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WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

 WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. WhatsApp tested the feature for beta users in… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Facebook launches a marketing mix modeling portal for comparing Facebook ads to TV, print & more

 Facebook today announced a laundry list of updates regarding its measurement partnership program, including expanded partnerships with Nielsen and comScore, and the addition of a new partner, DoubleVerify. The company also offered details on the status of current integrations, and the launch of a new online portal to help marketers see how their Facebook ads perform, in comparison with… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Snapchat launches universal search

 Snapchat just made it much easier to find friends, groups, Discover publishers, and Our Stories with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app. Launching today for some people on Android and rolling out soon to all iOS and Android users, the search bar lets you dig the best content and conversations out of Snapchat. The company tells TechCrunch the interface… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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AOL’s Kanvas launches an SDK: now any app can use its photo and video effects

 The rise of apps like Instagram and Snapchat has put photo effects front and center in the world of picture messaging, giving users not only the ability to send images to each other, but to personalise them with little doodles, lurid colors, bunny ears. Now, an app maker that has built a bunch of these is launching an SDK that will let any app add these kinds of effects to their… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Niantic Launches New Holiday Event in Pokemon Go

Niantic launched a new event in Pokemon Go as part of the game’s ongoing holiday celebration. From the afternoon of Dec. 30 through the afternoon of Jan. 8, players will be more likely to encounter the game’s first three partner Pokemon—Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander—as well as their evolutions, while playing the game. In addition, the game’s Lure Modules will last for 60 minutes during this event, rather than 30 minutes. Lure Modules can be attached to PokeStops to attract wild Pokemon to these locations. Elsewhere, from the afternoon of Dec. 30 through the afternoon of Jan. 3, players will be able to purchase special Bronze, Silver and Gold Boxes in the game’s store. These premium boxes will include Incense, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, Poke Balls and Great Balls. These updates join the game’s ongoing holiday event, which began Dec. 25 and will end Jan. 3. During this particular event, users will receive one single-use Incubator the first time they visit…

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Rovio Launches Angry Birds Blast on Mobile

Rovio announced the release of Angry Birds Blast on iOS and Android. Developed in collaboration with MYBO, the puzzle game challenges users to save the Angry Birds, who have been trapped inside balloons. Each level in Angry Birds Blast challenges users to complete a different objective before running out of moves. For instance, one level may ask users to pop a required number of balloons of a specific color, while another stage may ask players to remove pigs from the board by popping balloons next to them. There are more than 270 levels available at launch, and more will be added going forward. In each level, players can pop balloons by tapping on groups of two or more touching balloons of the same color. As users clear groups of five or more balloons, they’ll create special power-up symbols on the board. For example, when players remove groups of five or six balloons, they will create special rocket power-ups. Each…

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Shift launches to help military personnel find civilian jobs

I’m always on the lookout for companies doing amazing things that have a beneficial impact on others, and Shift.org appears to be one of them. The company launched on Thursday with an honorable mission: to help people successfully transition from their military careers to a civilian one. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001 was 5.8 percent in 2015. One of the issues plaguing the men and women who have placed their lives on the line to defend our country is having an inability to convert the skills they’ve learned in the armed forces into something similar in the workplace. There have been a number of companies doing outreach to employ veterans, including Home Depot, Walmart, Microsoft, Uber, and Salesforce. While that’s commendable, the problem may be more complex than just finding a company to work…