The dream of the '90s is alive at Facebook. This morning TechCrunch reported that the social media giant now allows a few select members to open chatrooms for all of their friends via "Host Chat," who can then join without an invitation. Links to the active chats would then show up in users' News Feeds, although moderators will be able to set privacy settings to restrict access.
From the very first version, Instagram became a fixture on our home screen and throughout our days, and in the nearly three years since, we've used it constantly to share a small window into our daily lives – and peer into those of our pals, as well. Vine essentially used the Instagram template to deliver a similar social sharing experience with video earlier this year, but with the new 4.0 release, Instagram one-ups its biggest competitor by adding its own video-sharing ability, with many additional features giving it a notable advantage.
It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.
First, TechCrunch claimed Facebook's June 20 event would unveil a news reader, and now the website has an insider tip that the social network may go head-to-head with Vine by introducing video to Instagram instead.
Welcome back to the Monday edition of the recap! WWDC 2013 is now a wrap, and developers have headed home to start tweaking their apps for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7, but it was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front. That doesn't mean you're left without anything to read today, however -- as always, we've assembled a crack team of stories, so without further ado…
Hard to believe it's June already, and in just one short week we'll all be savoring Apple's WWDC 2013 keynote, the first such event Cupertino has held all year. And of course, the rumor mill is in full gear as the calendar races toward the event, so you can expect a lot of wild theories about stuff Apple may or may not introduce next week, but remember this: It's a developer event, so while we'll likely get a peek at iOS 7, expect any new product announcements to center around OS X. Just sayin'…
Americans are headed back to work after the extended Memorial Day weekend, which was a bit lean on tech news, as you might imagine. But that doesn't mean we haven't scrounged up a handful of items to kick off the short work week, including Apple's mysterious removal of QuickTime trailer downloads and details on a new fee AT&T Wireless customers may be scratching their head over.
Angry Birds Friends brought the fowl-flinging sensation to Facebook, and unsurprisingly, it proved hugely popular in that format. Now the socially-connected spin on the franchise makes the return trip to iPhone and iPad while maintaining the distinct, free-to-play approach that defined that browser-based take. On a platform that already hosts five distinct Angry Birds games packed with several hundred total levels, the prospect of playing in one six-stage tournament per week may not seem remarkable, but it's the competitive aspect that puts an interesting tweak on the usual formula.