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Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is now Snapchat’s chairman

snapchat-search-features Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Entertainment, will be stepping down from the company in order to serve as chairman on Snap (the makers of Snapchat), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lynton’s name may sound familiar with respect to Snap. During his time at Sony Entertainment, he oversaw the company suffer a massive breach — which also included a trove of leaked emails… Read More

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Matthew Lynley

January 13th

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Donald Trump will continue to tweet randomly after he takes office

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If you made the assumption that a PR team is handling Donald Trump’s Twitter assaults, you’d be wrong. The incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said that the President-elect’s tweets are his own, and the team never knows when or what he’ll tweet next. He also said that it’s likely that President Trump will continue to tweet while in office, as this offers him a direct way to address the public.

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Chris Smith

January 7th

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Twitter’s new video streaming solution is so much better than Facebook Live

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As Twitter struggles to stay relevant in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by giants like Facebook and up-starts like Snapchat, Twitter has announced a new addition to its product portfolio. Using Periscope, a live video streaming solution acquired by Twitter, a select group of "interesting broadcasters" now have the ability to stream live 260-degree video. While live streaming is nothing new, the 360-degree element facilitates a far more immersive experience than anything rival product Facebook Live can achieve right now. More over, Twitter's new 360-degree live streaming product comes at a time when virtual reality adoption is just beginning to really take off.

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Zach Epstein

December 29th

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Snap Inc. has a new China tech R&D office focused on Spectacles

1-spectacles Spectacles seem to be a hit for Snapchat parent Snap Inc., thought their unconventional rollout via pop-up shops (including a new one at a Dave & Busters in Illinois this morning) makes it hard to judge the scale of their success. Here’s a decent indicator: Snap is opening a new research and development technology office in Shenzhen, near where Spectacles are assembled, CNN reports.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

December 21st

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Here’s how Facebook is going to stop the spread of fake news

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After already acknowledging its rampant fake news problems and promising to come up with some sort of solution back in November, Facebook today announced its actual plan of action. The social network is going to work closely with fact-checking websites to verify stories that are being shared by its users, while at the same time labeling potentially false stories and limiting their spread.

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Mike Wehner

December 15th

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SocialBooks turns your social media into a lasting memento of your horrific year

scaled-5987 If you’re anything like me you hate social media with a white-hot passion yet you feel oddly compelled to put garbage into it on a regular basis, to your great shame. Thankfully there is now a service that can create a book about your year in social media, allowing you to seethe both offline and online, a boon to this plugged-in generation. The service is called MySocialBook and… Read More

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John Biggs

November 29th

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Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-14-06-am Snapchat now has not one, but two Spectacle-selling Snapbots deployed at the same time. The second dropped Wednesday morning at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT) at a spot near Santa Monica at the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. The Brentwood Country Mart is a shopping and for spot in L.A.’s Brentwood district, which actually costs a petting zoo, too. This is the third time a Snapbot has… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

November 23rd

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Another Spectacle-selling Snapbot pops up at Brentwood Country Mart in LA

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-14-06-am Snapchat now has not one, but two Spectacle-selling Snapbots deployed at the same time. The second dropped Wednesday morning at 10 AM ET (7 AM PT) at a spot near Santa Monica at the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles. The Brentwood Country Mart is a shopping and for spot in L.A.’s Brentwood district, which actually costs a petting zoo, too. This is the third time a Snapbot has… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

November 23rd

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Four Kansas cheerleaders are suspended for ‘KKK go Trump’ Snapchat photo

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Snapchat has made a name for itself as the go-to app for sharing things that you might not want the whole world to see. That way of thinking backfired on a group of University of Kansas cheerleaders after a Snapchat post that seems to show support for both the KKK and President-elect Donald Trump caught the attention of school officials.

The photo, which seems to have been shot at a dumpy college party based on the solo cups and stolen street sign wall decor, shows three male members of the University of Kansas cheer squad, each with a bold "K" on his chest, along with the words "Kkk go trump." 

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Mike Wehner

November 22nd

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Here’s exactly how bad Facebook’s fake news problem really is

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If you've been on the internet at all within the past two weeks, you've likely seen more than your share of reports on Facebook's fake news problem, but just how bad is it really? PC World performed a rather interesting test to answer that question, and the results are jarring.

To test what kind of fake news was being circulated, and who was seeing it, two entirely new Facebook profiles were created. Both white males of the same age, each of the profiles "liked" three people: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton on one, and Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich on the other. Then, PC World tracked all the stories that Facebook recommended for each fake profile. 

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Mike Wehner

November 21st

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