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Facebook calls time on ‘trending’ feature – 04.06.2018

Facebook calls time on ‘trending’ feature

After four years, Facebook have announced that they will remove the list of trending news stories from the sidebar, due to falling user engagement, and continued disputes about the trustworthiness of several sources used by its algorithm.

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* Whilst similar lists of ‘trending’ content are often seen as the cornerstone of other social media platforms, it has never really caught on with Facebook users. Coupled with allegations that the feature intentionally suppressed pro-Republican stories in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, it is unsurprising that Facebook have decided to focus their attention elsewhere.*

 

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Givenchy boosts Chinese e-commerce with WeChat boutique

Givenchy created a new shopping experience that gives the Chinese luxury market a convenient way to access exclusive pieces: a WeChat store.

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*Luxury brands have taken longer to make the leap toward an e-commerce market, compared to retailers that sell fast fashion or have mass appeal. But it has become clear that even exclusive designer houses have to jump on WeChat and its counterparts in order to compete in this digital world*

 

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Samsung users in the UK will soon be able to video chat with doctors through the Health app

Samsung has announced a partnership with Babylon, a digital healthcare provider, to offer customers unlimited video appointments with certified doctors via the Samsung Health app.

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*This provides a way for users to get in touch with a real doctor, in real-time. Although it’s arguably nowhere near as good as seeing a doctor in a physical setting and some appointments will still require a follow up appointment, it does give users another option for seeking health advice quickly. 

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