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Google's Pilot Program for Short -Form Vids from TikTok and Instagra
Google is testing a new feature that will surface Instagram and TikTok videos in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices.

Pinterest Launches New Story Pins Format (Beta)
Pinterest is announcing its spin on the increasingly popular stories format today — Story Pins, which combine multiple pages of images, videos, voiceover and overlaid text.

Instagram Confirms Release of TikTok Competitor
Instagram confirmed it’s preparing to soon launch its TikTok rival, known as Reels, in the U.S. in early August.

Uber Buys Postmates in an All-Stock, $2.65B Deal
That deal sprung up in the wake of Uber failing to acquire another competitor, Grubhub, which was instead acquired by Europe’s takeout behemoth Just Eat Takeaway for $7.3 billion.

What to Expect From TikTok for Business
TikTok is announcing to advertisers that it’s open for business. The company officially introduced a new brand and platform called “TikTok For Business”

Grammarly Adds Custom Styles for Business Users
Grammarly, the popular tool that aims to help you avoid grammar and style gaffes, announced the launch of custom style guides for its paying business users.

Spotify Launches 'Group Session' Feature
Spotify is today introducing a new feature, Group Session, that will allow two or more of its Premium users in the same space to share control over they music being played.

Pandora Revamps Its App to Compete With Spotify
The update expands on Pandora’s personalization capabilities with the addition of a new “For You” tab offering an entirely unique experience for each user.

Uber May Enter the Ad Business on Their Eats Platform
Uber is about to become an ad platform, selling space inside its Eats app to restaurants hoping to lure in more food delivery orders.

Snapchat Goes After DTC Brands With Dynamic Ads
Dynamic Ads will help Snap better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram.

The Disney+ Tweetstorm That Wouldn't Stop
Yesterday, Disney+ tweeted images of every title they'll have available when the streaming service launches. It was a lot.

Publisher Adtech Startups Taboola & Outbrain Merge in $850M Deal
The aim: to bulk up to a customer list that will now number 20,000 online properties and an audience of 2.6 billion to compete better against the likes of Facebook and Google.

You Can Now Add Podcasts to Spotify Playlists
With the addition, users can create their own custom playlists of their favorite podcasts, or even those that combine music and audio.

DTC Darling Brooklinen is Getting Into Loungewear
The company says its designs, including tops, pants, shorts and a dress, are inspired by vintage athletic clothing and made from cotton and modal blended with spandex.

Amazon's Prime Day Has 250 Competitors This Year
Amazon’s Prime Day event, now in its fifth year, is no longer just a big sales day for Amazon — it’s become a new sales holiday that extends across the web among rival retailers.

PreShow Gives You Free Movie Tickets for Watching Ads
MoviePass' co-founder launched a startup using facial recognition software to make sure you're actually watching the ads.

PreShow Gives You Free Movie Tickets for Watching Ads
MoviePass' co-founder launched a startup using facial recognition software to make sure you're actually watching the ads.

Most Americans Still Unaware of Facebook Ad Targeting
A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them.

French Regulators Will Observe Facebook's Content Moderation Process
The move is an unprecedented joint effort between a government and a major tech player in an attempt to monitor how hate speech is dealt with.

MoviePass: Going Down in Flames?
After the revelation that MoviePass borrowed $5 million to keep its service up and running last week, things aren’t looking good.

Yahoo Messenger Shutting Down July 17th
The company says your Yahoo ID remains intact for other services like Mail and fantasy sports.

Snap Introduces New Group Chat Feature
Snapchat has today introduced a new group video chat feature, letting users chat with up to 16 of their closest friends.

Facebook Says It Will Clarify Ad Metrics
Facebook is looking to clean up and clarify the way advertisers measure their campaign performance.

Google Maps Is Getting a Re-Design
The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant.

Foursquare Will Tell Businesses When Their Ads Bring You Into An Actual Store
Foursquare announced a new product that should help brick-and-mortar advertisers measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. The company has already been expanding the ad side of the business, for example launching new ad targeting product last year and recently bringing on CEO Jeff Glueck to grow its enterprise tools.


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