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    Snap plans to take its India localisation strategy to the world

    After ignoring the country in its early years, Snapchat’s parent is doubling down on the Indian market by rolling out localised versions of its offerings.

    Now Twitter users will be able to directly share tweets on Snapchat

    Users on the iOS platform can now post tweets on Snapchat stories.

    ShareChat’s Moj partners with Snap for Snapchat Camera

    The integration allows Moj to leverage Snap’s nine-year investment in the Snapchat Camera, thus enhancing user experience on the homegrown app.

    Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from the platform

    After the attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, social media including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube began to bar him from using their platforms. Google and Apple pulled Parler apps from their shops for digital content shops stating that the right-leaning social network was allowing users to promote violence.

    Snapchat crosses 60 million users milestone in India, clocks over 150% growth in DAUs

    Globally, Snapchat had 265 million daily active users in the December 2020 quarter. Over 5 billion 'snaps' were created daily on average by users on the platform.

    Snapchat goes the TikTok way, comes up with a curated video feed similar to Instagram Reels

    Spotlight is aimed at broadening the connections among Snapchat users.

    Snapchat wants you to post. They're willing to pay millions

    Many of these new Snapchat tycoons are famous TikTok stars and Gen Z influencers, but average users are also striking internet gold after their videos go viral.

    Snapchat debuts a TikTok competitor with Spotlight

    Spotlight aims to encourage more users to create short videos with its augmented reality filters and effects.

    Netflix goes TikTok-way, serves up 'Fast Laughs' feature on its iPhone app

    Tapping the tab will launch a stream of funny snippets from movies, sitcoms and other shows.

    ETtech Evening Briefing on 10 Feb 2021: Twitter holds firm, Japan loves Clubhouse

    The war of words between India and Twitter shows no signs of cooling. Moj partners with Snapchat parent for camera tech. Clubhouse tops Japan’s app downloads chart.

    Theek Thaak: A homegrown social-media app that’s making waves

    The app promises to showcase independent voices emerging from India’s diverse culture.

    US Capitol Siege: Snapchat locks Donald Trump’s account, after Facebook, Twitter

    The move comes hours after Facebook and Twitter banned Donald Trump’s account after he shared a video in which he asks rioters to “go home” before adding, “We love you. You’re very special.”

    Snapchat's in-app mental health support to help those in crisis

    Snapchat collaborated with Mariwala Health Initiative and non-profit Manas Foundation.

    Inside Twitter’s decision to cut off Donald Trump

    The decision was a punctuation mark on the Trump presidency that immediately drew accusations of political bias and fresh scrutiny of the tech industry’s power over public discourse. Interviews with a dozen current and former Twitter insiders over the past week opened a window into how it was made — driven by a group of Dorsey’s lieutenants who overcame their boss’ reservations, but only after a deadly rampage at the Capitol.

    Snapchat to add wellness features to the app, will help users deal with stress, anxiety and emotional issues

    Snapchat's 'Here For You' initiative is aimed at helping people suffering from stress.

    Can social media companies boot Trump? Yes

    As the Congressional Research Service has explained in a report for federal lawmakers and their staffs, lawsuits predicated on a website's decision to remove content largely fail.

    Snapchat doubles down on India with new original series, games

    Snapchat has witnessed nearly 150% year-on-year growth in its daily active users from India in the third quarter of 2020

    To 'Fleet' or not? Twitterati not too excited by new feature, quick to do a Snapchat comparison

    Some netizens were of the opinion that Twitter should not ‘blindly imitate’ other platforms.

    Facebook-owned WhatsApp to introduce disappearing messages in a bid to rival Snapchat

    According to a report by AFP, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said November 5 it would introduce disappearing messages on WhatsApp, a move ramping up its challenge to rival Snapchat. The messaging service used by more than two billion people globally said it would enable people to choose whether to keep their messages or allow them to delete themselves after seven days.

    Snapchat won't promote Donald Trump's posts after Twitter placed fact-check warnings on his tweets

    Trump's account will remain active on Snapchat, and visible to people.

    Smarter Wi-Fi, virtual everything: The tech that will invade our lives in 2021

    Some tech companies are experimenting with recreating the office conference room with virtual reality.

