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  • A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    If you haven’t heard of a fairly new twist on investing called special purpose vehicles (SPVs), you probably aren’t an institutional investor or a wealthy individual with direct ties to either a venture firm or a high-flying startup like Pinterest or Postmates. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the opportunity to invest in one. Investors may find they weren’t worth… Read More

  • Blinkset Shows You All Of The Coolest Stuff As Quickly As Possible

    Blinkset Shows You All Of The Coolest Stuff As Quickly As Possible

    In the land of the tiny attention spans the app that shows images as quickly as possible is king. That’s what Blinkset does: it flashes “what’s trending” past your face at “hyperspeed,” a prospect that should make even the most plugged among us wonder just where humanity is headed. Luckily Blinkset kind of makes sense. Because we can all process information… Read More

  • Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data In The United States

    Facebook Sees 23% Spike In Law Enforcement Requests For Data In The United States

    Facebook revealed it received 23 percent more requests from law enforcement between January and June 2015 than in the second half of 2014. From January to June 2015, Facebook received a total of 17,577 law enforcement requests, targeting 26,579 users and accounts. From July to December 2014, the company received 14,274 requests affecting 21,731 accounts and users. Read More

  • Facebook No Longer Counts Third-Party Apps And Still Has 1.55 Billion Users

    Facebook No Longer Counts Third-Party Apps And Still Has 1.55 Billion Users

    Some say Facebook inflates its monthly active user count by including people who shared from or used a Facebook-connected third-party app. But today Facebook quieted those critics with a 10-Q update to its SEC filing that says it now only counts people who used Facebook or Messenger directly. That means the 1.55 billion user count it gave yesterday on its earning report is real. Twitter and… Read More

  • Google Photos Hits 100 Million Monthly Active User Milestone

    Google Photos Hits 100 Million Monthly Active User Milestone

    Google Photos broke free of Google+ in May, and in the five months since, it has amassed 100 million monthly active users, the team shared today. That puts it on par with Snapchat, which was around 100 million the last time it shared numbers. During its hardware event last month, Google shared that 50 billion photos had been uploaded already, which is equally impressive. The idea is that… Read More

  • How Facebook Moments Is Solving The “Other People’s Photos” Problem

    How Facebook Moments Is Solving The “Other People’s Photos” Problem

    Could Facebook’s experimental group, Facebook Creative Labs, finally have a hit on its hand with its private, photo-sharing app Facebook Moments? The early data looks promising. The app, which lets you get photos from friends and share photos in return, while also organizing them privately on your phone for safe-keeping, seems to have solved one of the long-standing challenges with… Read More

  • WedPics Team Releases Photo, A Collaborative Photo-Sharing App For iOS, Android And Web

    WedPics Team Releases Photo, A Collaborative Photo-Sharing App For iOS, Android And Web

    The makers of the popular social app for weddings, WedPics, is today launching a new app for social-photo sharing in an effort to retain customers after the big day has wrapped. The sister app, simply called “Photo,” is meant to serve as an extension or companion to the company’s flagship application, offering couples and their guests a way to continue to take and share… Read More

  • Snapchat Gives Up On Original Content, Axes ‘Snapchat Channel’

    Snapchat Gives Up On Original Content, Axes ‘Snapchat Channel’

    According to a report by Deadline, Snapchat is having massive second thoughts about producing its own content. A team of around 15 ran what was called the “Snapchat Channel,” which was going through a reimagining. That apparently led to not a relaunch, but a shutdown. The team has been let go. Read More

  • Instagram Hits 400M Users Just 9 Months After Announcing 300M

    Instagram Hits 400M Users Just 9 Months After Announcing 300M

    Today, Facebook-owned photograph-centric social network Instagram announced that it has hit 400 million users. This comes just nine months after announcing that it hit the 300 million mark. Read More

