Your messages on Snapchat no longer have to be time-limited. The app has introduced two features: Limiteless Snaps and Looping Videos. With the former, you'll be able to send a picture without placing a time limit. That means the picture won't disappear automatically.
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has reached another milestone, surpassing the $1,700 mark for the first time. This increase in value, which has added hundreds of dollars to the cost of each Bitcoin, isn't well explained. Bitcoin has posted an 85% gain during the course of the year.
The biggest mobile payment service in China, Alipay, is coming to the United States. Alipay already has 450 million users around the world, with nearly all of those coming from Asia, particularly China. It's entering the US through a partnership with First Data.
Amazon's Prime subscription now comes with a new perk: exclusive live concerts. It's also selling tickets to the events exclusively to Prime subscribers, while everyone else in the program can watch the events for free. The first events are being held in London.
Instagram has significantly updated its mobile website such that it's no longer necessary to install the network's app to post photos or view the Explore tab. This may improve access to the social network in areas with slower wireless networks. Browsing had been the only option.
DDoS attacks hit the FCC's comment system, which is currently being used to accept comments regarding a proposed net neutrality rollback, on May 7 and May 8. It was initially believed the high volume of comments was responsible for the comment system being unavailable.
Facebook needs to remove content considered to be hate speech under Austrian law, an appeals court in the country has decided. In December 2016, another court found Facebook would need to take down hate speech. Facebook appealed that decision, but it has lost.
Thousands of illegitimate accounts have been removed from Facebook in the lead-up to the UK's general election. Facebook is monitoring activity on the network to find accounts that appear to exist solely for the purpose of spreading certain pieces of content.
HBO will no longer offer its shows through Amazon Prime come 2018. CEO Richard Plepler says one of the reasons the deal is ending is that HBO Now has experienced a lot of "momentum" in the recent past. Amazon was given access to popular older HBO series.
Google's cloud storage service, Google Drive, passed 2 trillion files in April 2017. That stat was revealed by Prabhakar Raghavan, Google's VP for G Suite, during the company's Cloud Next event in London. The service also has more than 800 million users.
We're only a month away from Facebook introducing some original shows, reports Business Insider. The social network is planning to launch a set of "TV-like shows" sometime in June. Around two dozen shows are already close to launching and more will eventually arrive.
Google's YouTube is investing heavily in a new lineup of free original content that'll feature some well-known celebrities. It's working with individuals like Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and Ludacris. Content will begin showing up "later this year."
A government-instituted block of Wikipedia in Turkey has been upheld by Ankara's 1st Criminal Court of Peace. The court rejected an appeal from the Wikimedia Foundation to overturn the block. Wikipedia won't be unblocked until it gets rid of certain pages.
To make prerecorded streams a bit more interactive, Twitch has introduced a Soundcloud-like comment system. Users can post comments in real time and their posts will be connected to a time-stamp. This allows them to react to content as if it's a stream.
Certain Visa applicants could be forced to hand over their social media handles from the past five years before they'll be granted a Visa. A proposal from the State Department includes that requirement. The extra requirement would only be in place for around 0.5% of applicants.
On-demand TV shows are going to fill up Snapchat in the near future. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Snapchat has signed content deals with NBCUniversal, ESPN, ABC, Turner, NFL, and others. They'll be offering 3-5 minute short episodes in Snapchat Stories.
Twitter's Moments section is going to become another source of revenue for the social network. Ads in the form of "full-screen vertical videos" will make an appearance in that section of the app. Company representatives discussed the ad format during an event in Dubai.
Google's Street View system is now going to be used to collect street names, numbers, and other business-related info. Street View cars have been capturing vast swaths of the world for years, but extracting business and street info hasn't been an easy task.
Facebook is going to use a large number of WiFi hotspots to improve connectivity across India. A new internet.org project called Express Wi-Fi will help set up around 20,000 hotspots over the coming months. Those will help a lot of people get online.
SpaceX plans to launch 4,425 internet delivery satellites and some of those satellites are set to begin launching in 2019. Patricia Cooper, SpaceX's VP of government affairs, discussed the company's plan during a Senate hearing on US broadband infrastructure.