Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles

Musical.ly, an app best known for its lip-syncing music videos, but which has more recently begun to air shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, is today rolling out an overhaul of its mobile app that will put an increased emphasis … Read More

How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all … Read More

Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with the original photo so that you can reply in a creative way … Read More

Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”. Now … Read More

Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting … Read More

Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services like Instagram. Pinterest is trying to be … Read More

45 million people send birthday wishes on Facebook each day

Roughly 1 in 30 Facebook users tells someone Happy Birthday each day, showing Facebook’s first major emergent behavior is still going strong. Now Facebook is equipping the 45 million people sending birthday wishes each day with some new features. Now … Read More

Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readability

Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit, and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable, and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now makes it much clearer where threads start and end in comments. Meanwhile, … Read More

Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its Marketplace on mobile

Facebook is again getting into the daily deals space, this time in collaboration with eBay. The company has launched a new feature within its Marketplace section on its mobile app, where a selection of inventory from eBay’s Daily Deals program … Read More

Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF, & text sharing

Despite the tepid reception for Facebook Stories, the social network is doubling down on its full screen Camera feature. Today Facebook added the ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs, and share full-screen text posts on colored background from Facebook … Read More