In this post, i will be taking you round some new developments in the social media scene. for social media users, this will interest you as there are some new technologies and other relevant business information that will make your ears tingle.
Goggle recently launched an app for video calls which has a very unique feature. This distinctive feature is somewhat like Apple’s Facetime or Microsoft’s Skype or the video calling feature built into Facebook’s Messenger.
This enables you see the caller even before answering the call, which is a kind of face-based caller ID. It is a new way of reducing the awkwardness of video calls and increases the use of the Duo app.
The new Duo app will make video calling more exciting than it was before. Duo is Google’s way of giving this trend an added nudge. One day, years down the road, video calling might not need a special name anymore.
It will just be how calling someone else works which will lead to a global turn around in the social media scene. There is yet to be any comment from social media users on this app.
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Pokémon Go lifetime bans
The popular game recently updated as part of its terms of service a permanent ban on people who cheat while playing Pokémon Go.
Niantic Labs, the game’s developer, writes that accounts can be banned for cheating, including by falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backend in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third-party software.
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It is still uncertain on how the company is detecting users who are cheating, which is why it’s allowing users to appeal the bans in a case of false termination.
This game went viral at the point of its release with a huge number of fan base around the globe also, in the social media scene, it had reviews upon reviews from social media users.
The game has been a massive success and also profitable with about $200 million in global revenue a month after its launch and has since then continued to witness an influx of more players.
Facebook users panic after website publishes mysterious alert about explosion in San Diego
Facebook launched the Facebook safety check in 2014 and first used during the Paris terrorist attack in November 2015.
Facebook’s Safety Check gives people a way to alert all of their friends at once about their safety.
A facebook safety check activated on Tuesday after fire had broken out in an apartment complex for the disabled in San Diego at about 3am.
The fire in question has caused confusion after it emerged. The emergency was only a localized fire which broke out 48 hours earlier.
This situation frightened social media users as the feature is typically used in response to a major natural disaster or terror attack.
Facebook said it had deployed the ‘safety check’ feature in response to the large number of people posting about the topic, a feature called ‘community-generated activation’.Users logging into Facebook who are in the afflicted region are met with a message asking them if they are OK.
They then mark themselves ‘safe’ and ‘safety check’ posts to their Timeline and sends their friends a notification they are fine.
Twitter denies rumor of shutting down
Twitter denounced on Thursday all grounds of the rumor about the messaging service shutting down in 2017.
Social media started buzzing with the hashtag #SaveTwitter early on Thursday, with more than 100,000 tweets mentioning the hashtag by early afternoon.
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However, it is unclear on where the rumor originated from. Although some tweets suggest that a Twitter user complained about online bullying and Twitter’s poor handling of such abuses.
Last month, Twitter permanently suspended a number of user accounts for harassment, vowing to increase their efforts in preventing further abusive behavior and block offenders from using twitter.
Snapchat is acquiring mobile search app Vurb
Snapchat is almost at the end of closing its deal in acquiring the mobile search startup Vurb. According to reports from TechCrunch, this deal is worth $110 million which is 75 percent stock while 25 percent cash.
Snapchat is also said to offer $75 million in retention bonuses to keep Vurb founder and CEO Bobby Lo around.
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Vurb could help you check out movies, find a theater to watch one and restaurants nearby where you might want to eat. Then you could bundle these options and share them with friends.
Vurb made decision making very easy using your mobile phone and getting adequate information. The information about what Vurb will do in snapchat is still blurry but it might still carry out its previous function or even more.
LinkedIn sues anonymous data scrappers
LinkedIn is a popular professional networking company. According to reports, the company filed a lawsuit against 100 anonymous persons last week claiming that the unidentified persons used bots to gather user profiles from its website which in the company’s suit amounts to hacking.
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This lawsuit is basically to ensure that they know the real identity of the culprits and also to ensure they fix in the necessary measures to avoid further occurrences of this nature.
Also, LinkedIn allows others bots and prevents some others to ensure maximum security of its user’s profiles thereby protecting its members.
Barnes & Noble drops its CEO after deeming him ‘not a good fit’
Barnes & Noble book store will in no time from now start looking for a more capable hand to man the affairs of the book store.
The book store yesterday announced in a worded press release that Ronald D. Boire, the CEO of Barnes & Noble has been let go from his position as the company head.
Less than a year after starting his engagement, the Board of Directors claimed Ronald D. Boire was not a good fit for the organization and that their decision was for the interest of both parties.
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After picking Mr. Boire from Canada in July 2015, the bookseller has come to a consensus to let him go after his brief tenure which started fully in September last year. The company also said its Executive Chairman Leonard Riggio will postpone his retirement which was scheduled for September 14 until a new CEO is appointed.
Also, while the search for the new CEO is at full swing, the responsibilities undertaken by Mr. Boire will be managed by Mr. Riggio and other executive.
The bookstore chain currently comprises 640 retail stores across 50 states in the US.
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