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  • Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline Crunch Network

    Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual Messaging: Thinking Outside The Timeline

    If you are following the battle of the short messaging systems, you might think it is a one-dimensional contest between the systems that maintain your chat history for all time – like Twitter and Facebook – and the so-called disappearing messengers – like Snapchat – where messages vanish after being read. Read More

  • A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

    A Conversation With Michael Lopp, Pinterest’s Head Of Engineering

    About a year ago, Michael Lopp joined Pinterest as the company’s head of engineering — filling in the leadership of the engineering side next to co-founder Evan Sharp and CEO Ben Silbermann. Much of his role, since joining, has been to help teams at Pinterest, which consist of units of engineers, designers and product managers, mesh and work well together. Lopp comes from both… Read More

  • Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

    Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

    Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company’s early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest. She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT as creative director. She’s… Read More

  • Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

    Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

    35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that it’s testing a new tool that lets users log in to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t. It could ease frustrations for users while boosting… Read More

  • Facebook Won’t Be An ISP, But Built An Internet-Shooting Drone For Carriers

    Facebook Won’t Be An ISP, But Built An Internet-Shooting Drone For Carriers

    Facebook today detailed plans for its solar-powered, laser-connected, Internet-beaming Aquila drones, but confirmed it’s not going to compete with Internet Service Providers. “Our intention is not to be an operator” Facebook’s VP of engineering Jay Parikh told an assembly of reporters. “We’re not going to be ‘Facebook ISP.'” Read More

  • A Silly Look Inside The Mario Maker Level Hackathon At Facebook HQ

    The latest perk of working at Facebook: getting to play the new Nintendo game Super Mario Maker a month before it comes out. Yesterday, Facebook hosted a hackathon where 100 employees built their own levels using Mario Maker. The game lets you make your own obstacle courses for the plumber using elements from Mario 1, 3, and Super Mario World. Teams competed for whose level was best. We… Read More

  • The Argument For Investing In True Fan Engagement Crunch Network

    The Argument For Investing In True Fan Engagement

    Following the launches of brand-centric services on sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+, social media was the place for businesses to acquire new users and engage their fans. This seemed like an efficient way to get exposure: Businesses could essentially “rent” a spot on Facebook, much like a small shoe brand could rent a store in the mall to take advantage of… Read More

  • Chat App Line’s Revenue Falls For First Time Amid Struggle For Global Growth

    Chat App Line’s Revenue Falls For First Time Amid Struggle For Global Growth

    Mobile messaging app Line saw its revenue decrease quarter-on-quarter for the first time as the Japanese company battles to grow its user base amid increased competition worldwide. The company, which saw its monthly active user count rise by 6 million to 211 million, posted revenues of 27.8 billion JPY ($224 million) for Q2 2015. That represents a 37 percent year-on-year increase, but a 1… Read More

  • Caller ID App Truecaller Is Raising $100M At A $1B Valuation

    Caller ID App Truecaller Is Raising $100M At A $1B Valuation

    Communications apps that strike a chord with users across different markets are hot property these days, and it looks like another one of them may soon enter the so-called unicorn club. TechCrunch has learned that Truecaller — a caller ID app that now has 150 million users — is looking to raise around $100 million at a $1 billion valuation. We’re hearing that Truecaller… Read More

  • Facebook’s Playbook For Monetizing Messenger And WhatsApp

    Facebook’s Playbook For Monetizing Messenger And WhatsApp

    With 700 million Messenger users, investors are eager to see Facebook earn money on the platform. But Zuckerberg put the brakes on those expectations today during the Q2 earnings call, explaining that Messenger and WhatsApp will run the same monetization playbook as Facebook and the News Feed: Get people organically interacting with businesses before you let companies pay to reach… Read More

  • Amazon Now Lets Prime Users Pay Money To Easily Pay More Money Easier

    Amazon Now Lets Prime Users Pay Money To Easily Pay More Money Easier

    Amazon Prime has become Amazon’s way of getting cool stuff into people’s hands quicker, to the tune of an annual $99 subscription. You can get packages faster, access video content and more. It’s definitely worth it. The latest Prime promotion allows members to get their hands on the Amazon Dash dongles, which let you order more of whatever item you want. For yet another… Read More

