CNET: Snap reportedly kept file on Facebook called ‘Project Voldemort’. “Facebook hasn’t been quiet about copying features made popular by Snapchat and adding them to Instagram and its other apps. Apparently Snap, the parent company of the messaging app, kept track of Facebook’s competitive moves in a dossier called ‘Project Voldemort.'”
Search Engine Journal: Snapchat Introduces 3D Effects for Selfies . “Snapchat is introducing a new 3D camera mode that adds depth to photos taken with the front-facing cameras of certain phones.”
CNN: Snapchat launches political ads library as 2020 election ramps up . “The new library, available as a downloadable spreadsheet on Snap’s website, makes all political and issue-based ads on Snapchat publicly available — for the first time.”
New York Times: Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future. “When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and who lingered too long near a Snapchat entrance. In an oceanfront community still defined by hippie eccentricity, that didn’t go over well.”
CNN: Snapchat creators earn serious money from making AR filters. “[Ana] Casciello is part of a community of about 100 ‘official lens creators’ who make custom augmented reality lenses for Snapchat. Many creators find ways to earn tens of thousands of dollars creating sponsored AR lenses for brands, including Nike (NKE) and Fanta, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.”
Neowin: Snap Inc launches third iteration of its Spectacles sunglasses. “Snap Inc, the firm behind Snapchat, has announced Spectacles 3, it’s latest attempt at camera-equipped sunglasses. The new model comes in two colours, Carbon and Mineral and includes HD cameras near each eye to capture depth and dimensions similarly to eyes. The glasses also let users record videos in 3D at 60 fps, all with high-fidelity audio.” I really wonder why Snap keeps coming back to this.
MakeUseOf: The Best Snapchat Drawings and How to Draw Them. “Users have taken the Edit Photo tool beyond its original intent, and are now using it to create hilarious memes and stories. In this article we explain how to draw on Snapchat, and share some funny Snapchat drawings you can replicate.”