    Will Smith launches new 12-episode series on Snapchat to beat isolation blues

    The actor will interact with family members, celebrity friends who are isolating indoors as part of ‘Will From Home'.

    Facebook takes a cue from Apple’s Memoji & Snapchat’s BitMoji, launches digital avatars

    Avatars can be posted as comments, in chat windows, and Facebook Gaming profiles.

    iPhone 12 Pro review: Apple has upped ‘Pro game’ with better, low-light photography & performance

    The iPhone 12 Pro’s three-camera setup is similar to last year’s iPhone 11 Pro.

    Snapchat's India daily user base more than doubled in Q2: CEO Evan Spiegel

    Spiegel attributed this growth to the company's investment in localization and improving the performance of its app to make the service more accessible to consumers across the world.

    Are your pictures beautified? Indians become prolific users of filters in selfies

    Indian women are enthusiastic about their ability to beautify their images.

    Snapchat stops boosting Trump posts for inciting 'racial violence'

    "We are not currently promoting the President's content on Snapchat's Discover platform," Snapchat said in response to an AFP inquiry referencing the youth-focused social network's section for recommended content.

    Blame your webcam: Video calls can lead to 'Zoom Dysmorphia', increase in plastic surgery demand

    Video calls may be affecting the way individuals view themselves.

    David Guetta named the world's No.1 DJ after votes from almost 1.3 mn people

    It’s turned out to be pretty good year for DJ David Guetta.

    WhatsApp's disappearing message feature is here. How to use it, and the loopholes to watch out for

    Once you activate the feature, messages will automatically be deleted after 7 days.

    Snapchat plays smart with political ads policy, Evan Spiegel stresses on importance of fact-checking

    The CEO said Snapchat doesn’t allow things like misinformation to appear in political advertising.

    Apple unveils new 5G-enabled iPhones. What the wireless network really means, and security risks

    The 5G network is one front in rising tensions between the U.S. and China.

    Triller registers around 40 million downloads in India

    Los Angeles-based social video app Triller has seen around 40 million downloads from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India within a month and half of its launch, after the ban on Chinese short-video platform TikTok.

    Kill stress with Snapchat: Social media may lower depression risk in adults

    Someone who uses a social networking site is 1.63 times more likely to avoid serious psychological distress.

    India user base grew 120 pc; focus on developing culturally relevant products: Snapchat

    "We have seen significant user growth in India with a 120 per cent increase of our daily active users, comparing March last year to March this year.

    After Google apps and Snapchat, Instagram suffers global outage

    Users were not able to login, refresh the page, comment on posts and upload content on the platform.

    Miranda Kerr & Evan Spiegel welcome second child, name baby boy - Myles

    The Victoria's Secret model shared the happy news on Instagram.

    Is the Internet melting? Google fixes issue after server trouble snarls YouTube, Snapchat

    High levels of network congestion affected multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.

    An unforgettable experience: This museum in NYC uses VR to give visitors an insight of others' thoughts

    72% of people in this generation prefer to spend money on experiences than on material things.

    Bois Locker Room scandal: Police probe reveals strange twist

    The last month's conversation was not in any way related to the 'Bois Locker Room' Instagram group in which obscene messages and morphed pictures of underage girls were shared, the Delhi police said on Sunday.

    Instagram is working on 'Nametags' to compete with Snapchat

    This will let users create a custom scannable tag by designing a pattern of emojis.

    Now shop your heart out on Snapchat, thanks to new feature

    Called Collections, the feature will allow brands to link products without users having to swipe up & make the purchase.

    Facebook is eating Snapchat's share; 'Stories' feature hits 300 mn users

    Facebook 'Stories' would now begin delivering ads with visual messages.

    Photo app Snap opens first office in India in Mumbai, plans to build local team

    Snap’s local team in India will focus on expanding strategic partnerships, building an engaged community of creators and users and servicing local advertisers.

    Now speak as you tweet! Twitter’s new feature for iOS allows voice notes to be added to tweets

    The feature is currently available to ‘a limited group of people’ on iOS.

    Want to RT an article? Twitter will make sure that you have read it, first

    Twitter was quick to clear all doubts and questions that netizens had in their minds about the new feature.

