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Google Search app gets personalized news feed

By : CIOL Writers

Google has announced a new personalized news feed for its app, offering a stream of content based on the user’s search history and the topics they follow. The feed will appear in its official Android and iOS app. The news

Facebook finds a new way to fight fake news

By : CIOL Writers

Facebook has found a new way to identify and remove false and spam news in the user’s News Feed. The social network is using artificial intelligence to identify when a link leads to a website of worst user experience, like

Tinder starts wooing paid subscribers with new premium features

By : CIOL Writers

Tinder is rolling out a new premium subscription service, Tinder Gold,  that lets users see who all have already swiped right on their profile, through a new feature, “Likes You.” Upon logging in, you’ll have access to the “Like You” grid,

Facebook rolls out ‘Discover’ to quickly find and interact with Messenger bots

By : CIOL Writers

Announced at F8, Facebook is rolling out a new feature, ‘Discover,’ a hub inside Messenger to quickly find new bots to interact with. Available only to the US users, Discover will be social network’s yet another effort at reconciling with chatbots. Posted

Facebook is now the most influential social network in the world with 2bn users

By : CIOL Writers

Mark Zuckerberg has added another billion to its already extensive user base. Yes, now Facebook has 2 billion monthly users. That’s basically two-thirds of the world’s population with Internet access. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone on a post and

Trump’ administrations approves social media checks for Visa seekers

By : CIOL Writers

Do you remember we told you that social media posts could decide if you get US visa or not? Well, this is the reality for everyone who wants to come to the US. Despite criticism from a range of education officials and

Orkut’s Hello is expected to hit Indian users soon

By : CIOL Writers

In 2004, when Google launched the social networking site, Orkut gave us the first glimpse of the dominating form of internet. Though it went off successfully, Orkut was slowly strangulated to death in 2014 by Facebook’s raging popularity. However, Orkut’s

Snapchat’s fuel machine: High GDPs, high-end smartphones and young blood

By : CIOL Writers

What if Snapchat is mere 1/8th the size of Facebook; the ephemeral photo sharing app never considered itself part of the rat-race. Snapchat isn’t aiming for Mars or running after any milestones, it’s for a special coterie- High GDPs, high-end

Will Instagram’s new mobile web sharing features help it to drive growth?

By : CIOL Writers

In a bid to drive growth in areas with slow connectivity or expensive data, Instagram has upgraded its mobile website adding core features of the main app that includes photo sharing and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Why new features? Instagram has

Users may quit WhatsApp if they feel privacy is breached: Facebook to SC

By : CIOL Writers

Responding to a petition filed by two Indian students over privacy concerns with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Facebook counsel K K Venugopal told a Supreme court bench, that, “Those who find the new privacy policy irksome or violative of their fundamental rights, can quit. We’ve

Google updates Search tool to take on fake news

By : CIOL Writers

After launching multiple initiatives, Google is now turning to its most powerful weapon to combat fake news- Search, where it receives something around 5.5 billion search queries per day. The Search giant has announced some structural changes to its renowned search engine,

J&K govt bans Facebook, WhatsApp and others social media platforms in the valley

By : CIOL Writers

The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended all social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for one month in the wake of widespread students’ unrest in the valley. The government order, released on Wednesday, said that anti-social elements were “misusing” social

Beware! Group admins on WhatsApp or Facebook could be jailed for sharing fake news

By : CIOL Writers

If you are a group admin on WhatsApp or Facebook, you better be careful, because now it’s officially a criminal offence to spread rumours on social media. Offensive posts—such as rumours, fake news, morphed photographs and videos with fabricated narratives—circulated through

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

By : CIOL Writers

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

Facebook integrates reactions and @mentions into Messenger

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After launching Messenger Day, the social media giant, Facebook is rolling out Reactions and Mentions for its Messenger platform. In a blog post, Facebook announced that the two new features are aimed to improve group conversations. “Today, we’re introducing two

Instagram now has 1mn monthly advertisers

By : CIOL Writers

Last year was an exceptional year for Instagram. The photo-sharing app launched more updates in the past 12 months than it had ever done before. And looks like the updates have paid off well. From 200,000 active advertisers last year, Instagram now claims one

Twitter launches custom profiles for business agents and customer support teams

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Twitter is introducing yet another feature to lure customers and business agents to use its platform to boost their business. After making it easier for customers to directly message businesses, and allowing companies to add a “send a private message” button

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

Twitter rolls out new feature, ‘Time Out’ to tackle online abuse

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Though Twitter has been launching many features and initiatives to tackle online abuse, Twitter has been giving the pushbutton to users to block and report abusive content, until now. However, with the latest feature, Twitter is taking the control in