Facebook Messenger suggests what to talk about with “Conversation Topics” feature: Facebook Messenger may have already hit the billion-user club this past summer, but the company is always looking for new ways to increase app usage. The latest attempt is the introduction of “conversation topics” on Messenger – a feature offering suggestions about what to talk about with friends.
IBM reports $19.23 billion Q3 revenue on strong cloud, analytics, and security growth: International Business Machines Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by continued growth in the company’s cloud and analytics businesses. Under Chief Executive Ginni Rometty, the company has shifted towards more profitable areas such as cloud services, analytics, and security.Revenue from those areas, which the company calls “strategic imperatives”, rose 16 percent to $8 billion in the third quarter.
Facebook’s Signal app for journalists now includes live video: Facebook announced an update for its journalist app aimed at keeping media apprised of what people are talking about on the social network and Instagram. Starting Wednesday, Signal for Facebook and Instagram will receive support for live video, meaning that there’ll be a new column in the dashboard, replacing the current FBNewswire/Politicswire column powered by Storyful. The goal is to help surface more Facebook Live content that could be used to inform articles and real-time reporting.
Twitter trolls were part of the reason why Salesforce walked away from a deal: According to CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, Salesforce was turned off by a more fundamental problem that’s been hurting Twitter for years: trolls.
Google’s desktop search could be out of date compared to mobile results soon: Desktop Google searches could end up slightly out of date compared to those done via smartphones, as the company begins to push mobile search. Google is fully splitting its search index into two distinct versions: a rapidly updated mobile one, and a separate, secondary search index for the desktop web.
How Nike Is Beating Brands Like Apple and Adidas at Twitter Customer Care: Rational Interaction, a digital agency based in Seattle, last month released a study that found that 67 percent of Twitter’s 310 million daily users utilize the platform for customer service. At the same time, it discovered that nearly 93 percent of brands are not responding sufficiently to such queries.
REI uses Facebook 360 video to target multicultural millennials: As part of its “Access Outdoors” campaign launched last month, outdoor gear retailer REI shot three two-minute long Facebook 360-degree videos to target urban, multicultural millennials in Austin, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the videos, REI documented eight artists working on installations in the three cities with the goal of making the outdoors more accessible to young urbanites.
Mirum creates ‘hidden’ football museum to show the future of retail experiences: Digital agency Mirum has created a museum around a fictional football team, hidden from view in the fact that it exists solely through tablets and VR, to show how brands could be augmenting retail spaces with mixed reality.