Apps

Facebook Announces Plans To Fight Election Interference

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has been promising to make its platform safer from election interference around the world. Now, it seems like there are some concrete plans in place to make this happen. Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined the plans in a roughly 3,300-word blog post. The November midterm elections in the United States […]

Nearly A Quarter Of Americans Have Deleted Facebook App

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that nearly a quarter of Americans have deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the last year. The study found that 26 percent of the respondents reported deleting the app from their phone. In the 18- to 29-year-old age range, 44 percent of study participants […]

Facebook Accused Of Housing Discrimination

Federal regulators have accused Facebook of allowing landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. A formal complaint filed against the social media company says that it allows the use of targeted Facebook ads to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability and other characteristics. In response, Facebook said that it […]

Tinder Founders Launch $2 Billion Lawsuit Against Match Group, IAC

A group of 10 current and former Tinder employees have launched a lawsuit against InterActiveCorp and Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH), the owners of Tinder, in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. The employees are suing for $2 billion, alleging that the defendants purposely undervalued Tinder before its tie-up with Match to devalue early employee […]

Twitter Shares Make Steep Fall

Twitter shares fell 20.5 percent in a single-day drop during this week’s bloodbath for social media companies. It was the worst single day percentage drop since 2014 for the company, and the second worst in Twitter’s history. Before the steep decline, Twitter’s stock had risen 79 percent in 2018. The news comes just after Facebook […]

Twitter Accounts Purge Causes Large Drops In Followers

Twitter’s (NYSE: TWTR) most recent accounts purge has taken a big bite out of the follower numbers of some of the biggest accounts on its site. The purge, undertaken as an effort to clean up the social media platform, was expected to impact many of the accounts on the platform as it went on through […]

Facebook Shutting Down Three Recently Purchased Apps

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has announced that it is shutting down three apps purchased by the company in recent years. One of the apps has only been in Facebook’s possession for eight months. The reason for closing all three apps was cited as “low usage.” One of the apps being shuttered is an anonymous social app […]

Verizon Go90 App Shutting Down

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is shutting down its Go90 video app on July 31st. Go90 offered a mix of original short-form videos and licensed programming from official networks for free. Verizon spent more than $1.2 billion on the Go90 project. The Go90 team and its operations have been folded into Oath, Verizon’s new multimedia unit comprised […]

Instagram Launches New Video App

Instagram has rolled out IGTV, a new app specifically for long-form, vertical video. Everyone who has an Instagram account can start uploading and watching videos right away. The new features can be accessed through the new app or by clicking a new IGTV icon on the existing Instagram app. According to Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, […]

New Pandora Offering Is Geared Towards Families

Music-streaming pioneer Pandora (NYSE:P) has quietly rolled out a new subscription tier for families on its on-demand Premium music streaming service. These Premium Family plans are now available for $15 per month. The new plan was first reported by Android Police. Pandora’s Premium Family plan can include up to six users, allowing more users to […]

Apple Music Reports It Now Has 50 Million Users

Apple Music has announced that it has reached 50 million users, a significant milestone. Apple Music touted having 38 million subscribers in March, but that didn’t include the people listening with three-month free trials. Last month, the company reportedly passed 40 million subscribers, with 8 million free trials. Apple launched its Apple Music streaming service […]

Spotify’s First Earnings Report Disappoints Investors

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) reported its first quarterly earnings as a public company this week. Disappointing investors, the company is still losing money. Spotify reported a net loss of 169 million euros for the quarter, lower than the 173 million loss reported a year ago. The Stockholm-based streaming-music service reported sales of 1.14 billion euros, compared […]

Scientists Develop ‘Am I Stoned’ App

A prototype app called “Am I Stoned?” aims to answer that very question. This could be helpful as legal marijuana becomes more accepted and widespread in the U.S. Knowing how impaired they really are may help marijuana users make safer choices about activities that may be difficult or dangerous while high. The researchers involved were […]

