Social Media
Social Media

Facebook inking live-streaming deals worth millions with YouTube and Vine stars

Facebook is splashing $2.2 million on live-streaming content deals with around two dozen internet stars from YouTube, and Vine. Overall, social media stars comprise 15 percent of Facebook's 140 media partners.
Social Media

Celebs force Twitter to bust racist trolls after Leslie Jones controversy

Twitter has taken action against the racist trolls that Leslie Jones said were verbally attacking her, after a celebrity campaign against the inaction of the social network and in support of the Ghostbusters star.
Mobile

Brazil's supreme court suspends WhatsApp ban hours after judge orders it

Brazil has blocked popular messaging service WhatsApp again for failure to hand over data related to a criminal investigation. It's the third clash in an ongoing saga between Brazilian authorities and WhatsApp. The ban was overturned hours…
Social Media

Want the little blue checkmark by your Twitter handle? Now you can as Twitter broadens verification

Twitter is now allowing all users to apply for a verified account -- the little blue checkmark next to profile handles which indicates authenticity. It's rolling out globally over the coming days.
Social Media

Keeping it (un)real: Snapchat now lets you animate yourself thanks to Bitmoji

Months after Snapchat's $100 million acquisition of Bitmoji, you can finally send a comic version of yourself in either your snaps or your chats. To use Bitmoji in Snapchat, you'll need to download the Bitmoji app.
Social Media

Twitter steps up its game, joins with NBA on pair of new, exclusive live shows

Twitter and the NBA have partnered to bring two exclusive, live shows to the social news service that will integrate with Twitter conversations. Vine and Periscope will also get in on the action with more behind-the-scenes content.
Photography

Canon’s latest all-in-one inkjets print directly from social media, cloud storage

Printers may seem like basic technology, but Canon is adding both efficiency and functionality with its latest options. From printing directly from social media and cloud accounts to improved yields, the Maxima printers offer a range of…
Social Media

Snapchat wants to show you ads based on the objects in your Snaps

A newly published Snapchat patent shows technology that uses image recognition technology to serve ads based on objects that were within the snap. The firm may be hoping for a major revenue boost from this technology.
Social Media

Facebook lets devs target you with ads based on how you use their apps

Facebook is introducing new ad targeting options for developers that can reach users based on their use of a selected app. There are 14 different in-app activity tracking options now available to brands and marketers.
Social Media

Snapchat quietly rolled out a feature to share your fave accounts

Snapchat has quietly rolled out a “suggest” function that lets you recommend accounts to your friends, allowing you to easily share their details with your followers in the process. It applies to every single profile on the app.
Social Media

Tumblr’s slow evolution forces Yahoo to write down value by two-thirds

Tumblr has suffered another devaluation at the hands of its parent company Yahoo. The tech giant has announced a $482 million write-down of the blogging service, which it purchased in 2013 for $1.1 billion.
Social Media

ABC News partners with Facebook to offer live-streaming coverage of DNC and RNC

Following similar moves from YouTube, Twitter, and others, Facebook and ABC News are teaming up to offer in-depth live-streaming video coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions.