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  • Sympler Aims to Make Video Remixing Easier

    Sympler Offers An Easy Way To Create Fun, Music-Centric Videos

    Co-founders Ben Jenkins and Alexander Kane swung by the TechCrunch office recently to show off Sympler, their new video app for iOS. Asked why the world needs yet another app for creating videos on your iPhone, Jenkins argued that “the ones that are out there aren’t really helping people do it.” Specifically, apps like Vine and Instagram don’t tackle video editing… Read More

  • Unseen, An Anonymous Photo Sharing App For Colleges, Raises $2.1 Million

    Unseen, An Anonymous Photo Sharing App For Colleges, Raises $2.1 Million

    An Austin-based company called Bearch has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its anonymous photo-sharing app Unseen, which has been trending on college campuses. Investors in the round include Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf, Indeed.com CEO Rony Kahan, CEO of Woodbolt International Doss Cunningham, and several other angel investors. Read More

  • Why #Ferguson Wasn’t Trending For Some Social Media Users Last Night

    Why #Ferguson Wasn’t Trending For Some Social Media Users Last Night

    As the situation worsened for a fifth night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, where protestors were met with rubber bullets and tear gas, journalists were arrested, and many were asking how something like this could happen in America, a number of people following the events in real-time on social networks like Facebook and Twitter had a few questions of their own. For starters… 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

  • Camoji Lets You Create And Send Animated GIFs Via iMessage

    Camoji Lets You Create And Send Animated GIFs Via iMessage

    An iOS application called Camoji, which lets you create your own animated selfies and other GIFs, will be your new favorite toy. Like a number of mobile messaging applications that have come out in recent weeks, Camoji is designed primarily to work with iMessage, as opposed to attempting to establish its own messaging platform that would compete with giants like WhatsApp or Facebook… Read More

  • IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC Agrees To Work With Regulators On Cyberbullying Protections Following Ask.fm Deal

    IAC-owned search company Ask.com has acquired the beleaguered anonymous Q&A social network, Ask.fm. The news was first reported by The New York Times this morning, and IAC and Ask.fm have also confirmed to TechCrunch. Alongside of the deal, IAC has inked an agreement with the attorneys general of New York and Maryland, who have outlined policies to try to curb cyberbullying on Ask.fm… Read More

  • Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, The App That Organizes Phone Contacts By How You Know Them, Is Now In The App Store

    Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today. Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to… Read More

  • Spiral Hopes To Nail Location-Based Communities

    Spiral Hopes To Nail Location-Based Communities

    A new app called Spiral could change the way we connect with the people and places around us. The idea is pretty straightforward: users see a newsfeed of posts near them, and can add their own updates, and comment on other people’s posts. Users can adjust their geographic filters to see posts from a larger or smaller radius. Read More

  • Facebook Now Tells Advertisers When Ads Lead To Purchases Across Devices

    Facebook Now Tells Advertisers When Ads Lead To Purchases Across Devices

    Facebook announced today that it will be giving advertisers a new report showing how often ads drive users to buy the advertised product on a different device. The company says that to gather cross-device conversion data, it’s combining information gathered by the Facebook Conversion Pixel (which tracks desktop web conversions) and mobile apps that use the Facebook SDK. With the new… Read More

  • Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

    As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More