Friday Download: a Conservative Party conference re-cap, a new talent pool and Dan the man…

It won’t come as a surprise that we’re kicking off this week’s edition with the Conservative Party conference, which turned into something even the cruellest ‘Thick of It’ writer couldn’t have dreamt up. It’s not fair to judge someone’s performance on a coughing fit, but unfortunately for Theresa May, everything else that could have gone…

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Friday Download: Twitter expands tweet limit, Ikea buys TaskRabbit and Momentum launches M.app…

As precisely nobody in social media world will have failed to notice, Twitter announced this week that it would be rolling out an experiment that doubles the character limit from 140 to 280. There were a variety of responses, not least this series of tweets showing exactly how brightly – and sarcastically – the Twitterati…

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Friday Download: Snap launches a new hardware line and we explore what not to do when you face a data breach…

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for big tech companies (more of that later), but Twitter has been revelling in glory after its latest Transparency Report suggested the company has been successfully weeding out terrorism from its network. Twitter claims there’s been a big decline in the proportion of pro-terrorism accounts being reported over…

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Friday Download: Snapchat recruitment is here to stay, Facebook steps up ad governance & breaching FTCs influencer regulations can now get you prosecuted…

You may recall that way back in June we talked about how McDonald’s was using Snapchat to fill jobs in the US and Australia. Well, it seems Morgan Stanley was paying attention, and has defied convention in order to connect with a demographic traditionally at odds with banking and the financial services world. Despite its…

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Friday Download: Facebook announces new video platform and new facial recognition software, Smile to Pay launches…

Say what you want about Silicon Valley, but it rarely moves slowly. We wrote only at the end of July about how Facebook was looking to monetise WhatsApp’s 1.2bn users, and before the leaves have even started to turn colour, it’s unveiled its plan. Having recently introduced tools to allow small businesses to send and receive…

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Friday Download: The power of social media, banner ads rise from the dead and WhatsApp goes corporate…

Last weekend, the sporting event that everyone was waiting for came and went, and millions of dollars were duly generated for all involved. But for a long time, a matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was thought to be impossible. So how – I hear you ask – did the fight come about? It…

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Friday Download: LinkedIn bolsters up its functionalities, Medium introduces a new way to react to blogs & NBC’s “Stay Tuned” soars on Snap…

Our lead story this week shouldn’t really be as big a story as it is, but as a team well-invested in social media, it is delightful to announce that LinkedIn has arrived (un)fashionably late at the video party. It’s been a long time coming, but LinkedIn are finally allowing video to be uploaded directly to…

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Friday Download: The importance of Snapchat, 10 years of the Twitter hashtag and Facebook’s debut in China…

Why is Snapchat important? Have you ever wondered? Many of our readers might not use Snapchat, but 173 million (mostly young) users snap away every day. Snapchat is important as a platform for reaching younger audiences, but it’s also symbolic of the disruption a new social media platform can bring and how it can challenge…

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The increasing price of data, Snapchat’s advertising and the latest in the algorithms world…

Gold? Diamonds? Oil? There is now a pretty strong case to be made for data being the most valuable commodity in the world, but the problem with a string of ones and zeros holding such value and power, however, is how to protect them from prying eyes. New legislation passed this week in the UK…

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Digital footprint adopted for tax investigations, Facebook Stories sees growth and Twitter introduces automated paid promotion …

TIPPING OFF THE TAXMAN Have you considered that an Instagram snap of your shiny new car or holiday home might lead the taxman to your door? Starting next month, the Government of India will begin analysing residents’ social media activity to match their spending patterns with income declarations. They want to spot those who pay…

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