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Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact on users’ well-being. Hiding Like counts could reduce herd mentality, where people just Like what’s already got tons of Likes. It could reduce the sense of competition on Instagram, since users won’t compare their...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Likes, Tech, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Wong, Instagram Feed, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram redesign


Facebook Quietly Updates Last Month's Security Disclosure To Add That 'Millions' of Instagram Users Are Also Impacted

Last month, Facebook disclosed that hundreds of millions of users on its platform had their account passwords stored in plain text -- in some cases going back to 2012 -- and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees. Today, the company quietly updated that blog post to reveal that Instagram users are also impacted. It said, in the update: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impa...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech


Facebook Stored Millions of Instagram Users' Passwords in Plaintext

Facebook late last month revealed that the social media company mistakenly stored passwords for "hundreds of millions" of Facebook users in plaintext, including "tens of thousands" passwords of its Instagram users as well. Now it appears that the incident is far worse than first reported. Facebook today quietly updated its March press release, adding that the actual number of [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Hacking News, How To Hack Instagram, Facebook Account Security, Swati Khandelwal, Plaintext, Facebook Password Security, Plaintext Password


Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook has confirmed its password-related security incident last month now affects “millions” of Instagram users, not “tens of thousands” as first thought. The social media giant confirmed the new information in its updated blog post, first published on March 21. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the ot...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Liz Bourgeois


Jumbo App Manages Your Various Privacy Settings

According to Fast Company, the average person has 191 accounts to keep track of—a statistic that carries tremendous privacy management expectations and repercussions. iPhone app Jumbo plans to curb this as it becomes a sole interface for everyone’s privacy settings. From deleting old tweets and Instagram posts to clearing Google search history, Jumbo’s capabilities are necessary—and the company’s mission is quite ambitious. Further, all processing happens …
Tags: Google, Apps, Design, Instagram, Privacy, Passwords, Tech, Data, Linkaboutit, Jumbo


How-to video maker Jumprope launches to leapfrog YouTube

Sick of pausing and rewinding YouTube tutorials to replay that tricky part? Jumprope is a new instructional social network offering a powerful how-to video slideshow creation tool. Jumprope helps people make step-by-step guides to cooking, beauty, crafts, parenting and more using voice-overed looping GIFs for each phase. And creators can export their whole lesson for sharing on Instagram, YouTube, or wherever. Jumprope officially launches its iOS app today with plenty of how-tos for making ch...
Tags: Google, Social, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Diy, Pinterest, Instagram, Education, Youtube, Funding


Facebook is discontinuing P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15

Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe. Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing the service — which let individuals send money to each other — in the two countries in the region where it had rolled it out, the UK and France on June 15 of this year. It appears that for now, the service will remain active in the US, where Facebook holds a number of money transmitter licenses. It’s not shutting down payments...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Messenger, Europe, UK, Instagram, France, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Remittance, Western Union, P2p Payments, Messenger in Europe Today


Chilly reception for marijuana tycoon game shows games industry’s backwards stance on drugs

Intense and graphic violence is something we’ve come to simply expect from games, but sexual and other adult themes are still largely taboo — including, as publisher Devolver Digital is learning, drugs. Even if the game in question is a relatively serious tycoon-type look at the current (and legal!) business of selling weed. Devolver is no stranger to controversy; it has published and helped develop dozens of games and many of them have featured the kind of graphic violence that sets off those w...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Opinion, Marijuana, Tech, Wilson, Devolver Digital, Gog, Hotline Miami, Mike Wilson, Weedcraft Inc, Microsoft Sony YouTube


Spy Planes Spot Ancient Archaeological Sites

Using images taken by American U-2 spy planes between 1959 and 1972, researchers and archaeologists have been able to uncover archaeological sites in the Middle East that have since been developed over. Though only the final five years worth of photographs are of a high enough resolution to decipher, pre-urban sprawl imagery presented scenes of 5,000 to 8,000 stone structures with clarity. Read more about the …
Tags: Photography, Design, Planes, Tech, History, Middle East, Archaeology, Linkaboutit, Space Archaeology, Spy Planes


Sunday-Morning Outage Strikes Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp

"We were all free of Facebook's iron grip on the internet for a few hours," writes Gizmodo. An anonymous reader quotes their report. Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced widespread outages on Sunday for the second time in the past month (and the third time this year), with issues reported starting at around 6:30 a.m. ET and extending until around 9:00 a.m. ET. Per Bloomberg, Facebook and Instagram domains ceased to be accessible by users during that time period, wh...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Israel, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Facebook Instagram, Gizmodo An, ET Per Bloomberg Facebook


Juul launches a pilot program that tracks how Juul devices get in the hands of minors

Juul Labs is today launching a pilot for its new Track & Trace program, which is meant to use data to identify exactly how Juul devices wind up in the hands of minors. Juul vaporizers all have a serial number down at the bottom, by the Juul logo. However, it wasn’t until recently that Juul had the capability to track those serial numbers through every step of the process, from manufacture to distribution to retail to sale. With Track & Trace, Juul is calling upon parents, teachers and law enforc...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Instagram, Government, Tech, Fda, Houston, Juul, Scott Gottlieb, Juul Labs, Ashley Gould, James Monsees, Track Trace


How Did This Full-Grown Fly End Up Inside a Sealed $2,000 Camera Lens?

