1. KakaoTalk snooped on citizens, pledges to stop after users protest: For better or for worse, Korea is one of the world’s most connected nations, with about 85 percent of their population on the internet as of last year. Local KakaoTalk users – who make up three-quarters of the almost 50 million monthly active users – recently found out the downside when the government announced a crackdown on online defamation. Read more here.
2. Movie Nights Lets You And Your Friends Find And Agree On A Film To Watch: Trying to figure out what film I want to watch at home from the thousands I can pick on various VOD services is a pain. The only thing more annoying is trying to find one that my husband and I can both agree we want to watch (love you, Marc). Read more here.
3. Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles: Tinder’s interface for quickly filtering people you might like to date from those you definitely don’t is being applied to all sorts of other sorting tasks. We’ve had multiple Tinders for shopping, for instance. And here at the Disrupt Europe 2014 hackathon in London we’ve just seen a Tinder for news stories, called Newsly, presented on stage. Read more here.
4. This Is What Snapchat’s First Ad Looks Like: Snapchat made good on its plans to roll out its first ads this weekend, with one ad spotted by BuzzFeed News showing up in the “Recent Updates” section of the app as indicated. Read more here.
5. BBM goes all Snapchat with new ephemeral timer feature, will let you retract messages manually too: BlackBerry has announced a new update is a-comin’ to BBM, with a couple of privacy- and control-focused features in tow. Read more here.
6. Microsoft’s AutoTag leverages your Facebook account to automatically tag friends in all your other photos: Microsoft this weekend quietly revealed AutoTag ‘n Search My Photos, a new Windows 8.1 app that leverages the photos tagged in your Facebook account to help you tag your own personal photos. Read more here.
7. Facebook to federal agents: No, you don’t get to create fake profiles to ensnare suspects: Facebook is serious about real people using real names on its service. After initially cracking down on drag queens, the social network is going after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for using fake profiles. Read more here.