Facebook is testing a secret photo sharing app in China, report says

August 12, 2017

Image: Schiefelbein/AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought. The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is dangerous for Democracyhere’s why The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the…

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Facebook now has technology for manipulating live videos

August 12, 2017

Fake it.Image: facebook Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos. Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s dumbest feature is coming…

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What do when you’re being harassed on Twitter

August 7, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable If Twitter has one major headache that never seems to go away, it’s trolls. But things might now be starting to look up. The company, once content to do almost nothing to address harassment on its platform, has taken a new approach in recent months with a string of updates meant to crack down on abuse and hate. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service but…

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How a $99 ‘subscription’ will destroy Twitter as we know it

July 30, 2017

Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images You know that guy on Twitter. He (or she) is always firing off what they’re up to (no matter how mundane), commenting on every trending hashtag, and often tossing out flashes of #dailyinsight. This is the Twitter Influencer, and it’s a species as old as Twitter itself. Even if you don’t value what this kind of person has to say, chances are you follow a…

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I hate Facebook’s misleading Sponsored ads

July 29, 2017

These Facebook ads suck.Image: Shutterstock / De Repente Patrick Stewart is just fine. I looked at his Twitter. He’s happy and healthy and staring in a meh Emoji Movie. I did my spot check shortly after seeing disturbing ad on Facebook. It inferred that something had happened to one of the world’s most beloved actors. Perhaps you’ve seen these Facebook ads, the cryptic, often misleading images and text that sit…

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Twitter is (finally) testing a subscription service, but it’s probably too expensive for you

July 29, 2017

Image: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Get ready for a whole new obnoxious class of Twitter users. Twitter is testing a subscription program that will promote accounts and tweets for $99 per month. The program appears to differ from regular ads in that it is an all-in-one offer in which Twitter will boost tweets and accounts, as well as provide a “report card” that tracks how selected accounts are performing. “Instead of…

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Bad ads, coming to a Snapchat near you

July 22, 2017

Image: snapchat screenshot Two minutes. That’s all the time it takes to make a Snapchat ad with the company’s new tool released this week. It used to take months, and for good reason. One of the beauties of advertising on Snapchat, since its debut in early 2015, has been a high bar for quality because the formatmobile, vertical, 10 secondswas so new and the ad itself was so expensive. Now,…

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

Image: AFP/ Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering trends that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter sillines, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up world-class, catwalk rule to dance recitals, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College( YWICC) near Shanghai says it…

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