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  • Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business

    Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business

    In the push for more revenue growth, Twitter has been building up its business in areas like advertising and commerce, but a move made late Friday night points to another area where the company is setting its sights: big data analytics. Twitter announced that it will be terminating agreements with third parties for reselling firehose data — the unfiltered, full stream of Tweets and… Read More

  • Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat wants to usurp Instagram as they way to share Coachella Music Festival adventure. So today it revealed a new style of Geofilters that change throughout the day to tell friends what they’re looking at. Rather than just a generic “Coachella” illustration that can be overlaid on photos or videos all day, Snapchat has different ones for each Coachella band that are… Read More

  • BitTorrent Opens Beta For Maelstrom, Its New Take On A Distributed Web Browser

    BitTorrent Opens Beta For Maelstrom, Its New Take On A Distributed Web Browser

    BitTorrent, the company that builds and operates peer-to-peer tools for people to distribute digital files and communicate with each other, is today making an advance on its latest attempt to tackle how we interact online. Maelstrom, BitTorrent’s web browser built on decentralized, P2P architecture, is now in beta. Maelstrom first opened a limited alpha in December 2014, and since… Read More

  • The High Score Selfie

    The High Score Selfie

    Well, it had to happen, if it didn’t already. Two-person indie game developer Nerd Agency has unleashed the ‘high score selfie’. The feature, which can be seen in the startup’s latest iOS game, Boom Bunny, lets you take a photo of yourself with your high score superimposed and — you guessed it — share it on social media. “We were seeing people… Read More

  • Lobster Wants To Be The Google Of User Generated Content

    Lobster Wants To Be The Google Of User Generated Content

    Lobster, a marketplace for licensing user-generated content, is now launching a universal search feature that allows brands and publishers to search for user-generated content across multiple social platforms. The search functionality allows users, usually corporate marketers, digital agencies or publishers, to run a search across various social media for specific imagery and then request… Read More

  • Stanza Raises $4.3M To Bring More Communication And Marketing To Your Calendar

    Stanza Raises $4.3M To Bring More Communication And Marketing To Your Calendar

    An “Add-to-Calendar” button might not sound the most exciting foundation for a startup, but the team behind Stanza sees the button as a new way for organizations to reach their fans, customers, and team members. The company, known until today as SpotOn.it, is announcing that it has raised $4.3 million in seed funding from Metamorphic Ventures, Founder Collective, Tekton… Read More

  • ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    ‘Foursquare For Stoners’ App Lets You Share Your Buzz

    Truly the bounty of technology’s cup overfloweth. Cannabis smokers of the world wishing they could share their buzz with others can do so via an anonymous geolocation app called Who Is Happy, on iOS and Android. Read More

  • SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    Audio streaming platform SoundCloud, now on the road to monetizing more of the tracks on its platform through ads and paid subscriptions, is adding a key partnership into the mix to help track what gets played and when: it is now working with Zefr to identify content posted and listened to on the platform. Today’s announcement is light on detail — Zefr notes in a statement… Read More

  • European Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Heads To Court In Vienna

    European Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Heads To Court In Vienna

    A class action data privacy lawsuit that’s being brought against Facebook in Europe — for participation in the NSA’s PRISM dragnet surveillance program, among other alleged data protection violations — gets its first preparatory court hearing today in Vienna’s Regional Cou Read More

  • U.S. Teens’ Social Media Activity Is Diversifying, Says Pew

    U.S. Teens’ Social Media Activity Is Diversifying, Says Pew

    Anyone in tech can tell you that Actual Teens are hallowed ground. Where teens’ tastes wander, the industry froths itself into a frenzy attempting to follow. For teens are a bellwether of dollar valuations to come. So what are American Teens keen on right now? A new report by the Pew Research Center delves into the tech that matters to the kids that matter. Read More

  • Brooks Buffington And Tyler Droll Will Yik Yak From The Disrupt NY Stage

    Brooks Buffington And Tyler Droll Will Yik Yak From The Disrupt NY Stage

    Yik Yak launched just over a year ago, and in that short time, the app has become a household dormhold name among young people. The social network, which acts like a hyperlocal, anonymous Twitter, was born out of the Southeast from founders Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll. After hitting up nearby college campuses, the duo found fast success as the app spread from school to school and… Read More

  • Betaworks’ Latest Homescreen Update Looks To Fix App Discovery

    Betaworks’ Latest Homescreen Update Looks To Fix App Discovery

    The App Store is broken. Even though the number of apps and developers and downloads goes up each year, the browsing experience for the consumer has remained largely the same, meaning that the vast majority of apps go entirely undiscovered. This could explain why Facebook’s ad revenue from mobile apps is up more than 50 percent as of last year. Betaworks’ Homescreen app (and… Read More

  • Sprinklr Buys Get Satisfaction To Add Customer Feedback To Its Social Media Platform

    Sprinklr Buys Get Satisfaction To Add Customer Feedback To Its Social Media Platform

    Sprinklr, the social media management company that vaulted into the “unicorn club” last month after it raised $46m on a $1b+ valuation, is making an acquisition to expand into a new area, customer feedback. It is buying Get Satisfaction, makers of a platform that lets businesses connect with customers online and get feedback on their sites. Terms of the deal have not been… Read More

  • Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Will Recommend Good Restaurants At Disrupt NY

    Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Will Recommend Good Restaurants At Disrupt NY

    Foursquare is one of the biggest names in tech. But at the ripe old age of six, the company has made significant changes to the way that it does business with the split of Foursquare and Swarm into two separate apps. In the midst of such a dramatic shift, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to invite Dennis Crowley, Foursquare cofounder and CEO, to the Disrupt NY stage in… Read More

  • Now You Can Embed Images And GIFs From Imgur

    Now You Can Embed Images And GIFs From Imgur

    If you’re an online writer or publisher and you want to include a picture from Imgur, it’s now easy to do so in a totally legit way — thanks to the image-sharing site’s new embedding capabilities. In other words, the company says that when you’re looking at any public image or GIF on Imgur, there will now be an embed option in the “Post Options” menu… Read More

  • Yumm.com Shares Its Last Supper

    Yumm.com Shares Its Last Supper

    Social bookmarking site for recipes, Yumm.com, has hit the deadpool. A note on the website thanks users for their input but says the numbers no longer stack up for operating as a business. Read More

  • Vine’s Jason Mante Will Speak At Disrupt New York

    Vine’s Jason Mante Will Speak At Disrupt New York

    Twitter launched its newly acquired Vine service all the way back in January of 2013, and over the course of that two years, we’ve never actually had anyone from the company on our Disrupt stage. But that’s about to change. In May, we’ll be joined by Jason Mante, head of user experience at Vine, on the stage at Disrupt New York to discuss all things Vine, mobile video… Read More

  • Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

    Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

    A startup called Kifi is rolling out a new tool that allows you to automatically save all the links you tweet in order to create a personalized search engine that includes those links as well as others it recommends based on what you’ve already shared. Called “Kifi for Twitter,” the company describes the new feature as something of a deep search engine for Twitter because… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More