From serious deep learning to a saucy chatbot – it’s a contrasting set of digital news this week.

Here’s your roundup!

Instagram lets you upload multiple photos and videos at once

Instagram has introduced a new carousel feature so that users can upload multiple photos and videos in a single post.

It’s based on the notion that it’s difficult to choose just one photo from an experience, so now users can choose to include up to 10 photos or videos, which followers can swipe through to view.

Republicans release report detailing A/B testing for Trump campaign

Apparently, Donald Trump’s website generated more online revenue per visitor when it used pictures of Trump giving two thumbs up than any other photo.

This is just one snippet of information from the RNC Testing Booklet – a report that details information about the A/B testing undertaken by the Republican’s digital team throughout Trump’s campaign. You can read the full report here.

WhatsApp introduces ‘Status’ feature

WhatsApp has introduced ‘Status’ – a new feature that allows users to share disappearing photos and videos. It enables users to send contacts photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis or captions, before the content will disappear after 24 hours.

So, what will this mean for Snapchat? Read more about that here.

Snap starts selling spectacles online

So far, Snap’s video-recording glasses have only been available from special vending machines in surprise locations and from an NYC pop-up. Now, the brand has begun selling them online to US consumers for the sum of $129.99.

The move comes ahead of the brand’s March IPO, where the company is seeking a valuation of up to $22bn.

Apple buys iCloud.net domain

Apple has taken ownership of iCloud.net – a domain formerly associated with a small-scale Asian social network – in a bid to eliminate market confusion over its cloud software services. Apple has refused to comment on the deal, meaning the financial details (and what it plans to do with the domain) remain unknown.

Uber writes to users trying to delete their accounts  

Uber has come under fire once again, this time for allegations made by a former employee about sexual harassment and discrimination within the company. The news has come less than a month after the #DeleteUber campaign, following the firm’s airport price surging controversy.

With users once again trying to delete their accounts, Uber has responded by sending out a formal letter in response, explaining its position on Susan Fowler’s allegations (see below).

Facebook Messenger users can now chat to Christian Grey 

On the back of the release of the Fifty Shades Darker movie, PersonaBots.com has created a Christian Grey character for Facebook Messenger. Kudos to the person who raised that mid-meeting.

Bringing fans’ fantasies to life (well, sort of) the bot’s raunchy chat culminates in talk of the famous Red Room. As you might expect, it’s decidedly NSFW, so the below screenshot is all you’re getting.

Nikki Gilliland

Published 24 February, 2017 by Nikki Gilliland @ Econsultancy

Nikki is a Writer at Econsultancy. You can follow her on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn.

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