Snapchat bought the AR location intellectual property of startup Drop

 Snap Map is Snapchat’s plan to tie together its online content with ways to augment your offline reality, and its got the patent to back it up. Augmented reality location startup Drop tells TechCrunch that Snap Inc acquired its intellectual property in 2015 including its “Location-based messaging” patent. In 2013, Drop developed an app that would let you post photos or text to… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/30/snapchat-drop/?ncid=rss
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Manufacturing civility

 Facebook’s task is unenviable. Two billion people, all yammering on about everything in the world — and hidden in that unending torrent are hidden an unknown number of abhorrent, hateful utterances better off unuttered. But the method Facebook has applied to this problem, a tangled system of ethical arithmetic revealed in a report from ProPublica, seems unsuited to the task… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/30/manufacturing-civility/?ncid=rss
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Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers

 Technically, Facebook can’t suspend people’s accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational, or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn’t want to trample anyone’s right to share. But there’s nothing stopping it from burying those links low in the News Feed so few people ever see them.
Today Facebook announced an algorithm change that does just that. It… Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/30/facebook-spammers/?ncid=rss
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