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Adobe CTO says AI will ‘democratize’ creative tools

Adobe CTO says AI will ‘democratize’ creative tools Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis sees a shift happening. A shift in how people share content and who wants to use creative tools. A shift in how users expect these tools to work — especially how much time they take to learn and how quickly […]

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Snapchat quietly acquired AI Factory, the company behind its new Cameos feature, for $166M

Snapchat quietly acquired AI Factory, the company behind its new Cameos feature, for 6M After acquiring Ukraine startup Looksery in 2015 to supercharge animated selfie lenses in Snapchat — arguably changing the filters game for all social video and photo apps — Snap has made another acquisition with roots in the country, […]

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Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show

Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond […]

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Is Facebook dead to Gen Z?

Is Facebook dead to Gen Z? Olivia Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Olivia Moore is a venture investor at CRV and co-founded Cardinal Ventures alongside her sister, Justine. More posts by this contributor After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting What VidCon means for the future of social […]

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Snapchat Cameo edits your face into videos

Snapchat Cameo edits your face into videos Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an […]

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Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change.

Instagram still doesn’t age-check kids. That must change. Instagram dodges child safety laws. By not asking users their age upon signup, it can feign ignorance about how old they are. That way, it can’t be held liable for $40,000 per violation of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act. The law bans online […]

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Snapchat Spectacles 3 review: Pretty, pricey

Snapchat Spectacles 3 review: Pretty, pricey No one’s going to pay $380 for decent point-of-view video glasses and some trippy filters. But that’s kind of the point of Snapchat Spectacles 3. They’re merely a stepping stone towards true augmented reality eyewear — a public hardware beta for the Snap Lab R&D team […]

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Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads

Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads Snap today is announcing a new kind of advertising product, Dynamic Ads, that will help it to better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram. With Dynamic Ads, advertisers can […]

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Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat

Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat Reddit users can now share their favorite content from the site to Snapchat, thanks to a new integration that allows sharing of text, link, and image-based posts on iOS from Reddit’s “Safe for Work” communities. The move makes Snapchat the first platform partner that […]

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Zuckerberg misunderstands the huge threat of TikTok

Zuckerberg misunderstands the huge threat of TikTok “It’s almost like the Explore Tab that we have on Instagram” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in leaked audio of him describing TikTok during an all-hands meeting. But it’s not. TikTok represents a new form of social entertainment that’s vastly different from the lifelogging of […]

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