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  • Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App

    It doesn’t look like Facebook’s Paper app for iOS ever caught on with users, but many developers looked toward it as an example of what a modern mobile app could look like. To write Paper, Facebook developed a wide variety of proprietary libraries, and it’s slowly making some of them available to outside developers. Earlier this year, for example, Facebook open sourced the… Read More

  • Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content

    Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content

    Thismoment, a company that helps businesses collect user-generated content for their own marketing efforts, is announcing that it has raised $17.6 million in Series D funding. The company says it can automatically gather content (usually photos and videos) from across social platforms when it’s been posted with a given hashtag. It asks users for the rights to republish those photos… Read More

  • Teen Social Network Let Raises $600K

    Teen Social Network Let Raises $600K

    Let, a teen social networking app with a focus on gamification, is announcing that it has raised $600,000 in seed funding. That’s not a huge amount of money, but the funding is interesting in the context of Let’s history. When I first met founder Pascal Lorne a few months ago, he told me that when when he launched the Let app in fall 2013, it wasn’t reaching the right… Read More

  • Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    Phonio Lets Celebrities Call Their Fans On The Phone, Raw And Unfiltered

    No one feels special for following their favorite musician on Facebook or Twitter. Social media has become impersonal mass media. But Phonio wants to make the celebrity-fan connection as intimate as a call with your best friend. Phonio launches today to let stars ring the cell phones of all their fans at once and talk to them, heart-to-hearts. Celebs offer up their Phonio phone numbers that… Read More

  • Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    Social Commerce App CardBlanc Puts A Shopping Mall On Your Phone

    CardBlanc, a new e-commerce application targeting millennial spenders officially launched today, introducing a financial platform for easier mobile checkout combined with social activity similar to what you’d see on sites like Pinterest or Wanelo. The effort, which involves an iOS app and virtual payment card backed by PayPal, aims to turn product discovery into real-world purchases… Read More

  • Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

    Gruveo, a service that launched last year to allow for fast, anonymous video calling via the web, is now coming to mobile, starting with today’s debut of an iOS application. On the iPhone and iPad, the new app is less focused on anonymity, and more on being able to quickly call another person without having to go through a sign-up process or adding people to your contacts. Read More

  • Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

    If Skype was invented today, what would it look like? This morning, a small team within Skype is attempting to answer that question with the launch of a new video messaging application called Skype Qik, which reimagines how the Skype experience would work if Skype had been built for mobile first. Instead of focusing on live video calls and instant messaging-like chats, Skype Qik is… Read More

  • Facebook Stickers Are Now Available In Comments On Timelines, Groups And Events

    Facebook Stickers Are Now Available In Comments On Timelines, Groups And Events

    Facebook Stickers – the cute, cartoonish images Facebook Messenger users take advantage of to spice up their conversations – are now rolling out to a wider audience. Facebook announced today that stickers will be available on comments found on people’s Timeline posts, Group posts and Event posts. Read More

  • Loopd Launches Location-Tracking Tools For Conferences, With Backing From Tim Draper And Marc Benioff

    Loopd Launches Location-Tracking Tools For Conferences, With Backing From Tim Draper And Marc Benioff

    If you’ve ever finished a busy day at a conference — either manning one of the booths or just as a regular attendee — and then found yourself struggling to remember who the heck you actually talked to, a startup called Loopd may be able to help. The company is officially launching its proximity-based marketing platform today, and it’s also announcing that it has raised… Read More

  • Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

    Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, its Internet.org initiative has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial in Indonesia — the fourth-biggest country for… Read More

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