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Twitter now calls itself a news app, not a social networkSeems Twitter is going through an identity crisis, but Bridget Carey tries to reason with the struggling app. Meanwhile, Google wants to inject tech into your eyeball and Samsung tucks in tikes with virtual reality.
Twitter's having an identity crisis, Google is injecting things in its eyeballs, and Samsung wants virtual reality bedtime app? The tech world is going crazy. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Folks, I'm worried about Twitter. The micro blogging OG is in denial that it is a social network. Maybe it's some sort of mid life crisis, but the Twitter app just reclassified itself in app stores. It not longer sits under the social networking category, Instead it's listed under news. You know what, listen Twitter can you come out here, can we talk? All right. I know you're under a lot of pressure lately. Your stock plunged after making first quarter revenue expectations and it can be hard recruiting new users, but you don't have to lie about who you are just to make friends. I know you're dealing headlines in moments And the other social media kids, like Facebook and Snapchat, they're dabbling too, but just because people share newslinks doesn't make you a news app, like CNN or the New York Times. Those are not your roots Larry. I can't give up on that little guy. Sometimes, the other social networks can get pushy with peer pressure, take Facebook's Instagram, for example, it's been bugging a non-profit called LitterGram to change its name. Lawyers sent out letters claiming that [UNKNOWN] infringes on Instagram. The poor Littergram app was designed for residents in England to report litter to a local council. It's not trying to compete with Instagram in any way, that's just rubbish, literally rubbish. The creator of Littergram made a video pleading to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to call off the fight to change the name. Powerful Facebook lawyers attacking poor non-profits can seem terrifying, but it's not as terrifying as what Google is working on. Google has filed a patent for a vision collecting electronic device, and it has to be injected directly into your eyeball. I mean, a contact lens is one thing, but this is a wireless lens inside the eye that gets radio signals and it works to help focus light onto your retina. Nope. Nope. I'll keep my glasses and contacts thank you very much. And we end this report with a bedtime story. A bedtime story in virtual reality. Samsung has a prototype VR app designed to be used by kids and parents. Where parents can read their kids A bed time story as they watch little animations throughout the tale. The idea is that mom or dad would do this when they can't be there in person. So of course technology can tuck your little one into dream land with the warm, bright glow of the screen in front of their eyes. How soothing. That's all for this Tech News round up. You can head to CNET.com for more. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.