#MidweekMinute: FB devices & integrations

Facebook gets into home devices & ditches its AI/VA hybrid in beta; Instagram Stories expand to WhatsApp; Ripple follows Bumble in taking on LinkedIn.

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#MidweekMinute: Suggested stories, business DMs, more Snap

Instagram now recommends stories; Twitter empowers businesses with stronger direct messaging tools; Snapchat expands shareability beyond the app and increases ad strength by disabling immediate skips for some clips.

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#MidweekMinute: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Facebook condenses some features, expands others, and generally continues to crush other apps; Twitter continues their expansion kick; Instagram is taking a cue from bots; LinkedIn is taking a cue from that annoying paper clip.

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#MidweekMinute: Trolls, exploration, pins, journalism, bots, and camaraderie

Twitter calendarizes their stand against hate; Facebook will let you browse brands & your friend's babies on separate feeds, "pin" together like posts, and subscribe to real news; LinkedIn will let a bot interact on your behalf, and possibly start original programming; you can bring a friend onto your next Instagram Live broadcast.

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#MidweekMinute 10/11/17

Permanent away message for AIM; Facebook guarding against fake news; Shopify bringing eCommerce to Instagram; Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories allow cross-posting; Snapchat introduces user verification and location context cards

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