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Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed

People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app’s screen, Google Maps is introducing its own news feed. Technically, Google calls its new feature the “Community Feed,” as it includes posts from a local area. However, it’s organized as any other news feed would be — a vertically scrollable feed with posts you can “Like” by tapping on a little thumbs up icon. The feed, which is found with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Food, Facebook, Apps, Business, Maps, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Tech, Ios Apps, News Feed, Businesses, Android Apps, Google-Maps, Google News


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There is no better time to power your health, resilience, energy, and immunity than with MitoQ’s biggest sale!     Video featuring Fitness Pro, Tracy Anderson- MitoQ Spokesperson! Click on the window if the video doesn’t show up on your screen. The video IS there. Add any 3 MitoQ supplements to your cart and you’ll […] The post Cyber Monday Deals for Mito-Q! Buy 2; Get 1 Free. first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Featured, Women, Lifestyle, Holiday, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green, Tech, Marketing Strategy, Beauty, Viral, Expert


TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of how TikTok grew from what some considered another “copycat” short video app to global dominance and eventually became a target of the U.S. government. 2012-2017: The emergence of TikTok These years were a period of fast growth for ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company behind TikTok. Originally launched in Chin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Microsoft, Entertainment, Navy, California, Washington, Government, China, America, Tech, Walmart


Fine, This Smartphone Mount That Turns an Apple Watch Into a Viewfinder for Selfies Is Pretty Clever

If you’re snapping a quick selfie for social media, the lower quality camera on the front of your smartphone is usually just fine. But what if you want to use the higher quality lenses and camera on the back to film yourself? It means you can’t see the screen and no longer have a live preview of yourself for framing.…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Ulanzi St 09


Study Finds Users, Not Notifications, Initiate 89% of Smartphone Interactions

According to a new study published in the journal Computers In Human Behavior, smartphone users initiate 89% of the interactions, with only 11% initiated by a notification. "This is at odds with previous academic literature and news reports which commonly claim that smartphone notifications are ruining your life, ruining productivity, and so on," reports PsychNewsDaily. From the report: "The perceived disruptiveness of smartphones is not mainly driven by external notifications," the study's auth...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat


Facebook launches ‘Drives,’ a US-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need

Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called “Drives,” is being made available through Facebook’s existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community. The Community Help hub was first launched in 2017 as a way for Facebook users to centralize their resources in the wake of a crisis, like a man-made...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, US, Social Media, Tech, United States, Fundraising, Philanthropy, Facebook Search, Fundraiser, Instagram Feed, Community Help, COVID, Community Help hub, Community Help hub From


Facebook launches ‘Drives,’ a U.S.-only feature for collecting food, clothing and other necessities for people in need

Facebook today is introducing a new feature that will allow users in the U.S. to collect food, clothing, and other necessities for people in need. The feature, called “Drives,” is being made available through Facebook’s existing Community Help hub, which is the place where Facebook centralizes requests and offers for help within a local community. The Community Help hub was first launched in 2017 as a way for Facebook users to centralize their resources in the wake of a crisis, like a man-mad...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, United States, Fundraising, Facebook Search, Fundraiser, Instagram Feed, Community Help, COVID, Community Help hub, Community Help hub From, Global Event For Social Justice, Playing for Change Foundation the United Nations


Snapchat launches a TikTok-like feed called Spotlight, kick-started by paying creators

After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within its app where users can watch short, entertaining videos in a vertically scrollable, TikTok-like feed. This new feature, called Spotlight, will showcase the community’s creative efforts, including the videos now backed by music, as well as other Snaps users may find interesting. Snapchat says its algorithms will work to surface the most engaging Snaps to display t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, France, Social Media, Tech, Spotlight, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Snap, Vertical Video, AARP, Wall St Journal


This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

Reader shanen shares a report (and offers this commentary): When the open source concept emerged in the '90s, it was conceived as a bold new form of communal labor: digital barn raisings. If you made your code open source, dozens or even hundreds of programmers would chip in to improve it. Many hands would make light work. Everyone would feel ownership. Now, it's true that open source has, overall, been a wild success. Every startup, when creating its own software services or products, relies on...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Nadia Eghbal, Eghbal, Jacob Thornton


Facebook Antitrust Probes Will Target Acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram

A group of state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is on track to file antitrust charges against Facebook in early December, according to a report Thursday from the Washington Post. CNET: The move comes as the US Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly finalizing its antitrust probe into the social media giant. State and federal investigators plan to bring antitrust charges against Facebook over its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the de...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Instagram, Tech, US Federal Trade Commission, Letitia James, Facebook Antitrust Probes Will Target Acquisition, Washington Post CNET


Facebook Estimates Hate Speech Seen In 1 Out of 1,000 Views On Its Platform

Facebook for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech. Reuters reports: The world's largest social media company, under scrutiny over its policing of abuses, particularly around November's U.S. presidential election, released the estimate in its quarterly content moderation report. On a call with reporters, Facebook's head of safety and integrity...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, United States, Reuters, Rosen, Guy Rosen, Facebook Estimates Hate


