Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know news to silly social trends.
This week in social…
It’s a new era for LinkedIn. Microsoft officially completed acquisition of the professional networking site yesterday. The $26.2 billion deal is Microsoft’s largest yet. And while some are still uneasy about the ultimate success of the acquisition, Microsoft and LinkedIn CEOs are optimistic. LinkedIn is expected to maintain a decent amount of independence, although Microsoft plans to integrate parts of the platform with Outlook and the Office suite—think starting your resume in Word and ending online at LinkedIn. (via the New York Times)
Mute comments on Instagram. Or don’t. The choice is now yours. The recent change may not seem like much, but it’s one more in a series of attempts to make the social platform safer for its users. Another major comments update bringing the platform in line with parent company Facebook: now you can “like” specific comments. Other updates to come: remove followers and anonymous reporting. (via New York Mag)
Facebook is experimenting with photo frames. In the app, select users can create custom frames and then go through an approval process before they can be used in photos. Photo frames in general have been available since 2015 and countless other apps and sites can be used to create frames before upload. The distinction here is that they are now customizable in the platform. (via the Verge)
This week in technology…
Try tweeting Google an emoji. Want tacos? Tweet it. Google will send you a link to local results. I tested out a snow emoji and Google sent the results for “Will it snow?” It seems like Google is just trying to give you another way to find what you’re looking for. The feature was just released and while it doesn’t work for all emoji right now, it’s fun to test out which ones do. (via Search Engine Land)
No lines. No checkout. That’s what Amazon is promising for Amazon Go. What is it exactly? A store where you grab whatever you want off the shelves and just walk out. An app tracks your selections and charges you later. At least that’s how Amazon is hoping it will work. The only physical location is in Seattle and it’s still in beta. However, the company hopes to open it to the public as early as 2017. (via Amazon)
Uber is doubling down on artificial intelligence. After buying the self-driving truck technology company Otto last summer, they’ve acquired another AI startup: Geometric Intelligence, formed by 15 researchers with experience in probabilistic programming and neural networking. This is just the first step in development of Uber AI labs, which will devote time to improving self-driving car and ride-hailing software. (via Business Insider)
This week at Mindset Digital…
The team went on an off-site adventure to Camp Mary Orton on Tuesday, which featured a lovely spread of Mediterranean food and, of course, pizza.
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For your weekend…
Everyone loves a good giveaway. And with the holidays approaching, the weird and the wonderful giveaways are everywhere you turn. From the company that brought you chicken-scented sunscreen and hot sauce nail polish comes a fried chicken candle, made with real chicken. The candle was given away as part of the KFC advent calendar campaign in New Zealand. Social media users entered the contest by suggesting another piece of KFC merchandise through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (via Business2Community)
That’s all folks! Have a great weekend.