Google says there are now 2 billion active Chrome installs: Google is hosting its Chrome Dev Summit today. There hasn’t been a lot of news out of the event, but one number that stood out in today’s keynote by Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher was that there are now 2 billion Chrome installs in active use across desktop and mobile.
The Oculus Rift now officially runs on cheaper PCs: Oculus has launched the feature that establishes a new minimum spec for its Rift headset, making it accessible on cheaper PCs. In a blog post, the company announced the addition of asynchronous spacewarp, which lets VR titles run smoothly at half the normal frame rate. While the technical process is explained in more detail here, the upshot is that as of today, the Rift is officially supported on a wider range of computers.
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.
Buster the Boxer Bounces for John Lewis: UK retail chain John Lewis has launched the 2016 Christmas advertising campaign, “Buster The Boxer”. The commercial tells the story of a six-year-old girl called Bridget who loves to bounce, and her family’s dog Buster.
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.