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First look at Instagram’s self-policing Time Well Spent tool

Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Last month after TechCrunch first reported Instagram was prototyping a Usage Insights feature , the Facebook sub-company’s CEO Kevin System confirmed its forthcoming launch. Tweeting our article, Systrom wrote “It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.” Now we have our first look at the tool via Jane Manchun Wong , who’s recently become one of TechCrunch’s favorite sources thanks to her skills at digging new features out of apps’ Android APK code. Though Usage Insights might change before an official launch, these screenshots give us an idea of what Instagram will include. We’ve reached out to Instagram for comment, and will update if we hear back. This unlaunched version of Instagram’s Usage Insights tool offers users a daily tally of their minutes spent on the app. They’ll be able to set a time spent daily limit, and get a reminder once they exceed that. There’s also a shortcut to manage Instagram’s notifications so the app is less interruptive. Instagram has been spotted testing a new hamburger button that opens a slide-out navigation menu on the profile.

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Twitter says it’s redesigning Moments by introducing vertical scrolling and adding multiple timelines for some US Moments (Keith Coleman/Twitter)

Keith Coleman / Twitter : Twitter says it's redesigning Moments by introducing vertical scrolling and adding multiple timelines for some US Moments   —  People come to Twitter to see and discuss what matters to them — from breaking news to the day's events and memes.  This is because whatever is happening in the world …

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Adblock Plus’s parent company Eyeo launches Trusted News, a browser extension for Chrome, that helps users identify fake news (Natasha…

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch : Adblock Plus's parent company Eyeo launches Trusted News, a browser extension for Chrome, that helps users identify fake news   —  eyeo, the company behind the popular browser-based ad block product Adblock Plus, is no stranger to controversy.  Which is just as well given its new “passion project” …

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Chinese smartphone maker Vivo unveils its latest flagship, the NEX, with a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio and pop-out 8MP selfie camera, only available…

Matthew Hughes / The Next Web : Chinese smartphone maker Vivo unveils its latest flagship, the NEX, with a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio and pop-out 8MP selfie camera, only available in China   —  At an event in Shanghai, Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo today announced the launch of its latest flagship device — called simply the Vivo NEX.

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Amino raises $45M Series C, with GV, Hearst Ventures, and Time Warner Investments among investors, for its fan communities and niche interests app…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Amino raises $45M Series C, with GV, Hearst Ventures, and Time Warner Investments among investors, for its fan communities and niche interests app   —  Amino has raised a big Series C round of funding — $45 million from GV, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Time Warner Investments …

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Reddit is rolling out autoplaying video ads on mobile and desktop for standalone ad campaigns, but this rollout will not add pre-roll ads to videos…

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Reddit is rolling out autoplaying video ads on mobile and desktop for standalone ad campaigns, but this rollout will not add pre-roll ads to videos   —  The advertising-lite days of Reddit are now firmly in the rear-view as the rapidly maturing company begins to seriously chase advertising revenues in users' feeds.

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Seattle’s city council votes 7-2 to repeal its "head tax" law, less than a month after unanimously passing the contentious tax on big…

Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo : Seattle's city council votes 7-2 to repeal its “head tax” law, less than a month after unanimously passing the contentious tax on big business   —  Less than a month after unanimously passing a contentious tax on big business, Seattle's city council has voted to repeal the so-called “head tax.”

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Amino raises $45M for to bring fan communities to smartphones

Amino has raised a big Series C round of funding — $45 million from GV, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, Goodwater Capital and Time Warner Investments, with Hearst Ventures joining as a new investor. Co-founder and CEO Ben Anderson has d escribed Amino as an way to help people who have “passionate niche interests” find others who feel the same way, via smartphone apps. The company started out with apps focused a handful of topics like K-pop, anime and Doctor Who, but it later added the ability for anyone to launch a new community in the main Amino app, and there are now more than 2.5 million communities. Of course, some of these communities are more active than others, and there’s some overlap between them — but Max Sebela, who’s general manager for Amino’s English-language apps, said there’s less than you might think, because “each interest is actually a universe of micro interest.” For example, there might be one community focused on sharing strategy and tactics around the video game Overwatch, while another might revolve around sharing Overwatch fan art. Ultimately, Sebela said it’s up to the founders and leaders of each community to decide what the community wants to focus on, and which product features they want to use to enable that. Meanwhile, Anderson said Amino is constantly tweaking its algorithms to make sure it’s surfacing the best communities for each user. “Instead of one big, blue ocean, we provide a million lakes and help you find the exact right one,” he added. Perhaps even more impressive than the number of communities is the amount of time the average user spends in Amino — more than 70 minutes per day. One of the initial inspirations for the startup was a real-world anime convention , and Amino getting closer to that experience with the addition of features like live voice and video chat, as well as the screening room, where you can watch videos with other users. During our conversation, Sebela opened up one of the K-Pop communities on his phone and was quickly able to listen in on a chat room where multiple users were singing along together. (Sadly, we didn’t join the singing.) “The technology not super unique,” Anderson acknowledged. “What makes it really special is, I can voice chat with my friends on a lot of idfferent networks, but here I can hop in and join a voice chat with 10 Harry Potter fans who I may not know in my real life.” While these features are already live, Anderson said they’ve been “downplayed” while Amino tests them out and works out the kinks

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