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The answer used to be 13, but perhaps sensing an opportunity to prime potential new users as early as possible Facebook will be offering “Messenger Kids.” The text and video chat app claims it will come with strict parental supervision: only the parental profile can approve who the child’s profile can contact. It might not be a bad “can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach to messaging apps, which many children already use in some form, but it’s still unclear how Facebook will handle the data collected from these separate profiles. (via Fast Company)
RIP 24-hour stories. Hello Highlights! Remember last week when we mentioned how novel YouTube’s non-expiring stories felt, and we wondered how long before that catches on? The answer was apparently “immediately.” Instagram’s new Stories Highlights feature will give users a way to create highlights from previous stories. The highlights won’t expire and will be viewable in a new section below someone’s bio. Since the feature depends on picking out previous stories, Instagram will also add a Stories Archive to save stories after they “expire.” (via Instagram)
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— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) September 26, 2017
The internet: Nevermind, 280-character tweets are good now. Twitter users will remember the uproar when 280-character tweets rolled out to everybody a few months ago. It now looks like Twitter made the right choice to listen to what people do, not what they say: the publishing tool SocialFlow analyzed thousands of tweets and found that tweets over 140 characters are both retweeted and liked more than shorter ones. (Clicks per tweet were about even.) One caveat: SocialFlow is used mostly by big-name news publishers, so it’s possible that longer tweets make sense for media but not so much for individuals. (via BuzzFeed)
Last week in technology…
Amazon buries the hatchet just in time to start a new feud. Expect more of this as media devices jockey to power your entire home: the same week that Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV (and Apple TVs will presumably become available for purchase on Amazon), Amazon and YouTube are again heating up their months-long cold war. Google removed YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show; Amazon won’t sell Nest products or Chromecast. The big loser: customers trying to keep all this straight who just want to enjoy their content. The big winner: Roku owners, at least for now. (via the Verge)
Consumers take to the streets to protest for net neutrality. Net neutrality supporters began protesting across the country this week as the FCC moves to repeal key net neutrality legislation. The protests have taken place outside of Verizon stores because FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is driving the effort to overturn net neutrality, previously served as a top lawyer at the company for two years. Protesters believe that he still has the company’s interests at heart rather than that of the general public. The FCC is set to vote on the proposed rule changes on December 14. (via Ars Technica)
Bitcoin nears $20,000 on Coinbase. The price of Bitcoin continued its wild ride (or bubble, depending on your point of view) this week as record numbers of users jumped in and Bitcoin exchanges, including one of the largest, Coinbase, struggled to keep up with the traffic. At one point on Thursday, Bitcoin—which was selling for under $1000 at the start of 2017—set a record high of $17,154 before dipping back down. The cryptocurrency’s crazy fluctuations show no signs of stopping for now, but this is a good time to re-up the week’s other major “Bitcoin is unsustainable” story: namely that the computing power required to mine new currency is literally unsustainable if we’re aiming for a clean-energy future. (via Bloomberg)
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Thank you, Internet!
You can’t get in trouble for violating broadcast copyrights if it’s not a broadcast, right? That’s what our official Hero of the Week attempted when he “played” a pay-per-view UFC fight on Twitch. The live streaming platform is mostly home to video game streams, so Adrian Lester grabbed his controller and mashed buttons along to the broadcast.
The video has sadly been removed (for copyright violation, of course), but not before Lester says he gained 3000 new followers on Twitch and Twitter and over 1000 new YouTube subscribers. Well played, sir. (via Eurogamer)