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Feast It lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your next corporate or social event

 London-based Feast It, an online marketplace that lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your work or social event, has picked up $ 440,000 in seed funding. Read More
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Facebook Messenger now lets you prove you’re “OMW!” in real-time

Just a few days after Google added live location sharing to Maps, now Facebook is doing something similar on Messenger. You could already share your location on the app, but it was basically just a quick snapshot of your location on a map. Now you can see where your friends are in real time as they move around a city, which will come in handy for all those times your friends are “on their way” but haven’t even finished taking a shower (or make it harder for you to lie about where you are).   To try it out, simply tap…

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YouTube now lets you double-tap on videos to skip ahead or go back 10 seconds

YouTube is making it easier to for mobile users to quickly browse through videos. The Google-owned video hub has rolled out a new feature that lets you double-tap on the left or right side of your screen to fast forward or backward any video by 10 seconds. The functionality works only in full-screen mode and is available in the latest reiteration of YouTube for both iOS and Android. While we’re not entirely sure when exactly the feature was released, chances are it came as part of latest update of the app, which Google dropped earlier this week on Wednesday. Here’s a little…

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Google’s new website lets you tour NYC’s holiday decor

One of the best parts of living in New York City during the holidays is experiencing all of the holiday decorations (if you can make your way around the crowds of tourists, that is). But now you can experience some of the cities best decorations all the way from your home using Google’s new Window Wonderland website. The virtual tour allows you to visit 18 holiday setups in NYC, including Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, and many others (most of these located on Manhattan’s 5th Ave). The images were shot with high res cameras so you can zoom in the details,…

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Snapchat now lets you add Bitmojis to on-demand geofilters

Snapchat now lets you apply Bitmojis to on-demand customizable geofilters.

Geofilters on Snapchat are getting a bit more creative now that the company is supporting Bitmojis, the cartoon-like designs that Snapchat acquired four months ago. So when you create your own custom geofilter, be it for an anniversary party, wedding, graduation, or any other special event where people are snapping away, you can design it with a Bitmoji in mind.

When creating your geofilter, authenticate with your Bitmoji account, and you’ll then be able to insert the colorful avatars into your work. What’s more, should you have a friend with a Bitmoji account set up in Snapchat, you’ll be able to see your “friendmoji” (an emoji avatar that features both of you). If you’re doing a Snapchat-centric event, it makes sense to have both main participants be fluent in the ephemeral messaging app, right?

This isn’t the first time that Snapchat has integrated with Bitmojis, as it already supports their inclusion in chats and snaps.

Oh, and since the holidays are approaching, Snapchat now supports a Thanksgiving-themed geofilter template, following its Halloween template from last month. It’s quite likely that Christmas or other winter holidays will be added soon.

Bitmojis are your personal emojis and are much different from the smiley face, peach butt, or hand wave emojis we’re accustomed to adding via the mobile keyboard. The application into geofilters is significant because it allows for even more personalization. The technology personalizes a default avatar template into events, based on specific moods and attitudes, which saves time and offers greater flexibility for those wanting customized geofilters.

Support for Bitmojis is now available.

Today’s news comes just days after it was reported that Snap had confidentially filed for its public offering. It’s believed that the company is seeking to raise up to $ 4 billion in the public market at a valuation of up to $ 35 billion.

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SoundCloud now lets creators apply for its revenue-sharing Premier program

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SoundCloud is hoping to make itself more appealing to creators with the announcement that it is opening up applications for its invite-only Premier program and launching new track editing capabilities within SoundCloud Pulse.

Launched more than two years ago, On SoundCloud is the company’s premier program for content creators interested in monetizing their work through advertising. Participants have been able to tap into any of five ad products: native, audio, channel sponsorship, display, and contests. What’s more, five brands had signed up to provide the marketing messages — Jaguar, Red Bull, Sonos, Squarespace, and Comedy Central.

When implemented, audio ads run for a minimum of 15 seconds, with 30-second ads providing a way to opt out after the first 15 seconds. The selling point is a revenue-sharing plan for those in the U.S., along with additional statistics and promotional tools.

Though On SoundCloud has only been accessible by invitation, the company is no longer manually curating participants and has started to roll out a new application process for independent creators wishing to join the program.

It’s said that more than 12 hours of new content is published to SoundCloud every minute and more than 12 million creators have their work heard monthly. With more than 135 million tracks now on the service, there’s certainly plenty of interest from those seeking to monetize their work — they’re not all creating stuff for free, after all.

“We believe we’re only as vibrant as the people on our platform who create and drive the uniqueness of the SoundCloud community,” the company said in a blog post. “We’re always working to provide the best platform for people to share their creativity, the most useful tools to build their audiences and get their music or audio discovered, and for a growing number of people, the opportunity to make money from the work they share on the platform.”

Other announcements include an update to SoundCloud’s Pulse, its creator-focused app that launched last year. Creators can manage their work through Pulse, and, starting today, the company has added the ability to edit track titles, genres, tags, and descriptions, and to specify whether content should be public, private, or downloadable. SoundCloud claims that this is one of its “highly requested new features.”

Within SoundCloud Pulse, tap the “[…]” icon to edit any track information.

As with most social-based services, appealing to influencers and creators is important for survival and traction, and SoundCloud is following a path similar to Twitter and Facebook around live video. It is also perhaps looking at what YouTube did with video creators. And in light of reports that Spotify is showing interest in purchasing the company, this update could be a way for SoundCloud to show that it still has some fight left in it. SoundCloud declined to comment on that report.

