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You can now reply to your friends on Snapchat without leaving a Story

Following its recent update that allows you to speed up, slow down, or reverse your videos, Snapchat has added some new updates to enhance your disappearing-picture experience.

Starting Thursday night, Snapchat users will be able to immediately chat with a friend while viewing their latest "Story" collection of videos and photos. The new Story Replies features lets you swipe up and begin a chat with the friend without having to leave the clip. Your friend will then receive an alert to the conversation, as well as the Snap you’re talking about.

Here's what it looks like:

Additionally, the app now allows you to use its lenses with your rear-facing camera. To activate, all you need to do is push and hold a face.


Yahoo won't let users with ad blockers access their email (YHOO)

If you're using an ad blocker, you might have some trouble accessing Yahoo Mail, Digiday reports.

That's according to users on Twitter and Adblock Plus' website, who say they're being shown an error message when trying to access Yahoo Mail today on Google Chrome.

"Uh oh... We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail," the message reads, according to a user on Adblock Plus' website.

PC World points out that even if you don't have an ad blocker installed, you can still call up the error message by adding "“reason=ADBLK_TRAP” to the end of the Yahoo Mail URL. 


Netflix has taken the throne from YouTube in the battle for streaming viewers (NFLX, GOOG)

51% of internet-using Americans say they’ve streamed video from Netflix in the past year, according to a survey by RBC Capital Markets quoted by Quartz.

This number is an all-time high for the video powerhouse, and has catapulted it above YouTube in the category.

According to RBC, Netflix leads the video field, ahead of not only YouTube but also Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Go.

Netflix has bet heavily on original content in a bid to dominate the video streaming market, and it seems this investment has paid off. Research suggests Netflix is now outperforming the major networks in creating quality content.


Facebook just launched a chat app for companies that's a direct threat to Slack (FB)

Facebook has rolled out a standalone chat app for businesses that use its Facebook at Work service. 

Just as the main consumer version of Facebook has the standalone Messenger app for users to send messages to each other, Facebook now has Work Chat, a standalone messaging app to complement the private version of the social network designed for businesses.  

The app, which was first spotted by TechCrunch, appeared on the Google Play store on Thursday. It is only available to the 300 or so businesses that are currently testing the Facebook at Work service, according to the report. 

The chat app could spell trouble for Slack, the workplace messaging system that has taken off in many businesses over the past two years and which recently announced it


People are increasingly consuming news on their smartphones — here's what this means for publishers

Mobile devices have become the go-to platform for consuming digital media. In June, mobile accounted for two out of every three minutes spent consuming digital media in the US, according to ComScore data. As readers spend more time consuming media on mobile devices and less time reading on newspapers, magazines, and desktop computers, publishers must adapt their distribution strategies to align with the mobile shift. 


The biggest one-day pops in recent tech IPOs
Posted November 20, 2015 0:3 AM
The biggest one-day pops in recent tech IPOs

Properly pricing an IPO is a challenge. A first-day pop lets the first group of IPO investors make money fast, and shows demand for the newly public company, which can be a nice public relations win. On the other hand, it  means that the company didn't raise as much money as it could've with a perfectly priced IPO — which, after all, is the point of going public.

On that metric, yesterday's IPOs of Square and Match (the parent company of Tinder) were fair, as this chart from Statista shows.

Square rose 45% after debuting at $9, which was lower than the originally anticipated price of $11 to $13. (It turns out $13 was just about right). Match rose a little less, only 22.8%. But Etsy had the biggest one-day pop of any recent tech IPO, nearly doubling on its first day out the gate. 


These 13 Google Chrome hacks will change the way you use the internet

Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer

But that doesn't mean you can't make it better.

There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more productive and more fun. With them, you can save articles to read anywhere, learn a new language, save money while shopping, and even improve your writing. 

And the beauty is that they don't actually require you to put in any extra work.

These 13 extensions and apps can help you both streamline your Chrome browsing and help you do things you didn't even know were possible. Read on to become a Google Chrome pro:

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French dating app Happn is adding 1.2 million users a month and will catch Tinder by 2017

Mobile dating app Happn is growing like crazy and is rolling out new features including voice messages to keep people hooked, Business Insider can reveal.

The app, which launched in Paris in early 2014, connects people who have crossed paths in real life.

Happn co-founder and CEO Didier Rapport told Business Insider in London on Friday that he plans to launch a number of new features in order to further improve the overall experience users get.

They include the ability to send voice messages to crushes.


THE MOBILE MARKETING CASE STUDIES REPORT: How mobile tech can improve marketing

Smartphone adoption around the word is booming. And as smartphones continue to improve and further proliferate — both in developed and emerging markets — marketers worldwide stand to benefit. Now more than ever, marketers are utilizing new content types, outreach tactics, and data insights, as well as dozens of communication modes, to reach this vast majority of the consumer market.

NOTE:  The comprehensive research report on this topic is still being exhaustively compiled.  If you're interested in getting this exclusive research as soon as it is released,


21 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous

One of the best things about Android is that apps have a lot more freedom compared iPhone apps.

Some of the most innovative Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple simply wouldn't allow.

These apps let you message your friends while still watching Netflix, hack your smartphone's LED lights for custom notifications, and tether your phone to your laptop without alerting your carrier.

In these 21 Android-only apps, you're guaranteed to find something new.

Just remember: You can't recommend them to your friends with iPhones.

Muzei promises to turn your home screen into a "living museum."

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