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Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID — Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven't chatted with before.

Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle — They've got the money, but he's got the microphone. This weekend, Jay Z threw some punches at the big tech companies who compete with his upstart music streaming service Tidal. The freestyle came as part of the Jay Z's "B-Sides" concert, a performance of some of his rarest songs that was supposed to "exclusively" be available for livestream on Tidal.

Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO — Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale.

Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet — Verizon Flaw Allowed Privileged Customer Access Through IP Spoofing Facebook never wants you to leave, so it's swallowing up where you might try to go. A few years back, its News Feed brimmed with links to content hosted elsewhere. News articles, YouTube clips, business websites, ads for ecommerce stores.

Facebook Starts Hosting Publishers’ “Instant Articles” — After months of rumors, Facebook today unveiled "Instant Articles", a program that natively hosts publishers' content in its app's News Feed so users don't have to click out and wait for websites to load. Instant Articles debuts today with rich-media stories from The New York Times, BuzzFeed, National Geographic, and six other outlets that will be globally visible from Facebook's iPhone app.

Lily’s $499 Selfie Drone Is Like A Flying GoPro — Cameras don't need a cameraperson anymore. Today, Lily's selfie drone begin pre-orders for $499. Just put the tracker in your pocket, toss the water-proof quad-copter in the air, and it will follow you around filming you for 20 minutes.

Skip Googling With Facebook’s New “Add A Link” Mobile Status Search Engine — Mobile link sharing is a clumsy rigmarole of app switching and copy & pasting. So to get more people posting links, Facebook is testing an in-app keyword search engine that lets you find websites and articles to add to your status updates.

Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads — Facebook is combining its lucrative app install ads with deep linking so a specific in-app purchase page opens once the app downloads. The result is a powerful new tool for direct marketers that sell products and services through apps.

Founder Stories with Ben Rubin (Meerkat) — How did it feel getting cut off by Twitter with just 2 hours notice? "It sucked" says Meerkat founder Ben Rubin. That's why it's determined to treat developers with more respect. In the nine weeks since Meerkat launched, 37 developers have built companion experiences to the livestreaming apps on its unofficial, private API, including stream discovery, automatic uploads...

Zero-Fee Stock Trading App Robinhood Nabs $50M From NEA To Go Global — In case you thought paying $7 to $10 to trade a stock in the US was bad, it costs $65 in Australia. So now that it's zero-fee stock trading app is thriving stateside with hundreds of thousands of users, Robinhood is planning to go international, starting in Australia.
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May 21, 2015

Fb's Other inbox is broken. A friend missed a message from his long-lost brother in Vietnam bc he didn't even know the Other inbox existed.

May 21, 2015

Facebook Chat ID could save important messages sent by strangers from ending up in Other inbox purgatory

May 21, 2015

Fb's new Chat ID feature makes Messenger better for professional correspondence with non-friends. Heads-up, LinkedIn

May 21, 2015

How is creator-made video changing advertising? Watch the livestream of my talk with a YT exec at #Engage2015 now:…

May 21, 2015

The next wave of marketing will be brands paying indie creators to make video ads for the platforms where they're already stars. #Engage2015

May 21, 2015

I'd like to see brands like airlines spend their ad money giving away free [flights], let social media do the promo for them. #Engage2015

May 21, 2015

@RonenV lol, this was exactly the protest I predicted you'd do

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