Alphabet’s efforts beyond search are ballooning into their own huge businesses

 Alphabet’s advertising business seems to be following the same pattern these days — but its operations beyond that look like they are beginning to grow into strong businesses in their own right. The company reported its first-quarter earnings today that outperformed what Wall Street expected, with its advertising business once again continuing to generate an enormous amount of money. Read More

Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

 Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories. Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image. The border ended up annoying users who didn’t want their snaps altered, sometimes to the point where they would decide not to share the old content at all. Read More

Government requests for Facebook user account data up 9% in second half of 2016, but content restrictions declined

 Facebook today released its latest report on global government requests for the second half of 2016, noting there has been a 9 percent increase in requests for user account data compared with the earlier part of that year, but a 28 percent decrease in content restrictions for violating local law. However, that latter decrease doesn’t necessarily indicate that content… Read More

Crunch Report | Instagram Grows To 700M Users

Crunch Report April 26 Today’s Stories 

Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users
Twitter desperately needed a hit first-quarter and somehow managed to deliver
Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies
Uber is making it easier to see your rider rating
Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

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UK government irate at Twitter’s surveillance API crackdown

 The UK government has criticized Twitter for restricting police and intelligence agency access to data which it says could be used to identify terrorist plots, according to the Telegraph newspaper. Read More

Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7

 Is Twitter the new TV? The social network hopes to become something resembling that, with plans revealed by CFO and COO Anthony Noto to eventually be airing live video content 24 hours a day, 7 days per week via both its website and app. Noto discussed the plans with BuzzFeed News, ahead of the company’s earnings report Wednesday morning. Twitter already plays host to a number of live… Read More

A chat with Imzy co-founder Jessica Moreno on building a kinder online community

 Jessica Moreno and her co-founder Dan McComas couldn’t find the kind of inclusive online community they were looking for when they left Reddit in the summer of 2015, so they left the Bay Area and headed west to Salt Lake City to start Imzy, a community platform encouraging kinder interactions with like-minded individuals. Read More

FaceApp apologizes for building a racist AI

 If only all algorithmic bias were as easy to spot as this: FaceApp, a photo-editing app that uses a neural network for editing selfies in a photorealistic way, has apologized for building a racist algorithm. Read More