1. Facebook Opens Live Streaming Video To Brands With Verified Pages: Today, the social network announced that verified Pages will now be able to publish live video from the Facebook iOS app. Facebook launched its live stream feature, called Live, in August, limiting access to celebrities and public figures, and has been incrementally extending access to new groups since. The slow-building strategy is a contrast to Twitter’s Periscope, which was available to anyone when it launched last spring.
2. Facebook is making it easier to find nearby events: Facebook events are one of the more maligned parts of the nearly ubiquitous social media platform — invitations to them come often, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere, and they have a tendency to bombard users with notifications. But the company is trying to change that today with a new feature in its iOS app that better surfaces all the events that are happening around you.
3. Facebook Messenger now lets you customize colors and emoji for every chat: Facebook’s trying to squeeze some useful new features into Messenger before 2015 comes to a close. Today the company announced that Photo Magic, which uses facial recognition to simplify the process of sharing photos with your friends, is rolling out widely to users everywhere. Give the app permission to access your photos, and it’ll automatically offer to send the picture to any Facebook friends identified as being in the shot.
4. Carnival Cruise: Facebook users are spending almost 3 minutes with its Canvas ads: The early test partners of Facebook’s Canvas ads claim they are capturing people’s attention for minutes at a time, performing stronger than most video. Facebook test-launched the ads earlier this year with a handful of brands like Wendy’s, Gatorade, Target, Macy’s, Michael Kors and Carnival Cruise Lines. Canvas ads, which will open widely to advertisers early next year, are billed as Instant Articles for brands, including video, large photos, GIFs and other interactive features.
5. Uber has integrated with Facebook Messenger so you never have to leave a conversation:Facebook Messenger sure is getting crowded. Add a car icon to the bottom of the app where you write your messages because you will soon be able to request an Uber within the app.
6. Facebook Rolls Out Instant Articles For All Android Users: Facebook today took the next step toward a full rollout of Instant Articles, announcing that the fast-loading format is now available to people using Android devices.
7. Pinterest To Open Promoted Pins For All US Businesses: The Pinterest waitlist waiting will soon be over. The company said today that starting in January all US advertisers will be able to buy Promoted Pins.
8. Facebook, Google, Twitter agree to delete hate speech in 24 hours: Germany: Germany said on Tuesday that Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours, a new step in the fight against rising online racism following the refugee crisis.
9. Pinterest Narrows Ad Focus & Support To Its Two Core Categories: A new report from the Wall Street Journal confirms what many advertisers have figured out by now: Pinterest wants to own the Retail and Consumer Goods corner.
10. Is “Facebook Professional Services” Facebook’s Stealth Project To Beat Yelp? Search Engine Land has learned about a new “Facebook Professional Services” area on Facebook, where the company appears to be taking direct aim at local search companies like Yelp and Google by offering listings of local businesses and services, complete with user reviews.
11. Facebook Makes Changes To Its Real Name Policy Enforcement Process: After over a year’s worth of controversy around Facebook’s real names policy, Facebook has announced a couple of changes to its process in order to better serve all of its members, including those in the LGBTQ community.
12. LinkedIn Revamps Its Jobs Listings With Big Data Analytics: Today LinkedIn is taking the wraps off a new version of its Jobs section, where — alongside details about the job itself — you can now see more data about the company, who works there, and how you compare to previous applicants.
13. Facebook Will Soon Force You to Use its Moments App to Photo-Sync Your Images: In a move that recalls the launch of Messenger, Facebook is removing the ability to photo-sync from its main app. Instead, starting January 10, users who want to utilize the feature will have to download the Moments app.
14. Facebook begins testing real-time comments on status updates: Facebook is testing real-time conversations on status updates, replicating the ellipsis seen on Messenger when a friend is typing a reply. First spotted back in November, TheNextWeb spotted it again earlier this week, showing that Facebook has not given up on the idea.
15. Facebook’s latest API embeds videos right into apps: Facebook says it has improved the way we embed public videos and posts from the social network. The company has released an APIthat now gives developers support for embedding video players into their applications and websites. The move comes nine months after Facebook unveiled a way for users to share content onto third-party sites.
16. Medium is now hosting publisher sites, starting with The Awl’s Billfold: The Awl said today that it plans to migrate the entirety of The Billfold, its personal finance site, to Medium starting next week. The site’s URL, staff and overall editorial approach will remain unchanged, but TheBillfold.com as a whole will redirect to a site on Medium’s platform.
17. Facebook Gives Page Owners Tips To Improve Their Video Production: Facebook product manager Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza wrote a blog post today as an end-of-the-year reminder of how to use them best.
18. Tumblr is the first social network to support Live Photo sharing thanks to iOS app update:Tumblr has rolled out an update for its iOS app that introduces two major new features; the ability to share Live Photos and 3D-touch-enabled functionality.
19. Turkey fines Twitter over ‘pro-terror’ content: The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) has fined Twitter 150,000 lira ($50,700), the first time it has issued such a penalty to the company.