#ICYMI: Popular Stories in Tech This Week (Week Ending February 10, 2017)

Inside Flipboard / February 10, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference on Google’s collaboration with small scale local businesses in New Delhi. U.S. tech companies fear the Trump administration will target a visa program they cherish for bringing in engineers and other specialized workers from other countries. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

From Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl drones to YouTube’s new live streaming tools, this week was full of launches. What didn’t quite launch? Twitter’s Q4 for earnings, which were the slowest since going public in 2013. That plus Pinterest’s “Shazam for objects” and Facebook’s filter bubble. Read more about these stories below, as well as other top stories of the week, from the Flipboard Technology section.

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1. More than 100 companies join legal fight against Trump travel ban—CNN Money, Jethro Mullen

Top line: “A total of 127 companies — including Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Facebook (FB, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Intel (INTC, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) — filed court papers declaring that Trump’s executive order on immigration “violates the immigration laws and the Constitution.” The wave of opposition came in two court filings, one on Sunday and one on Monday.”

Topic to follow: Trump

2. Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse—Associated Press, Barbara Ortutay and Michael Kunzelman

Top line: “Twitter announced Tuesday that it is expanding efforts to protect its users from abuse and harassment, the latest milestone in a broader, growing corporate campaign to crack down on online hate. The social media giant said it has begun identifying people who have been banned for abusive behavior and it will stop them from creating new accounts. The company said its changes, which also include a new ‘safe search’ feature, will be implemented in the coming weeks.”

Topics to follow: Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Harassment

3. What Snap’s I.P.O. Filing Reveals About the Company—New York Times

Top line: “Prospective investors will be drawn to how quickly Snap has grown its advertising business in roughly two years, with the company showing a nearly sevenfold increase between 2015 and last year. The question is how long the start-up can maintain anywhere close to that kind of growth.”

Topic to follow: Snapchat

4. YouTube opens up mobile live streaming to popular users—Techspot, Jose Vilches

Top line: “YouTube originally announced mobile live streaming back in mid-2016, but so far it had only made the feature available in limited form to a select group of partners. Today the company is expanding its reach to anyone with more than 10,000 subscribers ahead of a full rollout later in 2017.”

Topics to follow: YouTube, Streaming

5. Pinterest introduces Lens, a Shazam for objects in the real world—The Verge, Casey Newton

Top line: “Pinterest today introduced Lens, a new visual search tool that uses machine vision to detect objects in the real world and suggest related items on the service. Lens, which is now in beta, is a tool inside the Pinterest mobile app that functions as a kind of Shazam for objects. Point it at food, furniture, or even the night sky, and Pinterest will return objects that it believes are related.”

Topics to follow: Pinterest, Apps

6. Hack knocks out a fifth of the Dark Web—Engadget, Jon Fingas

Top line: “An Anonymous-linked hacker speaking to Motherboard brought down about a fifth of the Tor network’s ‘secret’ websites (over 10,000 of them) in a claimed vigilante move. The intruder decided to attack a Dark Web hosting service, Freedom Hosting II, after discovering that it was managing child porn sites it had to be aware of — they were using gigabytes of data each when the host officially allows no more than 256MB. Each site had its usual pages replaced with a message that not only chastised FH2, but offered a data dump (minus user info) and explained the nature of the hack.”

Topics to follow: Hacking, Anonymous

7. Twitter reports slowest quarterly revenue growth, shares slump–Reuters, Aishwarya Venugopal, Supantha Mukherjee and David Ingram

Top line: “Investors hammered Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Thursday after the social network reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013, struggling to attract advertisers amid intense competition from Snap Inc’s Snapchat and Facebook Inc (FB.O). The company’s shares fell as much as 10 percent to $16.81 in premarket trading. Revenue grew just 1 percent to $717.2 million, missing analysts’ average estimate of $740.1 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.”

Topic to follow: Twitter

8. For Protesters, Doing It for the ’Gram Isn’t a Bad Thing—Vanity Fair, Hilary Weaver

Top line: “‘Doing it for the ‘gram’ implies tackiness—someone acting only because it makes a good photo op. But in the case of funny protest signs (and costumes) that go viral with their political message intact, or even a social-media feed full of protest selfies, doing it for the ‘gram actually serves a purpose for once.”

Topics to follow: Instagram, Activism

9. Here’s What Facebook’s Live Video Filter Bubble Looks Like—BuzzFeed, Charlie Warzel and Lam Thuy Vo

Top line: “To better understand how different audiences experience the same event on Facebook, BuzzFeed News video captured two different Facebook livestreams of the press conference last Thursday — one from Fox News and one from Fusion. We scraped comments from the two streams and tallied the total number of Facebook reactions (like, love, laugh, angry, sad, and wow). We also collected and compared comments from the moment of the press conference most frequently mentioned and quoted by both right and left-leaning news organizations.”

Topic to follow: Facebook

10. Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show Drones Have a Bright Future—Wired, Brian Barrett

Top line: “Preparations kicked off in early December, when Intel’s engineers started wading into the mind-numbing logistics of choreographing 300 dancing drones. Do they fly inside the stadium? How are they integrated into what Lady Gaga is doing onstage? Is the stadium’s domed roof open or closed? ‘The whole halftime is a huge execution monster of an exercise,’ says Anil Nanduri, who leads Intel’s drone efforts.”

Topics to follow: Lady Gaga, Super Bowl, Intel

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