Techmeme
March 28, 2017, 1:00 PM

Top News

Facebook:
Facebook's main app gets Snapchat-like Stories atop the News Feed, Direct for sharing ephemeral images and video with friends, and in-app camera effects  —  We want to make it fast, fun and easy for people to share creative photos and videos with whomever they choose, for however long they choose …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook copied Snapchat a fourth time, and now all its apps look the same  —  Facebook doesn't seem concerned with giving each of its core services a unique identity.  —  Facebook is copying Snapchat again: Today it launched Stories, the 24-hour photo and video montages that ultimately disappear, inside of its core Facebook app.
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Maureen Dowd / Vanity Fair:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
AWS launches Amazon Connect, a tool for data centers that uses its Lex speech recognition and AI; Salesforce says it's integrating Einstein service with Connect  —  Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the same technology used …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter will start selling pre-roll ads ahead of Periscope videos  —  Twitter is looking for some more video ad dollars.  —  Twitter is going to start making some money from Periscope, its livestreaming video service.  —  The company announced on Tuesday that it will begin selling pre-roll video ads …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
IKEA's Trådfri system for smart home lighting goes live on Swedish website, available in Swedish stores on March 31 starting at about $85  —  Smart lights on a budget  —  Ikea is finally getting into the home automation game with its own system for smart lighting.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Payments company Square launches in the UK, its first European market and fifth globally  —  Mobile payments company Square is finally landing in Europe with the news today that it's now open for U.K.-based business owners.  —  This launch represents the fifth market for Square, after the U.S. …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon confirms acquisition of Dubai-based e-commerce site Souq.com in deal that sources said was valued at around $650M  —  Amazon today confirmed that it has acquired Souq.com, an e-commerce marketplace serving the Middle East based out of Dubai, which was already commonly described as “the Amazon of the Middle East.”
Gigi Sohn / The Verge:
Former FCC staffer explains consequences as House of Representatives prepares to vote to repeal FCC's 2016 broadband privacy rules  —  Time to make some calls  —  Last week, on a party-line vote, the Senate voted to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 broadband privacy rules giving consumers …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 with Theater Mode, an easily accessible option to disable “Raise to Wake”, and SiriKit, which will allow users to give Siri commands  —  Apple today released a new software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading watchOS 3.1.3 to watchOS 3.2. watchOS 3.2 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:

Sponsor Posts

eero:
The eero Plus experience keeps getting better with regular updates.  —  With the latest version of the eero app for iOS and Android, it's now easy to track your eero Plus daily, weekly, and monthly activity of Inspections …
Wavefront by VMware:
Metrics and Analytics by Wavefront by VMware: Enter to Win $500  —  Discover Wavefront's out-of-the-box monitoring suite for Containers, AWS, Windows, Linux & more.  Try Free for 30 days, enter to win $500
Zoho:
Introducing Moderator Controls in Zoho Meeting - lock meetings, switch presenters, and mute or remove participants  —  Forming actionable plans out of collaborative sessions can be challenging.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Techmeme readers save 15% off Disrupt SF passes  —  TechCrunch's Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is our most ambitious event ever where our 10k attendees will extract more startup insights & inspiration than ever before.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Friday, 8/17 - The Secret Netflix Subcategories Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 1:00 PM ET, March 28, 2017.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Wall Street Journal:

Earlier Picks

Florin Bodnarescu / Neowin: