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  • Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia Raises $17M To Help Businesses Tap Into Social Location Data

    Geofeedia, a startup that pulls real-time, location-based data from social media, has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Co-founder and CEO Phil Harris said the company “invented a new way of organizing social data” — most other analytics tools allow businesses to look at the data based on things like keywords and hashtags, while Geofeedia is focused on location. The… Read More

  • Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Pinterest. Instagram. Tumblr. The future of the web is visual, but how does anyone make money on that? By understanding what’s in the images people post and connecting them to where you can buy what you see. That’s Curalate’s job. The image recognition marketing startup just raised $27.5 million led by NEA, bringing it to $40 million in total funding. Read More

  • Yahoo Signals Its Core Business Could Be For Sale By Exploring “Strategic Alternatives”

    Yahoo Signals Its Core Business Could Be For Sale By Exploring “Strategic Alternatives”

    Well, we sort of expected this one to happen. After its core Internet business has continued to flounder, Yahoo says it is now exploring “strategic alternatives,” which could imply a number of things — including selling off its core business to another company, as was previously reported. “The Board also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives, in… Read More

  • Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously

    Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously

    Twitter announced two updates today that should make it easier to use for logged-out users — a group of people the company has generally not taken as seriously as it should. First of all, Twitter is now rolling out its updated homepage, which makes it easier for logged-out users to drill into interesting messages, pictures and videos on the platform without having to sign up for it, to… Read More

  • Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    $0.32. That’s the tiny amount Facebook used to earn off each user in the developing world at the beginning of 2012. It was understandable. Many of the citizens of India, Brazil, and Mexico don’t have a lot… Read More

  • Alphabet Becomes The Most Valuable Public Company In The World

    Alphabet Becomes The Most Valuable Public Company In The World

    Today was a huge day for Alphabet — the first day it finally broke out its “other bets” in its earnings report — and boy did the company not disappoint. The company smashed expectations on both ends, bringing in $21.3 billion in revenue and earnings of $8.67 per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of $8.09 on $20.8 billion in revenue. And with that, Alphabet… Read More

  • Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Korea’s Kakao is making a big change to Path eight months after acquiring the social app. Path people can now message each other inside the app, rather than having to open the separate Path Talk app. It could be a move to invigorate users, and streamline the product. While building an entire companion app for chat worked for Facebook, splintering users between Path and Path Talk might… Read More

  • To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    Until now, Facebook ranked stories in News Feed with an emphasis on what you click, Like, comment on and share. But thanks to insights from new qualitative surveys where users gave each feed story one to five stars, Facebook is now leaning heavily on a second signal — what you want to see. That could reduce the visibility of stories with sensational headlines, or that overtly beckon you… Read More

  • Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos. Just last week, Live… Read More

  • Inside Parlio: Egyptian Activist Wael Ghonim’s New Platform For Social Change

    Wael Ghonim is an activist who helped spark the Egyptian Revolution, a wave of protests and demonstrations in Egypt that were part of the Arab Spring, and which helped overthrow the long-reigning Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Ghonim, who worked for Google at the time, used social media to unite Egyptians and create the movement in his country and was jailed for it. Thanks to social media… Read More

  • Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Get ready for the big Live streaming showdown. Finally we’ll see who’s approach wins: Twitter and Periscope with a separate app and replays that can only be watched for 24 hours, or Facebook Live with its feature integrated into the popular social network and allowing replays to live on permanently. After 5 months of tweaks and slow rollouts, today Facebook is opening its Live… Read More

  • Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat is ready to colonize the web with profile URLs that deeplink into its app and let you instantly follow someone. That makes it simple to add friends and celebrities so you fill your feed with content that keeps you coming back. By swiping down from the Snapchat camera to the profile screen, hitting ‘Add Friends’, and then selecting ‘Share Username’, you can… Read More

  • Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly

    Tinder users will now have better chatting tools, thanks to an upgraded messaging experience in the mobile dating app. Amid a flurry of changes that began rolling out last night to the iOS application, and soon Android, Tinder added support for sending your matches GIFs. It also upgraded the size of emoji in chat and also now lets you “like” the individual messages you received from… Read More

  • Beef Twitter

    Beef Twitter

    Why do we allow ourselves to be dragged into pointless, likely fruitless, micro-arguments on Twitter? Is it because the pithy length lends itself to misunderstanding? Perhaps the ego has a hand — no one likes to be called out publicly by peers in the same network, especially when you know everyone you both know can see. Then there’s good old fashioned obstinance. Read More

  • Accel Leads $10M Series A For JobToday’s Service Industry Hiring App

    Accel Leads $10M Series A For JobToday’s Service Industry Hiring App

    Can a smartphone messaging app replace the age-old CV in the service industry sector? That’s the premise driving European startup JobToday, which is targeting the fast flow of service and blue collar workers with a mobile app that aims to speed up and simplify the hiring process. It’s today announcing a $10 million Series A round, led by Accel, along with participation from… Read More

  • Facebook Spikes 12% After Smashing Q4 Earnings

    Facebook Spikes 12% After Smashing Q4 Earnings

    Facebook shares are spiking today, and were up as much as 13 percent after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings. The culprit? Once again, the company completely crushed expectations for its operating quarter. Facebook brought in $5.841 billion in revenue and earnings of 79 cents per share, compared to earnings of 68 cents per share and $5.37 billion in revenue. Read More

  • Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    Social Investing Startup SprinkleBit Raises $10M

    SprinkleBit, a startup that helps you invest with guidance from friends and experts, has raised $10 million in new funding from GTC. It’s not a new idea to tap into the wisdom of the crowd to do better on the stock market, but SprinkleBit offers a unique tool called the Value Prediction Index, or VPI — each stock gets scored based on whether the community thinks its price will… Read More

  • Facebook Hits 100M Hours Of Video Watched A Day, 1B Users On Groups, 80M On Fb Lite

    Facebook Hits 100M Hours Of Video Watched A Day, 1B Users On Groups, 80M On Fb Lite

    Everything at Facebook seems to be growing, according to Mark Zuckerberg’s Q4 earnings call comments. Facebook now sees 100 million hours of daily video watch time. There are 1 billion monthly users now users on Groups, up from 925 million at the close of Q3. 80 million people use Facebook’s stripped down app Facebook Lite for the developing world’s slow connections, up from… Read More

  • Facebook Climbs To 1.59 Billion Users And Crushes Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue

    Facebook Climbs To 1.59 Billion Users And Crushes Q4 Estimates With $5.8B Revenue

    By courting users and ad dollars in the developing world, Facebook continued its growth streak. It hit 1.59 billion users today and crushed the street’s estimates in its Q4 2015 earnings with $5.841 billion in revenue and $0.79 earnings per share. That’s up from 1.55 billion users and $4.5 billion in revenue last quarter. Even with Q4 being the holidays, that 29.8% QoQ revenue… Read More

  • Quora Turns 80M Visitors Into Q&A Bounty Hunters With Knowledge Prizes

    Quora Turns 80M Visitors Into Q&A Bounty Hunters With Knowledge Prizes

    Quora is going to let companies pay cash to incentivize great answers to their burning questions. It’s a forceful way to squeeze private insights into its public question and answer site, which has quietly grown to 80 million unique visitors — 50% in the US and 15% from India. Read More