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  • Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

    Snapchat Steps On Twitter’s Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live

    Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone’s feed, regardless of location. Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story (or, thread of snaps) from a single event. The product first launched back at Electronic Daisy Carnival, and then went on to Rio, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. Read More

  • Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

    The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. These rumors hold that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the inevitable Snapchat movie (“The Sexting Network”?). According to people familiar with Microsoft, there… Read More

  • DSTRUX Brings Self-Destructing Files To iOS

    DSTRUX Brings Self-Destructing Files To iOS

    We’ve all had those moments when we share a picture or document with a friend but suddenly you’ve lost control and they’re showing it to everyone they know. It works the same on social media — once a tweet, a Facebook post or email is sent, there’s no going back. 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

  • Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat Is Now The #3 Social App Among Millennials

    Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials, according to a recent report by comScore which finds that Snapchat has 32.9% penetration on these young users’ mobile phones, trailing only Instagram (43.1%) and Facebook (75.6%). That means the app is more popular than Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Google+ or Tumblr among the millennial demographic, which comScore… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot’s First Update Makes It Conversational With Reactions To Reactions

    Facebook Slingshot’s First Update Makes It Conversational With Reactions To Reactions

    Facebook’s standalone photosharing app Slingshot is sidestepping its core “reply-to-unlock” mechanic by letting people send reactions to reactions that are instantly viewable, thanks to its first update for iOS and Android that just went out. This solves Slingshot’s biggest problem: the inability to carry on a normal conversation. Finding friends is easier now too thanks… Read More

  • Snapchat VP Of Engineering Peter Magnusson Departs Startup After Just 6 Months

    Snapchat VP Of Engineering Peter Magnusson Departs Startup After Just 6 Months

    Snapchat’s VP of Engineering, Peter Magnusson, has left the company only six months after the L.A.-based startup was able to poach him away from Google. Magnusson was a particularly high-profile win for the ephemeral messaging app maker, as he had previously headed up Google’s App Engine, a cloud-based platform that counts Snapchat as one of its largest customers. Read More

  • Snapchat, In Talks With Alibaba, Joins The $10 Billion Valuation Club

    Snapchat, In Talks With Alibaba, Joins The $10 Billion Valuation Club

    Snapchat’s decision to reportedly rebuff Facebook’s $3 billion acquisition offer doesn’t look as silly today: according to a new report from Bloomberg out this morning, the ephemeral messaging application may now be valued at $10 billion dollars, as it continues talking with investors, including Alibaba, about a new round of financing for its growing business. This is not… Read More

  • Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snappay?¬†Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space under the Snapchat name. After being tipped… Read More

  • Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

    Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility

    Snapchat has added a new feature to its app starting today that will offer special image filters depending on your location. All you need to do to activate them is swipe right from the preview screen after you take a photo, and you’ll receive a text or graphic sticker overlaid on your pic. The location-based filters were drawn up specifically for locations in LA and NYC to begin with… Read More

  • Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    You can watch the World Cup final game on ESPN or Univision, but Snapchat is transporting all its users to Brazil today through clips of people celebrating in the streets or cheering from the stadium. With this¬†bold test of its new collaborative Our Story feature, people in Rio De Janeiro can submit snaps to Riolive2014 which are curated by Snapchat into a feed anyone around the world can… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook Slingshot Goes Live Worldwide

    Facebook’s new Slingshot messaging app, the one that forces friendship through a special reciprocation mechanic, has today launched worldwide. Originally, the app was only available in select areas. Slingshot is another poke at Snapchat, which has proven to be a real threat to Facebook, especially given that Snapchat doesn’t rely on Facebook or integrate with their APIs in any way. Read More

  • Snapchat Snags Facebook’s Mike Randall As Monetization VP

    Snapchat Snags Facebook’s Mike Randall As Monetization VP

    Facebook may be stealing Snapchat’s features, but Snapchat is stealing Facebook’s employees, including a new one who could help it begin to make money. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has just signed Mike Randall, the Global Director of Facebook’s Preferred Marketing Developer program, as its new VP Of Business And Marketing Partnerships. Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    A Tale Of Two Patents: Why Facebook Can’t Clone Snapchat

    Facebook released Slingshot, its second attempt at an impermanent sharing app, last Tuesday. The app borrows heavily, in concept and features, from Snapchat, as well as smaller startups like Frontback and Look. There’s just one problem: Facebook may be violating Snapchat’s patent, “Single mode visual media capture” that was approved over a year ago. Read More

  • Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream

    Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream

    What does it feel like to be a massive music festival? Nothing like a glossy livestream of the mainstage. Much more like Snapchat’s new Our Story feature, a curated channel of user submitted photos of videos from all around a big event. I was there last night at Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, an 140,000-person dance music festival where Snapchat piloted Our Story. I can vouch that… Read More

  • Facebook Slingshot Review: Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

    Facebook Slingshot Review: Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

    Facebook Slingshot’s core mechanic ‘reply to unlock’ makes sharing a fun game or an annoying chore depending on how you look at it. The new standalone photo and video mass-messaging app is delightfully designed, but much of it still feels like Snapchat with a layer of polish, years late. The question is whether Slingshot holding content hostage will lure people in, or if… Read More

  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else. So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS and Android, an app where friends send you photos and videos, but you have to reply with your own before you can see them. “Everyone is a creator and no one is… Read More

  • Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Last year, Snapchat took its first big iterative step with the launch of Stories, which let users string together all of their snaps from the latest 24 hours into a single, fluid narrative. The company has since gone on to add text and video chat, transforming it from a simple photo-sharing app into a full-fledged messaging platform. And today, Snapchat is digging even deeper with the… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More