Facebook sues operator of Instagram clone sites

Facebook has today filed another lawsuit against a company acting in violations of its terms of service. In this case, the company has sued Ensar Sahinturk, a Turkish national who operated a network of Instagram clone sites, according to court filings. Facebook says Sahinturk used automation software to scrape Instagram users’ public profiles, photos and videos from over 100,000 accounts without permission, and this data was then published on his network of websites. In the filing, Facebook says...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Page, Cambridge Analytica, Ensar Sahinturk, Sahinturk, ENSAR


A fintech startup was rapped by the UK's financial watchdog

The UK's financial watchdog warned Wednesday fintech Lanistar wasn't authorized to operate. Lanistar claims its upcoming debit card is "the world's most secure card," and can link up to eight bank accounts. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Lanistar "is targeting people in the UK," and advised consumers to "be especially wary of dealing with this unauthorised firm." Lanistar rejected the FCA's statement, saying: "Legal and regulatory compliance are central to Lanistar's business." It w...
Tags: UK, Money, Instagram, Finance, Trends, Startup, Tech, Fca, Bank, Credit Card, Scam, Fintech, Mastercard, Debit Card, UK s Financial Conduct Authority FCA, The Financial Conduct Authority FCA


Fintech startup Lanistar was rapped by the UK's financial watchdog

Gurhan Kiziloz, founder and CEO of Lanistar Lanistar The UK's financial watchdog warned Wednesday fintech Lanistar wasn't authorised to operate. Lanistar is gearing up to launch the "world's most secure" bank card. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Lanistar "is targeting people in the UK," and advised consumers to "be especially wary of dealing with this unauthorised firm." Lanistar rejected the FCA's statement, saying: "Legal and regulatory compliance are central to Lanistar's bu...
Tags: UK, Money, Instagram, Finance, Trends, Startup, Tech, Fca, Bank, Credit Card, Scam, Fintech, Mastercard, Debit Card, Financial Conduct Authority FCA, UK s Financial Conduct Authority FCA


Instagram revamps its mobile messaging app Threads

Instagram is continuing to develop its standalone messaging app, Threads. Last month, the company to make it possible for users to message everyone, instead of just “close friends,” as its other messaging app, Direct, once did. Today, Instagram is releasing a redesigned version of the Threads app with updated navigation and a Status tab, as well as support for posting photos and videos to your Instagram Story. The changes address some of Threads’ shortcomings in usability. Though the app ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Messaging Apps, Facebook Applications, Social Software, Instagram Story, IGTV Reels


Twitter slows the rollout of its disappearing message feature, Fleets, amid tech issues and privacy concerns

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey REUTERS/Anushree Fadnav Twitter on Wednesday said its launch of Fleets, a disappearing-message feature, was having performance and stability problems. Many users won't get Fleets "for a few more days," the company said. Users have raised privacy concerns, saying the feature encouraged harassment. Some Twitter users were able to send Fleets to people whose direct messages were closed. A Twitter spokeswoman told Bloomberg on Thursday that the company was working to fi...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, Bbc, Snapchat, Jack Dorsey, Instagram Facebook, Tech Insider, Anushree Fadnav Twitter, Kevin Shalvey


Trump will lose protected Twitter status after his presidency

Twitter has at various times acknowledged that Donald Trump isn’t bound by the same rules that govern the rest of us. This executive privilege has allowed him to continue posting comments that could have long ago gotten any normal person banned from the platform. More recently, the service has sought to balance misinformation/disinformation with warning labels that alternately sit below or obscure the text. Twitter was adding these at a frenetic pace in the lead-up to the November 3 election....
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Congressional


Facebook launches E.gg, an experimental collage making app

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today officially launched its latest app, E.gg, to a broader audience. The app, a freeform creation tool described as a “digital zine creator” and “GIF collage bonanza,” was announced earlier this year, but was only onboarding users via a waitlist until now. Today, it’s available in the App Store for anyone to download. The app allows users to create and share canvases, which are basically mixed media “artsy” collages created using a combination of...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Collage, Social Media, Tech, Ios Apps, Creativity, App-store, Giphy, Jason Toff, Facebook Product, NPE Team


TikTok expands parental controls to include search, commenting, and account privacy

TikTok today announced it’s expanding its parental control feature set known as Family Pairing to give parents additional tools to manage various aspects of their teen’s account as well as their privacy on the social video platform. The new tools will allow parents to set their teen’s account to private, control whether their Liked Videos are visible to others, control who can comment on the teen’s videos, and even decide whether the teen is allowed to use TikTok’s search feature. When Family Pa...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Tech, Liked Videos


Instagram expands new ‘Guides’ feature to all users

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a new feature called “Guides,” which allowed creators to share tips, resources and other longer-form content in a dedicated tab on their user profiles. Initially, Instagram limited Guides to a select group of creators who were publishing content focused on mental health and well-being. Today, the company says it’s making the format available to all users, and expanding Guides to include other types of content, as well — including Products, Places, and Pos...
Tags: Social, Instagram, Tech, Website, Guides, Software, Social Network, Travel Guides, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Social Software, Like Button, Select, Instagram Shop, Initially Instagram, Snapguide


