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Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:
Hands-on with Nomadic's VR experience, which uses rooms and real-world objects to immerse the user; the firm hopes its experiences will be available Q4 2017   —  Founded by veterans of ILM, Disney, EA, and other media giants, Nomadic plans on building rich experiences that can be refreshed regularly.
Mar 23, 2017, 5:00 PMIn context
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
How Instagram's product and staff have evolved over the last few years, from its break with square photos to ramping up from 50 to 500+ employees   —  When the photo phenom found the courage to mess with success, growth went bang and innovation took off.  Can it also burst Snapchat's bubble?
Mar 20, 2017, 9:00 PMIn context
Kevin Ohannessian / Fast Company:
Gaming platform Roblox raises $92M round led by Meritech Capital Partners and Index Ventures, to expand its mobile and VR offerings   —  The cash will help the popular Minecraft-like sandbox expand its mobile and VR offerings and address concerns about abuse, says its CEO.
Mar 14, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company:
Etsy announces Etsy Studio, a marketplace for craft supplies set to launch with 8M products in April, to include 60 DIY tutorials at start with more each week   —  Etsy's ambitious new marketplace aims to make it easier for everyone to start creating, and selling, their wares.
Feb 14, 2017, 3:10 PMIn context
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
How Slack overcame the design challenges of making threaded conversations, including notifications, inline vs. broken-out threads, and more   —  For years, Slack has known that people wanted discussions to appear in clusters.  It just wanted to do it right rather than do it quickly.
Jan 18, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
NYC Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen announces plans for $250M, 254K square-foot tech hub near Union Square, which could open as early as 2020   —  Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen lays out the city's vision for the new development, anchored by Civic Hall, which could open as early as 2020.
Dec 22, 2016, 10:55 AMIn context
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:
Mark Zuckerberg talks about progress and challenges building his home assistant Jarvis, a project he's spent 100-150 hours on this year   —  Facebook's CEO still loves to code.  Here's an exclusive peek at his new project, which plays music, makes toast, and occasionally annoys his wife.
Dec 19, 2016, 2:35 PMIn context
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
IFTTT's new plan: companies pay $199 per month to list their services on IFTTT's directory and embed “Applets” (recipes) in their own apps   —  IFTTT wants all of our devices and services to work better together.  But will companies pay the necessary tolls?
Dec 3, 2016, 10:55 PMIn context
John Paul Titlow / Fast Company:
Tinder introduces non-binary gender terms for profiles, mainly aimed at transgender users, and also provides an option to keep gender private   —  Tinder's latest update aims to make transgender users feel more welcome on the dating app.  The timing couldn't be better.
Nov 15, 2016, 9:30 AMIn context
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Pocket will start recommending popular stories saved by other users and will list them in categories like technology, food, and fitness   —  While Facebook and Twitter offer an endless parade of links, Pocket wants to promote only the good stuff.  —  Gathering good reading material from around the internet is hard.
Oct 26, 2016, 4:45 PMIn context

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