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What’s next for Snapchat? Patents suggest 3D models and mapping of emotions

The U.S. patent office recently published two patents by Snap, Inc. that suggest tech for creating 3D models from a smartphone and tracking emotions in a video chat. The video option would be used for customer service chats.
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Twitter test makes news the first thing users see in the timeline

Twitter wants to make sure you didn't miss that big news story, and is placing the news -- and a curated list of related tweets -- at the top of your feed. The Twitter test currently uses topics selected by staff but could switch to…
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From grit to sparkle: How to clean up your Instagram account

Instagram profile bogged down by odd photos or conflicting styles? Instagram feed filled with accounts you wish you had never followed? Here's how to easily clean up your Instagram account.
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No helmet needed: NASCAR expands Twitter deal for in-car live-streams

NASCAR and Twitter have inked a deal for more POV in-car live-steams for a bunch of races during the second half of the 2018 season. Coverage will also include race highlights so fans can keep up with all the action.
Emerging Tech

Social media is flooded with illegal wildlife trade but A.I. can help

Thanks to researchers at the University of Helsinki’s Digital Geography Lab, wildlife may find help through a popular tool traffickers use to deal their illegal wares — social media.
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YouTube will add factual links to conspiracy-theory videos — using Wikipedia

After a conspiracy theory video that was later removed made it to YouTube's trending section, the platform decided to make changes to help cue viewers in to potentially false content by adding links to related Wikipedia content.

Twitter looks to score a goal with new deal for Major League Soccer games

U.S. fans of the domestic soccer scene can enjoy at least 24 MLS games live on Twitter this season, with lots of exclusive extras thrown in, too. The coverage started on Saturday and is part of a three-year deal.
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Facebook Watch to get exclusive rights to 25 MLB games

The MLB and Facebook have reached a partnership that will guarantee Facebook Watch exclusive rights to 25 weekly MLB games starting in April of this year.

After Warner Music deal, Facebook is in league with all three major labels

Facebook now has deals with Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the three companies that control the music of virtually all of the most popular artists on Earth.

Twitter CEO aims to overhaul verification as digital coin scams grow

During a Periscope live-stream on Thursday, Jack Dorsey and David Gasca talked about overhauling Twitter's confusing verification system. The move could help lower the number of cryptocurrency scams proliferating the social platform.
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Social Feed: Snapchat tests tags, bots want your data, Facebook patents a robot

In this week's Social Feed, Snapchat's latest test could add a long-ignored feature, the Russian bots also want your data, Facebook is patenting a self-balancing robot and Twitter pushes back on cryptocurrency scammers.
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2 weeks after Kylie Jenner disses Snapchat, Snap lays off 120 engineers

It's been only two weeks since Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the reality television bunch, sent the tweet heard around the Snapchat world, and now, parent company Snap is laying off around 120 employees.
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Breaking the glass ceiling: 6 women in tech you should know

In honor of International Women's Day, we've rounded up some of the most influential women in tech, from senior executives at major companies, to women pushing for more inclusion and diversity in a field traditionally dominated by men.

Google launches YouTube Studio to help video creators nab more views

YouTube Studio will help creators see just how well each video is performing with new metrics and an upgraded dashboard. The new features come as YouTube pushes the new app out of beta testing for an official launch.
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Facebook celebrates historic and modern women alike on International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, and Facebook is launching a new tool for female entrepreneurs while also celebrating women in history. The tool is designed to help women find an online support community.

Facebook adds video calling service to Messenger Lite app

Facebook is bringing video calling to Messenger Lite, the slimmed-down version of the Messenger app we all know and love, intended for those in developing areas and with bad signal alike.

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram over messaging services

BlackBerry has sued Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, alleging that the companies infringe on BlackBerry-owned patents related to messaging. The suit reportedly comes after "several years of dialogue" between the companies.

Is Instagram developing a portrait camera mode? Code points to the possibility

Digging into Instagram's APK code suggests the social network is considering expanding the camera modes with a portrait option to go alongside existing options like Boomerang and Superzoom. Instagram hasn't confirmed the feature.