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Twitter’s Crashlytics adds Velocity Alerts to warn developers about critical problems


Twitter today is announcing an enhancement to its Crashlytics crash reporting tool. Once developers have turned on the Answers mobile analytics tool within Crashlytics, they can now receive special Velocity Alerts that are meant to stand out from all other alerts, because they’re probably the most important. “Now … our system will proactively check to see if there is a statistically significant number of sessions that have ended due to a crash related to one issue on a particular build,” product manager Jason St. Pierre wrote in a blog post. “If so, we’ll let you know if that issue is a hot patch candidate and needs your attention immediately right on your dashboard.” Crashlytics will also send an email and a push notification from the recently launched Twitter Fabric mobile app about a new Velocity Alerts, St. Pierre wrote. Crashlytics is one of the pieces of Twitter’s Fabric development toolkit,…

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Instagram starts showing notifications on the Web for all users


Facebook-owned Instagram has begun showing notifications in a new drop-down box on its website. The box shows likes, people who’ve followed you, and friends who have recently started Instagram accounts. The update is available now for everyone, an Instagram spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. (Hat tip to Rob Poitras for pointing out the update.) The change is interesting, because Instagram keeps its photo-editing and sharing features restricted to its mobile app. To be sure, the web service remains a second-class citizen, but the update definitely enhances Instagram’s presence on the Web. It could drive greater usage on desktop and hint at more desktop Instagram improvements to come. Facebook-owned WhatsApp arrived on the Web last year, and last year Facebook also launched a dedicated website for desktop usage: messenger.com. More information: Get more stories like this:     Social – VentureBeat

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Twitter looking to see if stickers are right for its future


Twitter may be jumping into the stickers game. The company is testing a new product called “Stickers,” which will allow you to affix these graphics right onto any photo before you tweet it out. What’s more, it’s said that there’ll also be a feature suggesting other edits that have been made to the same photo, likely to encourage users to participate in furthering a meme. First reported by Re/code, Twitter is still researching “Stickers” to see if they have any potential on its service. Twitter certainly wouldn’t be the first to utilize stickers, as other companies like Line, Facebook, Path, and Snapchat have made them available and, in some cases, are even seeing quite a bit of engagement as a result. This wouldn’t be a first for Twitter either, as its Camera app for celebrities and partners already has similar functionality. If publicly launched, this would represent the latest push by…

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Facebook is said to have withdrawn its bid to stream big NFL games


Facebook has withdrawn its bid to stream NFL games, according to Bloomberg. Facebook’s vice president of partnerships, Dan Rose, had previously confirmed to Variety that Facebook was in talks with the NFL about streaming “Thursday Night Football” games. It was competing with other bidders including Amazon and Verizon. Sources told Bloomberg that Facebook “balked” at the NFL’s advertising model, and wanted its live video to be commercial free. Facebook had previously said it would tackle NFL games differently than other media companies. “There’s a lot of interesting things we can do with sports,” Rose told Variety. “If you think about how people engage on Facebook today, it’s not really around watching three hours of video … There are a lot of different cuts you can imagine.” Live video has been a big push at Facebook recently. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly “obsessed” with making Facebook’s live video service a success. Why?…

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Email took an almighty beating this week, but it’s far from dead


ANALYSIS: While 2016 is shaping up to be the year virtual reality and the Internet of Things went mainstream, it could also go down in history as the year email’s much-touted demise cranked into overdrive. At least, if this week’s events are anything to go by. With the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, and a myriad of communication conduits springing up over the past decade, there’s little question that people use email less than they once did for personal communications, and when you swing the demographic dial down to teenagers, the shift is even more pronounced. But email has remained in rude health despite the rise in mobile messaging, and this has been in no small part due to businesses — within companies, between companies, and between companies and customers. But things are changing. Above: KLM & Facebook On Wednesday, Uber revealed plans to phase out emails for customer…

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We need a new username system


GUEST: What do Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and a gazillion other digital platforms have in common? They all treat usernames like a baby treats a diaper instead of the precious and lucrative resource they are. Because usernames are dished out using an archaic first-come, first-served model, early adopters snag the dictionary-friendly handles. Everyone else gets smacked with alphanumeric nonsense. Soon perfidy and confusion take over as the black hats win and power users settle for names like “boogie2988”, “Rclbeauty101”, and “realDonaldTrump” even while “boogie”, “beauty”, and “trump” languish. How did we get to this point? First-come, first-served emerged with domain name registrations. Back then, claiming a domain name was an esoteric chore, so anyone who figured out the hows and whys deserved their three-letter dot com. As demand and accessibility grew, the flaws of first-come, first-served became obvious (more on that later), but by then it was too late. Early tech companies had already adopted…

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Google is building YouTube Connect, a livestreaming app to take on Periscope


EXCLUSIVE: Google has quietly been building a new livestreaming app called YouTube Connect, VentureBeat has learned. This service highlights the company’s efforts to double down on live video while also placing it in a position to compete directly against Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live. YouTube Connect will be available on both iOS and Android devices. Google did not immediately respond for comment. YouTube Connect has much of the same functionality that you’d already find with Periscope and Facebook Live, according to a source close to the matter. You can log into the app using your Google or YouTube account and immediately begin streaming from your mobile phone. There are chat and tagging features, and a “news feed” that features the latest clips from your friends or those that you’ve subscribed to on YouTube. Videos will be viewable live within the app, as well as on the YouTube site in their respective channels….

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Skype will launch its universal Windows app preview in the coming weeks


Microsoft today announced that in the next few weeks it will roll out a preview of its Skype universal Windows app to people participating in the Windows Insider program. The current Skype app will still work on PCs running Windows 10, but Microsoft will be gradually bringing the existing app and the new one together. The new version will bring over many of the existing features, including a contact list, an option for logging out, Moji and emoticon support, and a way to change your availability. It will also introduce new capabilities, like the ability to chat with people whether or not they use Skype, group chat, group voice and video calling, and a means to deal with notifications individually for every single chat. “We’ve simplified the look and feel by removing duplicative and unnecessary menus to prevent confusion between them,” the Skype team wrote in a blog post. “The…

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Twitter makes images better for the visually impaired


Twitter is taking a step toward making its service more accessible to visually impaired users. The company is launching support for alternative texts to accompany images across its iOS and Android apps, which means that any image descriptions will be available to those using screen readers. This feature can be used by not only the service’s 320 million monthly active users, but also by publishers and developers — Twitter has updated its REST API and Twitter Cards for the occasion. This release is also a sign that Twitter is looking to make peace with the developer community. At last year’s Flight conference, CEO Jack Dorsey publicly apologized for the strained relationship between his company and developers, inviting them to submit suggestions and feedback using the hashtag #HelloWorld. Twitter said that supporting alt images was the fourth most-requested feature. When you enable the feature through Twitter’s accessibility settings, the thumbnail of any image…

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Miitomo is a clever, Nintendo-like take on Facebook and Line


REVIEW: Nintendo has finally entered the age of smartphones and tablets, and its first app has a lot of interesting features and quirks. Miitomo is out today around the world for iOS and Android, and you can download it now. It is a social network with some light game elements. You spend most of your time interacting with your Mii — the cartoon avatars Nintendo has used since the Wii — and others’ Miis by answering their questions. Your friends will then see those answers over time as the come to visit your Mii or your Mii goes to visit them. The idea is to get you talking about yourself, and then Miitomo will help share these aspects of your personality with the people in your life. And that concept works — although it may require a bit more of your time than you might expect at first. I’ve spent…