  • With 450M Users, Facebook Events Is Primed For A Standalone App

    With 450M Users, Facebook Events Is Primed For A Standalone App

    Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook Events has hit global scale with 450 million active users, while noting that Groups now has 850 million. Facebook hasn’t shared a user count for Events in a long time, if ever. Read More

  • Yahoo Shows Off Its New Livetext Messaging App

    Yahoo unveiled a new app today called Livetext, where users can send each other video and text — but no sound. To get a sense of how it works, we spoke to Yahoo’s Arjun Sethi (formerly co-founder and CEO of MessageMe), and we had a short little livetext session. He also explained the opportunity he sees in taking the audio out of video messaging: Read More

  • Facebook Beats In Q2 With $4.04B Revenue, User Growth Slows To 3.47% QOQ To Hit 1.49B

    Facebook Beats In Q2 With $4.04B Revenue, User Growth Slows To 3.47% QOQ To Hit 1.49B

    People aren’t using Facebook less, according to its new earnings report. Facebook recovered from last quarter’s miss, beating the street’s estimates in Q2 2015 with $4.04 billion in revenue and $0.50 earnings per share. Facebook now has 1.49 billion monthly users, up 3.47 percent quarter over quarter, which was a bit slower than Q1’s 3.6 percent growth. Read More

  • Michael Lopp And The Future Of Engineering At Pinterest

    Michael Lopp And The Future Of Engineering At Pinterest

    Michael Lopp’s job at Pinterest is to basically make sure he doesn’t have anything to do all day. As head of the company’s engineering efforts, Lopp, a compulsive counter who has been at Pinterest for a year and 30 days, has to ensure like the rest of the leadership that all of the teams building Pinterest are meshing and that he can effectively delegate certain tasks. Read More

  • Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives

    The idea of Apple Music struck fear in the hearts of listeners like me. The company had enough money to buy exclusives that could fracture and balkanize the world’s music catalog. The problem with exclusives on services like Tidal or Spotify is that only the tiny percentage of people who pay for their subscriptions can hear these songs when they want. It could have been the same… Read More

  • Yahoo Unveils Its Audio-Free Video Messaging App, Livetext

    Yahoo Unveils Its Audio-Free Video Messaging App, Livetext

    Yahoo has officially announced Livetext, an app where users chat with friends by sharing video and text — but no sound. A couple of weeks ago, we spotted the Livetext app in the Apple App Store in Hong Kong. At the time, Yahoo declined to comment, except to say that it’s “always experimenting with new product experiences.” Read More

  • VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    VR Chat Room AltspaceVR Raises $10.3M To Sell Virtual Events

    Pay-Per-Virtual Reality could become a thing thanks to AltspaceVR. The VR chat room and communication platform just raised $10.3 million to give us a digital place where we can hang out. But with this funding, which brings AltspaceVR to $15.7 million, comes a need to devise a business plan. While AltspaceVR is focused on growth now, its co-founder and CEO Eric Romo tells me it could… Read More

  • Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery

    Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery

    Two Twitter employees announced their departures right before the company’s second-quarter earnings dropped today. The first, Christian Oestlien, was a VP of Product Management focused on growth. Oestlien came from Google and spent about two years at Twitter. Read More

  • Twitter Monthly Active Users Crawl To 316M, Dorsey: “We Are Not Satisfied”

    Twitter Monthly Active Users Crawl To 316M, Dorsey: “We Are Not Satisfied”

    Twitter reported that its monthly active user count has reached 316 million, up a paltry 15 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, and up from 308 million in the preceding quarter. The company indicated that it sees 80 percent of its monthly actives as monthly mobile actives. Its interim CEO, Jack Dorsey, addressed the lack of audience growth by saying this: Our Q2 results show good… Read More

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