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Facebook gives app developers a new way to target users with push notifications

Today, it’s not enough to get users to download an app, you have to keep them coming back, or the app will soon be abandoned and forgotten. To address developers’ needs on this front, Facebook is today is taking a tool for creating customizable push campaigns out of beta, which will allow any developer to narrowly target specific audiences via their app. The tool is a …

Amazon launches “Family Vault,” a way for families to share Prime Photos’ free storage

One of the perks of Amazon Prime membership is free, unlimited photo storage via Prime Photos. Today, Amazon is extending that benefit to the family members of the main account holder, with the launch of a new Prime Photos feature called “Family Vault.” With Family Vault, an Amazon Prime member can invite up to five family members or friends to join their online account, in order …

Multi-media journalists face jail time after reporting on North Dakota pipeline protest

Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went viral on Facebook. Democracy Now! issued a statement about the new charges against Goodman late Saturday. The news organization, which spun out of WBAI-FM, creates programming which is syndicated via radio, podcasts, cable television, public …

Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebook to take fact-checking more seriously, too. Facebook has stepped into the role of being today’s newspaper: that is, it’s a single destination where a large selection of news articles are displayed to those who visit its …

Instagram now has an app for Windows 10 tablets

Instagram has expanded its app availability to users of tablets running Microsoft’s Windows 10. The Facebook-owned, visual content social sharing platform announced the new app in a blog post yesterday. It’s most notable as there’s still no iPad app for Instagram. Although Instagram launched a Windows 10 Mobile app back in April. Instagram says any device running Windows 10 can use its app, which is available for download in the Windows App …

Greylock closes $1 billion fund

Greylock Partners is getting another $1 billion to invest in startups. The long-time venture capital firm is announcing its 15th fund, bringing the total to $3.5 billion currently under management. With 50 years of investing in the books, Greylock has backed industry leaders in the enterprise IT and consumer internet categories, including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Facebook and Airbnb. Their limited partners are betting that they will …

Snapchat launches post-roll ads, Story Playlist that loads favorites in bulk

Snapchat is fighting back against Instagram Stories, which rocketed to 100 million daily users by spotlighting the cloned feature atop the feed. To make Snapchat more “friends first,” it’s moving friends’ Stories above Discover where they used to be to make sure you don’t miss people you care about. And to make it easier to watch all your favorites friends’ Stories without the boring people in …

A few charts that sum up Jack Dorsey’s first year as Twitter CEO

Happy Twitter-versary (for the nth time around this time), Jack Dorsey. Things haven’t been going well, it seems, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel — Twitter may be acquired by someone somewhere in the tech (or entertainment) industry, perhaps. To be perfectly fair, the company Dorsey inherited from his predecessor(s), including an array of former product leads as well as CEO …

Facebook at Work will launch on October 10 in London

Some more details are coming through on Facebook at Work, the social network’s big effort to move into enterprise communication services with a business version of its popular platform. Facebook has now sent out invites for a Facebook at Work launch event to take place in London on Monday, October 10. The invite confirms our report earlier this week that it would launch next month, and …