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Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all…

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Here’s why Snapchat users are so upset

Snapchat released its recent redesign to tons of new users this weekend and many are not happy about it. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking parent company Snap to revert to the old version, and users are complaining on other social media. A fake tweet purporting to be from Snap said it…

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Snapchat: Angry users sign petition to change new redesign

NEW YORK: More than 700,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design. The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes. Snapchat Stories, which are videos and photos…

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Snapchat overhaul convinces investors it can fight Instagram

NEWS DESK: Snapchat owner Snap Inc on Tuesday reported surging growth in users and revenue in its latest quarter, reviving hopes that it can survive competition with Facebook Inc’s Instagram and sending its shares up more than 20 percent, reported Reuters. Investor enthusiasm for the instant messaging application company faded after its initial public offering…

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Snapchat may introduce ads that can be skipped after three seconds

NEWS DESK: Snapchat may introduce new YouTube-style ads that users would only be able to skip after three seconds, a new report claims. According to The Independent, the plans are said to be under “serious consideration”, with the company looking at aggressive new ways of generating money. If they are approved, it’s understood that Snapchat…

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Furore forces Hania Amir to issue apology, take down controversial snap

Pakistani actress Hania Amir has taken down the controversial Snapchat video in which she recorded a man without his consent, after a furore erupted on social media following her antic. Harassment nowadays is a topic that is in discussion ever since the infamous Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy controversy came to the fore. Speaking exclusively to the Express…

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This Pakistani actress thinks it’s okay to film people without their consent

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: Hania Amir, an actress and model who works in Pakistani drama serials, has recently caused a stir by posting a selfie video on Snapchat in which she is clearly violating the consent of a man seated behind her. “This man is struggling to get out of my photo,” she says…

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Snapchat launches redesign as growth disappoints Wall Street

NEWS DESK: Snap Inc is redesigning its disappearing-message app Snapchat in an attempt to reach a broader audience, going back to the drawing board as Wall Street clobbered it for another quarter of slowing user growth, reported Reuters. The Venice, California-based firm, whose March stock market debut was the hottest of any tech stock in…

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Snapchat outage prompts complaints on Twitter

NEWS DESK: Snapchat faced a worldwide outage for at least four hours on Monday, prompting a flood of complaints on rival mobile application Twitter a day before posting its third quarterly earnings as a public company, reported Reuters. “We’re aware of the issue and working on a fix,” Snapchat said on its support Twitter account,…

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Barring WhatsApp and Viber, Saudi Arabia lifts ban on voice and video calling apps

JEDDAH: The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has announced the lifting of the ban on all applications that provide voice and video call services over the Internet, reported Arab News. Applications that meet regulatory requirements in the Kingdom can again offer Internet phone calls – known as Voice Over Internet Protocol – starting…

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Twitter struggles to boost monthly user growth, shares fall

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) failed to add users on a monthly basis in the second quarter, compared with the first quarter, amid fierce competition from Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Snap Inc’s (SNAP.N) fast-growing messaging app Snapchat. Twitter’s shares fell 5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. The company’s second-quarter net loss widened as it took a…

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Indian police book comedy group AIB for ‘Modi meme’

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police department on Friday registered an FIR against a social media entertainment channel, AIB, for allegedly making a ‘meme’ featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police officials of cyber crime branch said that the FIR of defamation under the Indian Penal Code and of transmitting obscene material in electronic form under the…

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Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers

Washington – Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but…

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Snapchat faces harsh reality check after earnings miss

WASHINGTON: Snapchat’s ambition to become the next big social media platform hit a brutal reality check with the first earnings report from parent company Snap Inc.

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Snap shares plummet as investors mark down first earnings report

Snap Inc shares plunged on Wednesday after the owner of Snapchat reported slowing user growth and revenue in its first earnings report as a public company, missing Wall Street’s estimates as it competes with copycat messaging apps.

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Facebook pushes to augment reality through smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear.

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Snapchat denies claims that CEO unwilling to expand business to ‘poor countries’ like India

NEW YORK: Snapchat has denied that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Evan Spiegel made a statement that it would not expand his business to ‘poor countries’ like India. Earlier, a former Snapchat employee Anthony Pompliano claimed that the CEO made the statement in a meeting. Pompliano said that Spiegel told him that the application caters…

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The many wrongs with Pakistan’s ODI squad

By: Omair Alavi Pakistan may have won the T20 series against the West Indians but their ODI armour has so many chinks that winning might appear quite far away. Yes, there are many upcoming cricketers in the squad who are willing to learn given the chance but with Golden Oldies not willing to leave the…

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Snapchat adds more accessible search feature

Snap Inc said on Friday its Snapchat messaging app would add an option for users to search through photos and videos that users have posted to the public.

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Facebook adds camera features, moving closer to Snapchat

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc (FB.O) is giving the camera a central place on its smartphone app for the first time, encouraging users to take more pictures and edit them with digital stickers that show the influence of rival Snapchat.

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Apple drives further into Facebook, Snap territory with video app

SAN FRANCISCO: With the release of a new video app called Clips, Apple Inc is inching one step closer to fully engaging in the messaging world, where its huge base of iPhone users could help it compete with Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc’s Messenger.

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