23 major updates from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, Vimeo, Instagram & LinkedIn

Major digital platform updates from last week - Google invests in Snapchat, Instagram working on Live video, Twitter is talking to sell Vine, Facebook, Twitter helped lead Trump to victory, and more


Pinterest finds another way to track purchases via its new “Tried It” button: Pinterest has historically been more an idea board – a place to dream about ideas you want to try or products you want to buy. Today, however, the company is rolling out a new feature aimed at encouraging people to track and share the things they’ve actually done, too. With a new “tried it” checkmark on Pins, Pinterest users can share the ideas they’ve tried and would recommend to others. The service will also allow you to track the Pins others have tried in a new feed.

Periscope will let you broadcast directly to your biggest fans: Periscope may have helped jumpstart the live video trend, but until now it’s been difficult to specify which audience direct your content toward without blindly going live for everyone to see, or manually inviting users to a particular stream. Today’s update will give you a more informed look at who to share your broadcast with and creating Groups to accommodate that.

Facebook has vowed to ‘do more’ to stop spreading misinformation: But, facing criticisms over the “filter bubble” and the part it may have played in the election, Adam Mosseri, VP of product management at Facebook, repeated to TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas a previous statement that Facebook is trying to do a better job of filtering out the fake stuff. He said he knows “there’s so much more we need to do.”

Russia Prepares to Block LinkedIn After Court Ruling: LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals that will soon be bought by Microsoft, is to be blocked in Russia after a local court ruled on Thursday that it had breached the country’s data protection rules, a sign of growing tensions for American tech companies operating in the country.

Instagram confirms that it’s working on live video: Instagram has confirmed that it’s working on adding a live video feature to its app. CEO Kevin Systrom discussed the company’s live video ambitions in an interview with the Financial Times today. This comes just a few weeks after we got our first glimpse of the feature being tested thanks to Russian news site T Journal.

Snap’s Spectacles are already up on eBay: Turns out you don’t have to be in Venice, California to try to get your hand on Spectacles. Snap’s video-camera product has already hit eBay. The bidding for a black pair reached $553 as of 12 p.m. Thursday, after an hour on the website. That’s already a 325 percent markup from the retail price of $130.

Instagram Will Now Let You Tag Friends, Add Links and Create Boomerangs in Stories: The Facebook-owned platform has unveiled a handful of features to Instagram Stories, which will let users tag friends, add links and even create short videos that play forwards and backwards on a loop.

Facebook is once again putting the $41 billion computer network industry to shame: Facebook has produced yet another computer network innovation that will once again floor the $41 billion network tech industry.And Facebook will again share it with the world for free, putting commercial network tech vendors on notice.

Twitter COO Adam Bain is stepping down, CFO Anthony Noto takes over: Twitter today is announcing that one of its longtime executives, Adam Bain, is stepping down from his post of chief operating officer. Anthony Noto, the company’s chief financial officer, will take over the COO responsibility on top of his current work while Twitter looks for a new CFO.

LinkedIn makes it easier for businesses to send sponsored direct messages: LinkedIn users can now create Sponsored InMail messages using its campaign manager, the company announced today. The LinkedIn Campaign Manager can be used to track metrics and the performance of Sponsored InMail as well as text ads and sponsored content.

Facebook made a new Snapchat clone for Brazil because why not: If you were wondering if Facebook is finally growing weary with trying to copy Snapchat, the answer, it seems, is: not even close.The social network launched a new app in Brazil on Tuesday that looks like yet another near-perfect Snapchat clone.

How Facebook, Twitter Helped Lead Trump to Victory: America just endured its first presidential election in which the majority of the electorate got its news from social media. And the outcome is already prompting soul searching by the companies that shaped it.

How Pinterest reached 150 million monthly users: Pinterest has more than 150 million monthly active users, and most of the people joining are outside the U.S. So to continue the growth — usage is up about 50 percent year over year, as last year there were 100 million monthly active users — Pinterest has taken new approaches, including artificial intelligence, a faster system for ranking, and localization of content.

Snapchat copies two of Instagram’s features, adds World Lenses: Snapchat finally updated its Stories product — the one Instagram copied in August — with the ability to rewind through Stories, which has been possible on Instagram, but not on Snapchat.

Ads in Facebook Messenger are officially here: Today Facebook officially made it possible for marketers to turn their Messenger bots into ad bots. After testing sponsored messages since April 2016, Facebook Messenger is opening up the messaging app’s inaugural ad format to all brands who use Messenger’s developer tools to manage their Messenger conversations.

Google introduces Android Auto ‘phone-screen experience’ to expand market: According to Google, Android Auto is now available from “more than 50 [automotive] brands” on in-dash screens. However, seeking to accelerate adoption and reach the broader market of drivers who don’t own one of those compatible cars, the company is introducing an Android Auto experience for smartphones.

Twitter is reportedly in talks to sell Vine: Vine may live on with a new owner, according to a new report. TechCrunch says Twitter is now evaluating multiple offers for the short-form video service, which it announced it was shutting down last month. Some of the offers are for less than $10 million, according to the report — less than it reportedly cost Twitter to run Vine for a single month. (The company declined to comment.)

Facebook warned by UK over WhatsApp data use: Facebook has agreed to pause its collection of WhatsApp user data in the UK as a result of a probe by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

YouTube adds HDR video support: YouTube today added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos. This means you can now watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices, including HDR TVs with the Chromecast Ultra and soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs.

Apple is bringing in NBCUniversal to sell ads in Apple News: Apple is bringing in help to boost its News app. Apple is going to hand over ad sales for the app to Comcast’s NBCUniversal in an exclusive deal that starts in January.

Facebook wants to start selling TV ads — on TVs — via Apple TV and Roku boxes: Facebook has wanted to get its hands on TV ad budgets for years. Now it’s taking another step closer, by selling ads that will actually appear on TVs. Next week, Facebook will start delivering video ads on apps that run on set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku through the company’s ad network.

Google’s investment arm has quietly invested in Snapchat: Alphabet’s investment arm, Google Capital, has quietly made an investment in Snapchat parent company, Snap Inc. The investment was only revealed after Google Capital rebranded itself to CapitalG on Friday and added the Snapchat logo to its portfolio page.

Facebook’s WhatsApp is testing a feature like Snapchat Stories: First Facebook’s Instagram copied Snapchat’s Stories, and it didn’t try to hide the fact — it’s also called Stories. Then it was discovered that Facebook’s testing a similar feature called Messenger Day on Facebook Messenger. Now unsurprisingly, Facebook’s WhatsApp is also looking to add something similar.