Social Media
Social Media

WhatsApp marches on, hits 700m monthly users

Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to gather new users, adding 100 million in the last four months to take its tally to 700 million. CEO Jan Koum announced the news on Tuesday, adding that the app is now used to send 30 billion messages…
Social Media

Facebook acquires speech recognition startup Wit.ai

Judging by its latest acquisition, Facebook is planning to incorporate speech recognition features into some of its products. The newly acquired startup builds technology that lets users interact with apps and machines via Siri-like voice…
Social Media

Twitter broken? Timelines slow to update, company investigating

Twitter engineers are currently working on fixing an issue with the social media site that's causing delays in timeline updates. Developing....
Social Media

Mark Zuckerberg starts a book club — and we’re all invited

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is challenging himself to read a book every fortnight during the course of 2015 — and you can join in by signing up on the A Year Of Books page on Facebook.
Photography

Polaroid rebrands, re-launches Blipfoto one-photo-a-day social network

Polaroid has partnered with online photo sharing site Blipfoto to rebrand and re-launch the social network. Blipfoto lets users upload only one photo a day, but that photo is meant to capture a significant moment.
Social Media

Twitter rolling out ‘while you were away’ timeline feature

If you follow hundreds of other users or go for a long time without logging in, Twitter thinks you might be missing lots of interesting tweets. With that in mind, it's now rolling out a recap feature that places such tweets at the top of…
Social Media

Facebook says sorry after ‘Year in Review’ feature causes heartache

Facebook has apologized to a user after an auto-generated 'Year in Review' feature put an image of his deceased daughter front and center. An upset Eric Meyer described his experience in a written piece titled 'Inadvertent Algorithmic…
Web

Survival of the felines: 10 reasons why Grumpy Cat has lasted so long (and her 15 minutes are up)

Grumpy Cat is the darling of the meme world. She's gone from online sweetheart to real-life celebrity, amassing a fortune for her cat owners. But we think her 15 minutes of fame are wearing thin. We look back at the best of Grumpy Cat.
Photography

Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of 2014 puts lens on impoverished California region

Time Magazine has named Matt Black as its Instagram Photographer of the Year 2014. Black focuses his lens on the poverty in California's Central Valley and uses Instagram to easily reach an audience.
Photography

Turn your selfies into ads for clothes, make some money

A new "selfies for money" app, Stylinity allows you to upload phone pics of fashion items to their site. If someone buys the items from your selfie, then you get redeemable points, cash, or products.
Social Media

Woman assaults grandmother for denying Facebook friend request

Likely feeling spurned after her grandmother ignored her Facebook friend request, a 27-year-old Florida women decided that committing aggravated battery would be the best way to become Facebook friends.
Cool Tech

Rolling solo at a hotel? Marriott wants to hook you up (with platonic pals)

Your next business stay at a Marriott hotel could be more like a hostel thanks to Six Degrees, a social-networking experiment designed to connect like-minded travellers staying under the same roof.