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Facebook officially launches “Town Hall” for contacting government reps, adds local election reminders

 Earlier this month, TechCrunch reported Facebook was rolling out a new feature called “Town Hall,” which would allow the social network’s users to easily locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The company today confirmed the feature is available to all U.S. users on desktop and mobile, and will now include News Feed integration. Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Backed by Rakuten, ShopChat launches mobile keyboard app with built-in shopping features

What do you get if you cross a mobile keyboard app with an online shopping mall? This ain’t a joke — you get ShopChat, a new “message commerce” startup that’s this week announcing its launch out of stealth and a small round of funding. Founded in 2016, San Francisco-based ShopChat offers two core products. One is a downloadable iOS app (Android coming later) that serves to replace your default keyboard app and works across all major messaging apps, including  iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, giving users a direct pipeline into shopping inventory from major retailers. It makes it easy to search for and share products with friends. The second is a white-label product that third-party apps can integrate directly into their own services via ShopChat’s API. With the iOS app installed, users can switch between their main keyboard app and ShopChat with a few taps. Rather than letting users pay for things within ShopChat, the…


Google launches new effort to flag upsetting or offensive content in search

Using data from human “quality raters,” Google hopes to teach its algorithms how to better spot offensive and often factually incorrect information. The post Google launches new effort to flag upsetting or offensive content in search appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article. Search Engine Land: News & Info About SEO, PPC, SEM, Search Engines & Search Marketing

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Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game

 Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show and Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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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…