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MASTERCARD SEEKS TO PARTNER WITH TWITTER AND FACEBOOK ON SOCIAL MEDIA PAYMENT SOLUTIONS

DIGITAL TRENDS

Twitter’s stock received a welcome boost today after a senior executive at MasterCard revealed the company is looking to work with the social media giant, and its rival Facebook, on payment services.

mastercard

“We are always over in Silicon Valley talking to [Facebook and Twitter],” revealed Ann Cairns, president of international markets at MasterCard, during an interview with CNBC at the Money 2020 Fintech conference in Copenhagen.

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Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

WIRED

FOR MOST OF the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooterThe company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age. But this morning, at a small office in Mountain View, California, three guys made the scope of that enormous debate look kinda small.

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Mountain View is home to WhatsApp, an online messaging service now owned by tech giant Facebook, that has grown into one of the world’s most important applications. More than a billion people trade messages, make phone calls, send photos, and swap videos using the service.

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Twitter Wins Bidding To Stream NFL's Thursday Night Games

FORBES

Twitter has scored the rights to live stream 10 of next season’s 16 NFL Thursday night games.

The move is an effort by Twitter to broaden its appeal with a mainstream audience at a time when its growth has stalled, raising questions about its future.

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Twitter will stream the same 10 games NBC and CBS CBS -2.32% broadcast and will also be able to stream pre- and post-game shows and behind-the-scenes Periscopes, live videos created through the Twitter-owned Periscope app.The NFL said users will be able to watch Twitter’s live stream for free and without signing in. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the deal on Twitter. 

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What Facebook Should Be Doing With Live Video (And Why You Should Plan For It Now)

FORBES

Facebook sent shockwaves through the video community last night after finally going all-in with live video for its “Facebook Live” product.  The reason you know this is a big deal is because of the positioning Facebook is giving the feature within the mothership app on mobile devices – front and centre…or where Messenger was when Facebook was force growing it.

Live Streaming on Facebook

Beyond the usual feature rehashing and Periscope death knell posts, re/code did have an interesting point regarding this ‘forcing’ of usage; “One thing to keep in mind: All of these new features are less about how much users want live video and more about how much Facebookwants live video.”.

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WORKING LIKE A DOG: INSTAGRAM’S POPULAR PUPS BANK UP TO $3,000 PER POST

DIGITAL TRENDS

Instagram’s superstar dogs have their own talent agency, which is helping their owners rake in big money via the photo-sharing app.

Dog holding pizza

We already know that the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid can be paid big bucks for just one Instagram post, but it seems that a host of cute canines are out to steal their thunder.

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