Daily Crunch: Facebook is shutting down Moments

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1. Facebook is shutting down Moments; here’s how to save all your photos

Facebook Moments, the standalone mobile app designed to let users privately share photos and videos, is shutting down next month. The reason is simple: Not many people used it.

For those who did use it, there are two export options. One will create a private album on their Facebook account; the other option downloads everything to their device.

2. StarCraft II-playing AI AlphaStar takes out pros undefeated

AlphaStar is different from the traditional StarCraft AI. It learned from watching humans play at first, but soon honed its skills by playing against facets of itself.

3. Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism

The documentary that premiered yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival explores how the move-fast-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley is “really dangerous when people’s lives are in the balance,” as former employee and whistleblower Tyler Shultz says in the film.

4. Facebook to encrypt Instagram messages ahead of integration with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

As first reported by The New York Times, the social media giant said it’s reworking the underlying infrastructure of its three messaging apps to allow users to talk to each other more easily.

5. Smartphones are about to get more interesting, but is it enough to drive growth?

The mobile industry is at a crossroads.

6. Microsoft acquires Citus Data

Citus Data is focused on making PostgreSQL databases faster and more scalable. Microsoft says it will work with the team to “accelerate the delivery of key, enterprise-ready features from Azure to PostgreSQL and enable critical PostgreSQL workloads to run on Azure with confidence.”

7. Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The latest image from the New Horizons probe shows the rocky world of Ultima Thule in considerably greater detail.



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