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  • Posting photos of what you cook is a net good

    Posting photos of what you cook is a net good

    Mashable’s new series Don’t @ Me takes unpopular opinions and backs them up with reasons. We all have our ways, but we may just convince you to change yours. And if not, chill. Getting smarmy about food posts is a classic contrarian move, but you’re better than that.  The stigma around Instagramming your meals has let up […] More

  • Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

    Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

    In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized […] More

  • Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

    Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

    In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized […] More

  • Instagram noticed you never hit the IGTV button, so it's going away

    Instagram noticed you never hit the IGTV button, so it's going away

    Back in 2018, Instagram launched its longform video brand IGTV. We’re less than a month into 2020 and maybe the most prominent way to access IGTV is going away. TechCrunch reported Saturday that Instagram would remove the IGTV button that appears at the top right corner of users’ home screens in the main Instagram app. […] More

  • Compound’s Mike Dempsey on virtual influencers and AI characters

    Compound’s Mike Dempsey on virtual influencers and AI characters

    In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized […] More

  • Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

    Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

    At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the […] More

  • Where FaZe Clan sees the future of gaming and entertainment

    Where FaZe Clan sees the future of gaming and entertainment

    Lee Trink has spent nearly his entire career in the entertainment business. The former president of Capitol Records is now the head of FaZe Clan, an esports juggernaut that is one of the most recognizable names in the wildly popular phenomenon of competitive gaming. Trink sees FaZe Clan as the voice of a new generation […] More

  • Melania Trump absolutely loves to use chaotic photo filters

    Melania Trump absolutely loves to use chaotic photo filters

    Say what you will about Melania Trump, but there’s no denying that she has one of the most tolerable social media presences in the Trump family. The first lady doesn’t rage-tweet or share ridiculous memes like Donald Trump Jr. or Eric Trump. She isn’t as ~extra~ as Tiffany is on Instagram, and unlike her husband, […] More

  • Mark Hamill may have cheated the Star Wars Instagram filter to get Luke Skywalker

    Mark Hamill may have cheated the Star Wars Instagram filter to get Luke Skywalker

    Greetings, exalted ones. Mark Hamill — aka the Luke Skywalker from Star Wars — has discovered the Star Wars Instagram filter that gives you a random character from the movies.  Which “random” character did the filter give him? Luke Skywalker, of course, as if you didn’t already know. What luck! Unless… View this post on […] More

  • Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails

    Instagram tests Direct Messaging on web where encryption fails

    Instagram will finally let you chat from your web browser, but the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps. Today Instagram began testing Direct Messages on the web for a small percentage of users around the globe, a year after TechCrunch reported it was testing web DMs. When fully rolled […] More

  • Instagram DMs come to the web

    Instagram DMs come to the web

    You’ll soon be able to slide into someone’s Instagram DMs right from your desktop. As of Tuesday, Instagram began rolling out direct messages on the web for a small percentage of users, according to . The rollout is part of a test, Instagram says, and information regarding a broader rollout will come at a later […] More

  • Instagram is reportedly removing posts supporting Soleimani

    Instagram is reportedly removing posts supporting Soleimani

    Instagram and Facebook are removing posts that support Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general and leader who was killed in a U.S.-sanctioned airstrike, according to CNN.  Coda Story reports that Iranian journalists, influencers, and human rights activists have had posts if not their entire accounts removed from the platform.  Instagram is one of the few […] More

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