• Is Apple Adding Paid Search To App Store?
    Ever since Apple announced plans to shutter its iAd App network, I'm sure you've been wondering how it plans to replace that lost revenue. As one possible solution, Apple is reportedly open to the idea of charging developers to have their apps more prominently displayed in its App Store. That's right, Apple is considering paid search, as sources tell Bloomberg Technology.
  • Final Thoughts On The FBI/Apple Case
    In a strange pseudo-ending to an already strange case, the FBI paid professional hackers to break into the iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorist a little while ago. The hackers were able to exploit a software flaw, which was used to create a piece of hardware that allowed them to bypass the security feature that would have wiped all the data from the phone before they could access it.
  • Unbundling Facebook's F8 Conference
    A ton of announcements came out of Facebook's F8 Developer Conference, on Tuesday. In case you missed any or all of them, here's a rundown:
  • Facebook Flexing Messenger's Muscles
    Another day, another big push by Facebook to transform Messenger into an app of Facebook-like proportions. Now, users can share Dropbox files over Messenger. If the files are photos or videos, they'll even appear right in their chat window. To share other content, users will be prompted to open the Dropbox mobile app to first preview the files.
  • Yes, Facebook Has Become Too Powerful
    What can we expect from Facebook's F8 developer conference, this week? Along with a ton of live-video talk, Facebook will reinforce its role as a dominant platform provider and the supreme master of "mobile moments," Forrester predicts. "Platforms like Facebook are expanding their ownership of mobile moments as measured by both audience minutes and data," says Forrester principal analyst Julie Ask.
  • Can Live Video Fix Facebook's Sharing Problem?
    Facebook has a serious sharing problem. That is, users are posting a ton, but mostly news stories and viral videos rather than personal content. The latter is critical to Facebook's health because it engenders far higher engagement levels, and strengthens bonds among users. That's why news that original sharing of personal stories dropped 21%, last year, is so troubling for Facebook. It also explains why the social giant is so eager to reposition itself as a live-video platform.
  • The Potential Of Live Mobile Video
    I don't think it's an overstatement to say that live video will reshape the manner in which the next generation experiences the Internet. In 2015, mobile video traffic accounted for 55% of all mobile data traffic, according to Cisco. If the bellwethers in the industry are any indication, that number is only going to become more pronounced, and much of that traffic will be dedicated to live broadcasts. It seems to be a natural progression for many of these companies-from text to images to videos, and now to live videos.
  • WhatsApp Thumbs Nose At Feds With 'End-To-End' Encryption
    At a time when digital security is top of mind for many consumers, WhatsApp is rolling out what it calls "end-to-end encryption." "When you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to," WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton explain in a co-authored blog post. "No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us."
  • Snapchat's Plan To Rule The World
    At the end of March, Snapchat added video chat and audio calls to its existing service. Not your typical upgrade -- but analysts say it points to some big moves ahead. "When a platform rolls out its '2.0' self, they signal the market of their intentions," says Forrester analyst Jenny Wise. What are Snapchat's intentions, exactly?
  • Mobile Users Actually Loving Long-Form Content
    In our age of seemingly short attention spans and hair-trigger thumbs, it's natural to assume that brevity is always best. Yet, at least when it comes to journalism, that's not the case, according to recent research from the Brookings Institution.
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