Hide photos on Facebook with Wickr's cat decoysWickr disguises photos shared on Facebook, Twitter adds video and private group messaging, and police speak out against the Waze app's cop-tracking.
That cat photo on Facebook may not be what it seems. I'm Kara Tsuboi, filling in for Bridget Carey, and this is your C|Net Update. [MUSIC] C/net Update has a bit of change of scenery today. A massive winter storm blasted the East Coast with heavy snow, closing our New York offices. But a blizzard can't stop Update. So we're filming this from San Francisco, while Bridget reports from snowy New York. And it looks like things are real tough out there, Bridget! But on with the news. You'll be seeing more videos in your Twitter feed because Twitter just added a way to edit and post 30 second videos directly through the Twitter app. Twitter already owns Vine, the app for sharing 6 second looping videos, but now video sharing is built inside Twitter and is much more straight forward. Private direct messages, also have been updated to let you direct message a group of people. You can invite up to 20 people to chat in private and share photos and links. Not all people have to follow each other, to chat privately. If you are looking for a truly private way to chat, you may be interested in the app Wickr. It has extra layers of encryption and security precautions over other apps. And messages also self-destruct after a set time. But Wickr is expanding more to a social network with a brand new feature called Wickr Timed Feed or WTF for short. Friends and family can share pictures of the newsfeed that lasts 24 hours. And up to 151 friends can view the photos and rate them. Where [UNKNOWN] text. Doodles, stickers, and filter effects, to a photo. But WTF also lets you secretly share those Wickr photos to Facebook, disguised as kittens. Your Facebook friends will see a message from you with a decoy cat photo, and when they click the cat, they get a message that asks if they wanna leave Facebook. And if yes, it opens up Wickr, and they can see the photo if they have. Permission. So it's really more of a tease to get your friends on Facebook to sign up for Wickr. The king of self-destructing messaging apps, Snapchat, is launching its new discover feature, which will serve up news stories and ads. So along with all those selfies, you'll be seeing multimedia content from major brands like CNN, The Food Network, ESPN, and Cosmo. Content will refresh every 24 hours and will include photos and videos and what the company calls quote gorgeous advertising. Some law enforcement officials are not happy about Google's traffic app Waze. Which lets users notify other drivers when police are nearby so maybe they can slow down and avoid getting a ticket. It's the high tech equivalent of flashing your headlights to warn approaching drivers. After two police officers were murdered last month in New York, some police units are concerned that cop tracking feature can put officers in danger from people who want to attack officers. It's a tough argument for officers to win, and it could encourage more police to go undercover. That is your tech news update. You can stay updated at cnet.com. From our studios in San Fransisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi. [MUSIC]