• Twitch Adding GIFs
    With the help of a Giphy extension, Twitch is adding GIFs. Streamers can now search for and pull animated images,” The Verge reports. “GIFs will then post to a pre-determined section of the screen dictated by the streamer.” The GIFs are “limited to a PG rating and below, meaning content with violence, sexual references, and lewd terms are all prohibited amongst other things,” Twitch said in a statement.
  • Google Assistant Testing 'Visual Snapshot'
    Google is testing a “visual snapshot” for Assistant on mobile devices, Engadget reports. “It prioritizes navigation, but scrolling down will show you your itinerary, reminders, reservations (such as flights and movies) and eventually less essential content like stock prices and Assistant action suggestions,” it writes.
  • Tinder Testing Bitmoji
    Beginning in Canada and Mexico, Tinder says it has started experimenting with Bitmoji on its flagship app. “The new integration comes courtesy of the recently launched Snap Kit, which allows third-party apps to take advantage of Snap’s login for sign-up and features,” TechCrunch writes.
  • Social Giants Tell Congress They Don't Play Politics With Content
    Before a U.S. House panel on Tuesday, top social media companies insisted that they are not discriminating against content along political lines. Alongside representatives from Alphabet and Twitter, “Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, told the committee it wants to fairly treat all groups, in explaining why it is conducting various audits,” Reuters reports.
  • Travel App 'Headout' Gets $10M
    TechCrunch takes a closer look at Headout, a travel app that lets tourists book outings on very short notice. “Over the next 18 months, co-founder and CEO Varun Khona says the startup wants to expand from 20 cities to 100 cities in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific,” it writes. It also just closed a $10 million Series A round.
  • Facebook Still Struggling To Diversify Ranks
    By some measures, Facebook’s ongoing staff diversification efforts are not going well. For example, “You can almost count on one hand the number of black women -- six -- who work as senior managers or executives at Facebook in the U.S., accounting for less than 1 percent of those 769 jobs,” USA Today reports. “The next layer of managers at Facebook isn't more diverse: 34 out of a total of 2,816, or 1.2 percent.”
  • Sources Slam Chinese Selfie-Startup Meitu
    All is not well at Meitu, the Chinese company behind a popular selfie app. That’s what more than a dozen sources tell Business Insider. “Their tales paint a picture of an almost dystopian version of a Silicon Valley tech gig, including claims of seemingly arbitrary firings, public shamings, and even some behavior some may consider overtly sexist or racist,” it writes.  
  • Top 'Instagrammers' Going 'Private'
    As part of a new strategy to gain more followers, some of Instagram’s biggest generators of memes are going private, The Atlantic reports. “While followers may hate it, going private is a new way for professional and semi-professional Instagrammers to stay afloat in a crowded market on an increasingly volatile platform,” it writes.
  • Microsoft 365 Gets Live-Event hosting
    Microsoft just added live-event hosting to its Microsoft 365 service. “The new service comes equipped with AI-powered features such as facial recognition of attendees and autonomous speech-to-text conversion so participants can search video transcripts,” VentureBeat reports.
  • Big Data Breaches Cost Companies Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
    While the average cost of a data breach is around $4 million, costs connected to bigger breaches can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, Gizmodo writes, citing a new report from IBC Security. “The findings paint a grim portrait of what the clean up is like for companies whose data becomes exposed -- particularly for larger corporations that suffer so-called ‘mega breaches,’ a costly exposure involving potentially tens of millions of private records,” it writes.
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