Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

vintage toy robots Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill. Consolidation in any market is expected, but AI is consolidating at such a rapid clip, at such an early stage and by so few companies that there are strong reasons to be concerned. Read More

Facebook’s new teens-only app Lifestage turns bios into video profiles

Facebook Lightstage “What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman. The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching today. It asks for your happy face, sad face, likes, dislikes, best friend, the way… Read More

Instagram castrated Snapchat like Facebook neutered Twitter

Facebook Instagram Twitter Snapchat This is the strategy behind Instagram Stories. Snapchat invented a brilliant format for sharing day-to-day life: photo and video slideshows jazzed up with commentary that disappear after 24 hours so you’ll share an unpolished window into what you see. It quickly eclipsed the popularity of Snapchat’s 10-second exploding private messages, and made the app grow to 150 million daily… Read More

Learn News Feed strategy from Facebook VP Adam Mosseri at Disrupt SF

Adam Mosseri Blue Come to TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF conference to hear how your company can win at and adapt to the Facebook News Feed. We’ll have Facebook’s VP of Product Management for News Feed Adam Mosseri about what gets seen and what doesn’t, and how to take capitalize on its frequent algorithm changes. Mosseri has been working on News Feed since 2008 and now he runs it. When… Read More

Facebook snatches up team from Eyegroove, a musical selfie app

The team from a startup called Eyegroove, a “musical selfie” app, has joined Facebook. According to a message on the company’s website, most of the small team who worked on the app will now be focused on building new experiences for Facebook users that will help them to “create, share and connect.” Founded in late 2013, the Eyegroove application was the… Read More

Facebook built but won’t launch a “Facebook Stories” Snapchat clone

Facebook Stories Snapchat Instagram Facebook built its own version of Snapchat Stories called Quick Updates, but will not release it. Though Instagram Stories launched this week, Facebook isn’t going to follow suit. Quick Updates created a special place to share within the Facebook app but outside of the News Feed. Accessible from a button at the top of the feed, Quick Updates would have let people share 24-hour… Read More

Facebook is testing video ads during Live broadcasts

Woman holding domestic product emerging from television, portrait If you watch a lot of Facebook Live broadcasts, get ready to see some ads. The company is now testing short video ads that will play during breaks in Facebook Live broadcasts, they confirmed to Adage. The move shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone who follows Facebook and their various video products. Video ads are lucrative for Facebook and a Live product devoid of ads would cause… Read More

The Freewrite is the ultimate distraction-free writing tool

IMG_5820 riting on a computer is awful. Without discipline – in my case, at least – an effort to get out 1,000 words of non-fiction usually ends up consisting of thirty minutes of web browsing before writing, intermittent Facebook trips while tapping out a few hundred words, and a nice jaunt through Hacker News at the 750 word mark. I get the job done, but I know my brain isn’t doing… Read More