With no shortage of news to sift through this week, we’ve pulled a handful of our favorite hits from the headlines, and present them below for your reading enjoyment! Welcome to 5 for Friday!
Twitter is shuttering access to several of its developer tools, many of which had been described as outdated.
According to senior director of data enterprise solutions, Rob Johnson, the move was made to ensure that “the best Twitter experience” is offered, and to protect the platform’s mobile and web apps.
On a positive note, the decision (which is part of a “broader realignment of Twitter’s resources and offerings”) will draw attention to newly improved (and exclusive) features and settings like better organization of Tweets, guidelines for live videos, improved discovery, consistent app navigation, real-time engagement counts, etc. Conversely, it will have negative effect on third-party services (like Tweetbot and Twitterific) that leverage Site Streams, User Streams, and APIs and endpoints.
Those “Twitter-like apps will not be able to function the exact same way as before,” said Johnson.
Founded in 2012, Vidpresso’s toolkit “helps publishers enable more conversations within livestreams by allowing them to incorporate interactive chyrons and graphics that encourage viewers to respond to polls or ask questions.”
Purveyors of high-quality content and A-list publishers like Univision, BuzzFeed, Turner Sports, Nasdaq, TED, and NBC are already on board, and using Vidpresso’s technology to “make video more like HTML: easier to author, easier to change, and customized per person.”
If you’re active on Instagram, you might want to consider changing your password.
According to reports, the platform was the recent target of a “coordinated hacking operation” that changed account names, profile pictures, passwords and associated Facebook and email addresses.
While the degree to which the attack affected Instagram’s 1-billion+ community is not yet known, it is being blamed on Russian hackers.
Recognizing that some were “having difficulty accessing their accounts,” Instagram has offered a set of tips to help users secure their profiles.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a Kansas-based business owner is behind a class-action complaint that accuses Facebook of “bilking advertisers by inflating the number of people its ads could reach.”
Citing data drawn from an independent survey, a former Facebook employee, and “outside groups” (like the Video Advertising Bureau and U.S. Census Bureau), Singer, according to MediaPost, alleges that Facebook claimed in 2017 that its ads could potentially reach 1.9 million people in Chicago between the ages 18 and 34, but that Census data showed a population of only 808,785 in that age range and location.
She, along with her fellow plaintiffs, is “seeking monetary damages, as well as an order requiring Facebook to hire outside auditors and to remedy any problems found.”
In what's being referred to as the “most ambitious attempt yet to merge AI with the treasure trove of fitness data wearable devices collect,” the team at Google is said to be working on an AI assistant that will recommend meal plans and workouts to wellness seekers.
Dubbed Google Coach, the service will focus on fitness and relevance, delivering suggestions based on appointments, reminders, logged activities, food preference and consumption patterns, location and other signals.
Powered by algorithms that will attempt to consolidate multiple ideas into one, Google Coach is likely to make its debut this fall, and on smartwatches (like Wear OS) before coming to smartphones, set-top boxes, smart speakers, and other devices.