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Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Entertainment CEO steps down to focus on Snapchat chairman role

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping down from his position, it has been announced, and he will be moving on to focus on his role as chairman for Snapchat-owner Snap, Inc. Lynton has served as head of the entertainment division for the last 13 years, and was among the executives affected by the studio's huge security breach in 2014 that saw emails, films, and personal data leaked to the internet.

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Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat could make Augmented Reality mass-market

Snapchat's reported $30m buy of an Augmented Reality specialist could be the key to taking mixed-reality mainstream, as its real-world users embrace virtual products. The news earlier this week that Snapchat owner Snap paid as much as $40m for Cimagine, an AR startup focusing on making online shopping more immersive, prompted questions as to just what the ephemeral messaging app might have in mind. Certainly, with its vast cohort of Millennial users, it could be the first truly successful push of Augmented Reality into the mass market.

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Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat has wrapped up its very first major acquisition in Israel according to reports. The purchase was of a company that has been around for four years called Cimagine. Cimagine has an augmented reality platform that allows customers to visualize products they want to buy in their locations. According to Calcalist News, Snapchat plunked down $30 - $40 million for the company.

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Disney pens Snap deal to make video content for Snapchat

Disney pens Snap deal to make video content for Snapchat

Disney has announced plans to make shows for Snapchat, making it the latest powerhouse to pen a content agreement with Snap Inc. The deal is said to have been made with Disney’s ABC Television Group, which will be selling and otherwise controlling all of the ads related to the content it makes. We’ll see the Disney content on Snapchat start appearing early next month.

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Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

Amid war with Snapchat, Instagram hits 600 million users

There's been a lot of talk about Snapchat and the threat it poses to Instagram, but Instagram's latest user numbers show that it's still going strong. Instagram, which is a Facebook subsidiary, announced today that it has 600 million users. That's an impressive number, and quite a few more than Snapchat can boast.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram's live videos are going live for all users in the US today. We've known about this feature for a little while - first in an October leak that got to steep on its own for a while before Instagram confirmed that live videos were in the works. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.

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Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Here’s how to get prescription lenses for Spectacles

Want to get in on the Snapchat Spectacles craze but need prescription glasses in order to see? Snap's $130 wearable camera makes no claims to improve your vision, only show your Snapchat contacts what you could be seeing if only you had corrective lenses, but now there's an option for those of us who are short- or long-sighted. Even better, it doesn't make the existing Spectacles any more bulky.

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Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles prescription lenses are coming

Snapchat Spectacles owners who ordinarily need prescription lenses will soon be able to add them to the coveted video-sharing glasses. Spectacles, the unexpected must-have of late 2016 that have prompted block-circling lines wherever the company's pop-up vending machine appears, are still commanding a premium on eBay for those who can bear to part with their pair. However, left out of the fun are those whose vision would normally demand they cough up for prescription sunglasses.

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The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

The Snapchat Spectacles NYC pop-up is sticking around

Snapchat may have put its Spectacles sunglasses-cum-camera on sale on the West Coast first, but it's New York City where the first Spectacles store has sprung up. The social app surprised would-be buyers of its coveted wearables by not only bringing the Minion-esque Spectacles Bot to NYC this morning, but giving it a whole store to sit in. Better news still, the pop-up is going to stick around, at least for a while.

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Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat created a lot of buzz a few days ago by launching its new Spectacles wearable — sunglasses equipped with a camera — through a bright yellow vending machine placed in Venice Beach, California. The surprise release came without warning, and what's more, the vending machine is the only way to buy a pair of the $130 glasses. But the big yellow box has appeared in a second location today, giving those in central California another chance to snag a pair.

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Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook has recently become more aggressive in its expansion into other territories, particularly those already held by bigger names in that area. Facebook Workplace struck at Slack even before Microsoft got its Teams out the door. Facebook was recently reported to be aiming for LinkedIn as well. Heck, it is even taking a stab at Valve’s Steam with Facebook Gameroom. And now, it is again trying to wrest the crown from Snapchat, for the third time already. But this time, Facebook Flash is treading where Snapchat might have difficulty walking into: Internet-constrained markets.

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