Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more — TechCrunch

Instagram’s new icon is pink. Well, it’s pink and purple and yellow and orange. It’s definitely different. And that’s not all the company has changed today. Instagram this morning is rolling out a radical redesign of its mobile application, which not only includes this new, brightly colored app icon but also a revamped user interface…

via Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more — TechCrunch

Facebook will turn panoramas into “360 Photos” for feed and Gear VR’s 1M users — TechCrunch

Those panoramas trapped on your phone will finally get a better viewing experience, both on News Feed and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR, which Facebook now says has 1 million monthly users. Facebook’s upcoming “360 Photos” feature will let people upload flat panoramas like those taken on iPhones, Google Photospheres, or photos from 360 cameras.…

via Facebook will turn panoramas into “360 Photos” for feed and Gear VR’s 1M users — TechCrunch

Twitter Beats Amazon, Verizon for Global NFL Streaming Deal — Re/code

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Surprise finish to the fight for NFL streaming rights: They’re going to Twitter. The social media company beat out heavyweights including Amazon and Verizon for global rights to stream the Thursday night games the league will host next fall, according to people familiar with the bidding. Bloomberg reported earlier that Twitter had…

via Twitter Beats Amazon, Verizon for Global NFL Streaming Deal — Re/code

Dear employers: Live video has changed the workplace forever, and you’re not adapting

Live video, live streaming, and video messaging solutions — from Snapchat to Periscope, Facebook Messenger to Kik — are changing how the “digital native” generation views the workplace.

Source: Dear employers: Live video has changed the workplace forever, and you’re not adapting

Where are they now? How these 9 social networks have fared since Twitter was born

A lot has happened in the ten years since Twitter was founded — Apple’s App Store and Google Play have come to fruition, the app economy is a billion-dollar industry, and mobile phones have become the new computers. This shift in the way people communicate and interact with each other opens many opportunities not only for fledgling startups, but companies born before the smartphone revolution was in full swing.

Source: Where are they now? How these 9 social networks have fared since Twitter was born

Tesla: All Our Patent Are Belong to You

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Tesla added some geek art to its “patent wall” according to an @TeslaMotors Tweet on Thursday.

The Tweet comes on the heels of an announcement by CEO, and real-life Iron Man, Elon Musk that Tesla would let other manufacturers infringe on its patents in an effort to accelerate innovation in the electric-car sector.

The image is in reference to the intro screen of Zero Wing, which featured a broken-English phrase “All Your Base Are Belong to Us.” The phrase has since become an Internet meme.

Apple confirms $3 billion acquisition of Beats

Apple today confirmed its long-rumored acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics for a total of $3 billion, according to a Beats press release.

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It’s a three-pronged acquisition including the acqui-hire of Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine; Beats subscription streaming service; and the Beats hardware.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Apple’s Tim Cook in the Beats Press Release. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” said Jimmy Iovine. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

Beats Music is a subscription streaming service that generates customized playlists based on a user’s musical tastes — similar to Pandora’s Music Genome Project, as well as other recommendation platforms.

Beats Photo by Flickr user briansolis / In-column photo from Twitter.com/tim_cook

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