Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

Instagram tests letting users post Stories directly to WhatsApp

Last October, Facebook extended the usage (and flexibility) of Instagram Stories — the Snapchat-like feature that lets you patch together photos and videos into a slide show — by making it easy to directly post a Story to Facebook. Now Facebook is looking at how to bring WhatsApp into the fold. TechCrunch has learned and…
Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure

Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure

Stories about Facebook’s advertising business tend to focus on the big numbers — its billions of users, millions of advertisers or its enormous lead over any competitor that’s not named Google. But Facebook says that one of its success stories in recent years involves a relatively small group of engineers — in fact, originally it…
Instagram will now add ‘Recommended’ posts to your feed

Instagram will now add ‘Recommended’ posts to your feed

Instagram’s feed will now show users recommended posts – a change that earlier this month was spotted while in testing, and has since quietly gone live. The feature, described here in the company’s Help documentation, will suggest posts for you based on those that have been liked by other accounts you follow. The new section,…
Facebook will ditch Disputed Flags on fake news and display links to trustworthy articles instead

Facebook will ditch Disputed Flags on fake news and display links to trustworthy articles...

Facebook announced two changes today that it hopes will make it easier to staunch the spread of fake news. The first change is to the News Feed, where users will no longer see “Disputed Flags,” or red badges displayed under articles flagged by Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers. Instead, they will see Related Articles, or links to…
Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

Government requests for Facebook user data continue to increase worldwide

Facebook continues to see increased requests for user data from governments worldwide, according to its latest transparency report. The social network first introduced the reports, which give raw figures on data requests and data granted, in 2013 to help increase visibility on government behavior. Facebook is limited on what information it can share, but sheer…
The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction

The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction

Ben Schippers Contributor Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp. More posts by this contributor: Tesla, a great family brand As interest rates climb, explore insourcing Mobile programmers have the ability to build software that provides deep layers of penetration to the end user through sophisticated targeted notifications. Consumers with their chosen apps, have hundreds of notifications…
Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

Joanna Glasner Contributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Apple has more cash than any other technology company on the planet. Yet, to date, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past…
The difference between good and bad Facebooking

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

Advertisement “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. It does both, but…
Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity

Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’...

As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared. In the most recent development, it looks like Facebook has quietly removed the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News…
The Gates Foundation is matching $2M in donations on Facebook for #GivingTuesday

The Gates Foundation is matching $2M in donations on Facebook for #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, an global day of giving that always falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year Facebook is again partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to match up to $2M in donations to fundraisers held on Facebook by nonprofits. Additionally, Facebook is waiving its typical 5% fee on donations to…

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