Twitter launches on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox One

twitter apple tv Twitter needs to figure out a way to continue to grow — and it certainly seems open to looking into a lot of new places outside your phone to figure out how to do that. Today, the company said it is launching an app on the Apple TV, Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV, which will allow users to view Twitter content through the apps on their televisions. That includes live streams of 10 NFL… Read More
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Stephen Curry on social media, charity and robotic referees

disrupt_sf16_stephen_curry-3907 Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry closed out the second day of Disrupt San Francisco by discussing his recent forays into technology investments and charitable organizations, kicking things off by talking Slyce, the social media startup he cofounded with former Davidson teammate,Bryant Barr.
“We met back in 2005,” the Splash Brother explained. “He left to go back to Nike and… Read More
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Facebook Messenger’s source code reveals hidden Rooms feature

facebook-messenger-rooms Facebook Messenger has built an unlaunched feature called Rooms that lets groups publicly chat about different subjects and events. Buried in Messenger’s iOS app’s source code are multiple references to the feature, with some explanation of how it works. The code shows: “Introducing rooms”, “Rooms are for public conversations about topics and interests. Each room… Read More
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Foursquare 10 puts search front and center

custom-homescreen-been-here_hero-image Foursquare has today unveiled Foursquare 10, a redesigned version of the app that puts search front and center. J Crowley, head of product at Foursquare, told TechCrunch that most people get on Foursquare with a clear intent, making the original featured content on the homepage mostly irrelevant. “Previous versions of the products were based on the theory that people wanted a laid back… Read More
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YouTube gets its own social network with the launch of YouTube Community

A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet.        (Photo: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images) Confirming earlier reports that YouTube was planning to introduce more social networking features to its service, the company announced this morning the launch of YouTube Community, which allows video creators to better engage viewers using text, GIFs, images and more. The goal with the new features is to help keep creators from departing to competing platforms by offering more tools… Read More
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Pundit launches an audio social media app for millennials

Pundit Just 2 percent of applicants got accepted to appear in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF; Pundit was one of the teams to make the cut. The company debuted their audio social media platform on stage, presenting it to a panel of judges. Co-founders Billy Shaw Susanto and Chris Aston told TechCrunch that they believe their forum for “bite-sized talkshows” will be used… Read More
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Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas

leslie-miley-slack12 Silicon Valley has a huge diversity problem, but a blunt instrument hiring quotas for diverse candidates still isn’t the answer, according to Slack head of engineering Leslie Miley. Instead, Silicon Valley — and Slack — have to get inventive, and look in some non-obvious places, to figure out how to bring in candidates that are outside the traditional Silicon Valley… Read More
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Twitter can now alert you when someone you follow starts live streaming

twitter-video Twitter is increasing its focus on live streaming today with the launch of a new Notification button on its app that lets you subscribe to be alerted when someone you follow starts live-streaming. When you receive the alert, you can immediately join the broadcast with just a tap. The feature works both for alerting users to new streams from Periscope, as well as for content from… Read More
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Facebook isn’t entirely killing off the mobile web version of Messenger

disrupt_sf16-2829 Earlier this summer, Facebook began to disable messaging in its mobile web app in order to push people to use its mobile Messenger app. However, this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, Messenger head David Marcus said that the option to use the mobile web experience isn’t going away entirely. Instead, the company is selectively disabling the mobile web view for users of certain… Read More
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Facebook Messenger now allows payments in its 30,000 chat bots

David Marcus of Facebook Messenger Facebook today filled the biggest hole in its chatbot platform. Messenger bots can accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016. Finally, the credit card info people already have stored in Facebook or Messenger can be used to instantly make purchases in bots that are… Read More
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Instagram now lets everyone filter comments using blocklists, will show friends’ comments first

instagram icon 2016 iOS Instagram today is rolling out a feature to all its users that will allow everyone to decide for themselves how they want to moderate comments on the photo-sharing service. First launched for business accounts in July, the social network is now making its default and custom comment keyword blacklists available to all users. This new feature will allow people to either enable a filter that… Read More
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