The next time you’re peering deep inside one of your camera lenses and discover a tiny speck of dust, don’t complain. After 15 months in rotation, the folks at Lensrentals had a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens return from a rental with a full-grown (but dead) fly trapped between a pair of lens elements inside. It’s not…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Canon, Lenses, Camera Lens, Lensrentals, Consumer Tech


Instagram bug showed Stories to the wrong people

Today in “Facebook apps are too big to manage”, a glitch caused some users’ Instagram Stories trays to show Stories from people they don’t follow. TechCrunch first received word of the problem from Twitter user InternetRyan who was confused about seeing strangers in his Stories Tray and tagged me in to investigate. The screenshots below show people in his Stories tray who he doesn’t follow, as proven by the active Follow buttons on their profiles. TechCrunch inquired about the issue, and t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Instagram bug, Instagram Privacy


Characteristics of a Church or Organization Leveraging Tech

Being a tech-averse church or organization doesn’t serve you or your mission well. Tech ought to help your goals and mission. It’s supposed to help make your work light and execution effective. Like we’ve intimated in this post, that why it’s important to deal with tech-aversion. This could be a disdain, suspicion or plain disinterest in tech. We have an idea about what a tech-averse church may look like. Let’s highlight some of the characteristics of a church or organization leveraging tech. ...
Tags: Instagram, Strategy, Seo, Tech, It, Jesus, Daniel, PAUL, Organization Leveraging Tech


Instagram now demotes vaguely “inappropriate” content

Instagram is home to plenty of scantily-clad models and edgy memes that may start to get fewer views starting today. Now Instagram says “We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram’s Community Guidelines”. That means if a post is sexually suggestive, but doesn’t depict a sex act or nudity, it could still get demoted. Similarly, if a meme doesn’t constitute hate speech or harassment, but is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent, or hurtful...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Menlo Park, Ruben, Henry Silverman, Tessa Lyons, Facebook Policy, Instagram Policy, Patreon Today Facebook


Prince Harry is partnering with Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV+ series about mental health

Prince Harry is the latest big name attached to Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+, which was formally introduced last month. According to an announcement published to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official Instagram account, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are co-creators and executive producers on an Apple TV+ docuseries focused on mental health. “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driv...
Tags: Apple, TV, Television, Media, Instagram, Tech, Apple TV, Mental Health, Streaming, Cbs, Prince Harry, Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah, Streaming Service, Streaming Tv


New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

Jumbo could be a nightmare for the tech giants, but a savior for the victims of their shady privacy practices. Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Privacy, Funding, Google Search


An Equity deep dive on Patreon

The popular TechCrunch podcast Equity this week launched a new series called Equity Dive, wherein a host interviews the writer of the latest edition of the Extra Crunch EC-1. If you’ve ever wanted to know everything there is to know about Patreon, the platform that connects creators with fans and their wallets, then this is the show for you. TechCrunch Silicon Valley editor Connie Loizos speaks with Eric Peckham who spent hours upon hours meeting with the Patreon team to learn its origin stor...
Tags: Instagram, La, Berlin, Tech, David, Silicon Valley, EC, Patreon, Eric, Facebook YouTube, Connie Loizos, Eric Peckham, TechCrunch Silicon Valley, Eric Eric Peckham, Index CRV


UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Home Office. It follows the government announcement of a policy intent last May, and a string of domestic calls for greater regulation of the Internet as politicians hav...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, House Of Lords


Why Social Media Users Have Trouble Reclaiming Hijacked Accounts

After their Instagram accounts were hijacked, two different users say they contacted Instagram ten times -- and even proved their identity by submitting selfies -- but received no response. And one Silicon Valley newspaper points out that If your account is hijacked at Instagram, Google, Facebook, or Twitter, "there's nobody to call... your options are limited to submitting an automated online form and hoping an actual human being gets back to you." In his book "Zucked: Waking Up to the Faceboo...
Tags: Google, Instagram, California, Tech, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Facebook Twitter, Douglas Edwards, Roger McNamee, Facebook Catastrophe, Instagram Google Facebook, James Plouffe


