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  • Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential

    Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo! seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo!, the company quietly (well, not quite) raised further funding at a $10 million valuation. Read More

  • Yo Has Spawned An Army Of Clones

    Yo, a so-dumb-it’s-smart (?) app now valued at $10 million following its $1.5 million seed funding round, lets you send brief audio messages to friends that simply say “Yo.” I’m not making this up. This is Idiocracy in action, my friends. The buzz around Yo was nearly as deafening as that around Flappy Bird for basically the same reasons: This? This is a thing?!  Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

  • You Say Potato Salad

    You Say Potato Salad

    Imagine missing yesterday as a news day, and meeting today with fresh eyes: You’d wonder why a lot of people were talking about potato salad. And, wow, poor Brazil. If this Kickstarter for potato salad has seen far, it’s because it has stood on the shoulders of giants Yo. Both Yo (an app that literally allows you to say “Yo” to your friends with one tap) and the… Read More

  • Yo | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Yo

    You might have heard of Yo. It’s a new app that has one singular function: it sends the word “Yo” to your friends. The app saw 50k downloads before ever officially launching and has received $1 million in funding. The idea here is that the sender, and the time of day, and the circumstances surrounding the Yo provide enough context to not need anything else. The company… Read More

  • HODOR!

    HODOR!

    Stop. the. presses. Yo, the ridiculously simple messaging app that lets you send a “Yo” to your friends and nothing more, has a new rival. (Or perhaps a more appropriate word would be “parody.”) Introducing Yo, Hodor. As the name implies, this recently launched app offers a different spin on the Yo concept by letting you virtually shout “HODOR!” to… Read More

  • Yo! Hackathon Attempts To Show How Yo Can Grow

    Yo! Hackathon Attempts To Show How Yo Can Grow

    The something-like-a-phenomenon app of the moment, Yo, held a hackathon today in San Francisco in an attempt to prove that there can be more to Yo than just the Yo, yo. One hack that’s already climbed the charts to the number one spot on Product Hunt is YoServerIsDown — created by programmers Jarryd Lee and Hayden Lee. The app, which will send a yo to notify a subscriber when a… Read More

  • French Soccer Fans Can Yo The National Team

    French Soccer Fans Can Yo The National Team

    The jury is still out on if Yo is the future of electronic communication or just a conversation-starting fad, but that isn’t stopping brands getting in on the one-syllable action, as they are wont to do. Read More

  • Study Finds Teens Using Facebook More

    Study Finds Teens Using Facebook More

    In quite the turnaround, it seems Facebook is gaining popularity with young users again. Forrester Research surveyed 4,517 teens, between the ages of 12 and 17, about social media usage and nearly half said that they were using Facebook more than a year ago. Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone, Facebook's Slingshot and Yo | Crunchweek

    CrunchWeek: Amazon’s Fire Phone, Facebook’s Slingshot, And Yo

    This week Colleen Taylor, Kyle Russell, and myself sat around the round table to dig into the week’s news: Should we buy Amazon’s new Fire smartphone? Is Slingshot Facebook’s mobile moonshot? And, of course, Yo. Just Yo. Read More

  • Yo? No.

    Yo? No.

    Growing up – and excuse me for dating myself here a bit – kids were into Swatch watches, jean jackets, stirrup pants, and jelly bracelets. My sister grew up collecting something called “pogs,” which I never understood. Today, kids are more technically oriented. They obsess over iPad-connected toys like Furby, and the never-ending game that is Minecraft. They also like… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, Ink & Slide, And Slingshot

    The podcast is packed this week, with six of us talking over each other about some of the most exciting news of the week. If you didn’t hear, Amazon launched its own smartphone called the Fire phone, complete with special shopping features and 3D effects. Adobe, meanwhile, introduced the Ink and Slide, a digital pen and ruler for artists and designers. And in true Facebook fashion… Read More

  • Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Colbert Weighs In On Yo, Asking Y?

    Last night I had a dream. In it, everyone in the world used just one word: Yo. “Yo” for hello, “Yo” for yes and no, “Yo” for I’m hungry. “Yo” for everything. So imagine my surprise this morning when I wake up to see that Colbert has turned my nightmare into a reality. Read More

  • Yo App Hacked By College Students

    Yo App Hacked By College Students

    A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his roommates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app that has set some (though not all) of Silicon Valley alight in the last 48 hours. [See update below: Yo has confirmed it has been hacked]. The student emailed TechCrunch detailing what he alleges are the results of the hack: “We can get any Yo user’s phone number (I actually… Read More

  • Yo

    Hands On With Yo, The Absurdly Simple Messaging App

    In certain web-obsessed circles, the word of the day today was definitely “yo.” Yo is a ridiculously simple smartphone app that allows you to contact friends with one word messages that say, you guessed it, yo. The app launched on April 1st (no joke) but only really started to pick up viral steam in recent days — culminating in full-on fad status today after a feature in… Read More

  • Yo

    Yo

    Yo. It seems so simple. So mindless. It’s only slightly less boring than “Hey” or “Hi”, if only because of some perceived aggression or excitement attached to it. But Yo is anything but simple. If you haven’t been following along on Twitter, Yo is the hottest new app that will leave you scratching your head. The entire premise of the app is to send other… Read More

  • Shawn Fanning And Sean Parker Are Back With An Ambitious New Project; Investors Abound

    Shawn Fanning And Sean Parker Are Back With An Ambitious New Project; Investors Abound

    Longtime collaborators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are back together working on an ambitious new project, we’ve learned. In 1999, Fanning and Parker introduced the world to Napster. Their music sharing service was absolutely culture changing and ushered in a new wave of excitement about the web. Now, over a decade later, they’re back at it. And the new project is nothing if… Read More