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Snapchat Expands ‘Our Story’ to All Users



After being “blown away” at the response from Snapchatters at Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza and other music festivals to the “Our Story” feature, which pools photos and videos from live events into one feed, the photo messaging application announced Friday that it has expanded the product

Now all Snapchatters, not just attendees at pre-determined events, can use Our Story.

“You’ll notice today that there’s a new ‘Live’ section beneath…

Facebook Bolsters International Ambitions With New Ad Option



Facebook wants to bring emerging market mobile advertising up to speed — by making speed less of a factor.

Facebook has launched a new option that allows marketers to target certain types of smartphone network connections, a move aimed at improving its advertising offerings in emerging markets.

“Optimizing the creative — for instance, targeting a video campaign to people with high-speed connections, and swapping in an image or…

You Won’t Believe This: Facebook Tries to Weed Out ‘Clickbait’



Facebook is tweaking how stories appear on its News Feed in an attempt to minimize “clickbait,” or headlines that attract users to click on a story that may not offer much substance.

The social network revealed the change in a blog post on Monday, citing continued pressure from users to present better content in the News Feed

To do that, Facebook is employing a metric becoming increasingly popular across the Internet: time spent…

Facebook Says It’s Cracking Down On Clickbait


Report: Tesla OS Update Could Let You Start the Model S With an iPhone



Tesla did away with the need for gas, and now, according to a new leak, it’s planning to throw away the keys.

The newest Tesla Model S OS update will reportedly allow owners to start and unlock their electric cars with an iPhone.

Based on screenshots obtained by Electrek on Wednesday, the new Tesla mobile app has “new notifications functionality and the ability to start your car.” Electrek, an electric car…

OkCupid Defends Human Experiments: ‘That’s How Websites Work’



While news of Facebook’s emotion-manipulation study sparked public outrage and investigations from regulators, dating site OkCupid is letting its users know that human experiments are a reality of using the Internet.

In a post called “We Experiment on Human Beings,” founder Christian Rudder took to OkCupid’s blog Monday to defend human experimentation and remind users that such tests are extremely common and even beneficial to users.

Instapaper Founder Launches Overcast, an App for Smarter Podcasts



Developer Marco Arment is best known for his read-it-later app Instapaper, and for his former role as Tumblr’s lead developer

Arment’s latest project, however, tackles an entirely different medium: podcasts. The developer just rolled out the first version of Overcast, a deceptively simple, yet powerful, podcast player.

The app was inspired by the simplicity of iOS 7, according to Arment.

“iOS 7 shook up the market, and by…

BlackBerry Gets Siri-ous With a Voice-Enabled Assistant



BlackBerry is planning a Siri-like voice-enabled assistant, the company revealed Wednesday.

Like Siri and Windows Phone’s Cortana, BlackBerry Assistant responds to voice commands but also uses the Passport’s keyboard to respond to typed commands. It will ship with the upcoming BlackBerry Passport and will be able to launch apps, respond to voice commands and control your devices settings.

“If I’m driving and I ask it to read my latest email…

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Wait for It… Twitter Collectively Holds Its Breath in World Cup Shootouts



The moment of anticipation between when the World Cup referee blows the whistle and when the player takes his shot is one of those rare times in sports when just about everyone is holding their breath.

And, as it turns out on Twitter, holding their tweets. Data from Twitter highlights how activity ebbs and flows dramatically during shootouts, with users glued to the game and launching a storm of tweets as soon as the shot flies

SoundCloud Overhauls iPhone App With a Push on Streaming



SoundCloud released a redesigned iPhone app on Thursday that emphasizes listening and music discovery instead of recording and uploading.

The change is a small but significant shift for the service, which has long been a hub for both mainstream and indie artists.

The app has been completely redesigned to make navigation and music discovery faster and easier. The revamped user interface relies solely on swipes to navigate around the app and…