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Social Media

Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots

wants you to pay for internet. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android that lets users buy data packs and find nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network. The company’s is live in five developing countries that see local business owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots where people can pay to access higher-speed bandwidth via local telecoms instead of paying steep prices for slow cellular data connections. Previously, Express [...]

Momo buys Tantan, China’s Tinder, for over $600M as Chinese social networks consolidate

WeChat is far and away the biggest messaging platform in China at the moment, and that is helping to drive a push among the smaller players to get together for better scale. Today, , the Chinese location-based social networking app that has more recently made a and is traded on Nasdaq with a market cap of around $6 billion, announced that it has acquired, China’s top dating app, . It’s not clear how that price compares to Tantan’s [...]

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was their source of information. Now Facebook is pushing into local news, but publishers should be wary of making the same crooked deal. It [...]

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now

Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger. Oh what price vanity, etc etc… Special thanks to the google arts & culture app’s doppelgänger feature for keeping me humble. pic.twitter.com/dhTese3mE5 — Susie Meister (@susie_meister) [...]

As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches ‘Did You Know’ social questionnaire

Facebook wants you to share a bit more about yourself on your profile, so today it’s launching a new feature to web and mobile users called “Did You Know,” where you can answer questions about yourself to clue friends into your secrets, dreams, goals and feelings. As people back away from statuses and focus more on sharing articles, videos and photos, this feature offers an opportunity for users to answer questions about themselves more directly. So many of Facebook’s [...]

Facebook rolls out new tools for group admins, plus badges and profiles for members

Facebook today a good handful of new features for groups on Facebook, with a focus on helping admins better manage and grow their online communities, and helping members better connect with one another. The additions, inspired by user feedback, include support for welcome posts, badges, member profiles and other admin-level controls. The company met this June with hundreds of Facebook group admins at its first-ever  in Chicago. This allowed Facebook staff to hear directly from those who run online [...]

AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running 1997. AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. But with SMS and social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp having conquered chat, AOL is giving up the fight with no planned replacement. “We know there are so many loyal fans who have used AIM for decades; and we loved [...]