LA Times: The thinking behind Snapchat’s sports and weather filters

LA Times: The thinking behind Snapchat’s sports and weather filters (Paresh Dave is an auto-read for me at this point.) “Snapchat isn’t a resource many turn to for weather and sports scores, but it’s spending increasing amounts of money on licensing deals to give users such information. For Snapchat, the intention isn’t so much about helping people figure out how to dress that day or how their favorite team is doing. Rather, Snapchat’s aim is more interpersonal: It’s loading up on real-time data from third parties so people can provide more context about their lives to friends.”

TechCrunch: Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”

TechCrunch: Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”. “Snap has bowed to pressure from the government of Saudi Arabia to censor a news channel operated by the Qatar-based news broadcaster, Al Jazeera, from the Snapchat Discover section of its app. The development was reported earlier by the WSJ. Al Jazeera launched a Snap Discover channel in English in December 2015 — but only launched its Arabia news channel in May this year.”

Elite Daily: You Can Add 3-D Bitmojis To Your Snapchats Now And They Look Insanely Realistic

Elite Daily: You Can Add 3-D Bitmojis To Your Snapchats Now And They Look Insanely Realistic. “Let’s be real: Fun filters aside, most of us probably use Snapchat because of the interactive Bitmojis we can use while posing for selfies or Snapping our friends. World Lenses have made Snap’s filters even more entertaining by letting you add puking rainbows into the sky — and if you love that, you’re going to adore bringing your Bitmoji to life using Snapchat’s World Lens. Here’s how to use 3-D Bitmojis on Snapchat.”

Business Insider: Snapchat is tapping college newspapers to make campus stories and letting them sell ads

Business Insider: Snapchat is tapping college newspapers to make campus stories and letting them sell ads. “Snapchat is tapping college newspapers to make campus stories for students, the company announced on Friday. A handful of colleges across the US will begin publishing stories this weekend in the app’s dedicated section for publishers. Schools participating in the initiative include Berkeley, Texas A&M, Syracuse, and The University of Wisconsin–Madison.”

Motley Fool: Snap Inc. Isn’t the Next Twitter — It’s Much Worse

Motley Fool: Snap Inc. Isn’t the Next Twitter — It’s Much Worse. “Shares of Snap are already down 46% from their peak just a few months ago. User growth is slowing, costs are exploding, and the company doesn’t seem to be able to combat Facebook’s relentless copying of Snapchat’s core features. Snap looks a lot like Twitter, in other words, and not a whole lot like Facebook. But I don’t think Snap is the next Twitter. It’s much worse.”

Ubergizmo: Snapchat May Launch Scripted Original Content This Year

Ubergizmo: Snapchat May Launch Scripted Original Content This Year. “Snapchat is reportedly going to improve its video offering by launching its own scripted original content. According to a new report, Snapchat has already worked with many creators to develop shows for its platform. Partnerships have included tie-ins for broadcast behemoths like The Voice and The Bachelor. So it would make sense for the company to branch into this space on its own.”

Business Insider: Snapchat is finally cozying up to internet celebrities and giving them special perks

Business Insider: Snapchat is finally cozying up to internet celebrities and giving them special perks. “Earlier this year, Cyrene Quiamco received a surprise invitation to visit Snap Inc.’s headquarters in Venice Beach, California. With more than 100,000 followers, Quiamco is part of a small group of Snapchat power users who have built sizeable audiences and made thousands of dollars promoting brands on their accounts.”