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.
Facebook Intros A Dedicated Video Platform Called 'Watch'
Facebook hopes its new platform will entice people to consume more video content through Facebook. Facebook Watch is a place for episodic shows that will be available on mobile, on PCs, and in Facebook's TV apps.
Facebook Rings Up Food Order and Delivery Feature
Facebook today made it possible for Android, iOS, and web users to order food for takeout or delivery without leaving the app. The social network has partnered with a number of food delivery services, including Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, EatStreet, Slice, and Olo, as well as a handful of restaurants, including Papa John’s, Wingstop, Panera, Jack in the Box, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, Chipotle, and Five Guys.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
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 Facial Recognition Tool Lets You Find Yourself In Untagged Photos
Facebook today rolled out a new feature meant to help people control when and where their image is posted to Facebook. Using the same facial recognition functions meant for tagging, Facebook will now notify people when they appear in a photo on Facebook even if they haven't been tagged.