    After Twitter row over ad gone wrong, Kent apologises for 'hurting sentiments'

    Mr Mahesh Gupta, CMD of Kent RO Systems, has issued an official apology.

    Apps for essentials? No thanks. Most people prefer physical visit to stores during pandemic

    Hyper-super markets like More and Big Bazaar are least preferred during this time.

    Facebook buys Giphy, will integrate GIF library with Instagram

    In 2015, Giphy had rebuffed a Facebook offer.

    Snapchat brings friends closer with new Snap Map feature

    The new update lets users send their ongoing real-time location to a friend within the message thread.

    Perception of beauty: How selfies, Snapchat filters may lead to body dysmorphic disorders

    Body dysmorphic disorder is an excessive pre-occupation with a perceived flaw in appearance.

    Snap introduces landmarker lens experiences

    Snap will enable the feature, users have to point the Snapchat camera to the monument on location.

    Snapchat brings back its old design to please unhappy users

    The app has also added a subscriptions feed devoted to content from celebrities, publishers & other professional sources.

    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr welcome baby boy

    This is Kerr's second child and first with husband Spiegel, who was born on May 7.

    Google plans to take on Snapchat

    Snapchat 'Discover' lets news partners distribute video, image and text collections that remain accessible for 24 hours.

    Snapchat is finally removing its controversial redesign in latest update

    It has brought back an earlier feature that allowed users to see recent stories first.

    Snapchat trolls Facebook, introduces Russian bot filter on April Fools' Day

    The filter makes it appear as if a Russian bot has liked your post.

    Snapchat stocks tumble after Rihanna slams commercial trivialising domestic violence

    The ad makes a reference to the 2009 incident when Rihanna's then boyfriend Chris Brown had assaulted her.

    Snapchat rolls out new iOS update, exposes its source code on GitHub

    When an app's source code gets exposed, the programme becomes vulnerable to attacks.

    Instagram updates web application, allows users to send DMs and watch live videos on desktop

    Direct messages on the desktop have been in the works for a while now.

    Snapchat's latest redesign brings new look but users are not happy

    An online petition calling for removal of the new update has attracted more than than 6 lakh signatures.

    Twitter plans a simpler, Snapchat-style tool for video-sharing

    The social media company already has a working demo of the camera-centered product.

    Distracted driving: Chandigarh, Amritsar lead global city pack

    A study, which analysed 6 million Snapchat posts across 173 cities for over a month, has found that along with Chandigarh and Amritsar, Lucknow, Delhi, Kanpur, Jaipur and Surat are among the top 20 cities when it comes to instances where users are creating content such as live videos while driving, and posting them online.

    Now, Snapchat plans to move into scripted content

    Currently, Snapchat is relying on its partners to finance video content rather than commissioning on its own.

    Evan Spiegel says Facebook copying Snapchat's popular features is the most-fantastic feeling

    Spiegel launched a stinging critique of FB, dismissing both its appeal and successful attempts to copy Snapchat’s most popular features.

    Self-made billionaire Kylie Jenner says she's bullied by 'the whole world'

    She recently opened up in a Snapchat video and hopes to inspire those who are being bullied.

    In a bid to take on Snapchat, Facebook working on 'Streaks' feature

    Snapchat uses the feature to encourage users to send more snaps, and warns friends when a streak is about to expire.

    Working professionals may soon be able to post appraisal updates on LinkedIn Stories

    The company plans to attract millennial workers with this new feature.

    After Kylie Jenner slammed Snapchat's new design, the app is going back to its older self

    The new change will be visible only to a small number of users.

    Filters, lenses, face swap - here's how Snapchat is charming millennials, and more

    Snapchat has made a mark with its 10 seconds worth of snaps feature.

    Telegram takes off in India as startups drive adoption

    According to Prabhu Ram, head, Industry Intelligence Group at CyberMedia Research, businesses prefer Telegram because it marries capabilities of WhatsApp and Snapchat — it’s secure, private and accessible.

    Dr D's column: When Snapchat's Evan Spiegel made $3bn without having the sense of wrong & right

    Snapchat's new game unleashed a firestorm of criticism on the founder.

