Snapchat is now selling filters to anyone for $5: Now, anyone can submit a filter design to Snapchat to be approved within a day, which then can appear in a designated area between the area of 20,000 square feet (an office floor) to 5,000,000 square feet (several city blocks). The filters appear live between an hour to up to a month.
Telegraph suspends comment on relaunched online content: The Telegraph has suspended the facility for readers to comment on stories and features “until further notice” as part of a review of the way the newspaper engages with its audience.
Faced with Twitter outrage, StreetEasy is pulling a ‘sexist’ ad: Last week, the real estate portal rolled out a new campaign called “Find Your Formula” campaign in New York City that parodies the compromises people make in order to find a semi-decent place. The ads consist of jokingly drawn stereotypes of the city’s neighborhoods, like rats and roaches in the East Village or toxic waste in Brooklyn’s Gowanus area.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg backs Apple in its FBI fight: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg echoed Google CEO Sundar Pichai and WhatsApp founder Jan Koum today in stating his personal support for Apple in its encryption fight with the FBI. “We’re sympathetic with Apple on this one,” Zuckerberg said today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “We believe in encryption. I expect it’s not the right thing to try to block that from the mainstream products people want to use, and I think it’s not going to be the right regulatory or economic policy to put in place.”
Facebook adds a birthday video cam for sending 15-second messages to friends: Facebook’s plan to turn the News Feed into a personalized video channel faces a roadblock in the form of “happy birthday” messages, which until today have almost entirely taken the ancient form of text. Lol! That begins to change today with the launch of birthday video cam, a feature inside the flagship app that lets you record 15-second videos for your friends.
Amazon Brings X-Ray To Web Video: Amazon’s X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows – the feature that brings additional content, like actor bios and other background information – is now available on Amazon Video and Prime Video on the web. HTML5 was actually one of the few major platforms Amazon had yet to address with this version of X-Ray, as support is already available on iOS and Android and other Amazon platforms including Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks.
Foursquare Will Tell Businesses When Their Ads Bring You Into An Actual Store: Foursquare announced a new product today that should help brick-and-mortar advertisers measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. The company has already been expanding the ad side of the business, for example launching new ad targeting product last year and recently bringing on CEO Jeff Glueck to grow its enterprise tools.