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Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable

February 20, 2018 No Comments

 Tech companies are scrambling to catch up to the fact that kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do — by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized recommendations and viewing ads. But the tech underpinning apps and sites built for kids can’t operate the same way it does for adults. Enter SuperAwesome. Read More
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Under Russian pressure to remove content, Instagram complies but YouTube holds off

February 16, 2018 No Comments

 Instagram has taken down content posted by Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny under pressure from a government agency, while YouTube has yet to do so. Navalny and others have criticized Instagram for complying to what they call a politically motivated move to silence him. Read More
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Facebook’s child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android

February 14, 2018 No Comments

 Facebook’s controversial app Messenger Kids, which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. with its launch on Google Play. The app will also now include a variety of new features for Valentine’s Day, like themed makes, stickers and frames, so kids can send special Valentine messages to their friends and family. Android is the… Read More
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Facebook is creating a news section in Watch to feature breaking news

February 13, 2018 No Comments

 Facebook is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories. The move, which Campbell Brown, the company’s year-old head of news partnerships, announced onstage at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, is part of a broader evolution of Facebook’s news strategy. Read More
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Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

February 8, 2018 No Comments

 Want to let friends know you’re trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink? That’s the idea behind a powerful new feature Facebook Messenger is testing called Your Emoji. Akin to offline meetup app Down to Lunch, it lets you overlay a chosen emoji on your Messenger profile pic for 24 hours as a way to spur conversation and hang outs, or just let people know what… Read More
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Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

February 6, 2018 No Comments

 I’ve been struggling with whether or not to download Facebook’s new app aimed at children, Messenger Kids, onto my daughter’s iPad. This weekend, I took the plunge. I sat with her as she typed her first message and sent a selfie. I watched as she discovered GIFs. I wasn’t sure I had done the right thing. No one wants to surrender their kids to online social networks,… Read More
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Digital minister’s app lands on data watchdog’s radar after privacy cock-up

February 3, 2018 No Comments

 The Matt Hancock app, which launched this week and quickly ran into a storm of criticism for displaying an unfortunately lax attitude to privacy, has caught the attention of the UK’s data watchdog. Awkward. Read More
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WhatsApp hits 1.5 billion monthly users. $19B? Not so bad.

February 1, 2018 No Comments

 Facebook’s $ 19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp sounds smarter and smarter. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on the Q4 2017 earnings call today that WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. That’s compared to 1.3 billion monthly users and 1 billion daily active users in July. Read More
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Child health advocates call for Facebook to shutter Messenger Kids app

January 30, 2018 No Comments

 The slings and arrows of outrage keep flying at Facebook. Today a coalition of child health advocates has published an open letter addressing CEO Mark Zuckerberg and calling for the company to shutter Messenger Kids: Aka the Snapchat-ish comms app it launched in the US last December — targeted at the under 13s. Read More
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Social media is giving us trypophobia

January 28, 2018 No Comments

 We aren’t so much seeing through a lens darkly when we log onto Facebook or peer at personalized search results on Google, we’re being individually strapped into a custom-moulded headset that’s continuously screening a bespoke movie — in the dark, in a single-seater theatre, without any windows or doors… Read More
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