The future of news is conversation in small groups with trusted voices

Chikai Ohazama Contributor Share on Twitter Chikai Ohazama is the founder and CEO of Muxgram, which offers messaging products like the upcoming Sunday Beagle. He previously co-founded Keyhole (Google Earth/Maps) and held leadership roles at Google for 11 years. When I first came out to California, one of my favorite places to go for sushi was in downtown Mountain View. They had these little boats that would float around the ba...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, India, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Google Docs, Brad Feld, Michelin


Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017. It managed to stop the rot with a flat Q4, but resting on its laurels isn’t going to bring the goo...
Tags: Social, Food, Startups, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Instagram, Australia, France, China, Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, Social Media


Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals

Skype is capitalizing on Apple’s struggles with Group FaceTime to attract attention to its own group calling features. Today, the company announced it’s doubling the number of people who can simultaneously participate in a group audio or video call. It now supports as many as 50 people at once, up from 25, previously. With the expanded support for more participants, Skype tops the abilities of other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and Instagram, and instead competes more di...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Facetime, Video Calls, Messaging Apps, Group Calls, Group Chat


Snapchat will power Stories & ads in other apps

Snapchat’s found an answer to the revenue problem stemming from its halted growth: it will show its ads in other apps with the launch of Snapchat Ad Kit and the Snapchat Audience Network. And rather than watching as other apps spin up their own knock-off versions of its camera and Stories, it will let apps like Tinder and Houseparty host Stories inside their own products that users can share to from the Snapchat camera with Stories Kit. They’ll both be launching later this year, and developers i...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tinder, Australia, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, United States, Evan Spiegel, Fitbit


Snapchat launches Scan, its AR utility platform

Point and shoot? No, point and interact. Snapchat can now help with your homework. The app’s camera is becoming the foundation of an augmented reality developer platform known as “Scan”. Snap today announced partnerships with Photomath to add the ability to solve math problems, and Giphy for detecting objects which then spawn related GIFs on screen. Scan will roll out to all Snapchat users soon, and developers interested in joining the platform can contact Snap. Snapchat Scan spawns Giphy ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, United States, Evan Spiegel, Hamilton, Giphy, Blippar, Lens, Capitol Building, Instagram Stories, Lens Carousel, Landmarkers


Foursnap? Snapchat tries ‘Status’ location check-ins

Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era, so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching TV, asking friends to hit you up and more. And Snapchat will compile these into a private diary of what you’ve been doing, called Passport This fixes the biggest problem with Snap Map a...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, Location Sharing, Foursquare, Luckily Facebook, Snap Inc, Snap Map, Jane Manchun Wong


Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads

Now you can search Facebook for how much Trump has spent on ads in the past year, which Pages’ ads reference immigration, or what a Page’s previous names were. It’s all part of Facebook’s new launching that makes good on its promise to increase transparency after the social network’s ads were used to try to influence the 2016 US presidential elections. Facebook’s Ads Archive previously only included ads related to politics or policy issues, but now shows all active ads about anything as well ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, European Union, Trump, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook’s handling of Alex Jones is a microcosm of its content policy problem

A revealing cluster of emails leaked to Business Insider offers a glimpse at how Facebook decides what content is objectionable in high profile cases. In this instance, a group of executives at Facebook went hands on in determining if an Alex Jones Instagram post violated the platform’s terms of service or not. As Business Insider reports, 20 Facebook and Instagram executives hashed it out over the Jones post, which depicted a mural known as “False Profits” by the artist Mear One. Facebook be...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Tech, Conspiracy Theories, Jones, East London, Jeremy Corbyn, Alex Jones, As Business Insider, Content Moderation, Alex Jones Instagram, Mear One Facebook


Zuckerberg is Sitting on More Data About What People Want To Do Online Than Anyone Else in the World, Former Facebook Chief Security Officer Says

Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos explained how Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is able to consistently make decisions that only make sense with the benefit of hindsight. From a report: "Mark Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world," said Stamos, who was speaking at the Washington Post's technology and policy conference on Wednesday evening. He cited the acquisitions of private messaging WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, and photo-shari...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Washington Post, Tech, Zuckerberg, Stamos, Alex Stamos


Canon takes on Fuji with new instant-print CLIQ cameras

Instant print cameras have been popular for a long, long time, but they’re seeing a renaissance now — led by Fujifilm, whose Instax mini-films and cameras lead the pack. But Canon wants in, and has debuted a pair of new cameras to challenge Fuji’s dominance — but their reliance on digital printing may hold them back. The cameras have confusing, nonsensical names in both the U.S. and Europe: Here, they’re the IVY CLIQ and CLIQ+, while across the pond it’s the Zoemini C and S. Really now, Canon! B...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Europe, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Fujifilm, Canon, Fuji, Zink, Instax Mini, Cliq, Instant Photos



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