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Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat is being heavily criticized (again) over a racist filter, this time for making one available that produces Asian caricatures from user selfies. If the criticism sounds familiar, that’s because it is; it was only back in late April that Snapchat received backlash for a Bob Marley filter that earned accusations of blackface. Snapchat didn't remove that Bob Marley filter, saying at the time that it had the blessing of his estate, but it has pulled the most recent offensive filter.

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Snapchat pens multi-year deal with NBCUniversal for original shows

Snapchat pens multi-year deal with NBCUniversal for original shows

NBCUniversal has penned a multi-year deal with Snapchat that will have it creating new shows of one sort or another for the messaging app. These original shows will in some way hinge on NBCU’s more popular shows like SNL and The Tonight Show, but it isn’t clear at this point exactly what form these shows will take. We do know, however, that the show “The Voice on Snapchat” will be the first to premiere.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat has revealed a new archive feature for its immensely popular app today, introducing us to Memories. Sort of like Stories but more permanent, Memories aims to allow users to recall Snaps that are more than a day old and either watch them on their own or put them together into a new story that's shareable with friends. Snapchat positions this as a good way to look at back at trips or put together a little something for a big life event, like a birthday or an anniversary.

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Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat has ever-so-carefully come clean about copying. You'd think with the service being a popular mobile app the copied material might be code or UI design, but it turns out it's their popular photo filters. The company has admitted that employees copied the designs from makeup artists who share their designs on YouTube, Instagram, and other sites. Artists have been aware of this for some time, and grown frustrated over the lack of credit.

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Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

We all know that Snapchat's meat and potatoes are selfies and videos, but that doesn't mean the company isn't interested in exploring new ideas. Snapchat made a solid attempt at creating original video content, but after that was shut down last fall, its ready to try something different. It's not video-related this time; instead, it's text — no, not text messaging. Rather, the text you see when reading a magazine, or in Snapchat's case, a digital magazine.

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Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

So far, 2016 has produced one clear trend in social media: pictures of face swaps. Now, Snapchat, one of the most popular apps for sharing such photo shenanigans, has been updated on iOS to include face-swapping right from the camera roll. This means you no longer need to have a second person in the frame with you, or try to point your phone's camera at an existing image. Snapchat will now let you scroll through your existing photos to see instant swaps.

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Snapchat excuses Bob Marley lens as 4/20 reaches its end

Snapchat excuses Bob Marley lens as 4/20 reaches its end

Today's 4/20, as you know, and I probably don't have to explain what that means. As expected, social media is filled with photos showing off a certain activity...and, unfortunately, awkward Snapchat photos featuring Bob Marley's likeness. Internet goers were quick to criticize the lens, which the company hasn't formally associated with 4/20, but is all wink wink about it. Still, despite the day's worth of public lashing, Snapchat has excused the filter with a canned statement.

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Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat has announced its new Chat 2.0 update, saying it has made it easier than ever to initiate voice and video chats with friends through the app. Chatting is great, but sometimes voice and video gets across your message better than typed words can — thusly enters the update, and the ease by which users can make the transition from one type of messaging to another. Says the company, it has been “working on this redesign for a while."

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Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

If you thought the Bitstrips fad had passed, think again. Sources have cropped up claiming the Toronto company has been acquired by Snapchat, the digital playground for millennials. No official announcement has been made and as such all figures are rumors — the company is said to have paid $100 million for Bitstrips, doing so using a mixture of stock and cash.

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WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

In light of Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the FBI, other tech companies are looking to boost their own encryption, according to sources. Among them is WhatsApp, which is said to be prepping an encrypted voice calls rollout, adding to its other encrypted features. As well, Snapchat is said to be working on a secure messaging platform, and Google is looking into putting its encrypted email technology to use elsewhere.

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