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  • Sean Parker And Shawn Fanning’s New Social Video Startup Airtime Staffs Up For Launch

    Sean Parker And Shawn Fanning’s New Social Video Startup Airtime Staffs Up For Launch

    A few weeks ago at SXSW, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning briefly mentioned — during a talk about another company they co-founded, Napster — that they were working on a new social video startup called Airtime. Now it looks like the company is gearing up for launch. Airtime now has a website and a Facebook sign-up button for early access. And it is hiring. Read More

  • Chatroulette Parts With Private Parts, Looking For A New Look

    Chatroulette Parts With Private Parts, Looking For A New Look

    Chatroulette is plotting another comeback! The Russian website that allows complete strangers to jump from one awkward random video chat to the next was all the rage among the Web’s tastemakers in the first half of last year, but it seems like everyone’s now pretty much moved on. The fact that the site was – and is still – frequently used by creeps who couldn’t… Read More

  • Q&A With Geoff Cook: How We Solved The Chatroulette Porn Problem

    Q&A With Geoff Cook: How We Solved The Chatroulette Porn Problem

    At the end of last year, social networking site myYearbook shifted its focus more towards games and introduced a live video chat feature which could have completely backfired. But instead of turning into the next Chatroulette, the site has managed to keep the unwanted live porn vids to a minimum. While Chatroulette still has an estimated nudity rate of 1 in 50 videos, myYTearbook was able to… Read More

  • Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification

    Chatroulette Posts Lawyer's Notes In Privacy Policy For Your Entertainment And Edification

    Note to startups: Don’t publish your lawyer’s notes about the various ways you may or may not profit off of user data. Video chat site Chatroulette  seems to have just done just that with its privacy policy, publishing lawyer’s notes like … “[Andrey, does Chatroulette intend to share the personally identifiable information of users with third party companies… Read More

  • Pick Or Skip Is Chatroulette, With Pants

    Pick Or Skip Is Chatroulette, With Pants

    For the small percentage of our readers who do not enjoy a random penis sighting, comes Pick or Skip, a cleaned-up version of Chatroulette. The idea behind the new site was to build a safe and more structured experience on top of the random connection/conversation aspect that made Chatroulette such a craze last year. Read More

  • Rounds.com Adds Some Chatroulette To Its Facebook App, With A Twist

    Rounds.com Adds Some Chatroulette To Its Facebook App, With A Twist

    Many a video application maker claims to have built a ‘Chatroulette for Facebook’, meaning an app that enables random video-chat connections between Facebook users in real-time. Rounds.com also has such an app, but offers a bit more than just video-based meetings between random people. Already at 335,000 monthly active users and counting, Rounds’ Facebook app now boasts a… Read More

  • Chatroulette Gets A New, Weird Revamp

    Chatroulette Gets A New, Weird Revamp

    Forgotten for months after an extended period of downtime did not result in any noticeable improvement, everyone’s favorite video chat site, Chatroulette has come up with the following solution to its problem of declining usership: Skins! After following a cryptic tweet from the Chatroulette Twitter account (“chatroulette is back ! a new face chatroulette.com”) down a… Read More

  • Google Zeitgeist 2010: iPhone Beats Android, Twitter Beats Facebook, Chatroulette Beats All

    Google Zeitgeist 2010: iPhone Beats Android, Twitter Beats Facebook, Chatroulette Beats All

    It’s now nearly the end of the year, and you know what that means: end-of-the-year lists. Apple has just released a bunch, and now Google has too. As they do every year, Google has unveiled their “Zeitgeist 2010“. And they have some nifty interactive data visualizations once again — and now they’re in HTML5. Google singles out the Olympics, the World Cup… Read More

  • MyYearbook Introduces Realtime Social Gaming With Video Chat

    MyYearbook Introduces Realtime Social Gaming With Video Chat

    In general, the key driver of social networking so far is games on Facebook. But most of those games aren’t social in the way that playing Monopoly or cards with your friends and family over the holidays is social. MyYearbook, which is a small but profitable social network focussing on younger teenage users, is going to try to make online games more social by getting its members to… Read More

  • Even Merton Hasn't Been On Chatroulette In Months

    Even Merton Hasn't Been On Chatroulette In Months

    Internet phenomenon Merton, who forged his career playing piano for strangers on Charoulette, took the stage at the NewTeeVee conference today to talk about the profound effect of online video on his life. Along with revealing that he is now committed to his infamous hoodie and glasses disguise because Internet fame has turned him into a public figure, Merton lamented the decline of the… Read More

