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  • 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

  • Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    Live Video Is The New Clickbait

    The arms race for eyeballs online has a new weapon: live video streaming, a la Meerkat and Periscope. This type of content is innately ephemeral. Blink and you’ll miss the stream. It absolutely demands you break away and gawp RIGHT NOW. It monopolizes your attention given its fleeting duration. Read More

  • Tinder’s First Advertisement Is One Big Experiment

    Tinder’s First Advertisement Is One Big Experiment

    This week, Tinder unveiled its first ad in the form of a video promoting Budweiser’s next #Whatever, USA campaign. The video ad will show up for Tinder users the next time they open the app, but much like Instagram’s foray into advertising, Tinder ensures that rolling out advertising on the platform will go slow. Within a few swipes, users will land on Bud Light’s profile with… Read More

  • Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    No one on their death bed says “all the things I could have owned?!” It’s “all the things I could have done?!” The world is shifting from a material culture to an experiential culture. Many of our most prized possessions like photographs and music have become digitized. We now have the Internet to find experiences, devices to capture them, and social networks to… Read More

  • What The Kapors Have Learned From Years Of Working On Diversity in Tech

    What The Kapors Have Learned From Years Of Working On Diversity in Tech

    Almost one year ago, Google released its diversity data, kicking off a wide-ranging industry conversation about why tech companies and venture capital firms are so unrepresentative of the racial and gender make-up of the rest of the U.S. Dozens of other companies followed Google’s suit while the issue of gender in the venture world has been on the front burner with the Ellen Pao… Read More

  • Pinterest Debuts A New “Pin It” Button Designed To Speed Up Bookmarking

    Pinterest Debuts A New “Pin It” Button Designed To Speed Up Bookmarking

    Last summer, Pinterest acquired a visual discovery site called Icebergs, and today that team is showing off what it’s been up to, having since relocated from Spain to San Francisco. While over the past several months, Pinterest’s focus has been on improving search and discovery on its site, the former Iceberg team members have been working to improve the process involved with… Read More

  • LinkedIn Buys Refresh.io To Add Predictive Insights To Its Products

    LinkedIn Buys Refresh.io To Add Predictive Insights To Its Products

    LinkedIn, the social network for professionals with nearly 350 million users, has been making a push into the area of anticipatory computing, where it predicts what kind of information you need to know, when you need it. Today comes the latest development in that strategy: The company has acquired and will be closing down Refresh.io, a startup and iOS app of the same name that surfaces… Read More

  • Rithm Music Messenger Transitions Into A Legit Streaming Service

    Rithm Music Messenger Transitions Into A Legit Streaming Service

    Nearly two years ago, MavenSay pivoted focus away from its main personal recommendations app to something a bit more musical in the form of Rithm. Rithm is a standalone app that lets users send each other music-based messages, with clips from searchable songs, pics, text, and even animated dancing emojis. Today, Rithm is getting an update that transforms it into a lightweight music… Read More

  • Confirmed: Twitter Buys TenXer For Under $50M To Improve Its Tools For Engineers

    Confirmed: Twitter Buys TenXer For Under $50M To Improve Its Tools For Engineers

    Social network Twitter has long been under fire for some of its internal issues when it comes to products and how engineers work to develop and improve them. Now it’s made an acquisition that could help it improve things on that front. TechCrunch has confirmed that Twitter has acquired and will close TenXer, a platform for developers and engineers to work together better. We have… Read More

  • Wix Buys Moment.Me For $10M To Add Social Marketing To Its Website Building Platform

    Wix Buys Moment.Me For $10M To Add Social Marketing To Its Website Building Platform

    Moment.me started life as an app that let users create albums aggregated from pictures and other media posted on social networks, before moving away from that last year to launch a new service building mobile websites for events and another marketing tool for social lead generation. Today, the company is getting acquired in what looks like a play for some of these newer lines of business… Read More

  • Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    You might not have heard of Hudl, but it’s how 100,000 sports teams spent $30 million last year to review game tape on mobile. Hudl never raised institutional funding since starting in 2006, but it’s quietly amassed 1 billion video clips and 3.5 million users across 40 countries. Now it’s ready to trounce its competitors with a jaw-dropping $72.5 million round of funding led… Read More

  • Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Have you ever wanted to have a live chat with 11 of your closest friends? Well, even before this week, you could’ve done it using video chat app Rounds — but only on iOS. Now, however, the majority of Rounds users (namely, the ones on Android) will have access to the company’s group chat feature, too. CMO Natasha Shine gave me a quick demo of the Android app last week… Read More

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