Josh Constine

Joshua Constine
Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, the Ads API, Page management, ecommerce, virtual currency, and music technology. Prior to writing for Inside Facebook, 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. He became fascinated with social networking theory after joining Facebook as a freshman a month after the service first launched. Josh Constine has spoken at the South By Southwest Interactive and Music conferences, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more. [Disclosure: Josh Constine advises a college friend's stealth social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors.] CrunchBase profile →

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  • Facebook Slingshots Itself In The Face By Making Reply-To-Unlock Optional

    Facebook Slingshots Itself In The Face By Making Reply-To-Unlock Optional

    Many thought Facebook’s ephemeral app Slingshot was pointless, but now it’s not even special. It’s just another pokey Snapchat clone. As of today’s update, Slingshot’s core mechanic, the requirement that friends first reply with a photo or video to unlock what you sent them, can now be turned off by the sender. That means people can just blast you their photos… Read More

  • Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

    Snapchat Stories are a huge hit, with the photos and videos you post to your profile now more popular than Snap messages. But they’re still easy to forget about since they’re pull and not push — they aren’t sent to friends directly and don’t generate alerts. You had to seek them out. Until now. Snapchat confirms to me it’s started “sometimes”… Read More

  • Facebook To Re-Educate All Users With A Privacy Checkup On Their Posts, Apps, And Profiles

    Facebook To Re-Educate All Users With A Privacy Checkup On Their Posts, Apps, And Profiles

    The top gripe about Facebook is that people don’t know who they’re sharing with, so in the coming days Facebook will push everyone through a multi-step privacy checkup that reminds who they share statuses with, what apps they’ve given permissions, and what’s visible on their profile. A cutesy blue dinosaur will lead people through the process which was originally tested… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down On Web And Mobile [Update: It's Coming Back After 20 Minutes]

    Facebook Is Down On Web And Mobile [Update: It's Coming Back After 20 Minutes]

    Is Facebook Down? Why yes it is. [Update: Err, was. As of 1pm PST, service has returned to the US, Germany, and other places after a roughly 20 outage, though some users are still having trouble accessing the service.] Users reported the social network went down on web and mobile in the US as well as the UK, Germany, Thailand, Portugal, and other parts of the world at around 12:40pm… Read More

  • Twitter Taps HackerOne To Launch Its Bug Bounty Program

    Twitter Taps HackerOne To Launch Its Bug Bounty Program

    Following security breaches that have shook confidence in many online services, Twitter today announced the launch of its bug bounty program that will pay security researchers for responsibly reporting threats through HackerOne, a bug bounty program provider. Twitter will pay a minimum of $140 per threat reported on Twitter.com, ads.twitter, mobile Twitter, TweetDeck, apps.twitter, and its iOS… Read More

  • Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Why do so many people watch others play video games on Twitch? Because the fans don’t look much different from the celebrities. They all play the same games. In a world of muscle-clad athletes and beautiful pop stars, on Twitch all that matters are your skills and your wits. Be funny or fast on the trigger, and you can be famous, too. It’s aspirational. That lets viewers identify… Read More

  • Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too.

    Don’t believe the hate. While it’s a juicy narrative that rich people spoil everything the common folk hold dear, there are plenty of tech bigwigs at Burning Man that work hard to contribute and embody the event’s ideals of inclusion. And the thing is, what they do has little impact on Burning Man as a whole. Whether they’re secluded in forts of cushy tour buses like… Read More

  • Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

    Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

    WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues. Ticketfly will keep WillCall running and feed it
    inventory. Read More

  • YC’s Zenamins Mails You Personalized Vitamins

    YC’s Zenamins Mails You Personalized Vitamins

    40 million Americans take three or more vitamins a day, yet both the pill bottles and the way we buy them haven’t changed in decades. Well they’re about to, thanks to new Y Combinator startup Zen Health and its customized vitamin pack delivery service Zenamins. Punch in what you already take and answer a few questions and Zenamins will send you a personalized pill pack. Staying fit… Read More

  • FAA Bans Planesharing Startups

    FAA Bans Planesharing Startups

    There will be no “ZimRide for airplanes”, according to an FAA ruling released today that prohibits private pilots from publicly offering seats on their planes in exchange for gas money, including via startups like AirPooler and Flytenow. The decision strikes a blow to the sharing economy, and comes in response to AirPooler formally requesting a clarification of the gray area it… Read More

  • Facebook’s $400M-$500M Acquisition Of Video Ad Tech Startup LiveRail Is Now Official

    Facebook’s $400M-$500M Acquisition Of Video Ad Tech Startup LiveRail Is Now Official

