Facebook rolls out new shows to the entire U.S.

By Thursday, August 31, 2017 0 Permalink 0

That was quick.

Just a couple weeks after first introducing its new platform for TV shows, Facebook is now bringing the feature to everyone in the U.S. ;

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Called Watch, the social network is now working with dozens of publishers on original programming that lives in a dedicated section of Facebook’s app and website.

Facebook began testing Watch earlier this month, but the feature was only available to a handful of users in the U.S. Whatever the company was hoping to gauge in the first few weeks apparently went well, though, because they’re now pushing it live for the entire country. (Facebook tells us the full rollout will take a few days, so if you’re not seeing it quite yet, keep checking.) Read more…

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Teens, you deserve a life free from phones and social media. Here’s how to get it.

By Thursday, August 31, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Anyone with a smartphone lives in fear of missing out at some point. ; ;

I’ve personally watched my Boomer parents’ eyes glaze over as they sit at the dinner table and scroll through Facebook. As a Gen X/Millennial Cusper (a Xennial, if you will), I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my phone, but still compulsively update Apple News. ; ;

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The truth is, we feel drawn to our mobile devices because they deliver an exciting emotional rush every time we hold those shiny little computers in our hands and reveal what’s new in the world. ; Read more…

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Islands, a new messaging app, is taking over college campuses

By Wednesday, August 30, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Greg Isenberg has seen how other apps grow.

That’s why he’s at the University of Alabama with his new app, Islands. It’s already the hot new thing as students start classes for the fall 2017 semester.

“Who wants to meet people the most? It’s people at college. College is the single greatest time for self-discovery. You’re deciding if you like X or Y,” Isenberg said via FaceTime as he strolled the Alabama campus.

Like many apps before—think Yik Yak, Tinder, and even Facebook—Islands is hoping to take advantage of the collegial nature of college students. Islands offers an easy way to make groups and profiles to share photos and make plans. ; Read more…

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Teen saves horse trapped by Harvey’s rising floodwaters with dad’s help

By Wednesday, August 30, 2017 0 Permalink 0

For days, Chance Ward and his son have been wading through deep water on horseback to save animals trapped by Tropical Storm Harvey’s torrential rain. ;

Ward, of Cleveland, Texas, shared pictures and videos of their rescue efforts on Facebook, highlighting just how devastated the region has become. One video that shows his 17-year-old son, Rowdy, letting loose a horse locked inside a pen as water rises above the fidgety animal’s legs has gone viral, reaching 8.9 million views since it was posted Monday. ;

SEE ALSO: Houston’s local businesses pitch in as Harvey’s flooding wreaks havoc

“This is what we do, we help livestock. We try to help people,” Ward wrote on Facebook. Read more…

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During Harvey, social media rose to the challenge as a force for good

By Tuesday, August 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

As the tragic events surrounding Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it’s caused continues to unfold, one storyline that has emerged from the storm is how social media has proved to be a tool that’s been used for good. ;

This isn’t to say that the verbal sludge that’s helped drive a wedge in the nation thanks to social media completely disappeared and all our problems have been solved. But there’s a constant theme shining on social media during this disaster: acts of kindness and helpfulness abound.

SEE ALSO: Tropical Storm Harvey is the strongest to hit the US in 12 years

While the disastrous effects and rescues related to Harvey, now categorized as a tropical storm, are eerily reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina, the tools being used to help those in need now weren’t around in 2005 when Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. In 2005, Facebook was still a private, school-only platform and Twitter had yet to debut. ; Read more…

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About 3 million people watched Mayweather vs. McGregor on pirated streams

By Tuesday, August 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Conor McGregor pulled in an estimated $700 million. It also lost out on millions more.

Almost 3 million people watched 239 illegal streams of the fight Saturday night, according to software security company Irdeto. ;

SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather made $178,000 fighting Conor McGregor… per second

Irderto found 165 streams on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and Twitch. The company also identified 67 on streaming websites.

Instead of paying up $99.95 to watch the fight at home on Showtime or paying $20 to watch at a bar, nearly 3 million people got to see it from their smartphones, laptop, or smart TVs for free. ; Read more…

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About 3 million people watched Mayweather-McGregor on pirated streams

By Tuesday, August 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Conor McGregor pulled in an estimated $700 million. It also lost out on millions more.

Almost 3 million people watched 239 illegal streams of the fight Saturday night, according to software security company Irdeto. ;

SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather made $178,000 fighting Conor McGregor… per second

Irderto found 165 streams on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and Twitch. The company also identified 67 on streaming websites.

Instead of paying up $99.95 to watch the fight at home on Showtime or paying $20 to watch at a bar, nearly 3 million people got to see it from their smartphones, laptop, or smart TVs for free. ; Read more…

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The future of Snapchat is in the dancing hot dog’s hands

By Tuesday, August 29, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Is Snapchat dying? You’d think so, given the tenor of recent reports about everything from its dipping stock price to its supposed non-essentiality with teenagers. ;

But everyone giving up on Snapchat is missing something right under their noses: a breakdancing rod of pink slime. If there’s a star of the summer, it’s the dancing hot dog.

SEE ALSO: I redownloaded Snapchat for the dancing hot dog, and I am not ashamed

“Value” on social media is hard to quantify. Facebook has 2.01 billion monthly users, but its News Feed has long been a morass of untrustworthy news links, viral videos, and bad opinions from distant friends and relatives. How valuable is a service that users resent and fear? For now, it’s worth about $500 billion, but eventually the scale can tilt too far in favor of crap, and users can flee. Facebook does too much to do much of anything well. ;Meanwhile, Snapchat has a dancing hot dog. It’s silly, it’s brilliant, and it says basically everything about the app and its possible future. ; Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcome second baby girl with family Facebook photo

By Monday, August 28, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Welcome to the newest future Facebook user.

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg announced via a Facebook post the birth of their second child, August. The parents shared a photo of August with her sister Max. Zuckerberg also posted a letter, which is focused on childhood. ;

SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg is taking two months off to spend time with his second daughter

“The world can be a serious place. That’s why it’s important to make time to go outside and play,” Zuckerberg wrote. ;

When Max was born in 2015, Zuckerberg shared a letter and announced the creation of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. ;

Zuckerberg revealed earlier this month he would be taking two months paternity leave this year. Facebook allows employees to take four months off. Zuckerberg will be taking a month off now and another month off later this year. ; Read more…

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