Google’s Area 120 launches new hyperlocal social networking app

If you think Google has already given up on its social networking ambitions, it looks like you may be partly wrong. Area 120, the company that does all of their experimental projects before the tech giant decides on pursuing a product, has announced the arrival of Shoelace, a hyperlocal social …

Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as ‘cataclysmic’

Facebook’s plans to launch a cryptocurrency and digital wallet for users to make online purchases and money transfers should have the financial services community in a tither, with some expecting banks to quickly follow Facebook’s lead. The social network’s shift into financial services also has raised the specter of regulatory …

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency and digital wallet should be a clarion call to commercial banks: if you don’t begin to explore blockchain technology, tech companies could eat your lunch. [ Further reading: Blockchain: The complete guide ] Worldwide, blockchain-derived business value is forecast to grow from $9 billion …

Facebook is going into the banking business with blockchain

Facebook is going after the banking business with a new digital currency and financial transaction network all based on blockchain. After months of speculation and rumor, Facebook today announced it is creating a fiat-backed cryptocurrency that can be stored in digital wallets and used by consumers and others to transfer …

Facebook Messenger coming to Mac and Windows later this year

Facebook just announced a handful of new features for its extremely popular Messenger app. Among them, a new native desktop version for both macOS and Windows. The news was delivered by Mark Zuckerberg during his keynote address at the F8 developer conference, but was first discovered by French site iGeneration, …

Can Facebook be trusted with a virtual assistant?

Facebook is working on its third virtual assistant. That Facebook would pursue a voice-based, artificially intelligent interface is hardly surprising. A list of the world’s biggest eight companies by market cap contains the complete roster of seven major players in the virtual assistant market: Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, …

Apple’s Clips iOS app gets new posters, titles and captions, and ClassKit support

Apple on Tuesday released an update to its Clips app for the iPhone and iPad. Clips is designed to let users create short videos, slideshows, and school projects that can be shared through Messages on iOS or on social media. Version 2.0.6 is now available in the App Store. According …

Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money – and kill ‘fake news’

Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots. Although the social media giant has not publicly commented on reports from Bloomberg …

Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building ‘privacy focused platform,’ dodging ads and fake news

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Facebook would commit to building a new “privacy-focused platform” that would serve as a model for future interactions on the social network. But Zuckerberg’s lengthy vision plan barely mentioned advertising and completely ignored fake news and other misinformation—some of the top criticisms …