Apps

  • Benchmark: We should have sued Kalanick sooner

    Benchmark: We should have sued Kalanick sooner

    The saga between the powerhouse venture firm Benchmark  and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick continues. Following last week’s lawsuit revelation, Benchmark penned a public letter to Uber employees explaining why it is taking legal action against Kalanick, who remains on Uber’s board and controls two other, empty board seats. Read More

  • Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Google is going all in on universal app campaigns

    Two years ago, Google launched universal app campaigns to make it easier for developers to easily promote their iOS and Android apps across its various platforms. This has turned out to be such an effective service — thanks in large part to the company’s advances in machine learning — that Google is moving all app install campaigns to UAC over the rest of this year. Read More

  • Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Poncho weather service picks up $2.4 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Poncho, the betaworks-backed weather service, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Ventures. Poncho launched out of betaworks the same year as Giphy and Dots, and uses SMS and email to bring the news to you in an entertaining way. The premise is simple. Instead of having users seek out their own information via weather apps and being bombarded with numbers like… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

    TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

    TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less than a month away at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This year’s lineup includes a stellar group of speakers, including Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann, Golden State Warriors superstar forward (and also investor) Kevin Durant, Forerunner Venture’s Kirsten Green and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun. Read More

  • Snapchat now lets you Pikachu yourself

    Snapchat now lets you Pikachu yourself

    Snapchat is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to introduce a new Pikachu filter to the app. The official Pikachu filter applies the electric mouse’s trademark rosy cheeks, pointy ears, black nose and big eyes to faces in the app, and when users open their mouth the iconic Pikachu cry rings out as an animated version of the characters leaps into frame. The Pikachu filter is a… Read More

  • Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

    Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings

    Snap, the Snapchat parent, has had a very difficult ride in the stock market since debuting in March. After pricing its IPO at $17 and then reaching highs of $27, the company has fallen to less than half that. After losing 14 percent of its value in a single day’s trading, Snap closed Friday at $11.83. Read More

  • Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

    Plasticity wants to help chatbots seem less robotic

    Y Combinator backed Plasticity is tackling the problem of getting software systems to better understand text, using deep learning models trained to understand what they’re reading on Wikipedia articles — and offering an API for developers to enhance their own interfaces. Read More

  • SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

    SoundCloud saved by emergency funding as CEO steps aside

    SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss stays as chief product officer. Read More

  • Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

    Sleeperbot is the best place to host your fantasy football league this season

    Sleeperbot, which has raised about $2M in seed funding from Birchmere VC and Expa, and boasts hundreds of thousands of users, calls itself Slack for sports. It’s essentially an app (and website) that lets sports fans have conversations around different subjects they’re passionate about. These discussions happen in channels – some of which are created by the company and… Read More

  • Popular writing app Ulysses switches to subscription model

    Popular writing app Ulysses switches to subscription model

    Ulysses is one of the most popular apps for writers. It lets you write, edit, organize, sync and export all your writing in a single, unified interface. That’s why it’s interesting to see that it is switching to a subscription-only business model. I’ve already written about Ulysses a few times. It’s a rock-solid, well-designed writing app for iOS and macOS. It relies… Read More

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