    Facebook’s acquisition of LiveRail closed today, a source told me, and Facebook confirms to me the deal is now official. Facebook announced the buy without disclosing a price back on July 6th, but multiple sources told TechCrunch the price was between $400 million and $500 million. Regulators apparently had no issue with Facebook buying LiveRail, which help brands that want to buy… Read More

  • Snapchat Could Be Stripped Of Valuable “Tap-And-Hold For Video” Patent

    Snapchat Could Be Stripped Of Valuable “Tap-And-Hold For Video” Patent

    Snapchat has quietly been embroiled in an intellectual property interference proceeding that could revoke its lucrative patent for a design trick now widely copied by Facebook, Google and more. Snapchat filed for a patent on the ability to tap and hold a smartphone camera’s shutter button to record a video on August 8th, 2012, while another company called Mojo Media filed for a… Read More

  • WeedMaps Partners With Uber So You Don’t 420BlazeIt And Drive

    WeedMaps Partners With Uber So You Don’t 420BlazeIt And Drive

    Dude, where’s my car? Back in the garage because you took an Uber rather than driving high. At least that’s the idea behind leading “Yelp for marijuana” service WeedMaps and Colorado pot shop The Clinic partnering with Uber. Each time a new rider enters the promo code “clinicms”, Uber will donate $5 to multiple sclerosis research though the end of year. Read More

  • Greenhouse Raises $7.5M To Engineer How Startups Recruit…Engineers

    Greenhouse Raises $7.5M To Engineer How Startups Recruit…Engineers

    Uber, Pinterest, Snapchat and BuzzFeed all share a not-so-secret weapon in the talent wars: Greenhouse. The recruitment optimization SaaS turns hiring into a science, and guides them through where to source job candidates, what to ask interviews, how to score responses. Now Greenhouse has raised a $7.5 million series A led by Social+Capital Partnership to sell the answers to those questions… Read More

  • BuzzFeed’s Future Depends On Convincing Us Ads Aren’t Ads

    BuzzFeed’s Future Depends On Convincing Us Ads Aren’t Ads

    BuzzFeed makes the majority of its money on ads that pretend to be content, but can it keep up this charade? Or, is the Starbucks-sponsored “10 Summer Emojis That Should Definitely Exist” no charade at all, but actually the future of media that we should just smile and accept? These are the questions that popped out to me from the news that Andreessen Horowitz invested $50 million… Read More

  • Uber Is About To Launch An API

    Uber Is About To Launch An API

    Uber wins when you hit the “Request A Ride” button, so shouldn’t it try to put that button everywhere? It seemed like a smart plan, so I did some digging and now sources confirm to me that Uber plans to launch an API soon. Google Maps was just the start. While it’s not clear what the exact functionality will be, the Uber API could potentially let partnered developers… Read More

  • Nanomedicine Company MagForce Takes $15M From Thiel’s Mithril Capital

    Nanomedicine Company MagForce Takes $15M From Thiel’s Mithril Capital

    MagForce injects iron oxide nanoparticles into a patient and then vibrates them with a magnetic field to generate heat that helps kill cancer cells. It sounds like science fiction but it’s real. That’s why Peter Thiel‘s late-stage investment firm Mithril Capital just led a $15 million investment into MagForce’s new American subsidiary that values it at $65 million. Read More

  • ‘Survivor’ Creator Conrad Riggs Hired To Produce A ‘House Of Cards’ For Amazon Prime

    ‘Survivor’ Creator Conrad Riggs Hired To Produce A ‘House Of Cards’ For Amazon Prime

    To fight Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video needs must-see TV you can’t get anywhere else. That’s why a source confirms that Amazon has hired Conrad Riggs, co-creator of Survivor and The Apprentice, “to make their House Of Cards.” Netflix credited “House of Cards” with providing “a halo effect on our entire service” that included subscriptions… Read More

  • Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

    The conundrum of mobile is you either use one convenient app that is mediocre at doing many things, or you have to discover and hop between a flotilla of single-purpose apps. Vurb wants to solve this for mobile search by aggregating utility from top third-party apps so you can make decisions rather than click links. Today the 2014 Disrupt NY Battlefield winner announced it’s raised a… Read More

  • Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup

    “It makes what’s on Snapchat look old”. That’s the glowing review one teen gave Sup, a new app that lets you video stream your life to a friend 10-seconds at a time. But the hook is that they tell you what direction to turn or walk, morphing you into a video game they’re playing. Built by the fled founders of Yahoo acquisitions Stamped and Milewise, and backed… Read More

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