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Twitch introduces Pulse, its very own gamer news feed
With the introduction of its own in-house social stream, Twitch hopes users won’t stray too far beyond its purple walls. Twitch’s newest feature is called Pulse and will collect into one big gaming-obsessed feed the real-time social happenings of everyone you follow. Like any properly evolved social network, Pulse... Read more
Super Bowl posts on social media are up from last year, but didn’t top 2015’s record numbers
Super Bowl LI may have made history as the first Big Game to go into overtime, but that may not have translated into record ratings, or, as it turns out, record social media engagement, either. According to Facebook, 64 million people posted 240 million interactions its social network last night,... Read more
Bumble is launching video stories to show more of your match
Bumble will soon release BumbleVID, which will allow users from across the dating platform to create a story with unlimited 10-second videos, which will each delete after 24 hours. Here’s how it will work. Users record 10-second videos from directly within Bumble. These videos then post to their profile, and can... Read more
Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law
An Illinois law is proving a thorn in Facebook’s side as a class action lawsuit, alleging mishandling of biometric information, moves towards trial. The latest developments in the case have the social network objecting against releasing or even admitting the existence of all manner of data, but the plaintiffs... Read more
Microsoft offers concessions to EU regulators eyeing its $26.2BN LinkedIn bid
Microsoft has offered concessions to EC competition regulators in the hopes of smoothing the way for its planned acquisition of LinkedIn. It announced the $26.2 billion deal this June. Reuters reports the development follows a meeting between the Commission and Microsoft executives last week at which the EC expressed concerns. An EC... Read more
Analysis of social media did a better job at predicting Trump’s win than the polls
Many of the polls forecasted an easy win for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, but we now know their prediction models were flawed. While data scientists are scrambling to figure out what went wrong, a number of social media analytics firms are touting the fact... Read more
Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King
Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people  play lightweight games against friends. Candy Crush maker King.com is already testing one of these Instant Games called “Shuffle Cats Mini” in New Zealand, TechCrunch has discovered. And other studios including Big Viking also... Read more
Facebook at Work Leaves Testing, Launches as Workplace by Facebook
Facebook Inc launched a workplace version of its mobile app and website on Monday, marking the social networking company’s first foray into the hotly competitive and crowded enterprise software arena. The product, called Workplace by Facebook, has been in testing for more than a year and is now available... Read more
Circle takes $60M to grow its social payments biz globally, as it steps into China
How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in the domestic Chinese market. Which is really the sensible view, given that WeChat Pay was already seeing some $50 billion in monthly transaction volume... Read more