Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers

 Technically, Facebook can’t suspend people’s accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational, or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn’t want to trample anyone’s right to share. But there’s nothing stopping it from burying those links low in the News Feed so few people ever see them.
Today Facebook announced an algorithm change that does just that. It… Read More

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Blue Apron tumbles again in its second day as its IPO settles for a down round

 Blue Apron is now down from its IPO price during trading today, falling around 4 percent to around $9.60 — a bit south of its original price. Read More

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Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures is raising another $15M

 Playground Ventures — the VC fund co-founded by Android inventor and former Google exec Andy Rubin that sits alongside an eponymous incubator/startup studio and is making some big bets in areas like artificial intelligence and new generations of hardware– is raising more money. A Form D filed with the SEC notes that Playground Ventures is in the process of adding another $15… Read More

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Crunch Report | Blue Apron IPO Has A Rocky Start

Crunch Report 6.29 Today’s Stories 

Blue Apron IPO off to a rough start
Microsoft confirms Cloudyn acquisition, sources say price is between $50M and $70M
Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments
Uber crosses the 5 billion trip milestone amid ongoing issues
A brief history of the iPhone

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What each model of the iPhone added to the game

 It was 10 years ago today that Steve Jobs announced the long-rumored iPhone to a crowd of tech lovers excited to a fever pitch. We’ve already looked at the history of the iPhone going back to the Newton, but 10 years of iPhone have brought us more than a dozen devices, each of which brought something new and important to the smartphone game. Let’s go through them, shall we? Read More

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A brief history of the iPhone

 The first iPhone was met with cautious excitement by many in the press — after all, where did the company get off thinking it could replace a physical keyboard with a touchscreen? But all these years later, the device still serves at the template for a majority of modern smartphones. In the intervening decade, the company has redefined the category time and again. Read More

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Google’s new experiment Triangle lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

 Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones, through a new Android application called Triangle. The app, which is currently being tested in the Philippines, lets you do things like view your data balance, see which apps are accounting for the most data usage, and even block individual applications from using your mobile… Read More

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Google Photos adds smarter sharing, suggestions and shared libraries

 Google today will begin rolling out new sharing functionality in Google Photos, first unveiled at the company’s I/O developer conference in May. Specifically, it’s launching the AI-powered Suggested Sharing feature along with Shared Libraries, both of which are designed to make the Google Photos app a more social experience, rather than just a personal collection of photo… Read More

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Blue Apron significantly lowers its valuation with slashed IPO pricing

 Blue Apron — the next big consumer IPO for 2017 — isn’t looking as good as it was just a few weeks ago. The company said in an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would cut its IPO price range target. Read More

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Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

 Snapchat introduced a way to create custom geofilters back in February of last year, and now it’s making the feature easier to use. U.S. Snapchat users can now create and submit custom filters directly in the app, rather than having to go to the studio website to make their custom filter.
The mobile creative studio is now located in settings, under a menu item called “On-Demand… Read More

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