Tag: Social

Mobile

Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

 In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding the ability to recognize complete dishes to its Lens camera search. Next time you’re out at a restaurant and you find something that you thought was delicious at the first bite, Pinterest is now going to…

Cloud

Pot luck: Hound Labs raises $8.1 million to combat stoned drivers with cannabis breathalyzers

Law enforcement agencies have been using breathalyzers to test motorists’ sobriety for decades, but a new startup is staking a claim to bring its cannabis version of the technology to market. So far, the only reliable ways to test for cannabis use have been through saliva, blood, or urine, which aren’t always practical in a…

Mobile

Instagram deters deletion with reversible “archive” option

 When Instagrammers don’t get enough likes or think their posts look boring, they sometimes impetously delete them. But they can later regret this common emergent behavior which also deprives Instagram of monetizable content and your history in images that could keep you locked into the service. So Instagram is rolling out a new feature called…

Tech

Microsoft is helping restaurants cook up their own bots

Microsoft has launched a service for businesses to quickly and easily create a FAQ bot customers can chat with inside Bing search results. The Bing Business Bot service begins by asking a business owner a series of basic questions about their business, like where parking is, how to make reservations, and handicap accessibility details. The service then creates a…

Start Ups

Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

 Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better…

Mobile

Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

 It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that Instagram was testing Location…

Tech

Google and UN launch Searching for Syria to answer 5 most common questions about the civil war

Google and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have combined their data and technological smarts for a new initiative designed to answer the most common questions about the Syrian Civil War. Now into its seventh year, the Syrian Civil War has resulted in at least 470,000 deaths, according to the most recent data revealed by…

Tech

Facebook leaked documents reveal how it moderates hate speech, porn, and terrorism

(Reuters) — Leaked Facebook documents show how the social media company moderates issues such as hate speech, terrorism, pornography and self-harm on its platform, the Guardian reported , citing internal guidelines seen by the newspaper. New challenges such as “revenge porn” have overwhelmed Facebook’s moderators who often have just ten seconds to make a decision,…