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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • Privately Takes An Ephemeral Sharing Pitch To Telcos

    Privately Takes An Ephemeral Sharing Pitch To Telcos

    A Swiss spin-out startup from security firm Kudelski has relaunched its controlled social photo-sharing app, rebranding it as Privately. The earlier timebombing iOS app — called Secret.li — also let users share visually encrypted photos on mainstream social networks in an ephemeral way, choosing to have the photos disappear after a pre-set interval. Read More

  • Listen Carefully

    Listen Carefully

    There are lessons to be drawn from how people are talking about the technology services they are interacting with. Not just in general terms — whether they like or dislike a service and so on; but what more subtle linguistic signifiers might be expressing on their behalf. What reactions might be evident in language choice before those feelings are being consciously articulated as… Read More

  • Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat’s newest feature could turn Our Stories into hip, visual back channels by locals for locals only. The company is currently experimenting with a version of its normally public, big event Our Stories that feature Snaps from a certain location that can only be seen by people nearby. Today it’s running one called “TGIF” that only pulls in Snaps from, and shows them… Read More

  • Foursquare Accounts No Longer Required For New Users

    Foursquare Accounts No Longer Required For New Users

    Foursquare has just made an update to the app that allows new users to onboard without creating an account, finally allowing the app to be used as a discovery-first tool. Since its launch years ago, Foursquare was a location-based social network that allowed users to track their favorite spots and share them with friends. This framework called for a privacy policy, which require each user to… Read More

  • Rockbot’s Jukebox App Can Automatically Add Songs When You Walk Into The Room

    Rockbot’s Jukebox App Can Automatically Add Songs When You Walk Into The Room

    When you walk into a bar, restaurant, or other venue with Rockbot, the virtual jukebox can now add one of your favorite songs to the playlist without any effort on your part. Backed by Universal Music Group, Google Ventures, and others, Rockbot actually got its start at San Francisco’s Bar Basic, one of the go-to hangout spots for TechCrunch’s SF team. The startup has already… Read More

  • Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    You know what’s more fun than swiping right on Tinder? Actually hooking up. That’s why new dating game The Catch tries to by-pass the chat phase and get you and your prospective bae to meet up. The Catch is like a digital version of the old 60’s TV show The Dating Game. It goes like this: Women set age and location preferences, browse guys’ profiles on The Catch… Read More

  • Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    *Zing* *Shring* *Bloop* No, these aren’t comic book fight sounds. They’re the new noises Facebook’s app makes as you navigate. The idea seems to be that these little tones will make browsing Facebook more fun and subtly convince you to use the app more. After discovering the sounds in the Facebook for iOS app, I asked Facebook and it confirmed the news to me, saying… Read More

  • Groupon Q4 Beats Street On Sales Of $925.4M, EPS Of $0.06, But Posts Weaker Outlook For Q1

    Groupon Q4 Beats Street On Sales Of $925.4M, EPS Of $0.06, But Posts Weaker Outlook For Q1

    Groupon, the daily deals platform that has been making an effort to widen its business into local commerce and more mobile services, appears to be turning is ship around. Today, the company posted Q4 earnings with a 20% rise in Q4 revenues to $925.4 million on non-GAAP EPS of $0.06 and GAAP EPS of $0.01 — results that handily beat analyst estimates. Analysts were expecting revenues… Read More

  • This Facebook Bug Allowed Anyone To Delete Your Photos

    This Facebook Bug Allowed Anyone To Delete Your Photos

    How many photos do you have on Facebook? How many of those are photos you never thought to back up? This just-disclosed Facebook bug would have allowed for anyone with a bit of technical know-how to delete any photo on Facebook. Fortunately, the guy who discovered the bug (Laxman Muthiyah of India) was quick to give Facebook a heads up — and for his troubles, he got a $12,500 bounty. Read More

  • Insightpool Acquires Next Principles For Smarter Selling On Social Media

    Insightpool Acquires Next Principles For Smarter Selling On Social Media

    Social marketing company Insightpool has acquired a startup called Next Principles. Insightpool bills itself as a “the social relationship intelligence platform,” which basically means that it can identify social media influencers and suggest ways that a marketer might connect with them. Next Principles, meanwhile, has developed what it calls a “Smart Sense”… Read More

  • You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

    You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

    Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a “legacy contact” who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die. Legacy Contact_ChoosePreviously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial page. But now if you’ve set a legacy contact, that person… Read More