Over 20 Million U.S. Users Affected By Uber Breach

Uber Technologies Inc. has recently revealed that a data breach targeting its systems affected more people than previously believed. The data breach exposed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 20 million Uber users in the U.S. Officials said the stolen information included 25.6 million names and email addresses, 22.1 million names […]

Instagram Unveils New Focus Portrait Mode

Facebook-owned Instagram (NASDAQ: FB) has released its new portrait mode feature that now runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video too. The feature has now been rolled out globally on iPhone 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X, as well as select Android devices. It does not mention which Android […]

Users Flocking To Mobile Trivia Apps

There is a popular new trend hitting smartphones nationwide: mobile trivia apps. Over the past year, developers have created a wave of mobile trivia games where users compete for real money by answering questions on their smartphones. Millions of people are playing against each other on these apps every week. One of the most popular […]

Match Group Launches Lawsuit Against Bumble

A war has begun between two popular dating app companies. Tinder’s parent company Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) has launched a lawsuit against Bumble for patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. The lawsuit claims that Bumble is virtually identical to Tinder and its only differentiating factor is that women make the first move. The lawsuit cites […]

Swype Keyboard App Development Ends

Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) has announced that it is ending the development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps. Swype support is being discontinued immediately. The company’s announcement of the apps’ discontinuation came earlier this month, but the actual removal of the apps just recently occurred. On iOS, one version of Dragon appears […]

Twitter Announces First Quarterly Profit

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Revenue and adjusted profit both topped analysts’ targets. Twitter reported a net profit of $91.1 million, or 12 cents per share, compared to a loss of $167.1 million, or 23 cents per share, a year […]

Facebook Reports Users Reducing Time On Site

People are using Facebook less often than before, according to a new report. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has reported a 5 percent drop in the total amount of time users spend on the social network. It is believed that the tweaks made to the content the network shows users are causing users to spend less […]

Spotify Sued For $1.6 Billion

Wixen Music Publishing has sued Spotify for allegedly using thousands of songs without license and compensation. The Wixen suit accuses Spotify of failure to “comply with the requirements of Section 115 of the Copyright Act” and of failing to obtain either a direct license or a compulsory license to use the songs in their catalogue. […]

YouTube Gone From Amazon Devices

Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has followed through on its threat to block Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) devices from accessing YouTube. The Google action affects all Fire TV devices, as well as the Echo Show, Amazon’s smart speaker device with a screen. Some users lost access as early as last week. The spat that led to the […]

OkCupid Under Fire For Plan To Enforce Real-name Rules

OKCupid recently released an open letter announcing that the company will begin rigorously enforcing rules that require users to use their real names before year’s end. The company’s letter says, “We want you, BigDaddyFlash916, to go by who you are, and not be hidden beneath another layer of mystique.” A test group of OKC members […]

AOL Instant Messenger Ends 20-Year Run

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was officially shut down on Friday after 20 years in action. Verizon’s Oath previously announced in October that Dec. 15 would be the platform’s last day. The company had already removed third-party support in March, cutting off many access points. AOL was acquired by Verizon in June 2015 for $4.4 billion. […]

Children’s Smartwatches Now Banned In Germany

Germany has taken action to protect children by banning the sale of smartwatches aimed at them. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency implemented the ban to prevent companies from obtaining data on German children. The German regulator said the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance laws. A large number of providers in Germany currently sell smartwatches […]

Square Announces New $999 Point-of-sale Device

Square Inc. (NYSE:SQ) has announced a new addition to its hardware lineup: a new point-of-sale device called the Square Register. The Register is meant for larger sellers using Square or considering using it. Square’s Head of Software Jesse Dorogusker said that the ultimate goal is for the Register to replace “the giant beige and gray […]

Twitter To Increase Transparency For Ads On Its Platform

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has announced it is changing its advertising policies to provide more information about the ads running on its site. An advertising transparency center created by the company will reveal details about all ads running on the platform. Twitter said it would disclose who had paid for the advertisement and allow users to find […]

Ford Partners With Lyft On Self-Driving Service