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Twitter unveils new tools to ‘increase the health of public conversation’ – 09.01.19

Twitter unveils new tools to ‘increase the health of public conversation’ Twitter has confirmed it will begin rolling out a series of long heralded features to selected users over the coming weeks, each designed to “increase the health of public conversation”. Among the measures is an ‘ice breaker’ tool offering members the opportunity to resort…

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Japanese billionaire’s free money tweet tops most retweets record – 08.01.19

Japanese billionaire’s free money tweet tops most retweets record Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, founder of online fashion retailer Zozotown and funder of SpaceX’s trip to the moon, promised in a tweet on Sunday to giveaway 100 million yen ($924,000) to be shared among 100 random people. As of yesterday, the tweet has had more than…

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Google is on a mission to help you break your bad smartphone habits in 2019  – 04.01.19

Google is on a mission to help you break your bad smartphone habits in 2019  Google has committed to making digital wellbeing tools a key component of its latest mobile operating software, Android 9. The dashboard brings together all the data you need on how you’re using your phone, from time spent, to unlocks, as…

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This new LinkedIn tool could help you find your dream job in 2019 – 03.01.19

This new LinkedIn tool could help you find your dream job in 2019 LinkedIn has quietly been rolling out “LinkedIn Hashtags,” a new feature that allows users to add relevant hashtags to the content they post. Read more here. * This may seem like no big deal, especially because Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even YouTube…

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Amazon Alexa crashed on Christmas Day – 02.01.19

 Amazon Alexa crashed on Christmas Day Amazon Echos and other Alexa-enabled devices were so popular as gifts this festive season that Amazon’s systems experienced an outage in Europe, leaving many owners unable to use the virtual assistant. Read more here.  * Amazon’s Alexa-enabled smart speakers are currently the most popular such devices on the market,…

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SEVEN THEMES FROM #SPLENDIDLOVES 2018

Compiled by Laura Barns, Frances Church and Chelsie Tang BRANDS TURNED COMPLAINTS INTO CAMPAIGNS One brand that admitted its failings particularly admirably this year was KFC. Faced with a major crisis when the fast food chain ran out of chicken and instead of issuing a serious corporate statement, it apologised to customers in a witty…

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Tumblr has banned adult content on its platform – 04.12.18

Tumblr has banned adult content on its platform Tumblr has long been the safe haven for those seeking access to more artistic albeit… risqué content. However this is bound to change once and for all, since the platform is changing its policies regarding adult content. Read more here.  * The decision to ban adult images…

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Instagram adds ‘close friends’ to let you share stories to a more limited group 04.12.18

Instagram adds ‘close friends’ to let you share stories to a more limited group Created as part of the platform’s existing Stories infrastructure, Close Friends allows users to create a curated list of friends with whom they can share more personal videos and photos. Read more here.  *As more people move from Facebook to Instagram,…

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Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users – 27.11.18

Facebook confirms years-old messages are randomly coming back to haunt users Facebook users are reporting one of the stranger bugs to plague the platform of late: years-old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically, without context or explanation. Read more here.  * Some have expressed concern that the bug could resurface conversations or past histories they would much…

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Splendid Investigates: Does Experience in PR Help you Plan a Wedding?

  To celebrate not one, not two, but THREE staff members getting hitched, Splendid’s Culture Council took it upon themselves to throw a legendary Hen Do, affectionately (and appropriately) called Splen Do. The night out was definitely one for the books, with (semi) nude Life Drawing, booze and lots and lots of glitter. After seeing…

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