Selfie app Frontback — which allows users to take advantage of a phone’s front- and rear-facing cameras to switch together two-shot photos to share with friends – released its app for Android on Wednesday. The iPhone app has been around for a year and just surpassed its millionth download in March. The company says that the Android app includes identical features to the iOS version, but also has a new feature called “Offline Mode,” which allows users to take pictures without an internet connection.
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Google’s mobile Maps lead Daniel Graf will be joining the flock at Twitter, where he will help mold the company’s product development efforts, especially on mobile devices. Read more »
Facebook has reportedly made the decision to sever messaging features from its main app, forcing users to rely on Messenger instead. It seems inefficient, but the decision is actually smart. Read more »
Twitter announced Thursday that it will roll out new web notifications for its online platform slowly over the coming weeks. If a user is logged in on Twitter’s website and receives a follow, favorite, reply, retweet or direct message, an interactive pop-up window will appear in the lower right-hand corner. Users can opt out or adjust the notifications in the platform’s Settings section. By adding notifications to the newly revamped profile pages, Twitter is clearly interested in making its native platform the place to be in an attempt to lure users away from more efficient third-party systems.
Facebook has adjusted its algorithm to better detect when Pages are broadcasting low-quality or suspect posts. Read more »
Mailbox, the iOS email app that Dropbox acquired last year, is rolling out Android and desktop versions. Read more »
At a special event Wednesday, Dropbox announced a new cloud-based photo sharing app, Carousel. Read more »
Q&A platform Quora has announced a new round of funding of $80 million, which it will use to sustain the company “no matter what happens.” Read more »
Facebook shared some of its insights about how it is approaching privacy, and it’s clear the company wants to shift responsibility to users. Read more »
Twitter has unveiled its new profile layout, which focuses on photos and video while pushing lower-value text to the background. Read more »
This weekend, Uber’s New York City Twitter account teased a special announcement for Tuesday, and now the company has shed some light: it will offer a courier service called UberRUSH in Manhattan. Uber General Manager Josh Mohrer told CNBC that Uber users can use the app to deliver packages within an hour, like an on-demand courier service. It’s not the first time the startup has dabbled in delivery — it’s served everything from Christmas trees to kittens in a variety of cities — but it could be the beginning a move to open up the service to benefit bikers as well as drivers.
Android lockscreen developers Cover have announced an acquisition by Twitter. Read more »
In a recent interview, David Byttow, CEO and co-founder at Secret, shared his insights about the company and anonymity. Read more »
Amazon introduced Dash, a scanner and recorder that automatically links to products found on Amazon Fresh. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter is unveiling 15 new ad units, along with an expanded analytics platform for brands. Read more »
Video sharing platform Vine now gives users the ability to send video and text messages privately. Read more »
Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich has officially resigned in the wake of protests over his support for a ban on gay marriage. Read more »
Image sharing site Imgur has raised its first round of funding — $40 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz. Read more »
After expanding to 30 cities, Lyft has picked up $250 million, which it plans to use to expand internationally. Read more »
Mobile insights company dscout has developed a mobile social network that caters to early adopters and brands introducing new products. Read more »
Dating site OKCupid has released a letter asking users to not browse the site with Mozilla Firefox, due to the incoming CEO’s donation in support of gay marriage bans. Read more »
Fans of Google+ can now see how far their content has traveled on the social networking site, as the company announced on Monday that all users will now get a number of “total views” alongside their profile. According to the announcement, that figure represents “the sum of your profile, post and photo views since October 2012.” The feature won’t necessarily mean much to individual users, but it’s an interesting way for brands to see how their content has reached others — analytics on Google+ are relatively fuzzy, so this might be a small step towards a deeper analytics platform for brands.
Microsoft released a statement Friday that said it will amend its policies regarding its search of private email — but the practice won’t end. Read more »
The team will work on drones and satellites that can blanket entire areas with connectivity. Read more »
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus might seem strange at the outset, but it could have a big payoff in the not-too-distant future. Read more »
The ink is apparently dry on the acquisition deal between “social influence” and analytics platform Klout and customer service software company Lithium Technologies: Fortune reported Wednesday that the deal has closed, for nearly $200 million. That’s nearly double the $100 million initially reported by Re/code. Lithium will likely use Klout to help identify influencers on behalf of brands who use the company’s technology for customer service, and, according to Fortune, might help the company go public in the near future.
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Mobile app Shyp will pick up your package, box it up, and ship it anywhere you need it for just $5 extra. Read more »
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Facebook’s first high-profile acquisition is chugging along: Instagram said a blog post Tuesday that it’s surpassed 200 million monthly active users, up from 100 million just one year ago. According to the post, 50 million of those users were acquired in the last six months, and now roughly 65 percent of the user base is outside of the United States. In an email to Gigaom, the company disclosed that users share roughly 60 million photos per day, and 20 billion photos to date. The user base growth is a good sign, as Instagram continues to pursue monetization opportunities and ad partnerships.
Facebook has announced that it will acquire VR hardware company Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Read more »
Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Winter 2014 class on Tuesday was marked by a formal goodbye to former president Paul Graham. Graham gave up his seat in late February to partner and YC alum Sam Altman. Before the presentation, the partners at Y Combinator went onstage to honor Graham, presenting him with a signed pair of khaki shorts.
Group messaging app Rumr brings the novelty of anonymity to private messaging, but is the company ready to handle the possible consequences? Read more »
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With the release of Verified Profiles, Quora is offering users a chance to ask questions to public figures in a town-hall style format. Read more »
A year after it was announced, Twitter’s #music application for iPhone will go dark. Read more »
Blogging platform Medium is now available for iPhone, offering custom reading lists based on who they follow on Twitter. Read more »
Microsoft sifted through a Parisian Microsoft blogger’s account to find evidence that one of its own was leaking internal information. Read more »