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Digital Digest 7

by Jo Krause

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Instagram changes in a massive way

  • The app is taking a page from Facebook with a feed driven by algorithms
  • Instagram won’t be so instant anymore. Like Facebook and Twitter before it, the photo-sharing app is getting rid of its chronological feed
  • The social network said on March 15 that it will begin using algorithms to personalize users’ feeds based on their interests and relationships, rather than showing photos in chronological order.
  • “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post.”
  • “As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order."
  • Using an algorithm could help the company ensure that the few posts a user does actually see are of high interest. In turn, users may then spend more time on the app, viewing more ads and boosting Instagram’s business

Source: TIME 

Need a new e-reader? Amazon set to launch new flagship Kindle next week

  • Online retailer Amazon confirms that the 8th generation Kindle device is on the way
  • The online retailer's CEO Jeff Bezos dropped the news on Twitter today that Amazon will reveal the 8th generation Kindle next week.
  • This new device is, of course, eyed as a replacement for the popular Kindle Voyage, which launched all the way back in October 2014.
  • Amazon Kindle has been a major force in the e-reader marketplace going on ten years now – dating back to the first Kindle's launch in 2007.

Source: Digital Spy

Domino’s reveals phase two for delivery robot

  • After unveiling its autonomous delivery vehicle, DRU, Domino’s will now trial the prototype on the streets of Brisbane.
  • Stage two for DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) is set to include further customer deliveries in the Brisbane suburb Hamilton during the week beginning April 24, as well as an appearance at this year’s Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit on Thursday, April 28.
  • “Our commitment and investment to working in the robotics field is very real. DRU is a part of our team now and we see him becoming a huge part of our future,” said Domino’s CEO, Don Meij.
  • “The more our customers, our staff, our industry and the general community have interaction with him, provide feedback and get an understanding of the opportunities in this space, the better.”
  • Domino’s has been working with the government regulators to ensure the delivery droid meets relevant legislative requirements as it is trialled and tested.

Source: Internet Retailing 

Twitter shares are surging after a MasterCard exec discussed a potential partnership

  • Mastercard’s president of international markets said the company sees social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as potential partners in Silicon Valley, according to a CNBC report.
  • Twitter’s Buy Now button, which allows users of the service to quickly make a transaction by clicking on a button embedded in a tweet, is apparently of partiular interest.
  • Shares of Twitter, which have been battered in recent months over concerns about its stagnating user growth, popped 8% to $17.26 on Monday.
  • “I think the way we would work with them is just the way we work with the other tech giants, we would figure out what we can do together, where our network could play into their space and connect up,” Mastercard’s Ann Cairns said in an interview with CNBC at a financial technology conference in Copenhagen.

Source: Business Insider

 

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