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A British man who drew penises on a photo of a police officer and posted it to social media has received a pretty hefty punishment from a court.
Last summer, 20-year-old Jordan Barrack was taken to a local police station after witnessing a bar fight. While waiting to be interviewed, the bored witness secretly snapped a photo of police constable Charles Harris, drew a couple dicks on it, and shared it with his friends on Facebook and Snapchat.
This week we came across Dumbstruck, a new app that lets you send photo messages to your friends—and then watch videos of their actual reactions. Suddenly there’s a lot more pressure riding on that bikini mirror shot, huh?
Dumbstruck was founded by Michael Tanski and Peter Allegretti at their Albany-based mobile app idea lab, Doctored Apps. It launched at the end of December 2013, and has since attracted tens of thousands of users, according to Joe Masciocco, who heads up strategy for the app.
A leak on Fancy.com might show what the new Twitter Commerce service looks like. [Recode]
Apple is reportedly looking to use a curved display, inductive wireless charging and solar panels to power its iWatch. [New York Times]
Facebook Graph Search might finally come to mobile devices. [Verge]
Brands looking to spend money on ephemeral apps (say Snapchat, Whisper, etc.) is a nerve-wrecking proposition because they don’t know if it’s a “known quantity.” [AdWeek]
GoPro debuted its first Super Bowl commercial. [Engadget]
Snapchat has added another 4000 square feet to their L.A. offices, which are located a block from the beach. How nice for them. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Don’t be alarmed if Twitter looks different for you. The web interface is getting (another) redesign that aligns the look of it with its mobile apps. [TechCrunch]
iPhone supplier Foxconn has shipped 1.5 million devices to China Mobile as the telco preps for its launch. [WSJ]
The Dodo, the Lerer Ventures-backed website about, uh, animals, launched yesterday. [Recode]
Claiming it’s a “consequence of a quickly growing service,” Snapchat got defensive when it apologized for all the “snap spam” you’ve been getting. [Daily Dot]
Katie Couric made her Yahoo debut so text your mom if you want to know how she did. [Politico]
After spending a defiant week and a half locked in its bedroom, listening to Fallout Boy and refusing to come downstairs for dinner, Snapchat has finally made a public apology for the massive leak that compromised 4.6 million users’ personal information.
San Francisco is going to tax Google’s employee shuttles based on the number of stops they make. But the search giant can likely afford it since they’ll only be charged $1 per stop. [WSJ]
Michael Bay did something he’s used to at CES yesterday: he bombed. The director got flustered during a presentation for Samsung and embarrassingly fled the stage. [AdWeek]
Pinterest has reportedly acquired VisualGraph, an image recognition search engine that’s staffed by just two people. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [BuzzFeed]
For the first time in its ten year history, Mashable is taking on outside investors to the tune of $13.3 million from Updata Partners. [CNN]
Snapchat has hired its first lobbyist. [Recode]
If you were wondering whether Snapchat CEO and noted non-apologizer Evan Spiegel was a particularly humble guy, the answer is no, he is probably not.
Today, through a somewhat confusing interaction between Mr. Spiegel and Business Insider reporter Alyson Shontell, we learned that Mr. Spiegel maybe kind of snubbed an invitation from Mark Zuckerberg to come meet him at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters in 2012. Mr. Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to speak with Mr. Spiegel prior to the launch of Facebook’s Snapchat wannabe app, Poke.
Eton College, the all-boys British boarding school that has produced the likes of Prince Harry and Bear Grylls, has banned Snapchat out of fears that the boys were exposing too much of their union jacks with each other.
According to the Telegraph, the elite school has barred students from accessing the app over the school’s wifi out of fears of sexting. Students can still use Snapchat over their cellular network, but the school’s headmaster (obviously) said the ban is to diffuse some its frisky students from oversharing.
Zynga is accepting bitcoins as a form of payment in some of its games that people still apparently play. [WSJ]
Yahoo has a lot of clunkers under its hood, like Answers, so why won’t they sell them? [Recode]
Facebook is jamming your News Feed with ads, but not as an effort to annoy you (that’s just a fun side effect). Rather, it’s to keep employees from jumping ship before the job is complete. [Quartz]
Similar to what it already does for creating playlists, Pandora is mining your music history to better tailor its ads. [New York Times]
Apple has bought the company behind Snappycam, a $1 photo app that lets users take photos in rapid succession. [CNBC]