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.
DOT Braille Smart Watch: The DOT Braille Smart Watch project has won the Grand LIA for Design at the 2016 London International Awards. Developed in South Korea, DOT the first Braille Smartwatch sets out to provide an interactive device for blind and visually impaired people, to be launched later this year. Online at dotincorp.com, the patented DOT Active Braille Technology reduces size, weight and price by more than ten times compared to existing digital Braille reading devices which rely on piezo-electricity.
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.
Inside Turner’s plans for international digital expansion: Turner Broadcasting is scouring Europe and beyond for people to staff its new international digital division which will officially launch on January 1.
News Corp results: 1 cent loss per share, vs Wall Street-expected breakeven: Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. reported fiscal first-quarter results Monday afternoon that were roughly in line with analyst estimates. The company posted an adjusted loss of one cent per share on $1.97 billion in revenue. Analysts projected the global media company to report breakeven on $1.96 billion in revenue, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate.
WhatsApp adds GIF support in iOS app: Amid increased competition from Apple’s iMessage, Snapchat, and Google’s new entry Allo, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now rolled out support for sharing GIFs in its messaging application on iOS. According to the app update text in iTunes, the new feature will allow users to send and receive GIFs, including Live Photos and shorter videos, both of which can be now converted to animated GIFs.
Facebook threatens LinkedIn with job opening features: Facebook might muscle-in on LinkedIn’s recruiting business with ways for business Pages to promote job listings. The new Jobs features could give companies another reason to drive traffic to their Facebook Page beyond marketing their products in the News Feed, while also allowing them to pay the social network to get their open position in front of more candidates.