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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Small local social networks get usage boost during Harvey; opens of walkie-talkie app Zello rose 600%, and NextDoor memberships increased 650% in affected areas   —  On Wednesday morning, with floodwaters still rising in Houston, voices bubbled inside the relatively obscure walkie-talkie app Zello …
Aug 31, 2017, 9:40 PMIn context
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Chrome team is experimenting with an option to permanently mute sound on specific websites   —  A lot of awful things can happen on the internet, but few are as terrible as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound.  Thankfully, this is something Google is addressing in a future update to Chrome.
Aug 25, 2017, 3:20 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince says firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, explains his discomfort with policy reversal in email to staff   —  Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on the side of maintaining an open internet.
Aug 16, 2017, 6:43 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram gets threaded comments, and Facebook News Feed gets UI tweaks like bubble-style comments   —  Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable.
Aug 15, 2017, 1:42 PMIn context
Alexandria Arnold / Bloomberg:
A startup named CoinDash halts its ICO, saying a hacker stole $7M by simply changing the ethereum address on its site that was intended to receive ICO funds   —  Social trading platform tells investors to stop sending money  —  Token sale garnered $6.4 million from early participants
Jul 17, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates mission statement to “give people power to build community, bring the world closer together”, from “making the world more open and connected”   —  “Making the world more open and connected” had one fundamental flaw: it didn't push for any specific positive outcome from more connection.
Jun 22, 2017, 12:32 PMIn context
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
Q&A with Upworthy cofounder Eli Pariser, who coined the term “filter bubble” in his book, about the phenomena, fake news and its influence, more   —  Six years after the Upworthy cofounder coined the term “filter bubble,” things are much worse.
May 25, 2017, 9:30 AMIn context
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Inside Zuckerberg's and Facebook's evolving approach to misinformation and filter bubbles, now that the issues have been more openly acknowledged   —  Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped to start.  But is the most powerful tool for connection …
Apr 25, 2017, 1:20 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
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed introduces curated “Outside Your Bubble” feature to help readers see what people outside their social media networks are saying about the news   —  Publisher will expose audience to opinions from across the web  —  News outlets seek out other viewpoints after surprise election
Feb 19, 2017, 4:40 PMIn context

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