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Twitter now acts more like a messaging app with read receipts, typing indicators & web link previews @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Twitter rolled out an update to its service this morning that aims to make the social app more competitive with mobile messaging clients, including the recently upgraded iMessage arriving in iOS 10. The company says it’s introducing a number of new features for Direct Messages – its private messaging feature – including things like Read…

via Twitter now acts more like a messaging app with read receipts, typing indicators & web link previews — TechCrunch

The need for algorithmic accountability @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

There is a new generation of companies exerting such great influence on society that they’re essentially becoming utilities. Google, Amazon, Facebook and Uber are near monopolies that provide services as integral to our modern life as power, telephone and transportation systems were a century ago. But there is a key difference between last century’s utilities…

via The need for algorithmic accountability — TechCrunch

Facebook’s path into the messaging future @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

There has been quite some buzz around Facebook’s Messenger platform lately. And, almost daily, you can read new articles about chatbots, conversational interfaces, digital assistants, AI and messaging platforms. Is chat the next generation of how we connect and interact with the internet? Can Facebook’s Messenger eventually become the platform that connects all services that……

via Facebook’s path into the messaging future — TechCrunch

How Facebook News Feed Works @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

This is the ultimate guide to how Facebook chooses what to show in your News Feed, and how you can get your content seen by more people. Understanding how the News Feed works is tough because the algorithm is always changing. So TechCrunch launched this research project, interviewing Facebook’s team members, compiling the company’s announcements,…

via How Facebook News Feed Works — TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

After a surprise Nigeria visit to meet with techies in Lagos, Mark Zuckerberg took his Africa tour to Kenya this Thursday. There the Facebook CEO visited the iHub innovation space, reviewed the BRCK mobile Wi-Fi device, had lunch with Kenyan ICT Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru, and met with tech leaders Juliana Rotich and Erik Hersman. Like…

via Mark Zuckerberg’s Africa tour tracks tech’s growing interests on the continent — TechCrunch

5 ways beacons are transforming the enterprise @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Bluetooth beacons are proven technology. So why isn’t anyone using them effectively? Sure, companies are using them to track users and boost sales — but are we seeing a return on that investment? Read More

via 5 ways beacons are transforming the enterprise — TechCrunch

MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants — @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Serendipity has long been a staple of scientific study, and a new discovery by MIT is no exception. Researchers at the school were trying to build better batteries, but instead found a better way to smelt metal. The study resulted in a brand new, far less polluting way to make antimony, which itself isn’t very…

via MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants — TechCrunch

Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Rats and other whiskered animals use senses that we don’t yet possess. In addition to being able to run mazes and lick our faces to confirm we aren’t covered in BBQ sauce, scientists have confirmed that some animals use their flowing front whiskers to sense wind position, a technique that could be used in future…

via Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future — TechCrunch

It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would the be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for…

via It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale — TechCrunch

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