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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
After years of rejecting the “media company” label, Twitter is hiring Periscope editors, broadcasting news alerts, and airing premium live video   —  If you're wondering whether Twitter views itself as a media company or not, take a look at its careers page.
Dec 31, 2016, 8:30 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter tests breaking news alerts for big events, such as Fidel Castro's death, using an algorithm to decide who gets them   —  Twitter wants to be a news app, having recently moved to that category from the “social networking” category in the iOS App Store.
Dec 19, 2016, 11:55 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook tests context-based actions in Messenger via its “M” assistant, such as sending location or stickers   —  Facebook's “M” virtual assistant hasn't been rolled out to all that many people, but its interactions with a limited user base have helped train Facebook's artificial …
Dec 15, 2016, 10:25 AMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook's fake news problem emerged as it emphasized real-time content, with the debut of its Share button in 2012 and hashtags and Trending in mid-2013   —  As Facebook attempted to capture the fast-moving energy of the news cycle from Twitter, and shied away from policing political content …
Nov 21, 2016, 4:20 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Justin Bieber-backed Shots pivots from a social app to a content creation platform, which will sell video to competing platforms and share revenue with creators   —  Lele Pons, one of Shots Studios' stars, with Benita, a character in the Shots series Awkward Puppets
Oct 5, 2016, 2:20 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook disabled the accounts of several prominent Palestinian journalists last week, then admitted the error and restored them, a continuing pattern   —  Facebook, a vital forum for online speech, can't seem to stop removing significant political content from its platform.
Sep 28, 2016, 1:30 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Three-week-old social network Gab.ai grows quickly among alt-right by promising near-total freedom of speech, has 12K+ users, 42K+ on waitlist, 2.7M+ pageviews   —  Upstart social network Gab.ai is just over three weeks old, but it's adding thousands of people to its waitlist every day by promising them almost total freedom of speech.
Sep 11, 2016, 1:55 AMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter removes live video alert button a day after it rolled out, says it's experimenting with different ways to discover live video   —  That new button Twitter rolled out yesterday?  The one that lets you subscribe to live video notifications for individual accounts?  It didn't last 24 hours.
Sep 8, 2016, 3:20 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter update lets users subscribe to live video notifications from individual accounts, alerts them when accounts go live on Periscope   —  Twitter is tweaking its platform to make live video more prominent.  —  On Wednesday, the company added a new button that lets users subscribe …
Sep 8, 2016, 11:30 AMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Messenger adds Instant Video, which lets you quickly share live video within conversations   —  Open Messenger in iOS or Android, start a conversation with a friend and the app will offer you the option of adding live video to your chat.  —  The video starts without sound, but you can turn it on if you want.
Sep 1, 2016, 11:30 AMIn context

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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