Facebook is greeting some users with a weather forecast

By Stan Schroeder You’re already using Facebook for pretty much everything, so why not have your morning weather forecast while you’re there as well? This seems to be the line of reasoning behind Facebook’s new feature, apparently available only to a small subset of users and noticed Friday by The Next Web. Some of them…

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Luka, with $4.42 million in Series A, releases AI-powered chat bots

By Jordan Crook Just in time for the chat bot craze, Disrupt London alum Luka is enhancing its AI-powered messaging service with a variety of smart bots to help users get whatever they desire. Luka originally launched as a Yelp competitor, all done over text. Users could ask Luka, via chat, about where they should…

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Why Saint Laurent abruptly deleted its entire Instagram history

By Noelle Sciacca Even luxury fashion brands throw shade. SEE ALSO: How rude! ’80s prom fashion has officially returned Like a scorned girlfriend might remove every image of her cheating ex from Facebook, Saint Laurent just erased traces of its former creative director, Hedi Slimane, from its official Instagram account. After four years at the…

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Facebook Messenger now lets you start a chat by scanning profile codes

By Stan Schroeder Becoming friends with someone on Facebook Messenger just became a lot easier. In a new update that started to roll out Thursday, Facebook’s chat app now has Messenger Codes — circular patterns around a user’s profile photo, which can be scanned to start a chat with that person. SEE ALSO: Universal Facebook,…

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Hands on with Reddit’s new smartphone app

By Anthony Ha “Finally” is one of those words that gets overused in tech news stories, but I think it’s fair to say that it’s taken a pretty long time for Reddit to release its first official, native apps for iOS and Android. Until now, the company has made do with Alien Blue, which started…

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Litsy is a book-focused social network that goes beyond reviews

By Anthony Ha If you’re a book lover, Litsy might be the social app for you. The startup was founded by Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, who previously launched the book-themed clothing company Out of Print. Lawton told me the idea for Litsy came from connecting with Out of Print fans at events like book…

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Facebook will announce chatbot and live chat APIs at F8

By Josh Constine,Steve O'Hear Chatbots could replace 1-800 numbers, and Facebook wants them on Messenger. But most businesses don’t have the resources or technical skills to build chatbots themselves. That’s why Facebook is currently providing developers with API tools to build chatbots and Live Chat web plugins for business clients, according to multiple sources and…

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Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline

By Josh Constine Facebook is desperate to get you to watch original videos. They’re all over the feed, yesterday it launched a dedicated video browsing hub, and now it’s announcing a video search engine. It’s also baking Live videos into its Trends in search, and will show when there’s a Live video broadcasting related to…

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You can now swipe right to find a new BFF

By Sam Reichman … More about Apps, Social Media, Friends, Tech, and Apps Software Source:: http://feeds.mashable.com/~r/Mashable/SocialMedia/~3/kfI-Avc8RRQ/ Related posts: Facebook Live expands features to include chats within groups, event pages Facebook Messenger now lets you start a chat by scanning profile codes The double-tap couple: Meet Instagram’s most liked newlyweds Comedian Jen Kirkman takes on street…

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