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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Houseparty says the popular mobile game Heads Up will now be available inside its app with “packs” of words costing $0.99 or more   —  Building an ad-free social network through shared experiences  —  Houseparty, the group video chat that has carved out a niche among a segment …
Jan 17, 2019, 11:15 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
NYU and Princeton study of 3,500 US adults: 11% of those over 65 have shared a hoax article on Facebook, while just 3% of those 18 to 29 have done so   —  And the finding holds true across party lines  —  Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook …
Jan 9, 2019, 2:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter is relaunching the reverse-chronological feed as an option for all users starting today on iOS and other platforms in the coming weeks   —  Just hit that sparkle, fam  —  Twitter is offering users another escape hatch from its ranked timeline.  The company said today that it will introduce …
Dec 18, 2018, 12:07 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Interface:
A look at how Facebook was used to organize and promote Yellow Vests protests in France, which became violent as over 280,000 took to the streets this weekend   —  I had an excellent time talking about social media with Kara Swisher and her precocious 16-year-old son, Louie, on the 300th episode of the Recode Decode podcast.
Dec 4, 2018, 3:15 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Interface:
One reason for Facebook's aggressive PR against competitors was to manage declining morale, and retain employees who would otherwise jump ship   —  For some time now, Facebook has copped to being “slow.”  —  Confronted with any question about Russian interference on the platform …
Nov 14, 2018, 10:40 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap launches Snap Camera app for Mac and Windows, brings Snapchat filters to apps including Twitch, YouTube, and Skype on the desktop   —  The conference call is going to be lit, fam  —  Snap, which likes to call itself a camera company, is bringing that camera to the desktop.
Oct 26, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A look at two features Twitter is testing: “presence indicators”, which say what users are doing while they tweet, and “ice breakers” to start conversations   —  Executives say they want to enhance conversations on the platform  —  Twitter is testing new features designed …
Oct 24, 2018, 11:50 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook rolls out a redesigned Messenger app with a focus on simplicity, using more white space and fewer tabs, and plans to add a dark mode in coming months   —  A powerful utility goes back to basics  —  Facebook is releasing a redesigned version of Messenger today that attempts to put the focus back on your chats.
Oct 23, 2018, 2:28 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Houseparty rolls out Facemail, a way to record and share 15-second video messages within the app, for iOS and Android   —  It's like voicemail, but for teens  —  Houseparty, which makes an app for hosting live video chats with your friends and family, is taking a step toward video voicemail.
Oct 15, 2018, 5:55 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
In a publicity crisis, like a data breach, Google receives less outrage and pushback from users than Facebook because it provides genuinely useful services   —  What Google gained by giving up on social networks  —  There are bad bugs, and there are worse bugs.
Oct 11, 2018, 9:30 PMIn context

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