowSasha Lekach / Mashable - 1 year ago
  • But the Vero micro-scandal serves as a useful reminder: It's always a good time to go through your social media app settings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all the rest to check how your data is being used.
  • Looking across top social platforms, like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Google, and, yes, Vero, here are all the check boxes you should probably click (or un-click) to stop your content and data from getting used, abused, and monetized.
  • Facebook knows a lot about you, but you can mitigate at least some of the constant tracking.
  • Within settings, you can get very specific about ad settings and decide how targeted you want ads to be.

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Snapchat Finally Responds To Petition Criticising New Update After More Than A Million Ask For It To Be Reversed

Snapchat finally responds to petition criticising new update after more than a million ask for it to be reversedAndrew Griffin / The Independent - 1 year ago
  • Snapchat has finally responded to a petition asking for it to bring back its old design, after more than a million people signed it.
  • The company said that it recognised people's anger – but that it wouldn't roll back its recent redesign, no matter how angry people are.
  • Snapchat's new app has been continuously and widely criticised since it started rolling out worldwide in the last couple of weeks.
  • That was the argument of the petition, which was titled 'Remove the new Snapchat Update'.

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Why Facebook’s Earliest Efforts To Kill Off Snapchat Completely Backfired

Why Facebook’s earliest efforts to kill off Snapchat completely backfiredKurt Wagner / ReCode - 2 years ago
  • Poke’s failure was a huge turning point for Snapchat.
  • Snapchat is one of Facebook’s greatest threats, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be partly to blame.
  • That’s one interesting theory presented in a new book about Snapchat — “How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story” — that came out this week from former TechCrunch writer Billy Gallagher. He was also a few years behind Snap CEO Evan Spiegel at the same Stanford University fraternity.
  • Rewind to late 2012. Snapchat, which was little more than a year old, was struggling to shake a reputation that it was only popular for sending inappropriate photos. Zuckerberg met with Spiegel and expressed interest in buying Snapchat; but when Spiegel declined, Zuckerberg launched a clone of Snapchat, called Poke.

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Petition To Scrap Snap Update Hits 1 Million Votes

Petition to scrap Snap update hits 1 million votes CNBC - 2 years ago
  • A Snap spokesperson told CNBC that "updates as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope the community will enjoy it once they settle in."
  • Some studies have suggested that the Snapchat redesign is pushing people to Facebook-owned Instagram, which has a rival product called "Stories."
  • In 2017, Snapchat struggled with growing its user base thanks to stiff competition from Instagram.
  • Spiegel said on the recent earnings call that the initial response to the app update had been positive.

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Snapchat Update: How To Use The New, Redesigned Version Of The App

Snapchat update: How to use the new, redesigned version of the appAatif Sulleyman / The Independent - 2 years ago
  • Snapchat is rolling out a major new update, which is leaving some users confused and frustrated.
  • The company has made significant changes to the app, and they don’t appear to have gone down well with a large number of fans, who are calling for them to be reversed.
  • However, that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, as the alterations are designed to help the company make money.
  • Snapchat is aware of the complaints, with a company spokesperson telling The Independent: “Updates as big as this one can take a little getting used to, but we hope the community will enjoy it once they settle in.”

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Facebook Is Losing Younger Users To Snapchat, According To A Study

Facebook is losing younger users to Snapchat, according to a study CNBC - 2 years ago
  • Younger people are abandoning Facebook and flocking to Snapchat at an increasing rate, according to a study released Monday.
  • The research, by New York-based firm eMarketer, said that, in 2018, less than half of Americans aged between 12 and 17 will use Facebook at least once a month.
  • EMarketer said it expects Facebook to lose 2 million users under the age of 25 this year and that Snapchat will pick up 1.9 million users within that age bracket.
  • Snapchat recently updated its app with a redesign aimed at making the service easier to use.

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Snapchat’s Snap Maps Is Live On Map.snapchat.com For Official Stories

Snapchat’s Snap Maps is live on map.snapchat.com for Official StoriesKerry Flynn / Mashable - 2 years ago
  • The app that never sleeps.Image: snapchat/snap mapsBy Kerry Flynn2018-02-12 14:00:53 UTC
  • Just like on Snapchat's mobile version of Snap Maps, users can zoom in and tap section on the map to see Stories.
  • The update is the latest sign that Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is really tearing down his walled garden in an effort to grow Snapchat's audience.

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Snapchat Lenses Take You To Elon Musk’s Space Tesla, ‘Rick And Morty’

Snapchat lenses take you to Elon Musk’s space Tesla, ‘Rick and Morty’Kerry Flynn / Mashable - 2 years ago
  • That lens is just one of the latest products out of SVRF, a tech startup vying to be the best search engine for immersive content like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
  • The popularity comes as millions of Snapchat users are grappling with the app's redesign.
  • But AR experiences like Starman are exciting some Snapchat users and even former ones.
  • "As someone who isn't on Snapchat, I opened up Snapchat for the first time in two years because these portals are so damn cool," Cesar Kuriyama, founder of 1 Second Everyday, told Mashable.

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Wikipedia Wannabe Everipedia Raises $30M To Fund Blockchain Move

Wikipedia wannabe Everipedia raises $30M to fund blockchain moveDuncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • Everipedia Inc., a for-profit Wikipedia competitor, today said it has raised $30 million to move its “next generation encyclopedia” onto a blockchain.
  • The Series A round was led by Galaxy Digital’s EOS.IO Ecosystem Fund and included the Distributed Network Advisors Fund.
  • Founded in 2014, Everipedia has been described as “a more lively Wikipedia for the Snapchat generation.” At its base, Everipedia does share similarities with Wikipedia, since it’s wiki-based and editable by users.
  • The investment by Galaxy Digital is fitting because the fund’s founder, Mike Novogratz, a former Wall Street macro trader who recently raised $250 million to trade cryptocurrencies as well as make principal investments, is also a big advocate of the EOS blockchain platform.