For the most part, the new Snapchat is about tidying up the app’s myriad content portals. Spiegel’s central premise is that social media services, in order to offer a cleaner experience, need to separate the “social” from the “media.” In other words, all your “social” content on Snapchat is now arranged in one “Friends” page, to the left of the main camera screen, while the more premium content, whether published by news outlets, TV networks, or independent creators with big followings–vloggers, celebrities, athletes–is corralled together to the right, on the “Discover” feed. … [Read more...] about Can Snapchat’s Redesign Give It Facebook Appeal?
And if you’re in Canada, you can make and receive VoIP calls. Expect this one to be a runaway success and, when it almost certainly rolls out to the rest of the world, Facebook will be providing free phone calls to a billion people–unless, of course, its plan is eventually to charge for all the extra little doo-dahs that other VoIP providers charge for. … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Messenger Gets Voice Option As The Firm Tests VoIP Service In Canada
But digital searches are increasingly diverging from their brick-and-mortar predecessors. Traditional warrants allow police to get records from banks, utilities, and other companies to track a single person’s location over time, but reverse search warrants turn the process on its head, beginning with only a location. Moreover, with reverse search warrants, officers no longer need to limit their request to a single person. Officers could ask Google for the names of every device user on a specific block, whether it’s a secluded country road or Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Worse than that, it’s impossible for them to know how many people they’re targeting in advance. A reverse search warrant for a house might just give you the owner’s devices, but it may also give you data on hundreds of visitors. The judges approving these orders simply can’t know how much data they’re handing over to law enforcement when they approve the request. … [Read more...] about This unsettling practice turns your phone into a tracking device for the government