Disrupt Hackathon app Notim.press/ed algorithmically detects fake news

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not-impressed Fake news is a moving target. Greedy publishers constantly start new websites of deceit, preventing manual blacklists from keeping up. That’s why one TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon team took an algorithmic approach to detecting fake news. Notim.press/ed (a clever URL that reads “Not Impressed”) lets you enter a URL and instantly see a site’s Alexa top websites… Read More

The NFL will reportedly relax their social media rules so teams can post more GIFs and videos

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OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown by Latavius Murray #28 against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) About two months ago the NFL implemented a new social media policy that effectively banned teams from posting any video-based content during games. The backlash was tremendous, with fans and teams criticizing the NFL for negatively impacting fan’s social media experiences, especially during a TV ratings slump. But now it seems the NFL has decided to relax these restrictions. In a memo… Read More

What interns and new grads really get paid at top tech companies

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Man taking money from wallet From woefully underpaid internships  to legendary hiring bonuses at huge Silicon Valley companies, it’s hard for job seekers to know what they’re worth in tech. It’s even harder when they’re new to the rat race. One undergraduate computer science student at Purdue University, Jesse Collins, has taken it upon himself to gather up data from undergrads and recent grads… Read More

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

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snapchat-los-angeles If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora. Companies like Google, Yahoo, Oracle and PayPal attract top talent for years; when they reach maturity or a major liquidity event, their talent disperses and germinates into the next generation of companies. It’s quite possible that Snapchat could do the same for L.A. Read More

Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning plugin

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adblock-ios2 Not only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news—it’s now blocking links to the plugin that did.
Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible. We reported this phenomenon, later clarifying that B.S. Read More

Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. and scores a new VP of product in the process

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-7-10-50-pm One-hundred and forty-three. That’s not the new character limit or the number of heads of product Twitter has employed over the few years (though close). That, rather, is the amount of times the new fellow filling that role has tweeted over the course of the past nine years — a number that includes two recent updates from the past couple of hours acknowledging the gig, one of… Read More

Facebook quietly tests warnings on fake news

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fb-arbiter-of-truth Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained the screenshot below of the warning from a source. The warning reads “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending” In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason. The warnings are… Read More

You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

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snap-spectacles-teal If Snap’s Spectacles are really about sharing your life with the world, we need a solution for capturing the majority of our lives that occur boxed inside buildings. This solution could come in the form of replacement lenses or in the form of an entirely new device. Niche lens manufacturer Rochester Optical gave us the first one today with replacement lenses for Spectacles that… Read More

Geenee picks up $4.4 million Series A to make Instagram more shoppable

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-9-38-46-am There is a huge disconnect between the way users engage with content on platforms like Instagram and the way that they shop online. Without native links in Instagram posts, influencers are looking for other ways to monetize their posts through services like RewardStyle and now, Geenee.
Geenee is a platform that lets users shop on Instagram by simply taking a snapshot of the post they like… Read More

Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

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dusk-ios Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up – whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying, or because the topic itself is sensitive – like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More

Twitter now lets mobile users make their own Moments

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-32-10-pm Earlier this fall, Twitter opened up access to its storytelling feature “Moments” to all Twitter users, allowing anyone to create their own stories using tweets and photos uploaded to the service. At the time, Moments creation was only available on the web, but the company promised that mobile support would arrive soon. Today, it has — Twitter has announced that the ability… Read More

SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

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scaled-5987 If you’re anything like me you hate social media with a white-hot passion yet you feel oddly compelled to put garbage into it on a regular basis, to your great shame. Thankfully there is now a service that can create a book about your year in social media, allowing you to seethe both offline and online, a boon to this plugged-in generation. The service is called MySocialBook and… Read More

Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games

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facebook-messenger-instant-games Bored while you wait for friends to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, rather than having to be downloaded like clunky native apps. Read More

Post-App Store developer platform Blackstorm’s first showcase instant games launch on Facebook

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everwing instant games In Ernestine Fu’s future, you shouldn’t have to wait more than a few seconds to launch a game or an app to connect with a friend. In fact, a few seconds might even be too long. That’s what prompted the birth of Blackstorm, a development platform that has the tools to build high-fidelity applications — the same you might get from an app in the App Store — in HTML5… Read More

CNN buys Casey Neistat’s Beme app, brings the YouTuber in-house

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Casey Neistat CNN has acquired Beme, the social app co-founded by YouTuber Casey Neistat. As part of the deal, Neistat will lead the Beme team as a new standalone media sub-brand operating under CNN’s umbrella as executive producer, and all 11 members of the Beme team will join the ranks of the news network, according to Variety. Beme’s had an interesting history, with a founding vision of… Read More

Gong says it’s cracked news personalization

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Gong If you’re a little skeptical about trying out another news aggregator, Gong CEO Itzik Ben-Bassat knows what you’re probably thinking — after all, he heard the same thing when he was pitching investors. “They all kind of looked at me and said, ‘Not again,’” he recalled. But it seems like Ben-Bassat (who was previously an executive at Blizzard Entertainment and… Read More

Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

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screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-14-06-am Snapchat now has not one, but two Spectacle-selling Snapbots deployed at the same time. The second dropped Wednesday morning at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT) at a spot near Santa Monica at the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. The Brentwood Country Mart is a shopping and for spot in L.A.’s Brentwood district, which actually costs a petting zoo, too. This is the third time a Snapbot has… Read More

Facebook built censorship tool to get into China despite human rights risks

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facebook-china Facebook wants to be unbanned in China, so it’s built a censorship tool that could hide posts about prohibited topics from people in China, according to The New York Times‘ Mike Isaac. Rather than censor posts itself, Facebook would potentially provide the tool to a third-party in China such a local partner company that could use it to prevent users in China from seeing content… Read More