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Gillmor Gang: Summertime Blues

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. This one seems more like an AA meeting for Apple addiction, as the Gang stumbles around pretending to be interested in Twitter tinkering with the Favorites model while just killing time until September 9. The reason we’re in reasonable humor is that we know we’re in for… Read More

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup1 Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29). After months of rumors suggesting that Google was prepped to snatch up Twitch, Amazon ended up dropping the money to make this deal happen. Alex Wilhelm originally reported the news for TechCrunch, but Kyle Russell offered some critical analysis about how Amazon’s acquisition is too big… Read More

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Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword

facebook-app Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More

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Facebook now lets Pages create News Feed ads to promote Events on desktop and mobile

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Update at 1:45 PM EST: Facebook has since pulled the announcement, indicating this feature is not yet ready for primetime. We will let you know when it does indeed arrive. The original story is below. — Facebook today announced a new ad format for Pages looking to promote their Events on the social network. Previously ads were only shown in the right-hand column on desktop, but now brands can create ads for the desktop and mobile News Feed. Called Event response ads, this new offering is accessible in both the Ad Create tool and Power Editor. Also, unlike most of…

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Facebook responds to Messenger backlash with ‘Get the Facts’ explainer in its mobile app

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When Facebook decided to remove messaging from its main iOS and Android apps, forcing users to download Messenger, it caused quite a stir. Not least because an article from a radio station, coupled with an older Huffington Post piece, flagged the app’s required permissions as a reason to reject the app entirely. Today, I spotted an alert inside Facebook’s mobile apps with the headline “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts” and follow-up message “see how the app really works.” It was positioned at the top of my News Feed and the green button, coupled with a jovial Bigfoot character, meant I couldn’t miss it….

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Instagram explains the technology behind its new Hyperlapse app

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A day after launching Hyperlapse, a nifty app for creating moving timelapse videos, Instagram has published an explanation of the image stabilization technology behind it. Previously, making compelling hyperlapse videos was a time-consuming, and often expensive, process. Microsoft recently outlined its own research on stabilizing timelapse videos. The image stabilization feature in Hyperlapse is called Cinema. Facebook first introduced it last year in the main Instagram app. Cinema tracks the gyroscope readings from your phone in order to cancel out the shakiness of your hands. Once Hyperlapse has processed the amount of motion in the recording, it crops the video to…

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Facebook introduces bandwidth targeting to help advertisers reach mobile users around the world

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Facebook has introduced a new feature for advertisers that allows them to target ads to users on a specific type of mobile network (2G/3G/4G), thereby ensuring that creative campaigns are delivered in an appropriate way for different users around the world. It already allowed targeting by device type, model and operating system of a mobile device, and it now allows targeting by the type of mobile network being used – it wouldn’t be much use trying to serve high-quality video ads to 2G users in a developing market. The company said today that the new feature is accessible via its…

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Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

10425027_439808809492763_1470741771429805742_n There are dozens of hackathons in Silicon Valley every month, but on Monday Facebook hosted one with a twist. Rather than the college-aged brogrammers that usually dominate the coding marathons, female veterans were the only participants at the first Women Vets in Tech event.
About 30 female veterans participated in the hackathon, pitching a variety of ideas from Bohdi therapies, an app to… Read More

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