Alt-social network Gab booted from Google Play Store for hate speech

August 18, 2017 No Comments

 Gab, the conservative social network that has acted as a haven for people banned from the usual platforms, has been removed from the Google Play Store for violating the company’s hate speech policy, the company announced on Twitter. Apple removed it from the App Store in June for similar reasons. Read More
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What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech

August 16, 2017 No Comments

 For all the talk about the internet as a great uniter across geographical and ideological divides, it’s just as often used as a tool to deepen divides, as many users are content to stay within their ideological echo chambers. There’s no easy fix, but when hateful rhetoric begins to manifest itself as real-world violence, a failure to take a stand moves beyond theoretical. Read More
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Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

August 13, 2017 No Comments

 Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its IPO at $ 17 and then reaching highs of $ 27, the company has fallen to less than half that. After losing 14 percent of its value in a single day’s trading, Snap closed Friday at $ 11.83. Read More
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This app quickly mutes 100 crowdsourced topics from your Twitter timeline

August 9, 2017 No Comments

 If you’re sick of politics, sport and general world news then you’re probably best off avoiding social media altogether. But if you want to have your cake and eat it, there is another option to prevent unwanted items filling up your precious timeline on Twitter. Try Mute, a way to quickly mute 100 words from Twitter as chosen by the wisdom of people on the internet —… Read More
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Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social

August 6, 2017 No Comments

 Stories taught us the joy of dictating the pace of content consumption. We fast-forward in 10-second increments, with a quick trigger finger let loose the moment we get bored. That’s why soon, endless paragraphs of text and time-consuming videos might not be the only ways to get the news. Read More
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Half of businesses on Instagram use Stories as it turns 1

August 2, 2017 No Comments

 Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world’s largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch. Half of the businesses on Instagram produced a story in the last month, and its boosted the app’s average usage to 32 minutes per day for those under 25, and 24 minutes per day for those 25 and up. If… Read More
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With 200M daily users, Giphy will soon test sponsored GIFs

July 31, 2017 No Comments

 And it’s about time.
Giphy, the four-year-old search engine for GIFs, is going to finally start testing monetization.
According to a source close to the company, Giphy will begin testing sponsored GIFs within messaging experiences. This means that users who search for GIFs may be served a sponsored GIF within the messaging tab.
There are some obvious use-cases here: A search for… Read More
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Sick of SoundCloud? Anchor offers podcast transfer with free hosting

July 31, 2017 No Comments

 SoundCloud is on shaky financial footing, saying it only has enough money to last a few more months unless someone buys or invests in it. That’s sure to cause anxiety in content creators with their life’s work stored on SoundCloud. Now some new startups are nipping at SoundCloud’s heels by focusing on podcasting in ways the music streaming service never did.
Anchor is a… Read More
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Authory wants to help journalists raise their voices

July 30, 2017 No Comments

 Journalists wanting a neat way to back up and showcase their writing should take a look at Authory: a new service that promises to save your work from tumbling into a digital abyss — i.e. being buried 10,000 leagues down, folded under the ceaseless deluge of new data, where few eyeballs stray. Read More
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