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

A Subtle Facebook Feature With 700 Million Users Gets Its Own App

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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

buzzfeed.com — 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.

Facebook Has A New Tool For Tweaking Your News Feed

buzzfeed.com — Facebook spends a lot of time these days bringing people onto its Menlo Park, Calif. campus and asking them how they are using the app. That's not a novel idea - it's commonly employed by social media companies looking to figure out exactly how users are actually using their apps.

Candy Crush Rides Toward The Sunset, Making Buckets Of Cash Along The Way

buzzfeed.com — King Digital, the maker of Candy Crush Saga, is still looking for its second act. Candy Crush is still massive. The game has held a commanding presence on the App Store - and is regularly in the top three rankings of the top grossing games on both the Google Play store and Apple App Store.

James Cameron Calls Facebook's $2 Billion Virtual Reality Headset "A Yawn"

buzzfeed.com — James Cameron, the maker of Avatar, is apparently not a believer in the Oculus Rift, at least for filmmakers. The virtual reality headset maker that Facebook bought for $2 billion is something that Mark Zuckerberg called "a long-term bet on the future of computing" on the company's most recent earnings call.
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Nov 21, 2014

RT @sapna: C. Wonder, the chain out of Tory Burch's ex-husband, plans to close most of its stores by Jan. buzzfeed.com/sapna/exclusiv… pic.twitter.com/UXKARKVMRb

Nov 20, 2014

@harrymccracken are you sure it was that people wanted albums or that people in general just did not want to use it

Nov 20, 2014

@ryanlawler ryan are you live tweeting a concert or something

Nov 19, 2014

Meet Gap’s New CEO: The “Digital Guy” Preparing For More Clicks Than Footsteps buzzfeed.com/sapna/meet-gap…

Nov 17, 2014

This seems way more like a Hail Mary from Square than it does some dramatic new Snapchat product recode.net/2014/11/17/sna…

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