Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets

twitter-up As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the order and length of Tweets — it is turning away from others. Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs, a strikingly effective bot account that used to send you DMs recommending viral accounts or Tweets to follow, run by algorithm that measured how many others you knew were following an account… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/29/rip-magic-recs/?ncid=rss
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No, Google did not try to buy us, says Telegram founder

butcher Pavel Durov 5 Reports in the Russian press that Google tried to acquire the Telegram messaging app last year for $1 billion have been firmly rebutted by Telegram founder Pavel Durov. The rumors had been widely reported in the tech press today. Read More

from Social – TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/29/no-google-did-not-try-to-buy-us-says-telegram-founder/?ncid=rss
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Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

snapchat-repeat-bg Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today. Daily video views on Snapchat have spiked to 10 billion, the report said. That’s up from 8 billion video views on Snapchat in February this year, 6 billion daily video views in November 2015, and 4 billion in… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/28/video-consumption-on-snapchat-more-than-doubled-in-under-a-year/?ncid=rss
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