BuzzFeed: Snap Acquires Ctrl Me Robotics, A Small Drone Maker Based In LA

BuzzFeed: Snap Acquires Ctrl Me Robotics, A Small Drone Maker Based In LA. “Snap has acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer based in Los Angeles that should give the company added muscle in its push into hardware. Snap’s interest in drone manufacturers has been rumored for months, and the company’s acquisition of Ctrl Me suggests it has more than just a passing interest in hardware.”

Digiday: Snapchat is wooing ad buyers with discount coupons and bonuses

Digiday: Snapchat is wooing ad buyers with discount coupons and bonuses. “Snap needs to show good results in the second quarter, and it’s looking to goose its ad business with offers of discounts and incentives to ad buyers. The platform is incentivizing brands and media buyers, offering bonuses, discount coupons and media credits for ad buys carried out in the second quarter of 2017, said multiple agency executives whom Digiday interviewed.”

The Next Web: Snapchat launches a design studio for custom geofilters

The Next Web: Snapchat launches a design studio for custom geofilters. “Snapchat introduced the ability to let you create your own Geofilters – effects that are only available in specific physical locations – early last year, but you had to be familiar with design tools like Photoshop or Illustrator in order to make anything decent. Fret no more: you can now create your own filters from scratch right from your browser.”

Los Angeles Times: Snapchat introduces group Stories so friends can have self-destructing photo albums

Los Angeles Times: Snapchat introduces group Stories so friends can have self-destructing photo albums. “Any user may now create an album to which multiple people can upload, a feature previously available to only Snap Inc. employees, contractors and automated software. The change means attendees of a graduation party or a family on vacation together could have single hub for exchanging memories. The album gets automatically deleted — unless saved by the user — after a day goes by without a new upload.”

TechCrunch: Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?

TechCrunch: Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?. “It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page.”

Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers (Phys.org)

Phys.org: Snapchat leads augmented reality gains: researchers. “Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers.”

Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people (The Next Web)

TheNextWeb: Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people. “The study, published today and called ‘Status of Mind,’ was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.”