Google is said to work on news product competing with Snapchat

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is working with publishers on a news product called Stamp that would serve up articles in a mobile magazine-like design, similar to Snapchat’s Discover service, according to a person familiar with the matter. Stamp evolved from media relationships Google already has for another one of its products, called AMP, which is meant to help load articles faster. […]

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Facebook’s stealing features again, but not from Snapchat this time

You probably didn’t notice it all, but Facebook took Twitter’s most iconic feature 一 kinda. Familiar with Twitter’s 140 character limit? Well, Facebook now has a new feature that only allows users 130 characters in a post. Facebook might not have stolen Twitter’s concept, but the company definitely used it as inspiration in its new short and sweet posting format. […]

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Snapchat just launched an attack on a key source of Facebook’s ad revenue

Snapchat’s popularity with younger users has helped it eat into an important segment of Facebook’s audience. Now Snapchat is stepping up its attack on another major pillar of Facebook’s business: advertisers. Snapchat is rolling out two new tools to bolster its ad offerings, one of which is aimed squarely at a key source of Facebook’s mobile ad revenue. Advertisers on Snapchat will now have access […]

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Facebook just made a key move in its quest to crush Snapchat

After successfully copying Snapchat with Instagram Stories, Facebook is at it again in its big blue app. The same interface, which Facebook is aptly calling Facebook Stories, is currently being tested in the Facebook mobile app, a company spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday. While the test is beginning only in Ireland, the spokesperson said Facebook plans to bring the […]

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Snapchat is the latest tech company to be sued for mapping faces

Snapchat is being dragged to a California federal court over a feature that outlines and maps the shape of your face. Two Illinois residents in May sued Snapchat in California state court for allegedly capturing and storing facial recognition data without getting consent from users or disclosing how long it will be kept. The app’s “sophisticated facial recognition technology extracts […]

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Snapchat Said to Have 150 Million Daily Users, Passing Twitter

Snapchat Inc. has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter Inc. by daily active users. Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December, said the people, who asked not to be named because […]

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SnapGlass? HoloChat? Snapchat is secretly hiring wearable technology experts

If Snapchat made a gadget, what would it be? That’s not a rhetorical question. The social media startup, currently valued at $16 billion, is recruiting hardware experts for a stealthy new project. Snapchat now counts nearly a dozen wearable technology vets among its ranks, as well as industrial designers who worked on Nokia phones and Logitech’s popular UE Boom Bluetooth […]

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