To lead this fight, SoundCloud enlisted the help of Joe Armenia as its director for artist relations to ensure that creators and managers maintain a positive working relationship with the company. Prior to joining SoundCloud, Armenia was Rdio’s global head of artist, label, and influencer relations and networked with major and independent record labels, distributors, and other content providers. Armenia wound up at SoundCloud after Rdio’s bankruptcy and purchase by Pandora.

Today’s announcements come as the company holds its 2016 artist forum, which is being livestreamed.

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Domino’s now lets you order pizza through a Facebook Messenger bot in the U.S.

Domino's Messenger Bot

Domino’s is now letting hungry Americans order their favorite pie through Facebook Messenger — without conversing with a human.


Above: Domino’s

The pizza giant has launched a Facebook Messenger bot that promises “conversational” ordering through the messaging app. The new service lets those with an existing Pizza Profile reorder their most recently ordered pizza, while the manually configured Easy Order option can be edited through an online account.

Today’s news comes a month after Domino’s introduced a similar service in the U.K. and Ireland, and the U.S. incarnation looks almost identical. Customers can use a pizza emoji to initiate their order or hit Recent Order or Easy Order to begin. They can also track existing orders through the app.

We’ve seen some interesting bots come to the fore since Facebook’s chatbot platform launched back in April, and the social network now claims there are more than 11,000 chatbots available. While some bots are truly conversational, letting you ask questions and receive responses, the Domino’s bot doesn’t seem to be quite so smart — it would be infinitely more exciting if you could tweak orders or request additional items simply by asking. “Could I have extra pineapple and a litre of Coke?” “Sure, no problem” is the type of thing we’re talking about here. It’s still early days though, and we’ll no doubt arrive at that stage in the not-too-distant future.

What we’re beginning to see now is companies racing to ensure that they’re seen as early adopters of this burgeoning technology. A couple of months back, Pizza Hut demoed its very own chatbot at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference, though it doesn’t appear to have been launched yet for the public, which means Domino’s can lay claim to a “first” in the bot world.

“We know that customers spend a great deal of time messaging, so we knew the next place we needed to add ordering was via Messenger,” said Dennis Maloney, Domino’s chief digital officer, in a press release. “Messenger allows customers to order conversationally with the help of Domino’s bot. We hope this new option will continue to make ordering as simple and as convenient as possible.”

Other digital initiatives going down in the culinary realm include Apple TV becoming an ordering conduit, with Papa John’s recently launching a new app that’s similar to Just Eat over in Europe.

Whichever way you look at this, it’s becoming harder NOT to order pizza than it is to seek out something a little healthier — Domino’s recently launched a voice-ordering service through Amazon Echo, while it has been possible to order by sending texts or tweets of pizza emojis for a while. And earlier this year, Domino’s launched a zero-click app to make ordering about as simple as it gets.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you easily switch to video within any mobile conversation

Facebook Messenger Instant Videos

You know all of that talk about video being added everywhere? Well Facebook isn’t letting up — and it has now introduced instant videos into Facebook Messenger, meaning that within any text-based conversation, you can jump right into a video chat if it’ll enrich your interactions. This peer-to-peer capability is currently exclusive to Facebook’s Messenger app on iOS and Android.

“Instant video is a reflection of the ubiquity of video,” Facebook said in a post. “We simply expect to have that ability in real time, all the time. With Instant video, you can bring your conversations to life in the most authentic way — seamlessly and instantly.”

If you have an open Messenger chat and feel you could better communicate something with video, there’s no longer any need to load up an option like FaceTime or even make a video call through Messenger. Facebook now lets you create an ad hoc video conversation with a tap of an icon in the top right corner of the app. Audio is off by default because “sometimes you just need to see something, not hear it,” but you can enable audio, if needed. When enabled, your video will float on top of the active text conversation, and your friend will be able to share a video response if they wish.

This feature is perfect for when you’re chatting with a friend and are curious to know which pair of shoes you should wear or what type of dessert you should bring them from the ice cream store, or you find yourself in any other situation where an impromptu video would add to the live experience.

Since you’re also able to have group chats within Facebook Messenger, this offering may one day be applicable there too, but it’s limited to one-on-one conversations for now.

Facebook Messenger Instant Video

Above: Facebook Messenger Instant Video

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With more than 1 billion monthly active users on the app, Facebook wants to make it simpler for people to communicate with each other, especially since it views video as one of the next big opportunities.

To use instant video, both parties must have the latest version of Facebook Messenger on either iOS or Android. This feature will only work between mobile devices.

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Free Brooklyn event lets you control the color of World Trade Center’s spire

In honor of the US National Park Service’s 100th birthday, public parks around the country are throwing their own celebrations to get people outdoors. In Brooklyn, you’ll have the opportunity to play some interactive games to change the color of the World Trade Center’s spire. Held at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, look for the Edison Floor Installation for three mini-games you can play to change the spire’s colors. All three games are inspired by Thomas Edison, the pioneer in electric light bulb design, and lets participants move around a digital floor to trigger different colors. For example, in “Edison’s Light Bulb,”…

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Peek lets you live stream privately with friends and family

BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at Peek which provides fun, private live streaming with friends & family. Submit your startup to get featured too. What is Peek? Peek is a new app for fun, private live streaming with friends & family. In contrast to public live streaming services like Periscope, Peek centers around live streaming with small, private groups; something which we compare to a “Whatsapp for live video”. Not only does this allow for more personal conversations to happen, but it also plugs directly into your existing address book for a simpler, more social experience with emoji support, live chat &…

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