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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests “Facebook Rewards” QR codes that appear in app and can be scanned at stores for discounts   —  Facebook wants to prove it drives brick-and-mortar foot traffic with its latest feature test.  TechCrunch has discovered a previously unreported Facebook feature where users …
May 1, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Algorithmic feed was a boon for Instagram's and Twitter's growth; Snapchat should evolve   —  Snapchat invented its best products by being the anti-Facebook.  Its disappearing chats made visual communication quick and casual compared to Facebook's email-esque text messages.
Apr 30, 2017, 11:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates Rights Manager tool to let creators claim ad earnings on copyright-infringing videos posted by others   —  Facebook finally has a better solution to freebooting — the common practice of stealing video and uploading it to one's Facebook Page to reap the engagement and audience growth.
Apr 27, 2017, 9:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands Messenger Lite to 130+ more countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, and Peru   —  Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn't prioritized.  Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android.
Apr 27, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood confirms $110M Series C at $1.3B valuation led by DST Global, says it has reached 2M users and 17% MoM subscriber growth   —  Zero-fee stock-trading app Robinhood has joined the unicorn club.  —  That's thanks to it reaching 2 million total users …
Apr 26, 2017, 10:50 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests displaying links to fact-checks beside stories inside Related Articles widget   —  Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article.  In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing …
Apr 25, 2017, 10:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts Camera Effects developer platform: Frames Studio for simple picture effects, available now; AR Studio for creating masks, scene effects, in beta   —  Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform.
Apr 18, 2017, 1:36 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says Messenger now has 1.2B MAUs, up from 1B in July 2016 and 900M in April 2016   —  Normally adding 200 million users in 8 months to a product that already has a billion would reduce the average engagement, but most apps don't have Facebook Messenger's network effect.
Apr 12, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Direct now combines ephemeral messages with permanent messages in the same threads; Facebook says Direct now has 375M MAUs, up from 300M in Nov. 2016   —  After successfully cloning Snapchat Stories, Instagram is looking to one-up its competitor in chat with a reimagining …
Apr 11, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's head of video Fidji Simo says one in five videos shared are Live videos, with Live broadcasting daily watch time growing 4x in the past year   —  While most people still aren't sure what to broadcast, and some have misused the format for unsavory or criminal purposes …
Apr 6, 2017, 1:45 PMIn context

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