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13 May 2017
25 Apr 2017

A few of Instagram users have found they’re no longer able to temporarily disable their accounts – a feature, similar to the one Facebook has, that allows you to take a break from the social network for a period of time, but stops short of a full account deletion. The bug has been spotted in the wild since at least February, and is the subject of a number of complaints across social media.

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7 Mar 2017

Taking yet another cue from the Snapchat playbook, Instagram now offers geostickers in its ephemeral Stories feature. It’s currently only live in two cities (Jakarta and New York City) and offers visual accessories that represent your present location, down to the neighborhood.

The stickers will also act as a location tag, so viewers can tap on them to be taken to location page for more photos in that area. Instagram says this is just an early version, so a wider rollout to other cities will likely come soon. Personally, I’m still waiting on that MSQRD integration. Come on, Instagram. We all know it’s inevitable.

The update is available today on both iOS and Android.

3 Mar 2017
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Over the past couple of years, Twitter has offered developers many services to help them build, test, deploy and maintain their apps as part of its modular Fabric platform. Now, the company is selling it off to Google.

The move is likely an attempt on Twitter’s part to slim down in troubling times. The good thing is that none of Fabric’s useful services – including Crashlytics for reporting crashes, Digits for user authentication, Answers app analytics and Nuance for speech recognition – are going away, as Google will continue to offer them to developers as they are.

The people behind Fabric will join Google’s Developer Products Group and work alongside the Firebase team. During the transition, Digits will continue to be maintained by Twitter.

With that, Twitter is losing most of the ties it had with the developer community at large, and losing the advantage it once had over Facebook after the social network shuttered Parse.

But given that it recorded losses of more than $100 million in the the third quarter of 2016 (PDF), it’s clear that the company has bigger problems to tackle. Dropping Fabric off its list of services to maintain could reduce overheads as Twitter strives to become self-sustaining – or at the very least, stave off death in 2017.

Source: The Next Web News

21 Dec 2016
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29 Nov 2016

New data from PayPal further confirms mobile’s contribution to e-commerce retailers’ bottom lines over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. According to data from its network, mobile devices accounted for a third of all total payment volume on both of these top shopping days this year – figures that back up earlier reports that mobile accounted for roughly a third of online spending on Black Friday.

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14 Nov 2016