Former CIA agent hopes to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

 Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? The former CIA agent, who got involved in what became known as the “Plame Affair,” has a solution for ridding Twitter of America’s favorite troll. Wilson launched a fundraiser last week to buy the social media service. Read More

Facebook now lets you take 360 photos in-app, use them as Cover Photos

 Facebook has been a big supporter of 360-degree photos and video, adding support for the immersive media formats early on Facebook itself. Now, the social tech company is adding support for capturing 360-degree photos right within the Facebook app itself. The 360 photo capability is rolling out across both iOS and Android starting today, and includes the ability to zoom and tag friends.… Read More

Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles

 Musical.ly, an app best known for its lip-syncing music videos, but which has more recently begun to air shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, is today rolling out an overhaul of its mobile app that will put an increased emphasis on personalization and recommendations. Most notably, the update includes a new “similar musical.lys” feature that uses computer vision to figure out what… Read More

Snapchat likely to begin scripted original content push by end of year

 Snapchat could start offering original scripted content very soon, according to its content lead Nick Bell (via Variety). Snapchat has already done a lot with creators to build shows, including tie-ins for big broadcast hits like The Voice and The Bachelor, and it’s also working with A&E on reality TV via Second Chance, a dating show featuring exes. This isn’t… Read More

LinkedIn opens video uploads to all as part of a bigger video push

 Video is the name of the game in social networking: sites like Facebook and Twitter have been doubling down on the medium in recent years to drive more traffic and engagement from users, and also as a platform to snare more premium advertising away from traditional television broadcasters. Now Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is hoping to muscle in on the party with its own video strategy. Read More

Teens favoring Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook, says eMarketer

 Facebook is losing appeal among teens and young adults which is contributing to generally slowing growth for the platform, according to the latest projections from research firm eMarketer. Read More

Facebook’s Safety Check feature gets its own dedicated button, can be accessed anytime

Facebook is giving its “Safety Check” feature a permanent home in its app and on the desktop, the company announced today. The feature, which lets you check to see whether friends and family are safe following a crisis, will now have its own dedicated button in the app’s navigation menu and will be available via the Facebook website on the desktop. The change comes following… Read More

How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

 Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it Memorialized Profiles and a “Legacy Contact”. When you… Read More