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Instagram officially tests hiding Like counts

Posted on: June 5, 2019, in Blog

Would we feel less envious, shameful and competitive if Instagram didn’t tell us how many Likes a post received? That’s the idea behind Instagram now hiding Like counts from both a post’s viewers as part of an experiment in Canada. A post’s creator can still open the Likers window to see the names of everyone […]

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Docker developers can now build Arm containers on their desktops

Posted on: June 4, 2019, in Blog

Docker and Arm today announced a major new partnership that will see the two companies collaborate in bringing improved support for the Arm platform to Docker’s tools. The main idea here is to make it easy for Docker developers to build their applications for the Arm platform right from their x86 desktops and then deploy […]

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Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups

Posted on: June 4, 2019, in Blog

Jude Gomila, who previously sold his mobile advertising company Heyzap to RNTS Media, is taking on a new challenge — building a “knowledge base” that can fill in Wikipedia’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to emerging technologies and startups. While Gomila is officially launching Golden today, it’s already full of content about things like […]

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Developers can now verify mobile app users over WhatsApp instead of SMS

Posted on: June 3, 2019, in Blog

Facebook today released a new SDK that allows mobile app developers to integrate WhatsApp verification into Account Kit for iOS and Android. This will allow developers to build apps where users can opt to receive their verification codes through the WhatsApp app installed on their phone instead of through SMS. Today, many apps give users […]

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Facebook takes its Portal international, adds WhatsApp, Facebook Live support

Posted on: June 3, 2019, in Blog

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced that it is launching its Portal video chat hardware internationally by bringing it to Canada and a select number of European countries, too. This rollout will begin in June in Canada, with Europe following this fall. In the U.S., Portal sells for $199 and $349, depending on […]

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Prisma Labs raises $6M for its AI-powered approach to visual editing

Posted on: June 2, 2019, in Blog

Remember Prisma? The Moscow-based team behind the app that sparked a style transfer craze in 2016 has raised a $6 million Series A, led by early stage artificial intelligence focused VC firm, Haxus. While one of Prisma’s original co-founders left the company in the middle of last year, taking some team members with him, to […]

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ManyChat raises $18M to help businesses tap into messaging

Posted on: June 2, 2019, in Blog

Mobile marketing company ManyChat has raised $18 million in Series A funding. The startup, co-founded by CEO Mikael Yang, is currently focused on Facebook Messenger. It offers tools for creating a bot on Messenger while also supporting live human chatting (ManyChat says its approach is a “smart blend of automation and personal outreach”), and additional […]

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YouTube sets a goal of having half of trending videos coming from its own site

Posted on: June 1, 2019, in Blog

YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company’s own site going forward, according to the latest quarterly letter from chief executive Susan Wojcicki. The letter, directed to YouTube’s users, is meant to help ease concerns the site’s biggest stars have over copyright challenges, […]

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Why women are indefinitely sharing their locations

Posted on: June 1, 2019, in Blog

Rae Witte confessed to killing seven women, all of whom he met on dating apps. His criminal trial has been  Conveniences by way of technological advances are normalizing a culture of being alone with strangers. Ramirez is a freelance journalist and runs her indie publication ILY Magazine mainly from her one-bedroom apartment. “My schedule isn’t […]

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Instagram will now let creators and influencers sell items directly

Posted on: May 31, 2019, in Blog

The monetization hose is on full blast at Instagram now, and today at F8, Facebook unveiled one of the latest developments on that front. The company said that creators will now be able to tag items to sell them directly to people viewing their posts and Stories. For now, this will work only on items […]

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