    Lip-syncing, dancing, acting & lots of fame: Decoding TikTok’s meteoric rise in India

    The rise of the app in India did not go unnoticed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

    Netizens mistakenly uninstall Snapdeal app instead of Snapchat

    Many people downgraded and uninstalled ecommerce app Snapdeal instead of social networking app 'Snapchat' to mark their protest.

    Do you constantly take pictures wherever you go? Now, science shows that clicking photos can impair memory of events

    People think that taking a photo will help them remember something better, but it's actually quite the contrary.

    Miranda Kerr's wedding with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel looks right out of a fairy tale

    Kerr's Dior look was inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic dress at her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

    Snapchat 'Spectacles' now available in US at $129.99

    Snapchat 'Spectacles' record video and pair to user's phone over Bluetooth or WiFi which can then be uploaded to the user's Snapchat account.

    ​ Snapchat launches new location-sharing feature, 'Snap Map'

    Snap Map would compete with Facebook Messenger's 'Live Location' feature.

    Tyroo is Snapchat’s monetisation partner here

    Tyroo has also appointed former Bennett, Coleman & Co executive Akshay Mathur as its Chief Revenue Officer to drive growth through such partnerships.

    Instagram, Snapchat detrimental to mental health, may drive feelings of inadequacy and anxiety

    Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol.

    BMW collaborates with Snapchat's augmented reality tech to view a 3D model of the X2

    The luxury brand is the first to create a 3D augmented-reality version of a product with Snapchat.

    Wedding bells for Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel and Aussie girlfriend, Miranda Kerr

    It will be Miranda's second marriage after her divorce from Orlando Bloom.

    Celebration time for Miranda Kerr, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel: Couple set to welcome first child

    The 34-year-old actress is already mom to six-year-old son Flynn, with ex Orlando Bloom.

    The Deer Hunter! Robert De Niro makes Snapchat debut

    The typically serious Oscar-winning actor was all smiles when he experimented with the filters.

    This is why people use Snapchat

    Snapchat may provide the perfect medium for maintaining relationships with close friends without the pressure to present one self in extraordinary form, say scientists who delved into why people use the addictive social platform which allows short, quick posts.<br /> <br /> Due to its brevity, Snapchat could be the best form of communication in a world where people struggle with a seemingly diminishing attention span.

    When Kunal Bahl managed to find the funny side in the Snapdeal-Snapchat confusion

    Recent news reports about Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel’s comments resulted in many Indian users uninstalling Snapdeal by mistake.

    It's that time of the year! How Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Spielberg are losing big bucks

    There’s never a bad time to have a lot of money, except maybe for the last few weeks.

    Facebook unveils new Snapchat clone, calls it Messenger Day

    Messenger Day works like Snapchat Stories by letting you post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

    Kylie Jenner's tweet wipes out $1.3 billion of Snap's market value

    Snap Inc.’s flagship platform has lost some lustre according to one social-media influencer in the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

    Spotlight: Snapchat Spectacles is the brand's first hardware offering

    Spectacles with a built-in video camera with a 115-degree, wide angle lens. Each pair is priced at $130.

    Sebi asks Finmin to consider changes in laws for DVRs

    Snapchat’s IPO in 2017 drew the attention of startups to DVR structures.

    Soon, Instagram to tell you who's stalking you

    The move, which serves as a good news to privacy-conscious users, brings Instagram Stories even more in line with Snapchat.

    Obsessed with Snapchat? The photo-sharing mobile service plans to launch an Android smartphone

    The device might also inlcude a lock screen that allows users to easily swipe for notifications & updates.

    As consumers give internet videos the snap of Thanos, podcasts look at a comeback

    ​The growth of podcasts and spoken-word audio is similar to growth of aspen.

    Facebook's David Marcus believes 'Messenger Kids' is good for families

    With this app, kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts.

    Going digital! WhatsApp now boasts of 1.5 billion monthly users

    In India alone, the messaging app has over 200 million monthly active users.

    Why parents need to say no to Facebook's free Messenger Kids app

    The app is intended for kids under 13, who aren't ready to have social media accounts and protect their own privacy.

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