Friday Wrap #247: TWiT vs. Twitter, CVS and real beauty, what Visa sounds like, AR as a feature

Friday Wrap #247I choose the items to appear in the Wrap from those I have curated into my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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TWiT is suing Twitter—TWiT—Leo Laporte’s podcast network anchored by This Week in Tech—has filed a lawsuit against Twitter alleging breach of contract and trademark infringement. Laporte says he and Twitter co-founder Ev Williams came to an agreement of Twitter’s name based on the fact that Twitter would not venture into TWiT’s market. (TWiT existed before Twitter.) But Twitter is now distributing content including video, which Laporte… Read More »

Friday Wrap #244: Spammy posts, podcast metrics, fake news/hate speech solutions, Snapchat and teens

Friday Wrap #244The Wrap will take a holiday break, returning on January 5. I will continue to maintain my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Facebook inks deal with Universal Music Group—Facebook users will be able to upload videos that include music from Universal Music Group’s vast library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus as a result of a deal the companies have signed. That’ll put Facebook on somewhat equal footing with YouTube, which with has signed similar deals with Universal and Sony. Takeaway: Quite a difference from the days of Napster when the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #243: RIP Storify, easier tweetstorms, we like long tweets, distrust’s cost, and more

Friday Wrap #243I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Storify is shutting down—Storify, the curation tool that made it drop-dead easy to curate content around breaking news or issues, will shut down permanently on May 16. Users can still access Storify 2 if they pay for a Livefyre license. Takeaway: While I haven’t used it in a while, Storify was my main curation tool for a couple years. It never took off the way it should have (though it was front-and-center in a couple breaking news situations), but its purchase by Livefyre… Read More »

Friday Wrap #241: A new form of protest, the future of media, Alexa for the office, and more

Friday Wrap #241The Wrap was delayed again this week as I settle into my full-time job. Thanks for your patience. I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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It’s YouTube’s turn to introduce Stories—Whether Snapchat stands or falls, it should be remembered for launching the Stories trend. YouTube is the latest to adopt the wildly popular feature with “Reels,” currently undergoing a test, is “YouTube’s spin on the popular ‘stories’ format, but designed specifically for YouTube creators,” according to a senior product manager.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #239: Big Brother Really Is Watching

Friday Wrap #239I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Twitter doubles character count—Twitter has officially expanded the character count for a tweet to 280 characters. Most of those testing the new limit in late September didn’t generally take advantage of the longer count, leading some to believe that most tweets will remain short; only 1% of tweets created by the test group reached the 280-character limit, while 9% of the control group—still using the 140-character limit—reached the cap. Still, as you’ll see below, some… Read More »

Friday Wrap #238: Hamburger emojis, GIF diversity, affluent influencers, AR murder tours, and more

Friday Wrap #238I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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Microsoft integrates LinkedIn with Outlook—Outlook users can view insights, profile pictures, work history, and other information from LinkedIn profiles without leaving their inbox. Takeaway: If the LinkedIn acquisition didn’t make sense before, it should now. Expect that this is just the opening salvo; more integrations that make both services more valuable are sure to be coming. Read more

Top of mind for Google’s CEO: the hamburger emoji—Google CEO Sundar Pichai noticed… Read More »

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