Motorola Invests in Social Networking Company
Motorola Mobility Ventures today announced that it has made an undisclosed investment in an Israeli start-up called Shaker, which recreates social experiences online. Shaker's service hooks into user's Facebook accounts and "allows people to meet around mutual friends and shared interests." The service is currently only available in Israel, but is launching in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2012. Motorola's investment will help Shaker bring its service to U.S. smartphones.
Motorola Intros Safety App for Moto E Called Moto Alert
Motorola recently made a new application available to its smartphones called Moto Alert. The idea behind Moto Alert is to allow users to quickly send alerts to people to provide basic "I'm OK" messages.
Instagram Debuts Dedicated Video Channels
Instagram today said it plans to roll out a new way for people to discover video. Its Android and iOS mobile apps will soon feature a personalized channel called Videos You Might Like.
Facebook Debuts 'Im Safe' Tool for Natural Disasters
Facebook recently announced Safety Check, a service allowing people affected by natural disasters and other situations to indicate they are all right. The service works automatically, to a certain degree.
Apple Picks Up Music Analytics Firm
Apple has purchased a company called Semetrics for an undisclosed sum. Semetrics, which is based in the U.K., can track online music sales as well as illegal downloads and buzz across social media.
Facebook Aims to Simplify Connecting with Others Via Messenger
Facebook is adding several tools to its Messenger service with the the goal of making it easier to begin conversations with others. To start, the company is rolling out Messenger Codes, which allows people to scan one another's code and begin chatting.