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Meetup faces competition from new ‘friendmaking’ platform Hive

“Meetup, the social media networking Web site, has some heavyweight competition” reports nypost.com. Former NFL star Terrell “T.O.” Owens and “Bachelorette” finalist Peter Kraus are expected in New York this week on a media tour touting their “friendmaking” social platform Hive. The platform also allows users to choose whom they meet in person “instead of paying to create a Meetup event with a roomful of strangers.”. Owens previously signed a sponsorship deal in 2014 with a fantasy sports platform. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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Twitter Emailing Users Who Retweeted, Liked Or Followed Russian-Linked Accounts

“On Friday night, Twitter began emailing U.S. users notifying them that they have followed, liked or retweeted tweets from Russian government-linked accounts” reports ibtimes.com. Back in November 2017, Twitter revealed it had discovered Twitter has 2,752 accounts tied to the Russian troll farm.The social media platform said 677,775 U.S. users followed, retweeted or liked a tweet from accounts associated with the IRA during the election period.The platform said it found an additional 13,512 additional accounts.Twitter notified users about their activity on Friday in an email. “Consistent with our commitment to…

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Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

“Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game” reports slashgear.com. But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device.For example, Baidu is already working on optimizing DuerOS for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, and a deal with WiFi module producer LinkPlay enables vendors to convert their Alexa products to the DuerOS platform. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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Twitter finds over 1,000 new Russian-linked accounts

“In total, the company has found 3,814 Internet Research Agency-linked accounts, which posted 175,993 tweets during the 2016 presidential campaign” reports thehill.com. Twitter said it has been working to curb the ability of foreign actors to manipulate its platform following revelations of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.Twitter said it also found 13,512 new Kremlin-linked bot accounts, bringing the total number of bots it has found in connection to Russia’s election influence efforts to 50,258.Twitter said Friday that it has suspended 1,062 new accounts it has found to be linked to the…

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Here are some of the questionable tweets that Twitter says were linked to the Russian government during the 2016 US election

“Here are some examples of the Russian government-linked tweets that Twitter users shared during the election:” writes David Choi for businessinsider.com. Twitter said it emailed notifications to 677,775 users who interacted with tweets originating from IRA during the election period.”Twitter is committed to providing a platform that fosters healthy civic discourse and democratic debate,” the company’s blog post said.The social-media platform also said that it identified automated Russia-based accounts during the course of its investigation. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Twitter: Hundreds of thousands of Americans interacted with Russian bot accounts during election

“TWTR, -1.58% provided updated information on the use of its platform by a Russian government-linked group to spread misinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election” writes Jeremy C for marketwatch.com. In addition, Twitter said it had identified more than 50,000 automated accounts used to spread the information.Twitter said that it would email more than 677,000 U.S. users of its social-media platform to inform them that they had interacted with accounts now linked to the Internet Research Agency.Twitter said it had identified 3,814 accounts–1,062 more than previously reported–linked to the IRA…

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‘Costco For Millennials’ Attracts Big Investors

“Target, too, is focusing on home delivery, with its $550 million cash acquisition of Shipt, an online same-day delivery platform that is growing in popularity” reports pymnts.com. At the time, the retailer said it will leverage its stores and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and community of shoppers to bring same-day delivery to Target customers around the country. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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New Instagram Features For Brands To Love And Hate

“A strong Instagram presence contributes to brand awareness and lasting relationships with customers that drive long-term organic growth” reports pymnts.com. For brands using Instagram to cement their presence in consumer minds, this makes using the appropriate hashtag an even more critical strategy for discovery.Customers who follow a brand are 75 percent more likely to take action — i.e., make purchase decisions — based on content they consume through Instagram. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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BitConnect, a Bitcoin Exchange Long Accused of Being a Ponzi Scheme, is Shutting Down

“BitConnect, a cryptocurrency exchange with a dubious reputation, announced on Tuesday that it was closing down its lending and trading platform” writes Jordan Weissmann for slate.com. Those who bought into BCC will have a few options after the BitConnect exchange shuts down.While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have faced similar accusations, BitConnect was particularly notorious for its multilevel-marketing structure.BitConnect also notes that it is working to make BCC trading available on other exchanges, and to build another platform that can host the cryptocurrency. Source: slate.com Share This:

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Toronto-based collaborative writing platform Wattpad raises $51M at an estimated ~$398M post-money valuation to expand its tech platform

“Previous investors also include Union Square Ventures, Khosla, AME Cloud Ventures, August Capital and others” writes Minutes Ago Frederic for techcrunch.com. Notably, it appears that a lot of that growth continues to come from Asia, judging by the investors in this round. Source: techcrunch.com Share This:

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