Instagram expands new ‘Guides’ feature to all users, upgrades Search

Earlier this year, Instagram launched a new feature called “Guides,” which allowed creators to share tips, resources and other longer-form content in a dedicated tab on their user profiles. Initially, Instagram limited Guides to a select group of creators who were publishing content focused on mental health and well-being. Today, the company says it’s making the format available to all users, and expanding Guides to include other types of content, as well — including Products, Places, and Pos...
Tags: Social, Instagram, Tech, Website, Guides, Software, Canada, Ireland, Social Network, Travel Guides, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Social Software, Australia New Zealand, U S U K, Like Button


Facebook’s Messenger Kids app redesigned to look more like Messenger

Facebook today is rolling out an updated version of its Messenger Kids app with the goal of making it easier for kids to interact with their friends and family, navigate the app, and personalize their experience with features like custom chat bubble colors. The redesign also gives the kid-friendly app a look-and-feel that’s more like Messenger itself. The updated app does away with the larger, colorful blocks that would flash when messages arrive for a more traditional messaging app design...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Instant Messaging, Canada, Facebook Messenger, Messaging Apps, Facebook Facebook, Messenger Kids, Facebook Parents, Facebook Companies Parents


This Week in Apps: Conservative apps surge, Instagram redesigned, TikTok gets ghosted

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hbo, Instagram, China, Nigeria, Time, Disney, US, Samsung, Tech


How to Download Tik Tok Videos: Get Entertainment Everywhere

How to Download TikTok Videos on Your Phone Tiktok is not the first app that does not let its user download every video easily. There are several apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, that do not let you download every video. Some of these apps won’t even let you download your own videos, which can be troubling, especially if you wish to post your videos on more than one social media platform. Saving videos on these apps is usually a painstakingly long process, as you may have t...
Tags: Instagram, Sales, Tech, Facebook Twitter, Tiktok


Instagram is redesigning the home screen with prime spots for TikTok-like Reels and in-app shopping — see what it looks like

Instagram Instagram announced a home screen redesign with shopping and Reels. Reels is Instagram's TikTok competitor, and it's getting prime real estate in the center of the app. The platform has been testing different layouts since September. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram is officially changing its home page for the first time in years, it announced in a press release. Existing tabs will be rearranged to make room for Reels and Shop tabs.The social media p...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Tech, E-commerce, Features, Fortune, Instagram Instagram, Tech Insider, Instagram Search, Adam Mosseri, Reels, Tiktok, Instagram Reels, Mary Meisenzahl, Current Instagram


Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos

Netflix already borrowed the concept of short-form video “Stories” from social apps like Snapchat and Instagram for its Previews feature back in 2018. Now, the company is looking to the full-screen vertical video feed, popularized by TikTok, for further inspiration. With its latest experiment, Fast Laughs, Netflix is offering a new feed of short-form comedy clips drawn from its full catalog. The feed includes clips from both originals and licensed programming, Netflix says. It also includes v...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Comedy, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Netflix, Kevin Hart, Streaming Service, Video Clips, YouTube Twitter Facebook, Mobile Applications


Facebook’s Snapchat-like ‘Vanish Mode’ feature arrives on Messenger and Instagram

Facebook today announced its new Snapchat-like feature for disappearing messaging, Vanish Mode, is arriving on Messenger and Instagram. The feature, meant for more casual conversations, allows users to set chats to automatically delete after the message is seen and the chat is closed. In Vanish Mode, Messenger and Instagram users can send text chats, emoji, pictures, GIFs, voice messages, and stickers, which will disappear after they’ve been seen and users leave the chat, Facebook expla...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Bangladesh, Messaging Apps, Instagram Facebook, Facebook To, Facebook Vanish Mode, U S Canada Mexico Peru


L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’

Selfie filters have improved immensely over the past several years, but companies on the forefront of the tech see plenty of room to grow. The cosmetics world has also seen some rapid change in the past several years as makeup has proven particularly ripe for up-and-coming direct-to-consumer and influencer-endorsed brands to take hold. Plenty of legacy brands have seen their revenues decimated, while others have proven resilient by leaning into new tech and sales channel trends. Back in 2018,...
Tags: Google, TC, Instagram, Selfie, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Computing, L'oreal, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Snap, Loreal, Oreal, Mobile Applications


Amazon sues online influencers engaged in a counterfeit scheme

Amazon on Thursday announced a lawsuit against over a dozen bad actors, including online influencers and other businesses, who attempted to evade Amazon’s anti-counterfeiting measures by promoting luxury counterfeit products on social media sites, like TikTok and Instagram, as well as on personal websites, then using Amazon seller accounts to fulfill those orders. The suit alleges that defendants, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Sabrina Kelly-Krejci, conspired with sellers to run a scheme that involved...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Instagram, China, Social Media, Tech, Amazon.com, E-commerce, Designer, Counterfeit, Gucci, Fitzpatrick, Amazon Get, Amazon Brand Registry, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sabrina Kelly Krejci



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