Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master's degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He's been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    Should Your Uber Driver Know Exactly Where You Are? They Could Soon

    “Where are you? I’m outside. Do you see me? Where should I meet you?” These kinds of frustrating calls with your Uber driver could be a thing of the past. Today Uber updated its privacy policy, saying it will now ask to pull people’s exact location while the app is running in the foreground or background. Read More

  • Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

    Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage Could Clobber Apple’s Expensive iCloud

    How much does a terabyte of photo storage cost? On iCloud, $240 a year. Dropbox, $100. Microsoft OneDrive, $84. Flickr, $25. Google, $0. It’s free on desktop, Android, and iOS. Today, Google announced its new Google Photos product, which offers unlimited free storage of photos and videos. The only limits are that photos must be under 16 megapixels, and video resolution is capped at 1080P. Read More

  • Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd. When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard… Read More

  • Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Internet kids reojice! Are you sick of browsing through endless emoji to find the right one? Now Google’s smartwatch operating system Android Wear will let you draw a clumsy version of the emoji you want, like a martini glass. Wear scans your drawing, and then shows matching emoji with the same shape. Tap one, and you can instantly send it to a friend. Read More

  • The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report

    The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report

    If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report is the ultimate compilation of essential tech statistics. Encompassing everything from Snapchat to drones, smartphone penetration to on-demand food. Today she dropped the 2015 report. If you want the edited version with our added analysis, check out… Read More

  • Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds

    Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds

    Airware makes a flexible drone operating system. DJI makes the top consumer drones. But they need to bundle up with industry-specific hardware and software makers to sell whole commercial drone packages to big construction, oil, and insurance companies. So by some cosmic coincidence, both are separately launching commercial drone investment funds today. Airware is announcing the Commercial… Read More

  • Facebook Tinkers With iPhone Design That Copies Path’s Flyout Buttons

    Facebook Tinkers With iPhone Design That Copies Path’s Flyout Buttons

    Resistance is futile when it comes to Facebook. If your feature benefits the social network’s 1.44 billion users, it doesn’t care if you built it for a smaller audience first. Whether it’s Twitter’s Follow button and verified profiles, or Snapchat’s disappearing photos you can draw on, Facebook will quickly try to assimilate the competition. Read More

  • What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    What If Facebook Actually Paid People For Content?

    I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic. For some content… Read More

  • An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”

    Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures. Instagram isn’t as young as it used to be, and it doesn’t want long-time users to slip away from its app. Luckily, it can still email them. Email isn’t dead, no matter how much we wish it was. High open-rates mean it still matters. Twitter bought a whole startup to power re-engagement emails touting the best tweets you… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Facebook Messenger Eyes Non-Friend Conversations With Chat ID

    Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K. Read More

  • Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle

    Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle

    They’ve got the money, but he’s got the microphone. This weekend,  Jay Z threw some punches at the big tech companies who compete with his upstart music streaming service Tidal. The freestyle came as part of Jay Z’s “B-Sides” concert, a performance of some of his rarest songs that was supposed to “exclusively” be available for live stream on… Read More

  • Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Clinkle Implodes As Employees Quit In Protest Of CEO

    Seven employees quit the frequently mocked payment rewards startup Clinkle simultaneously today due to frustration with its 24-year-old CEO Lucas Duplan, according to multiple sources close to the company. Duplan, pictured above, is said to have withheld information from employees about acquisition talks with Apple that the team hoped would result in a sale. He’s believed to have… Read More

  • Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet

    Facebook never wants you to leave, so it’s swallowing up where you might try to go. A few years back, its News Feed brimmed with links to content hosted elsewhere. News articles, YouTube clips, business websites, ads for ecommerce stores. But Facebook has decided the world outside its walled garden is full of friction. And friction isn’t The Hacker Way. Read More

  • Facebook Starts Hosting Publishers’ “Instant Articles”

    You can check out Instant Articles for yourself by visiting the feature’s Facebook Page on an iPhone. For more on Facebook’s strategy, read our feature piece: Facebook’s Quest To Absorb The Internet. Assuaging publishers’ fears that Facebook would keep all the data, the social network will share analytics, and Instant Articles is compatible with audience measurement… Read More

  • Skip Googling With Facebook’s New “Add A Link” Mobile Status Search Engine

    Skip Googling With Facebook’s New “Add A Link” Mobile Status Search Engine

    Mobile link sharing is a clumsy rigmarole of app switching and copy & pasting. So to get more people posting links, Facebook is testing an in-app keyword search engine that lets you find websites and articles to add to your status updates. Alongside buttons to add photos or locations, some iOS users are seeing a new “Add A Link” option. Just punch in a query, and Facebook will… Read More

  • Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads

    Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads

    Facebook is combining its lucrative app install ads with deep linking so a specific in-app purchase page opens once the app downloads. The result is a powerful new tool for direct marketers that sell products and services through apps. Direct marketing is popular on the web where users can see an ad for a specific product and quickly open it in a new browser tab to make a purchase. But on… Read More

  • Zero-Fee Stock Trading App Robinhood Nabs $50M From NEA To Go Global

    Zero-Fee Stock Trading App Robinhood Nabs $50M From NEA To Go Global

    In case you thought paying $7 to $10 to trade a stock in the US was bad, it costs $65 in Australia. So now that its zero-fee stock trading app is thriving stateside with hundreds of thousands of users, Robinhood is planning to go international, starting in Australia. A $50 million Series B cash infusion from NEA will fuel that expansion, as well as hiring and development of… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Developer Platform To Differentiate From Periscope

    Meerkat Launches Developer Platform To Differentiate From Periscope

    How did it feel getting cut off by Twitter with just 2 hours notice? “It sucked” says Meerkat founder Ben Rubin. That’s why it’s determined to treat developers with more respect. In the nine weeks since Meerkat launched, 37 developers have built companion experiences to the livestreaming apps on its unofficial, private API, including stream discovery, automatic uploads… Read More

  • Oculus Is Building Its Own Games For Rift, But You’ll Need A Computer To Play

    Oculus Is Building Its Own Games For Rift, But You’ll Need A Computer To Play

    Retail will play a big part in Oculus Rift’s launch, according to Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchell. “So far buying it has been about trial, you put it on and you’re transported to another place. That experience is going to be vital to getting hundreds of millions of people to adopt it.” Read More

  • Consumer Drone King DJI Raises $75M To Build lndustrial UAV Developer Platform

    Consumer Drone King DJI Raises $75M To Build lndustrial UAV Developer Platform

    How will DJI keep its drone hardware business from being commoditized by cheap knockoffs? By fostering a drone operation software developer ecosystem with a new $75 million growth equity investment from Accel Partners. DJI may build variations of its drones for agriculture, oil & gas, mining, and other commercial tasks. But to make sure its drones can handle a much wider variety of use… Read More

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