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New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data   —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy …
Aug 25, 2016, 8:35 AMIn context
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Sources: YouTube building Backstage feature that allows creators to share photos, polls, links, and more that will appear in subscribers' feeds, slated for fall   —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing service, is looking beyond video to keep its homegrown stars …
Aug 24, 2016, 4:05 PMIn context
John Herrman / New York Times:
On Facebook, activist-run pages rival the reach of established, traditional media brands like MSNBC and NYT, but aren't beholden to any journalistic standard   —  How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds.  —  Open your Facebook feed.  What do you see?
Aug 24, 2016, 2:20 PMIn context
Ariel Bogle / Mashable:
Facebook is testing video with autoplay sound on mobile, which can be toggled in settings   —  Facebook has made no secret of its love for video, challenged only perhaps by its affection for bots.  —  The re-creation of Facebook as a video platform is well underway: Facebook Live experiments abound …
Aug 23, 2016, 4:40 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Messenger is testing “Add Contact” request to include non-Facebook friends   —  Facebook is testing an “Add Contact” feature in its Messenger app, the company confirmed to BuzzFeed News today.  —  The feature allows people to connect on the popular messaging app …
Aug 23, 2016, 3:30 PMIn context
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Former Facebook Live product manager Vadim Lavrusik debuts Alively for sharing livestreamed or recorded footage with select friends, available now on iOS in US   —  Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are just some of the services encouraging us to broadcast what we're doing at this very moment.
Aug 23, 2016, 2:05 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support for mobile ad creation   —  Facebook today is rolling out a number of improvements to its “Slideshow” ads, announced last fall as a means of offering an alternative to video ads in developing markets where bandwidth may be limited.
Aug 23, 2016, 1:30 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Data shows Pokémon Go DAUs, downloads, and engagement on downward trend since July launch   —  A number of important metrics have Pikachu'd, says Axiom Capital Management.  —  Pokemon Go is starting to lose the battle for mobile mindshare, according to Axiom Capital Management.
Aug 23, 2016, 7:05 AMIn context
Tony Romm / Politico:
Tech giants and rights groups urge the Department of Homeland Security to scrap proposal asking US visitors for their social media accounts   —  Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter slammed the Obama administration on Monday for a proposal that would seek to weed …
Aug 22, 2016, 8:35 PMIn context
Phil Oakley / Android Police:
Instagram hits 1B downloads on Google Play, Facebook's fourth app to do so   —  The latest app to join the rather exclusive 1 billion club on Google Play is... drumroll please... Instagram.  This is quite surprising when estimates only put the number of accounts at 500 million …
Aug 22, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context

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