Facebook to roll out tech for combating fake stories in its Trending topics

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disrupt_sf16_adam_mosseri-4017 Following the controversial firing of the editorial team who managed the Trending Topics that appear next to Facebook’s News Feed, the company is now actively working on technology that will help prevent fake news stories from showing up in the Trending section. Similar systems have been rolled out to News Feed in recent months, and now that same technology is making its way to… Read More

Facebook denies it’s a media company despite censorship decisions

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disrupt_sf16_adam_mosseri-4011 Facebook makes value judgements about what can appear in News Feed and what’s censored, but insists its a tech company not a media editor. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF, writer Josh Constine sat down with Adam Mosseri, a VP at Facebook and head of News Feed, to hear more about how policies control what you see. The talk started with Constine asking Mosseri much content people consume daily… Read More

Twitter launches on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox One

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twitter apple tv Twitter needs to figure out a way to continue to grow — and it certainly seems open to looking into a lot of new places outside your phone to figure out how to do that. Today, the company said it is launching an app on the Apple TV, Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV, which will allow users to view Twitter content through the apps on their televisions. That includes live streams of 10 NFL… Read More

Stephen Curry on social media, charity and robotic referees

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disrupt_sf16_stephen_curry-3907 Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry closed out the second day of Disrupt San Francisco by discussing his recent forays into technology investments and charitable organizations, kicking things off by talking Slyce, the social media startup he cofounded with former Davidson teammate,Bryant Barr.
“We met back in 2005,” the Splash Brother explained. “He left to go back to Nike and… Read More

Facebook Messenger’s source code reveals hidden Rooms feature

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facebook-messenger-rooms Facebook Messenger has built an unreleased feature called Rooms that lets groups publicly chat about different subjects and events. Buried in Messenger’s iOS app’s source code are multiple references to the feature, with some explanation of how it works. The code shows: “Introducing rooms”, “Rooms are for public conversations about topics and interests. Each room… Read More

Foursquare 10 puts search front and center

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custom-homescreen-been-here_hero-image Foursquare has today unveiled Foursquare 10, a redesigned version of the app that puts search front and center. J Crowley, head of product at Foursquare, told TechCrunch that most people get on Foursquare with a clear intent, making the original featured content on the homepage mostly irrelevant. “Previous versions of the products were based on the theory that people wanted a laid back… Read More

YouTube gets its own social network with the launch of YouTube Community

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A picture shows a You Tube logo on December 4, 2012 during LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis near Paris. Le Web is Europe's largest tech conference, bringing together the entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers who shape the future of the internet.        (Photo: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images) Confirming earlier reports that YouTube was planning to introduce more social networking features to its service, the company announced this morning the launch of YouTube Community, which allows video creators to better engage viewers using text, GIFs, images and more. The goal with the new features is to help keep creators from departing to competing platforms by offering more tools… Read More

Confide brings self-destructing messaging to iMessage

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confide-ios Confide, the confidential messaging app that launched back in 2013, has today announced an integration with iMessage in iOS 10. As part of iOS 10’s new iMessage features, which incorporates apps right within the iMessage application, Confide users will be able to send self-destructing messages direct from their texts. Confide for iMessage will support text and pictures, using… Read More

Pundit launches an audio social media app for millennials

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Pundit Just 2 percent of applicants got accepted to appear in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF; Pundit was one of the teams to make the cut. The company debuted their audio social media platform on stage, presenting it to a panel of judges. Co-founders Billy Shaw Susanto and Chris Aston told TechCrunch that they believe their forum for “bite-sized talkshows” will be used… Read More

Slack’s director of engineering, Leslie Miley, doesn’t believe in diversity quotas

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leslie-miley-slack12 Silicon Valley has a huge diversity problem, but a blunt instrument hiring quotas for diverse candidates still isn’t the answer, according to Slack head of engineering Leslie Miley. Instead, Silicon Valley — and Slack — have to get inventive, and look in some non-obvious places, to figure out how to bring in candidates that are outside the traditional Silicon Valley… Read More