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June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
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BUSINESS
May 31, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
There's never a shortage of things to gawk at in Venice Beach: oiled-up bodybuilders, a two-headed turtle, over-the-top street performers. Lately, passersby on the main stretch of the boardwalk have also been ogling an eggshell blue house, steps from the sand, unremarkable except for a giant yellow sign out front featuring a cheery cartoon ghost. The ghost is the logo of Snapchat, which has burst onto the tech scene with its mobile app that enables users to send their friends photos that self-destruct seconds after they're viewed.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris put United Airlines on notice Friday via Twitter. @KamalaHarris rebuked the airline for not displaying a privacy policy on its mobile app. “Fabulous app, @United Airlines, but where is your app's #privacy policy?” she wrote . She also linked to California's Online Privacy Protection Act , which requires commercial websites to conspicuously post a privacy policy if they collect personally identifiable information from Californians.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has stopped displaying the names of third-party services used to send tweets. This means you will no longer see that tweets on Twitter's website and mobile app have been sent from services such as Tweet-bot, Seesmic, HootSuite and others. Don't worry, you'll still be able to use those services to send tweets, but those third-party services will be hurting because Twitter has dramatically cut their visibility. The change is part of a continuing effort by Twitter to direct focus at its official platforms after long embracing third-party services.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mobile start-up Lightbox announced it would be joining Facebook and discontinuing its Android photo sharing app next month. The start-up's team of seven staffers, as reported by several outlets, will join Facebook just days before the social networking giant's IPO. The company made the announcement on its blog Tuesday. "Today, we're happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we'll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook's 500+ million mobile users," the mobile app's founders, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, wrote in the post.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the San Francisco-based car service company, is using election day to get out the word on its mobile app. The mobile start-up is running a promotion today that offers free rides for first-time users to get to a polling location. The service can be used anywhere in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Make plans for how you'll get back, though, as the offer can only be used for a one-way ride, not a round trip. If you want to ride back using Uber, it'll cost you a minimum of $15 in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If only Anthony Weiner had this feature two years ago. Twitter is now letting users send pictures to others through private messages sent on its platform. The San Francisco company announced the new feature Tuesday as it rolled out a major update for its mobile app. Although Twitter was made so that users could broadcast their messages to many at once, the social network has also included a private messaging tool for quite some time. But until now, the Direct Message feature was useless if a user wanted to send a photo.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Couch potatoes take note: YouTube has found a new way to send videos from a mobile device to the TV -- starting today. The updated YouTube mobile app pairs phones, tablets and Internet-connected TVs that share the same wireless Internet connection. This wireless link allows users to browse YouTube from their mobile devices, click a TV icon and watch videos on their living room TVs. The feature, which has been under development for about two years, will be offered initially on Android devices and on Internet-connected Google TVs. A growing number of applications, including Zeebox, IntoNow and Shazam, seek to harness the mobile phones and tablets in the living room to provide content that supplements the programs playing on TV. The new YouTube feature essentially turns mobile devices into a sophisticated remote control that a viewer can use to pause, scroll or skip to the next video as it plays on your TV. ALSO: ICM talent agency partners with maker of second-screen apps Not enough 'NCIS: Los Angeles?
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Count Twitter as the latest company to jump on the emoji bandwagon. The microblogging service said it will now display the cartoon icons on its website. The San Francisco company made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a tweet filled with a dozen of the playful icons. ¿¿¿¿ Twitter users love tweeting emoji from their phones - now you can view these emoji on web! #emojiparty ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿ - Twitter Support (@Support)
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