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Skype rolls back its redesign by ditching stories, squiggles and over-the-top color

Posted on: September 20, 2018, in Blog

Just over a year after Skype introduced a colorful, Snapchat-inspired makeover which included its own version of “stories,” the company says it’s now going to refocus on simplicity – and it’s ditching stories along the way. The redesign had been met with a lot of backlash. Skype had clearly wanted to appeal to a more […]

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Three years later, Lets Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates

Posted on: September 19, 2018, in Blog

Bon anniversaire, Let’s Encrypt! The free-to-use nonprofit was founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is backed by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. Three years ago Friday, it issued its first certificate. Since then, the numbers have exploded. To date, more than 380 million certificates have been issued on 129 million unique […]

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Twitter launches audio-only broadcasting feature on its iOS app and Periscope

Posted on: September 19, 2018, in Blog

Twitter is launching a new feature that allows users to create audio-only broadcasts directly from Twitter itself, as well as Twitter’s Periscope. The feature, which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet this morning, is available from the same interface where you would normally launch live video. It’s currently accessible on the Twitter for […]

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Facebooks new SapFix AI automatically debugs your code

Posted on: September 18, 2018, in Blog

Facebook has quietly built and deployed an artificial intelligence programming tool called SapFix that scans code, automatically identifies bugs, tests different patches and suggests the best ones that engineers can choose to implement. Revealed today at Facebook’s @Scale engineering conference, SapFix is already running on Facebook’s massive code base and the company plans to eventually […]

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Facebooks Rosetta system helps the company understand memes

Posted on: September 17, 2018, in Blog

Memes are the language of the web and Facebook wants to better understand them. Facebook’s AI teams have made substantial advances over the years in both computer vision and natural language recognition. Today, they’ve announced some of their latest work that works to combine advances in the two fields. A new system, codenamed “Rosetta,” helps […]

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Business school grads and quants are winning the battle to create the next P&G

Posted on: September 17, 2018, in Blog

Micah Rosenbloom microbrands. We’re witnessing a Cambrian explosion of new consumer startups. For the last couple of years, building a successful startup has seemed as simple as picking an out of favor category like ketchup and turning the most mundane of condiments into a Creative design helps a brand stand out, but accounting acumen is what keeps […]

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Twitter is considering badging bots as far as we can detect them

Posted on: September 16, 2018, in Blog

At today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked by vice chair Sen. Mark Warner whether users should have “a right to know” if they are talking to a bot or a human on its platform — to help people better navigate the information they are being exposed to. Dorsey agreed that “more […]

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Instagram is testing video tagging

Posted on: September 16, 2018, in Blog

Instagram is testing a way to allow users to tag their friends in their video posts, not just in photos, TechCrunch has learned and the company confirmed. The option works similarly to tagging photos, but instead of pressing the small icon at the bottom left to see the list of tagged names appear over top […]

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Facebook Lite adds additional crisis response tools

Posted on: September 15, 2018, in Blog

Facebook Lite, the social network’s product for people in areas with low connectivity or limited internet, is making Community Help available to people in more than 100 countries. Facebook Lite uses less data, and installs and loads faster than the standard Facebook app. Facebook Lite also works on lower-end devices and slower internet networks. Facebook […]

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Say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail

Posted on: September 15, 2018, in Blog

With the launch of the new Gmail, the writing was on the wall, but today Google made it official: Inbox by Gmail, the company’s experimental email client for Gmail, will shut down at the end of March 2019. Google says it’s making this change to put its focus “solely on Gmail.” While that makes sense, […]

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