Facebook allowing group video-chats

Facebook is continuing its efforts to ensure its services remain a decent alternative for real life social interaction. Just in time for the busy Christmas season, the social media giant has launched group video chat for Messenger. According to CNET, group video chat is the most requested feature Facebook has ever received. Luckily for those who wanted it so badly, rollout is immediate. This is a big move for Facebook, which has been working hard lately to turn Messenger into an adequate competitor to Snapchat and other increasingly used chat services. Recently Messenger has been upgraded to have a faster

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What’s in a GIF?

 There are so many ways to communicate over social media, and one of the more recent popular methods is with GIFs. You can find one for every situation, emotion, or pop-culture reference. And one of the key makers of these GIFS, Giphy, has been catching the eyes of investors lately. According to the Wall Street Journal, Giphy has recently raised $72 million in funding from investors like DFJ Venture Capital, Institutional Venture Partners, and China Media Capital. That brings the company’s total value to around $600 million. Pretty remarkable, considering the New York-based start up is only three years old!

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Facebook rolls out Marketplace

eBay, Craigslist, Kijiji – look out! The world’s biggest social media site is coming after your business. According to Business Insider, Facebook recently introduced a new tab to its mobile app called Marketplace, allowing users to buy and sell goods to other users in their area. Marketplace will replace the Messenger tab now that Messenger has its own exclusive app. Facebook’s reasoning for introducing Marketplaces makes sense. The company says that 450 million people already buy and sell things through Facebook every month using organized group pages. Why not make it easier? This isn’t Facebook’s first attempt at pushing classified

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Disney makes a move for Twitter

No one can deny Disney’s veritable dominance of the media industry – but what about social media? According to TechCrunch, the entertainment mogul is in talks about the logistics of acquiring Twitter. Of course nothing is settled, and Disney is still consulting with its bankers to see if the decision makes sense, but rumors have circulated suggesting Twitter will sell for anywhere from $13 to $20 billion. Disney of course owns such media outlets as ESPN and ABC, and joining with Twitter will open it to the powerful world of social media. Disney would enjoy not only Twitter’s large share

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Facebook at Work makes social media professional too

Ever get the twitches to check your news feed during the work day? Well, Facebook has the answer to your cravings. The immensely popular social media site has made a version specifically for the workplace. Facebook at Work is due to be released this month. According to an article from USA Today, Facebook at Work has been in development for two years. The new service looks like it could become a big source of revenue for Facebook by charging users a monthly fee. More than 450 companies, including big names like Heineken and the Royal Bank of Scotland, are currently

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Snapchat rebrands by adding wearables

Snapchat has taken over the world, one teenager at a time. Now, the social media giant is expanding by introducing their own video-recording sunglasses, “Spectacles.” On top of that, it’s changing its name to Snap Inc. to represent its multi-product business. According to an article by CBS, Snap Inc’s new Spectacles can record 10 second videos when the user taps a button on the device. The video is then uploaded automatically to the user’s Snapchat by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The videos are “circular,” meaning they play full-screen on any device in any orientation with a 115-degree field of view. The

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How Many Times a Day Do You Touch Your Phone?

Humans are crazy about their smartphones – that’s nothing new. But a new study by research firm Dscout has calculated just how obsessed we really are. The heaviest 10 percent of users click, tap, or swipe their phone 5,427 times a day. Now, you’re not likely in that top 10 percent, right? Maybe not, but the average person is still on their phone more than you might expect – an average of 2,617 times a day. Dscout installed special software on 94 smartphones, tracking user interaction over five days. The results showed those Top 10 heavy users will end up

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Twitter is the Future of News Coverage

Twitter and Bloomberg Media have announced a deal to live stream three Bloomberg shows on the social media service, along with the network’s markets coverage. Twitter and other social media sites have become a go-to source for all kinds of information for many in recent years, and this deal proves where the future of news coverage lies. The agreement includes Bloomberg West, which covers technology news; What’d You Miss?, the global financial news show; and With All Due Respect, a political analysis program. “Partnering with Bloomberg will give people on Twitter the best way to see live financial markets performance

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Twitter’s New Dashboard Aimed at Small Business

Twitter is getting deeper into the social media management game with its recently released web and mobile standalone app, Twitter Dashboard. It’s aimed at small to medium-sized businesses that want to use the social media site to connect with their customers. It offers a suite of tools that allow a business account to see a customize feed of tweets, schedule posts, access tips on what to tweet, and more. One of Dashboard’s most appealing features is the ability to monitor Twitter for posts about your business, even if the tweet doesn’t include the business’s @username. Dashboard users can set up

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Google and Facebook Move to Block Extremist Videos

Google and Facebook are two of the web’s biggest hosts of video content. Now, after pressure from international governments, they are moving to make the internet a safer place by quietly blocking extremist content from their sites. Using automation, Google and Facebook will be able to remove violent propaganda from being viewed. The technology being utilized was initially developed to remove copyright-protected content from video sites, and uses “hashes” – a unique digital fingerprint that assigns a company or group to specific video. If a hash is marked as extremist, all videos with that fingerprint would be removed instantly. This

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