Facebook finally tests a GIF button for comments

 After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF. Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments, a source told TechCrunch. We inquired with Facebook, which confirmed the GIF test is coming with this statement: “Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to… Read More

Zenreach raises $30M to help businesses boost their marketing with free Wi-Fi

Jack Abraham Zenreach is announcing that it has raised $30 million in Series C funding. Founder and CEO Jack Abraham said that Zenreach is “bringing the online and offline world together.” Specifically, businesses that use Zenreach can offer their customers free Wi-Fi. All the customer needs to do is register using their email address, phone number or Facebook account. Read More

Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions

 Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook users are now able to surface recommendations of nearby places – like “dinner nearby” or “bars nearby,” for example  – by entering a query in… Read More

You can now save your Instagram Live streams to your camera roll

 One of the unique things about Instagram Live is that the video has always been disappearing. After your live stream is over the content is deleted forever – unlike Facebook Live or Periscope which save your video so audiences can view it after the fact. Until now. The company just announced that broadcasters will have the option to save live videos to their phone after they… Read More

Instagram is the latest nexus of the Marines photo sharing scandal

 Following the revelation that a private Facebook group with 30,000 members targeted female Marines in a non-consensual photo sharing ring, other toxic online communities are popping up — and proving that the Marines United scandal is by no means an isolated incident. This week, a group known as Just The Tip Of The Spear, commonly abbreviated JTTOTS, was booted from Instagram for… Read More

Facebook Stories, yet another Snapchat clone, is rolling out to more countries [Correction]

 Facebook is introducing yet another feature that clones Snapchat Stories to more users in Chile, Greece and Vietnam. [Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Facebook Stories was rolling out worldwide. That’s not the case. It’s only expanding to a few more countries.] Read More

Snapchat launches Bitmoji widget chat shortcuts for your homescreen

 Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature. Now you can instantly start chatting with your best friends on Snapchat. Instead of digging a chat thread out of Snapchat, users can select their favorite friends, create Bitmoji Widgets for them with their personalized avatars, and click them from their iOS… Read More