Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game

show-tell Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show & Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends, and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More

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SoFi confirms $500 million in new funding as it pushes beyond lending

unicorn-money Online finance startup SoFi got its start refinancing student loans but gradually has been adding other services to members. To expand into new regions and move closer to becoming a full-service financial services company, SoFi has confirmed that it raised an additional $500 million in equity financing led by Silver Lake. Read More

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RCS, Google’s answer to iMessage, expands to 27 more carriers and OEMs

qqhmuifuvts89t45mkhogxxmq60lmcr8aq6l-onm2snzo8c0mhmg5p5kudt9ygrwsgsu_ws2048 While messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat and WeChat rake in ever more users, features and relationships with key brands, and Apple’s iMessage continues to play strong with iPhone users, Google today announced a big step forward in its own strategy to bring a native, enhanced, native messaging service to more Android devices — a play for Google to help carriers… Read More

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Facebook’s new profile photo flags and Zuck’s idea of ‘community’

profile-frames Mark Zuckerberg believes we should be “coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.” That’s why Facebook’s latest feature feels a bit confusing. Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters atop your profile photo. Facebook first launched profile frames for sports teams in… Read More

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Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

facebook-video-money Facebook today announced it’s begun testing ad breaks that interrupt on-demand video with a small set of partners, who will earn a 55% ad revenue share while Facebook keeps 45%. That could change the way creators make video content so they tease viewers enough to sit through the ads, while luring more producers to Facebook. On-demand video publishers will get to select where in their… Read More

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SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media

SocialRank Realtime SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifies most brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. They’re either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if they’re communicating individually, it’s usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint. With the just-launched SocialRank Realtime, Taub and his team are trying to enable something different.… Read More

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Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-12-18-35-pm A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a different way to read stories on your phone: as text message-like chats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, a social publishing platform for authors whose community now includes over 45 million readers worldwide, who visit its site or its flagship mobile app to read its nearly 250 million stories. With Tap, Wattpad is stepping… Read More

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