What’s happened this week:
- Facebook are testing auto-play GIFs in Newsfeed posts and ads
- Facebook are also reviving Notes in attempt to take on Medium, Twitter’s blogging platform
- Amazon will officially abandon Flash next month, following recent browser updates from Chrome, Mozilla and Safari
What we have learned:
- 2/3 of Pinterest users look up pins via mobile when in-store, according to AcuPOLL
- Nearly 59% of 18-to-34-year olds bank on their mobiles, according to eMarketers latest forecasts
- In China, mobile now makes up over 50% of Alibaba’s sales
- A live action Zombie first-person-shooter in Chatroulette
- US Estate agents website Realtor partners with Airbnb – try an area before you buy!
- Simple use of mobile and print – Abraxas use a smartphone’s LED light to reveal a hidden story in an ad
Where to find more:
- TechCrunch have an interesting look at the emerging race between chat apps and operating system makers to own the mobile experience – who do you think will win?
- Ever wondered what the likes of Buzzfeed and Airbnb presented to investors to get their funding? Here’s a list of VC funding pitch decks from established start-ups
- “Job Transformation, Not Job Replacement” – this article in Wired tries to quell our fears about the impending rise of the robots