RapGenius and Google: Tales in Growth Hacking Gone Wrong

A startup gets in hot water with Google’s search team. Was it a misstep, or did it just get caught doing what other companies are doing?
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Continuing Its Public Content Push, Facebook Acquires SportStream

Take note, Twitter!
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Facebook Rolls Out Donate Button to Aid Nonprofits

Facebook announced a new feature on Monday that will let users send money to nonprofit organizations directly from Facebook. The company partnered with about 20 nonprofits at launch, and expects to work with more in the future. Worth noting, too, for privacy watchdogs: Facebook keeps your credit card information on file after you’ve used the Donate button.

Benchmark’s Mitch Lasky on App Discovery, Distribution and the Power of Chat Networks

The successful games investor chats about, well, chat.
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With Private Messaging, Instagram and Twitter Continue Their Arms Race

It’s getting harder and harder to tell the two apps apart.
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Twitter Dethrones Facebook as 2014’s Best Tech Company to Work For

Spoiler: It’s the food.
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Twitter Adds Private Photo Messaging to Mobile

As AllThingsD reported earlier this year that it would, Twitter on Tuesday launched a significant revamp of its private messaging product, adding the ability to send photos via Direct Message. Twitter also added a swipeable timeline feature (which we also reported would happen). All of this comes days before a highly anticipated Instagram event.

Facebook Wants to Be a Newspaper. Facebook Users Have Their Own Ideas.

It’s tough to make everyone happy. Can Facebook reconcile its high-minded design ideals with the interests of users and publishers?
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Facebook Steps Up Artificial-Intelligence Efforts With New Research Lab

Big news for deep learning.
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Instagram to Hold NYC Event on December 12

Instagram has invited reporters to a press event in Manhattan on Dec. 12, according to reports from CNET and TechCrunch. The invitations do not specify what the event will focus on, though a recent report from GigaOM suggests that it could be a messaging service.

With New COO Hire, Snapchat Means (Non-Ephemeral) Business

The Buzziest Social Network, According to Hip-Hop

Pay Attention, Snapchat! China’s WeChat Messaging App Does E-Commerce Well.

Facebook Testing Timehop-Like Feature to Surface Past News Feed Posts

Facebook Testing Instapaper-Like “Save for Later Reading” Feature

Boosting STEM Education, Facebook Starts Christmas Early With Laptops for Schools

#HungryGames: The White House’s Annual Turkey Pardoning Goes Social

Reminder: What You Post on the Internet Is Visible to the Internet

Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Totally Doesn’t Have a Teenager Problem

Tech Giants Help in Wake of Typhoon Destruction in the Philippines