  • MapCrunch: It's Chatroulette Meets Google Street View

    MapCrunch: It's Chatroulette Meets Google Street View

    If Google Street View and Chatroulette mated and gave birth to a lovechild, it’d look a lot like MapCrunch. For the record, this is not a TechCrunch network site, and would have probably been better off with a name like MapRoulette or StreetviewRoulette or something. Either way, if you want to be taken to a random location on Google Street View (in North America, Europe, Asia or… Read More

  • vChatter Launches A PG-Rated Version Of Chatroulette

    vChatter Launches A PG-Rated Version Of Chatroulette

    vChatter, a popular video chat application on Facebook, is taking on Chatroulette today, launching a “family-friendly” video chat standalone site. vChatter, which attracts 2.5 million active monthly users on Facebook, has been able to filter out the Chatroulette penis problem, because account activity is tied to the user’s Facebook identity . And the vChatter consistently… Read More

  • Chatroulette Goes Limp, Again

    Chatroulette Goes Limp, Again

    At the risk of flogging a dead horse: Chatroulette is currently down. Again? Yes, again. This time, no promises of an updated and redesigned version launching ‘tomorrow’ or ‘shortly’. If you’re lucky enough to even get the website address to resolve, you’ll be looking at a nice ‘403 – Forbidden’ or ‘500 Internal Server Error’… Read More

  • Chatroulette Gets It Up: V.2 Is Now Live

    Chatroulette Gets It Up: V.2 Is Now Live

    The transformation is now complete. Our favorite random video chat site Chatroulette has gone through a redesign over the past week and is now back up, in what founder Andrei Ternovskiy and those who believe in second chances hope will be a more nudity-free i.e. more monetizable version. The “renewed and updated” Chatroulette is reportedly one of many recent efforts at shaking… Read More

  • HighStranger Is Chatroulette, For Stoners

    HighStranger Is Chatroulette, For Stoners

    So I’ve been waiting for the new Chatroulette to go up for three days now and no dice. In the meantime I’ve been getting a slew of emails and tweets from people trying to get me to switch over to their to their random “chat with strangers” services (Hi Omegle!). However none have been particularly compelling, UNTIL NOW. We’ve been running in stealth for the past… Read More

  • Chatroulette Couldn't Get It Up

    Chatroulette Couldn't Get It Up

    At one point the Chatroulette V.2 anticipation was so thick over at TechCrunch HQ that even we were, how you say, premature. But not as premature as the folks over at Chatroulette themselves, who ominously lured us in yesterday in with, “The experiment #1 is over for now. Thanks for participating – Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow” and… Read More

  • Can Chatroulette Get It Up Again?

    Can Chatroulette Get It Up Again?

    You probably haven’t noticed (unless you’ve been reading TechCrunch), but Chatroulette is down. A message on the live, random video chat site says that “experiment #1 is over now” and that a completely new version of the site will launch later today. Chatroulette took the world by storm in the beginning of the year, showing amazing viral growth as the… Read More

  • Chatroulette Taken Down. Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2

    Chatroulette Taken Down. Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2

    Chatroulette, the service that lets strangers meet over video, has been taken down. A message reads “The experiment #1 is over for now. Thanks for participating – Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow.” We’ve also heard, but haven’t confirmed, that Napster founder Shawn Fanning has broken ties with the company and is no longer… Read More

  • Horror Film Finds Actual Business Use For Chatroulette

    Remember the Blair Witch Project? With its campaign for The Last Exorcism, Lionsgate Films has taken the amateur video horror film idea to the next level, proving that there’s a way to use Chatroulette as more than just a medium where you can see strangers get naked and watch Ben Fold’s covers. The ad (which has received 339, 743 views thus far), cleverly spoofs… Read More

  • Sean Parker: The Next Social Movement Is All About Live And Chatroulette Is There [Video]

    Sean Parker: The Next Social Movement Is All About Live And Chatroulette Is There [Video]

    Today at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA host David Kirkpatrick sat down with Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker to talk about what comes after the social revolution. Both Parker and Hoffman made it clear that they don’t think social is going anywhere anytime soon. So Kirkpatrick asked what the most interesting social opportunity is that Facebook isn’t directly involved… Read More