Weekly Wrap

This week saw a host of quarterly financial results from tech companies around the world. With them, a few announcements were made. Find these, and more, summarised below. 

Snapchat blackmail: How your explicit selfies could fall into the wrong hands

TELEGRAPH

A 17 year old boy has just been jailed for a year. His crime? Blackmailing two 14-year-old boys into sending him explicit images of themselves.

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The pictures were sent using the popular social media tool Snapchat, which is designed to delete messages within seconds of them being viewed.

The app allows users to share videos, photos and messages on the premise they’ll vanish into cyberspace within moments of being viewed.

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Facebook’s breaking news app Notify will reportedly launch next week

VENTURE BEAT

Facebook’s breaking news app Notify could be launching next week, according to a report by The Financial Times. It’s said that the app will contain content from “dozens of media partners” including Vogue, The Washington Post, Comedy Central, Billboard, and CBS.

Notify seems to be Facebook’s effort to appeal to users who are hungry for news. Right now it’s in competition with Twitter for real-time updates about what is going on in the world. The app could also complement Facebook’s Instant Articles offering, which recently became more widely available to those using its iOS app.

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Tinder set to announce 'huge' change to its algorithm

MASHABLE

Tinder users, there's a big change coming to the app's algorithm that will be announced in the next few days.

The "huge" change, which will be its biggest to date, will boost connections made on the dating app by 30%, the dating app's founder and CEO Sean Rad told the Web Summit in Ireland on Wednesday.

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Jeb Bush Just Taught The World How Not To Use Social Media, Ever

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They’re still incredibly valuable as a way of organizing supporters across the platform and quickly pushing out information. The issue here isn’t the abuse of a slogan or hashtag, it’s with the slogan itself; and the slogan just…sucks.

Seriously, I respect that it’s difficult to sell a candidate’s message in (ideally) four words or less, and no wordsmith should expect to capture the viral lightning of Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan (does anybody remember his 2012 one?). But at the very least slogans should aspire to instill prospective voters with some kind of enthusiasm for the candidate.

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No more stars: Hearts are replacing Twitter favourites

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Favorites, which have typically been represented by stars, are now becoming "likes" and take the form of hearts, the company announced Tuesday. The hearts will also appear on Vine's apps and website.

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