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Business Reporter — BuzzFeed

Business reporter @BuzzFeed, formerly @WSJ. Math student, dabbling in iOS and Android development.

Twitter's Latest Feature: A Cash-Back Button On Tweets — Twitter is beginning to test a new product for advertisers: The ability to promote "offers" that are tied to a Twitter user's credit card. The company is beginning the test with a collection of brands over the holiday season. When a Twitter user sees an offer, they can add it to their credit or debit card.

Facebook Still Has High Hopes For Its Apps That Flopped — By app ranking standards, most of the new mobile apps coming out of Facebook's "Creative Labs" initiative haven't been particularly successful. Consider Paper, a news reader, or Slingshot, for sharing photos. Each plays on hugely popular aspects of the core Facebook product.

A Top Twitter Executive Just Had A Massive Direct Message Fail — It seems Twitter's new chief financial officer hasn't gotten the hang of Twitter just yet. Twitter CFO Anthony Noto committed a classic Twitter error by accidentally tweeting out a suggestion that Twitter should buy a company, in what looks like a classic case of DM Fail.

A Subtle Facebook Feature With 700 Million Users Gets Its Own App — Facebook began rolling out its long-expected standalone application for Facebook Groups, one of the company's more subtle but very popular features. Originally buried in a hard-to-reach section of the main Facebook app, the company says more than 700 million people are using groups, up from 500 million earlier this year.

The Search For The Apple Watch's Killer App Begins — Developers now finally have a chance to figure out the killer use case for the Apple Watch. As with any new hardware, for the Apple Watch to succeed, the company will have to lean on developers to build applications that will convince consumers to purchase the watch.

As Online Storage Prices Race To Zero, Dropbox Turns To Business — Piece by piece, Dropbox is trying to find its way into a potentially massive new business: large companies paying Dropbox to power their file-sharing. The company says it has 300 million users - 70% of which are international - and has been best known as a consumer-facing online storage startup.

Facebook Begins Cracking Down On "Low Quality" Page Posts — Beginning in January next year, Facebook will begin filtering out what it considers low-quality posts from brands, businesses and others that publish via a Facebook Page. The decision is sure to draw some attention from brands that rely on Page posts appearing in people's news feeds to drive business.

How Facebook Decides Which Apps Get To Use Your Data — Earlier this year, Facebook implemented a review system for applications that access a user's Facebook data when they log in, as part of a crackdown on rogue apps that were asking for too much personal information. And so far, it seems like it's working.

Facebook Has Herded Half A Billion People Into Messenger — Facebook said today that 500 million people - a non-trivial part of the Internet - are now using Facebook Messenger each month. The number is a testament to the power of Facebook to use its unprecedented scale to grow its own portfolio of apps.

Can Twitter's CEO Outlast His Critics — Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was the target of a bruising story in the Wall Street Journal today, which detailed a number of big investors who have sold down their stakes in the company amid what some say is poor leadership at the top.
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Nov 26, 2014

did anyone write about that awful megathread earlier today

Nov 25, 2014

in a buzzpod no one can hear you scream (at pod knockers)

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