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Snapchat rolls out the first Mini app with meditations from Headspace

Published on 07/20/2020 @ 2 PM EST
The first of Snap’s new Mini applications rolled out Monday, with tools from meditation app Headspace, part of an initiative to help support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Snapchatters. [via The Verge]

Facebook is introducing a dark mode for mobile

Published on 06/28/2020 @ 3 PM EST
As first noted by SocialMedia Today, Facebook has made the dark mode available to a very small percentage of people globally, a spokesperson told The Verge in an email on Sunday. 

Twitter starts rolling out audio tweets on iOS

Published on 06/18/2020 @ 5 PM EST
As told by Twitter’s Maya Patterson and Rémy Bourgoin in a blog post, “Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation. So starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter — your very own voice.” 

Snapchat debuts bite-sized third-party apps call Minis inside chat

Published on 06/11/2020 @ 3 PM EST
As reported by Techcrunch, the Snap Minis are lightweight third-party programs that live inside the app’s Chat section, which users can quickly pull up alongside friends without having to deal with switching apps. Minis live alongside games inside a keyboard tab on the user’s chat screen. 

Facebook News launches to all in US with addition of local news and video

Published on 06/10/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Techcrunch, Facebook News, the social network’s dedicated section devoted to journalism, is today launching for all users in the U.S. The feature was first introduced in October 2019 as a limited test in the U.S. In addition to the nationwide launch, Facebook has also added local news to its News section.

Facebook rebrands Libra wallet Calibra to Novi

Published on 05/26/2020 @ 2 PM EST

As reported by Techcrunch, "When Facebook unveiled Libra, its cryptocurrency project, there were two distinct entities — the Libra Association, a not-for-profit that oversees all things Libra, and Calibra, a Facebook subsidiary that is building a Libra-based wallet with integrations in WhatsApp and Messenger. Today, Facebook announced that Calibra has a new name, Novi. By rebranding Calibra to Novi, Facebook is trying to make it super clear that the Libra project isn’t a Facebook project per se."