Facebook expands mid-video ads to 21 more countries

Engadget

Facebook is bringing Ad Breaks (the ads you see in the middle of videos on the platform) to 21 more countries, with support for five more languages. Alongside the global rollout of Facebook Watch, Ad Breaks expanded beyond the US last month to the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Users in the following countries will see the ads soon: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. In addition to English, Ad Breaks now supports French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. Facebook plans to add more countries and languages to the ad platform in the coming weeks.


Tinder is finally available on the web — but only in these countries

Mashable

The company is beginning to test a new web-based version of its service that allows people to access Tinder from a browser, rather than its mobile app. Called Tinder Online, the service is being tested in a handful of countries outside the U.S. but the company plans to make it available to everyone in the future. That may sound like a minor change but it's a significant shift for the company, which has been mobile-only up until now. With Tinder Online, which is being tested in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Italy, and Sweden, users can browse profiles, check out matches and send messages all from within a browser. Tinder says the change is meant to help the dating service expand its presence in international markets, especially those where LTE and unlimited data plans aren't readily available.


Tinder's New Desktop App Pushes You to Actually Talk to People

WIRED

Tinder has always lived on your phone. The dating app, which seduced tens of millions of users with its delightfully simple right-swipe, didn't just have a mobile experience, it was a mobile experience. That changes today, with the release of a browser-based applet the company calls Tinder Online. When it arrives in the US later this year (the company is now testing it in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia, where users with weak cellular connections will finally be able to use Tinder from a desktop), Tinder Online will look a lot like the mobile version. But the company's designers made some changes to the interaction, starting with the swipe.


Instagram updates its Stories feature

Daily Mail - Science & tech

With over 200 million people now using Instagram Stories every day, the social media site now has more active users than one of its biggest rivals – Snapchat. In celebration of its success, Instagram has introduced several new tools to its Stories feature. Among the updates are custom geostickers in four more cities – London, Tokyo, Madrid and Chicago, and a hands-free timer. In celebration of its success, Instagram has introduced several new tools to its Stories feature. Instagram first brought custom geostickers to New York, Jakarta, and Sao Paulo last month.


How a fake war photojournalist totally fooled media organisations around the world

Mashable

Someone has pulled off one of the most spectacular cons in the history of photojournalism by tricking established media outlets and his 120,000 Twitter followers into thinking that he was a conflict photographer. SEE ALSO: That viral'Game of Thrones' photo is totally fake news "Eduardo Martins," a blond and handsome 32-year-old from Sao Paulo, Brazil, supposedly survived childhood leukemia to become a sought-after, accomplished war photojournalist for the UN with a passion for surfing. His fake images of conflict in Gaza, Syria, and Iraq were delivered to agencies such as Getty Images, Zuma, and NurPhoto and published in The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, The Telegraph, and BBC Brazil. His now-deleted Instagram profile had over 120,000 followers. Except all of this was exposed as a lie, thanks to the attentive eye of some fellow photographers and a BBC Brazil journalist named Natasha Ribeiro.