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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Today is #WorldEmojiDay, because why not?

Countless cultural beliefs and traditions around the world define what we call “holidays” -- so why not add something new that binds all of us to our increasingly tech-centric planet?

Weekly Rewind: Emmy madness, yet more 'Pokémon Go,' and a moon photobomb

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…

Police arrest man who threatened to ‘purge’ Pokemon Go players

Using Facebook to convey a warning of possible violence against a local community of Pokemon players, a 29-year-old Texas man named Nathan Cerda posted that he was planning to “purge” anyone attending Pokemon Go events or…
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Facebook exec adds insult to injury in response to poor ratings on diversity report

Facebook diversity exec blames applicant "pipeline" on Facebook's diversity problem, highlighted in the company's recent diversity report. Data shows that pipeline is not this issue, and critics say that Facebook needs to take a hard look…

This new algorithm can tell how old you are based on your Instagram activity

What if we told you that we could tell roughly how old you are based on your Instagram activity? A new algorithm from researchers at Penn State University can do just that.
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Facebook hoping to turn Messenger into the western WeChat with new hire

Facebook has allegedly made a strategic hire from China’s leading messaging app WeChat. The social network's new recruit is former WeChat product manager, Dan Grover, who has over two years of experience at the Chinese firm.
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Attempted coup in Turkey results in social media clampdown

Turkey saw a social media blackout on Friday during an attempted coup by the country’s military, with reports that Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube were all down. Live-streaming platforms are still being used to broadcast scenes on the…