Tag "Snapchat"

Snap acquires Mobli’s ‘Geofilters’ patent for $7.7 million

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Snapchat’s parent company, Snap has reportedly acquired Mobli’s ‘Geofilters’ patent for $7.7 million. Mobli is photo-sharing network, which also happens to be Instagram’s rival. Citing sources and a confidential email sent by Mobli, to its shareholders, TechCrunch report says that

Boycott Snapdeal, Oops Snapchat: The curious case of mistaken identity

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Just when you thought that things cannot get worse for Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, comes a blow from a completely unexpected quarter. Snapdeal may be bargaining hard for a potential sale to rival Flipkart behind closed doors but in the virtual

Microsoft launches fun camera app, Sprinkles with AI prowess

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If you are bored with the same old Snapchat filters (considering the same filters are now available on Facebook and Instagram), then Microsoft brings you a new fun ‘camera’ app, Sprinkles, powered by machine learning. Though Microsoft’s Sprinkles, available only for

Snapchat rips off Instagram with a perfect April fool’s day prank

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It’s no secret that Instagram Stories, which has been a game changer for the photo-sharing app, was cloned from Snapchat. The Facebook-owned company didn’t even bother to modify the name; it was simply lifted from Snapchat Stories and pasted to Instagram Stories.

Facebook expands its fundraising tools with a ‘personal fundraiser’ for Pages

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Walking on the lines of its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that Facebook is “a platform for all ideas”, Facebook seems to have found a new ‘inspiration’ for ideas. After doing all it could with Snapchat’s Stories, Zuckerberg team has now announced

Now Facebook brings ‘Stories’ feature to its main application

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Honestly, it cannot get blatant than this. It looks like there’s no stopping Facebook from its copying spree that has resulted in Snapchat’s ‘Stories’ feature now coming to Facebook’s main application. This means you can now share stories with your

Snapchat releases Android-only update featuring Bitmoji

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For the first time, Snapchat has released an Android-only update, which comes with pretty impressive features. The photo-sharing app has released an Android-only feature (sorry iPhone users), which allows you to turn your friends’ Bitmoji into widgets and place them

Medium too launches snapchat-inspired features

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Following Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Hike’s footsteps in launching Snapchat-inspired features, Medium is next to copy Snapchat’s popular Stories feature. The publishing company Medium has launched Series (read stories) for its iOS and Android mobile users. The new “Series” feature lets

Snapchat Spectacles now available to buy online at $129.99

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If you’ve been a fan of Snapchat’s cool Spectacles, we have some really good news for you. Well, the funky glasses are no longer limited to Snap’s vending machines and are openly available for $129.99 at online portal Spectacles.com. But

WhatsApp Status gets a Snapchat inspired makeover

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After rolling out Snapchat’s Stories format for iOS beta users last week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now completely ditching its old text-based status messages format for all the platforms. Yes, the Facebook is now copying the Stories format for the fourth

Snap sets lower valuation in highly awaited IPO

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Snap Inc, the parent company of the popular messaging app Snapchat, has set a valuation range for itself of $19.5 billion to $22.2 billion in its initial public offering. Though this is lower than the widely expected $25 billion valuations,

WhatsApp adds Snapchat Stories’ format for status messages on iOS beta

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Looks like Facebook isn’t yet done with Snapchat. After clone copying Snapchat’s ephemeral photo/video story option for Instagram, the social networking giant is now gearing up to roll out this feature for its messaging platform WhatsApp. According to a tweet

Snapchat parent files to go public on the New York Stock Exchange

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Snapchat, which was launched in 2011 to allow users be casual and raw in the disappearing photos, is going public and it’s going to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange as “SNAP.” The company is said to be

Instagram to roll out ‘Live Stories’ feature globally

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Instagram’s ‘Live Stories’ is finally going global. Instagram Stories, a clone of Snapchat, rolled out the Live stories feature in November last year, only to US users. However, the social network is ready to roll it out globally within next

Snapchat launches universal search bar for better navigation

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Snapchat is all geared up with the major design update of 2017. And with this update, the social network is addressing one of its key issues- increasing its user base. Now instead of putting your snap code on other social

Facebook Messenger launches multi-screen group video chat

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Facebook never lets you down. The social networking giant keeps updating its platform to keep you hooked and also to onboard new users. In a latest in the series of new launches, the Zuckerberg team has launched multi-screen group video

Instagram now has 600mn monthly active users

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Instagram, which for a very long time was being known as Snapchat-clone is now moving ahead of Snapchat in terms of userbase. Can we say, that this was expected considering the last two updates were not inspired by Snapchat? The company feels

Hike Messenger rolls out Snapchat-inspired Hike-Stories & live filters

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Snapchat must be so proud of its creation, Stories that almost everyone in the social networking world is introducing a copy of it under their own brand. So after Instagram and Tencent, Tiger Global-backed messaging app Hike Messenger is the next

Facebook acquires face recognition technology provider FacioMetrics

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Facebook has acquired a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called FacioMetrics aimed at enhancing its photo and video capabilities. FacioMetrics is popular for developing tools for understanding facial behavior and demographic from videos, detection, and even letting you swap faces.

Snapchat reportedly files for IPO and could be valued at $25 billion

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The California-based Snapchat has ‘secretly’ filed for IPO and is seeking to raise as much as $4 billion, according to Reuters. The report claimed, ‘Messaging app Snapchat has filed the paperwork confidentially for an initial public offering (IPO), sources familiar