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  • How Instagram’s algorithm works

    Posted 2018-06-01 18:03:11 by: David Jonas

    Instagram users were missing 70 percent of all posts and 50 percent of their friends’ posts before the app ditched the reverse chronological feed for an algorithm in July 2016. Despite backlash about confusing ordering, Instagram now says relevancy sorting has led to its 800 million-plus users seeing 90 percent of their friends’ posts and ...

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  • Facebook kills its ‘Trending’ section

    Posted 2018-06-01 15:52:12 by: David Jonas

    Facebook really doesn’t want to be a media company. The social network announced this morning it’s removing its often controversial “Trending” section from its site next week, in order to make way for “future news experiences,” it says. These experiences include things like a dedicated section for news videos on its video hub Facebook Watch, ...

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  • Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat

    Posted 2018-05-31 21:00:21 by: David Jonas

    A Pew survey of teens and the ways they use technology finds that kids have largely ditched Facebook for the visually stimulating alternatives of Snapchat, YouTube, and Instagram. Nearly half said they're online "almost constantly," which will probably be used as a source of FUD, but really is just fine. Even teens, bless their honest little hearts, have doubts about whether social media is good or ...

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  • 20 takeaways from Meeker’s 294-slide Internet Trends report

    Posted 2018-05-31 18:56:50 by: David Jonas

    This is a must-read for understanding the tech industry. We’ve distilled famous investor Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report down from its massive 294 slides of stats and charts to just the most important insights. Click or scroll through to learn what’s up with internet growth, screen addiction, e-commerce, Amazon versus Alibaba, tech investment and ...

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  • The queer dating app Her expands with curated community spaces

    Posted 2018-05-31 14:00:18 by: David Jonas

    After carving out a niche as the first dating app by and for queer women, Her is broadening its mission. Today, the app formerly known as Dattch is launching a Communities feature — kind of like a set of mini queer subreddits — to let people connect around interests and identity as a group. “We spent ...

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  • Pinterest gives advertisers a way to show promoted videos that take up the screen

    Posted 2018-05-31 11:00:44 by: David Jonas

    Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen. While Pinterest normally offers users a grid that they can flip through — compressing a lot of content into a small ...

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  • More speakers, panels at The Europas, and how to get your ticket free

    Posted 2018-05-31 10:18:57 by: David Jonas

    The Europas Unconference & Awards is back on 3 July in London and we’re excited to announce more speakers and panel sessions as the event takes shape. Crypto and Blockchain will be a major theme this year, and we’re bringing together many of the key players. TechCrunch is once again the key media partner, and ...

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  • Apple blocks iOS updates of messaging app Telegram; Android, Windows unaffected [updated]

    Posted 2018-05-31 10:08:35 by: David Jonas

    Encrypted messaging app Telegram is feeling the squeeze out of Russia, where regulators are not letting up in their ongoing attempts to block the app because its publishers refuse to provide regulators with access to messages on the platform. Pavel Durov announced in a statement on Telegram that the iOS app may be having issues with certain ...

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  • Messenger Kids no longer requires the kids’ parents to be friends, too

    Posted 2018-05-30 18:44:58 by: David Jonas

    Facebook’s Messenger Kids application, which allows children under 13 to chat with parents’ approval, is today rolling out a small, but notable change – it no longer requires that the children’s parents be Facebook friends with one another, in order for the children to connect. This solves one of the problems with the app’s earlier ...

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  • Here’s Mary Meeker’s essential 2018 Internet Trends report

    Posted 2018-05-30 17:06:07 by: David Jonas

    Want to understand all the most important tech stats and trends? Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker has just released the 2018 version of her famous Internet Trends report. It covers everything from mobile to commerce to the competition between tech giants. Check out the full report below, and we’ll add some highlights soon. Then come back ...

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