  • Boz Led Facebook To Conquer Mobile Ads. He’ll Tell Disrupt SF How To Adapt

    Boz Led Facebook To Conquer Mobile Ads. He’ll Tell Disrupt SF How To Adapt

    Facebook has become the supermassive black hole of mobile. It’s sucking every other business towards it, from publishers to small businesses to app developers. At this point, you ever figure out how to play nice with Facebook, or fade into the void. That’s why TechCrunch is bringing Facebook’s ad czar Andrew “Boz” Bosworth to Disrupt SF. He’s going to break… Read More

  • Talking (About Tech Diversity) Is Hard

    Talking (About Tech Diversity) Is Hard

    In the past seven years, diversity in tech has gone from a “nice to have” to a “need to have” to a “desperately need to have”, which is the state we are in now. And though we’ve made some progress, whether it’s more women and people of color being considered for CEO roles, more of us being vocal about our right to be treated as competent members… Read More

  • The  American Library Association Lost Control Of Their Facebook Page This Weekend

    The American Library Association Lost Control Of Their Facebook Page This Weekend

    Getting hacked is bad news… unless you’re a bunch of librarians. For three days “hackers” took over the American Library Association’s Facebook page and posted an endless stream of clickbaity articles and spam. The hackers had control of the page for three days and everything was returned to normal on Monday. The librarians made the best of a bad situation by… Read More

  • NFL’s Twitter Video Deal Came And Its Deal With Facebook Went

    NFL’s Twitter Video Deal Came And Its Deal With Facebook Went

    Today, the WSJ reported that the NFL’s video test with Facebook ended “quietly” earlier this year. The publication also referred to it as a “partnership,” a term that is used very loosely in business, especially here in the Valley. The test involved promoting Verizon-sponsored, NFL-related clips within people’s news feeds with post-roll ads. We’re… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook’s New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos

    Facebook Moments, the social network’s recently launched photo-sharing app that aims to address the problem of getting friends to send each other the photos they’ve been hoarding on their own phones, is expanding to video. The app received its first major update today since its mid-June debut, and will now automatically create a video of your shared photos which you can… Read More

  • It’s Time For “The Visual Internet” Crunch Network

    It’s Time For “The Visual Internet”

    One of the amazing accomplishments of the smartphone is how it’s inspired us to take photos and share them — tons of them, with everyone. It’s estimated we have already taken more than a trillion photos in 2015. That would be more snapshots than have been taken in all of photographic history till now. We should be proud. But it isn’t enough to take a photo. We need to… Read More

  • 500px Raises Another $13M To Take On Getty And Flickr

    500px Raises Another $13M To Take On Getty And Flickr

    As Facebook continues to add more advertising features to Instagram, another photo-sharing platform is expanding its commercial and global ambitions with a new round of funding. 500px — a Toronto-based startup where users post and share, as well as buy and sell photos — has raised $13 million. The Series B is led by a strategic investor, the Visual China Group, and included… Read More

  • BitTorrent Shoot Lets You Privately Share Photos And Videos With Friends

    BitTorrent Shoot Lets You Privately Share Photos And Videos With Friends

    A new mobile application from BitTorrent called Shoot wants to make it easier to move batches of photos or big video files between mobile devices – even when you’re sharing between iOS, Android and Windows Phone smartphones. The app’s biggest advantage, beyond its cross-platform support of course, is that it leverages BitTorrent’s Sync technology to move the files. Read More

  • Bundle’s New App Automatically Organizes Photos For You

    Bundle’s New App Automatically Organizes Photos For You

    Organizing our massive photo libraries is a task that a number of startups and big companies alike are still trying to solve. While Google is poised to introduce a new, standalone Photos app at Google I/O this week to address this challenge, a new Amsterdam-based startup called Bundle has also now launched an app focused on helping users automatically group photos together into albums and… Read More

  • Flickr Now Recognizes What’s In Your Photos, Revamps Site, Search And Apps

    Flickr Now Recognizes What’s In Your Photos, Revamps Site, Search And Apps

    Flickr today is rolling out a revamped version of its website, software applications for desktop and mobile, as well as its search service, in what’s perhaps the biggest update since the company’s decision to increase users’ free storage space on its photo-sharing site to 1 TB back in 2013. The new series of upgrades are focused on making every aspect of the service easier to… Read More