Instagram may finally add DMs to desktop with Messenger-like interface

People don’t really use Instagram on their PCs. The platform is clearly aimed at mobile users, with a relatively sparse desktop UI and small images given the large amount of desktop real estate. Worse, Instagram tends to add new features to the web version months after it hits the mobile app. Heck, you still can’t even upload images from a PC. Still, slowly but surely the web app is becoming more useful. Case in point: Instagram appears to be working on adding DM’s to the web UI. The potential new feature was spotted by developer Jane Manchun Wong who is known… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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Privacy, Civil Rights Groups Press Amazon’s Ring to End Its Local Police Partnerships

It wasn’t long ago that you could walk down the street without being video recorded by someone’s doorbell. Not anymore. Now, as the popularity of the home security devices surge—more than 3 million U.S. homes will install them in 2019, according to estimates by Parks Associates—privacy concerns are also on the rise. This week, more than 30 civil rights groups called on Ring, a smart home device company owned by Amazon, to end the more than 400 partnerships it has with police departments across the U.S. Noting of the lack of oversight involved in the partnerships between Ring and the police agencies, an open letter from the privacy advocates cites… Read More

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Shooter livestreams synagogue attack on Twitch

Ready to be sickened? A gunman in Germany today opened fire on a crowd of worshippers in a synagogue — and worse, he livestreamed the whole thing on Twitch. The attack took place at a synagogue and kebab shop in Halle. It seems fairly obvious why the attack took place today: it’s Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. The shooter apparently streamed the whole thing using a camera mounted to his head. According to official reports, at least two people were killed, but the shooter was unsuccessful in breaking into the synagogue. The shooter went on… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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An Austin startup used this pitch deck to raise $14 million to help real estate agents, plumbers, and other small businesses operators better market themselves online

OutboundEngine provides digital marketing tools and services for small and medium-sized businesses. It helps small companies and operators set up websites, maintain their social media presences, and conduct email marketing campaigns. To date, OutboundEngine has focused on companies in just 12 industries, but plans to service those in 400 sectors by the end of the year. The company used the pitch deck below to raise $14 million to help fund that expansion. Click here for more BI Prime stories. OutboundEngine has thrived by focusing on businesses on the opposite end of the spectrum, in terms of size. The Austin, Texas-based startup offers digital marketing services for small and medium-sized businesses,… Read More

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Doug Baldwin leaves football behind and advises us — and his critics — to just be better human beings

Doug Baldwin, ex-Seattle Seahawks wide receiver. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) Seattle Seahawks great Doug Baldwin has left behind the instant gratification and self worth that he associated with being a professional football player. Coming to terms with life and personal value away from his longtime career has been a struggle at times, and one that Baldwin encourages people in any arena to recognize for themselves. Employees in tech or business or education or any other field who place an outsized emphasis on what they do for a living should pay attention to Baldwin’s advice when it comes to really living, after work. “As an entertainer it’s very easy to… Read More

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