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Mobile messaging app WhatsApp has started receiving a new update that brings a lot of new features, including the ability to write and draw on photos and videos that users share, as well as add emoji.

“When you capture a new photo or video or share one that’s already on your phone, you’ll automatically see the new editing tools,” team WhatsApp said in a blog post. “Whether you’re drawing a big red heart to show how much you miss someone or adding your favorite emoji – sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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YouTube tests messaging feature to keep people in its app

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YouTube is testing a messaging feature in its smartphone app so people can share and discuss videos without resorting to other ways to connect with their friends and family.

The messaging option announced Friday initially is only being offered to a small group of people with YouTube’s app installed on an iPhone or device running on Google’s Android software. If all goes well, messaging will be included in a future app update available to everyone with an iPhone or an Android phone.

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While the battle for supremacy in online video has heated up between Facebook and YouTube, a relatively smaller yet high-performing player has steadily cemented its position.

Social media messaging app Snapchat has recently revealed that its users are now viewing 4 billion videos per day.

The total daily views ties Snapchat with Facebook’s daily video views back in April, and presents new opportunities on a different platform.

Notably, Facebook’s stat has prompted criticism from video creators as the social media giant counts a view after someone watches a minimum of three seconds of auto play in its News Feed.

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Over the last two years, much of Instagram has received a subtle makeover. But the one area that hasn’t changed much? Instagram Direct.

Given the direct-messaging feature is used by 85 million people, according to Instagram, it was high time for an update. On Tuesday the company is rolling out an update for iOS and Android that introduces new features, including message threads, a selfie cam button, and extra-large emoji.

Instead of creating a new chat every time you send a photo or video to someone, Instagram keeps things moving with message threads where you can see previous lines in the conversation if you like — a feature already offered by services like Facebook Messenger and, as of this week, LinkedIn messages.


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