5 Things You Need to Know This Week: New Gmail Redesign, Facebook Video Monetization, & More!

1. Stay Composed: Here’s a Quick Rundown of the New Gmail

Overview
Gmail introduced major improvements to help you become more productive.

The rundown
Gmail just got a new look! Gmail’s last redesign was in 2011, so this has been a long time coming. With this new Gmail update, you’ll find interesting developments in security, artificial intelligence, integration with Google’s productivity apps and other new features that will help you get more done. 

TLDR (Quick recap)
Gmail’s new updates will make you more productive with emailing and manage your time and tasks better.

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2. Snapchat launches AR selfie games called Snappables

Overview
Snapchat introduces ‘Snappables’ AR selfie games.

The rundown
Snap announced that Snapchat will soon be gaining a set of augmented reality games called Snappables. They should roll out to Snapchatters soon, and they are a new form of interactive Lenses through which users can play together (or by themselves) using AR.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Snap lаunсhes Snappables — AR games thаt use your touсh, motion, аnd fасiаl expressions to сompete for high sсores in heаd-to-heаd, multiplаyer mаtсhups.

Learn more about this update from their official website right here

3. Twitter revoked API access for 142K apps

Overview
142,000 apps, accounting for 130 million tweets, have had their API access revoked by Twitter.

The rundown
Twitter is serious on its promise to fight the persistent problems of spam, bots, harassment, and misinformation that have plagued the social platform all these years. There are 90 percent fewer accounts using TweetDeck to create junk tweets. 142,000 apps have had their API access revoked.

TLDR (Quick recap)
Twitter is making bold moves to make its platform a safer and nicer place to be.

Check out Twitter’s shareholder letter for more detail here

4. WhatsApp ups minimum user age in Europe ahead of GDPR

Overview
WhatsApp is raising the minimum age for accounts in the European Union from 13 to 16.

The rundown
WhatsApp is asking users to confirm they are 16 or older as it sends out new terms of service and a privacy policy in “the next few weeks.” A parent or guardian will have to agree to the terms for users who are younger than the age limit.

TLDR (Quick recap)
WhatsApp attempts to reassure users are at least 16 when it rolls outs its new terms of service ahead of the GDPR deadline on May 25.

Read this update on WhatsApp official announcement here

5. Facebook Outlines New Video Monetization and Promotion Tools, Focusing on Facebook Watch

Overview
Facebook gives creators new ways to monetize videos.

The rundown
One important area in getting more content across to Facebook Watch will be through monetization. The Social Network is now aiming to provide significant enough incentive for publishers to invest the required time and effort.

TLDR (Quick Recap)
Facebook continues its push to become a bigger player in the video platform market by focusing more on monetizing videos. 

Read their official announcement here

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