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Pushed Off | TechCrunch — Phones can make us jerks. They let us ignore friends, cancel plans last-minute, and annoy those around us in public. But this month, we got a whole new way to abuse our mobile devices. Unless we can manage how we interrupt each other, it could ruin one of the most promising modern communication mediums: livestreaming.

These Brutally Honest Push Notifications Will Make You Rethink Your Life — Humans suck at phones. We didn't evolve to live with these gadgets in our hands. We're still getting the hang of managing our instincts and odd behaviors in the face of instant communication. This set of humorous push notifications prove that we have a lot to learn.

Meerkat Galvanizes Its Community Against Periscope With New Ways To Follow People — With Twitter's much more polished livestreaming app now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like.

Facebook Invents New AIs To Identify What’s In Videos Or Sentences — Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, its CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The video AI prototype can not only identify 487 different types of sports, including minute differences like ice skating vs hockey.

Perform Or Crush Someone’s Dreams As A Judge In Music Competition App Chosen — If American Idol was mobile-first, it'd be Chosen. Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman with $7 million in fund, Chosen launches the invite-only beta of its battle of the bands app today on iOS. But what's special about Chosen is you don't have to be a musician to play.

How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You — Hotels have sophisticated pricing engines to tell them how much their rooms should cost. Airbnb hosts don't, or at least didn't until Beyond Pricing. The startup's tool plugs into your Airbnb listing, and uses signals about future demand to automatically reprice your room on the fly.

Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App — F8 started with a family photo. But not of the Zuckerbergs. Of Facebook's products. "Facebook used to be this one blue app on your phone, and now Facebook is a family of apps" said its CEO as he showed off the user counts of the different family members.

The Top 10 Startups Of Y Combinator Winter ’15 Demo Day 2 — Y Combinator unveiled one of its most impressive startup batches to date yesterday, featuring big ideas in medicine, finance, and marketplaces. After carefully watching the demos, speaking with founders in the class, and querying prestigious investors about their favorites, TechCrunch has compiled this list of the top 10 startups of the 47 that launched at Winter 2015 YC Demo Day 2.

Facebook Launches Messenger Platform With Content Tools And Chat With Businesses — Today Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform that will allow its 600 million users to create and share content with third-party tools, and communicate directly with businesses rather than calling them on the phone. Initial content tool partners include ESPN, JibJab, Legend, Ultratest, Ditty, Giphy, FlipLip, ClipDis, Memes, PicCollage, Kanvas, and more.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet — Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet "Tap and pay": mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We'll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money. Guests Alison Griswold , business and economics reporter for Slate. (@alisongriswold) Josh Constine , senior writer at TechCrunch.
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Mar 29, 2015

Pushed Off my thought piece on how we're going to drown in livestream notifications

Mar 28, 2015

Saw friends at Dolores Park on @Periscopeco, so came and joined them. There's something to p2p push notif broadcasting beyond livestreaming

Mar 28, 2015

Smart design move, @Snapchat: Replacing the default volume indicator with a custom one out of the way atop the screen

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