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  • Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started forcing users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone. Facebook tells… Read More

  • Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    Rising Share Prices Could Ignite A New Tech Acquisition Spree

    In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back. Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade. Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More

  • Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

    The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. Bolt, a new app from Instagram, is expected out this week, we’re hearing. Meanwhile, the original Bolt’s founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring Instagram to reconsider its name choice to avoid… Read More

  • On The Importance Of Forgetting

    On The Importance Of Forgetting

    The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

    It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch. No one thought Facebook’s earnings would be this good. They set revenue per user records around the world, and… Read More

  • How Informed Consent Has Failed

    How Informed Consent Has Failed

    “That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California has implications far beyond the holding of that case. In rejecting the government’s… Read More

  • Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

    Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More

  • Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

    Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

    Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday’s earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday’s pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a share, then set a new record at $76.74. Now, shares are trading at $75.13. In other words, Facebook’s market capitalization is… Read More

  • Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

    Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

    Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On the back of a strong Q2 report, Facebook stock is at an all-time high in after-hours trading. It’s been creeping up for the last hour… Read More

  • Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2

    Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how… Read More

  • Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

    Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More

  • Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

    Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official

    Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000. Read More

  • Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

    Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

    Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Events, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can view them later. While Save doesn’t cache content behind links like Pocket or Instapaper… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

    Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

    Facebook is trying out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebook would be charging businesses for the feature eventually, it said “it was not disqualifying… Read More

  • Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game

    Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game

    Facebook is continuing its onslaught of new app rollouts, but this time you likely won’t be able to use what they launch; Mentions is a brand new iPhone app out today that is only available to verified parties using the social network, including “actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers,” with the end goal of getting them involved in discussions and message threads… Read More

  • Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

    Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

    Just as the FCC has approved a plan to invest $2 billion into U.S. schools to improve WiFi, Facebook is taking a step to improve WiFi for students in their homes. Today the company is announcing a pilot in North Carolina to provide free WiFi-based internet access to students’ homes. The project, focused around Forest City,  is being rolled out in cooperation with Rutherford County… Read More

  • Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

    Mozilla Launches Improved JPEG Encoder

    Mozilla today announced the launch of the latest version of its mozjpeg image encoder for JPEG files. The new version is already being tested on facebook.com, and Facebook donated $60,000 to Mozilla to continue its work on this project. When it comes to image formats on the web, PNG and JPEG are pretty much the only game in town. Over the years, firms like Microsoft and Google have… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar. But an even more lucrative opportunity could be bringing these “out-app purchase” ads to mobile. Read More

  • Facebook Tests Android L-Style Lock Screen Notifications

    Facebook Tests Android L-Style Lock Screen Notifications

    A new update for the test group of Facebook for Android users briefly enabled lockscreen notifications, at least for new message activity, before a later update today seems to have disabled the feature. The notifications looked very similar to the lock screen notifications Google showed off at I/O this year, one of the new upcoming features of Android L, the next major update for… Read More