Josh Constine

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  • 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

  • Oculus Rift Consumer VR System Pre-Orders Start Later This Year, Ships Q1 2016

    Oculus Rift Consumer VR System Pre-Orders Start Later This Year, Ships Q1 2016

    Oculus is ready to sell virtual reality to the public, almost 3 years after it Kickstarted its first developer kit. Today Oculus announced that “the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.” The new version will support but seated and standing VR experiences. The vaguely worded announcement (below) from the Facebook-owned company… Read More

  • On Piracy, Periscope CEO Says “There’s Way More Media Attention Than Problem”

    On Piracy, Periscope CEO Says “There’s Way More Media Attention Than Problem”

    “Nobody wants to watch Game Of Thrones on Periscope” says the Twitter-acquired startup’s co-founder and CEO Kayvon Beykpour. Despite widespread reports of Periscopers using the mobile live-streaming app to pirate HBO’s epic fantasy series and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Beykpour says it’s not a good experience and piracy is not that prevalent. Read More

  • Snapchat Tries To Jumpstart Discover By Letting You Send Clips To Friends

    Snapchat Tries To Jumpstart Discover By Letting You Send Clips To Friends

    Snapchat’s Discover feature feels like the awkward guy in a nice suit at a casual party. Discover’s professionally made content from CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, and others is too polished to be naturally bolted onto the app. But Snapchat’s not giving up on Discover despite reports that viewership is down 30 percent to 50 percent since its launch in January. Today… Read More

  • Ron Conway Says Each Engineer Hired Creates Four Entry-Level Jobs

    Tech companies aren’t bad for cities, argues SV Angel’s Ron Conway. He says that each time a tech company hires an engineer, they end up hiring four additional entry-level workers to support them. That implies that when startups grow, it’s not just high-skilled computer programmers who benefit. In this talk backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Conway discusses his thoughts on… Read More

  • Is Your Marijuana Growing / Testing / Delivery / Vaporizer Startup Idea Genius Or Half-Baked?

    Everyone seems to have a marijuana startup idea. Snoop Dogg even raised a venture fund to invest in them. But would you believe it? Coming up with business plans while you’re high is not a fool-proof way to get rich! According to two experts, many of the opportunities are so crowded with competitors that you’d first have to invent a time machine and go back three years. Read More

  • How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

    How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

    QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content. Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering. You often needed a special QR code reader app which might fail to recognize the little robot tattoos on the first try. By the time you found your QR app… Read More

  • DroneBase Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

    DroneBase Lets Any Business Rent A Drone And Pilot

    You don’t want to own a drone. Or learn to fly a drone. Or hire someone full-time to fly a drone. And you definitely don’t want to pay for a helicopter, plane or satellite. You just want some aerial photos or videos of your work site, real estate or infrastructure. Now, thanks to DroneBase, you can get the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles without the hassle. Read More

  • Secret Shuts Down

    Secret Shuts Down

    [Update: Secret has confirmed it will shut down and give investors back their money] Anonymous sharing app Secret will shut down soon, according to sources close to the company. The announcement could be made as soon as today or tomorrow, and there’s some talk of current employees receiving modest severance packages. Having raised $35 million, it’s unlikely that the company is out… Read More

  • Periscope Saw Over 1 Million Sign-Ins During Its First 10 Days

    Periscope Saw Over 1 Million Sign-Ins During Its First 10 Days

    Twitter today gave the first official news about the growth of its live-streaming video acquisition Periscope, with CEO Dick Costolo saying more than 1 million people signed in to the app in the first 10 days after its official launch on March 26. The public is closely watching Periscope’s growth, as it’s in a heated battle with independent competitor Meerkat for the mobile… Read More

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