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Facebook cracks down on live streaming

Published on 05/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST
New rules for Facebook Live include a one-strike rule. Users who break its rules just once will be banned from using the service. This comes after a user live-streamed the mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Google announces new smartphone ad types

Published on 05/15/2019 @ 9 AM EST
After testing revealed 25% more interaction, Google will be displaying new ads in their discover feed, their app, and the mobile homepage. These will only appear on mobile use of Google, and not on the desktop.

Discord reaches 250m users

Published on 05/14/2019 @ 9 AM EST
The gaming chat app hit 250 million registered users, extending its functionality beyond gaming and into the world of YouTubers, podcasts, hackers, and more. The top server on Discord is Fortnite with Spellbreak and PUBG in 2nd and 3rd.

Google adding gender fluid emoji

Published on 05/09/2019 @ 8 AM EST
Android Q will see an addition of 53 gender fluid emoji to add to the range of current gendered emoji. From swimmers to vampires, they will also come in the default yellow color.

Google tests out YouTube shopping links

Published on 05/05/2019 @ 1 AM EST
The video platform is trying out shopping links located below videos which will redirect users to Google Express for checkout. Some tests appear under Nike videos, though there’s no word on a platform-wide release date.

Google Maps lets you eat with your eyes

Published on 05/03/2019 @ 9 AM EST
The latest update to the app includes images of restaurants’ most popular dishes, giving users more (or less) incentive to visit the eatery. The app will show the more popular dishes based on reviews and photo uploads.