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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Live video player will include a graph indicating engagement volume, so you can skip ahead to the good parts   —  Facebook's newest feature could fundamentally change how you watch video.  Until now, you either sat through a video until it got too boring, waited for the interesting part …
May 23, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
uBeam's former VP of engineering argues in 20 blogs posts that the company's technology won't work, says original CTO and new CFO have left   —  uBeam could be vaporware, according to a blogger claiming to be uBeam's former VP of engineering.  They accuse the startup of being unable to fulfill promises made about its technology.
May 11, 2016, 5:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now lets you upload panoramas along with photos from 360 cameras for viewing as 360 Photos in News Feed and on Gear VR headsets; Gear VR hits 1M users   —  Those panoramas trapped on your phone will finally get a better viewing experience, both on News Feed and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR.
May 11, 2016, 2:50 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Facebook says 10K+ developers are building chatbots, analytics are coming, and Activision's Call of Duty bot exchanged 6M messages in its first week   —  Despite gripes about the usefulness of Facebook chatbots, “tens of thousands” of developers are building them, Messenger's head …
May 10, 2016, 4:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Periscope public beta allows users to permanently save broadcasts by typing #save in title of stream   —  Periscope mimics FB Live by letting you permanently #Save replays  —  Periscope added its biggest missing feature today in a move that could make it more palatable to brands and social stars …
May 5, 2016, 12:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber Offers, which gives users ride rebates for purchases at select merchants, tested at national level for the first time with ProFlowers for Mother's Day   —  Uber Offers get merchants to pay for your ride  —  Uber wants to be your car, and the billboard.
May 3, 2016, 5:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram's new Video Carousels ad format lets users swipe between three to five different video slides in a single ad   —  Instagram crams more ads in less space with Video Carousels  —  What's more lucrative than a video ad?  Multiple videos in a single ad.
May 3, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pandora Q1 revenue up 29% YoY to $297.3M, beating estimates; now has 79.4M active listeners, down from 81.1M in prior quarter   —  Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don't pay much yet  —  Pandora continues to flail as Internet radio becomes just a feature baked …
Apr 28, 2016, 4:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat update lets you swap faces on photos from camera roll, drops extra $0.99 replays, making snaps replay-once only   —  Snapchat lets you Face-Swap with your camera roll, drops paid replays  —  Snapchat is done selling you stuff.  As of today's update, every snap can be replayed once, but you can no longer buy extra replays.
Apr 21, 2016, 10:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out group voice calls in Messenger on iOS and Android globally   —  Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone  —  Jump on the party line or hear the voices of your whole family with Facebook Messenger's latest feature.  Rolling out globally over the next 24 hours …
Apr 20, 2016, 3:40 PMIn context

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