Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He’s been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Uber Offers get merchants to pay for your ride

    Uber Offers get merchants to pay for your ride

    Uber wants to be your car, and the billboard. It’s turning its frequently used app into a surface for external commerce promotions in hopes of rewarding users with special deals. If Uber will give you $20 off for shopping with its partners, you might stick with it over competitors. Eventually, pushing riders to make purchases could potentially earn Uber referral fees that might boost… Read More

  • Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”: The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to re-orchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

  • Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Hear AI play Beethoven like The Beatles

    Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”. The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to reorchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

  • Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora up 6% on strong earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don’t pay much yet

    Pandora continues to flail as Internet radio becomes just a feature baked into competitors like Spotify and Apple Music, but at least it had strong Q1 2016 earnings today. Pandora pulled in $297.3 million revenue and had $-0.20 Non-GAAP EPS, compared to estimates of $-0.32 Non-GAAP EPS. [Correction: $-0.51 EPS is GAAP, meaning results were a beat, not mixed.] That revenue came from ads… Read More

  • Facebook expects VR will have no material impact on 2016 revenue

    Facebook expects VR will have no material impact on 2016 revenue

    If you think Facebook will get rich on Oculus, you better be patient. Mark Zuckerberg said on the Q1 2016 earnings call he sees VR as a long, long-term bet rather than a way to make a quick buck on 3D games. “This is early and it’s going to take a long time. There’s a lot of hype around this.” He explained that while VR, like AI and Internet connectivity are… Read More

  • Users average 50 minutes per day on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Users average 50 minutes per day on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

    Facebook’s “family of apps” strategy is a wild success. While some might have expected it to roll Instagram into Facebook and leave chat in its main app, keeping Instagram independent and splitting off Messenger into a companion app has helped it solidify itself as more than just a ubiquitous utility, but as a downright addiction. Today on the Q1 2016 earnings call, Mark… Read More

  • Facebook swells to 1.65B users and beats Q1 estimates with $5.38B revenue

    Facebook swells to 1.65B users and beats Q1 estimates with $5.38B revenue

    Facebook continued its winning streak as other tech companies floundered, reaching 1.65 billion monthly users and surpassing estimates in its Q1 2016 earnings report with $5.38 billion in revenue and $0.77 earnings per share. Facebook’s share price climbed more than 8 percent in the moments after earnings were announced, reaching more than $117 in after-hours trading. Revenue was up… Read More

  • Acqui-hire experts Tasman acqui-hired by consulting juggernaut Ernst & Young

    Acqui-hire experts Tasman acqui-hired by consulting juggernaut Ernst & Young

    So you wanna buy a startup? But how do you get the deal signed and roll their team into yours? Consulting behemoth Ernst & Young wants to have the answers and rule M&A advisory services in Silicon Valley. So today it acqui-hired Tasman Consulting, Bay Area specialists in integrating acqui-hires and acquisitions into their new parent companies. Read More

  • Now some Ubers will only wait 2 minutes before charging you, not 5

    Now some Ubers will only wait 2 minutes before charging you, not 5

    Better sprint outside, because now Uber can ditch you if you’re just two minutes late for your ride, or start charging you before you get in the car. Previously, people got a five-minute grace period to get to the car after it arrived, or to cancel their trip after they sent a request. But now, Uber is telling some users to “Request When You’re Ready” or face fees… Read More

  • Snapchat lets you Face-Swap with your camera roll, drops paid replays

    Snapchat lets you Face-Swap with your camera roll, drops paid replays

    Snapchat is done selling you stuff. As of today’s update, every snap can be replayed once, but you can no longer buy extra replays. That means people with more money can’t break the rules of Snapchat any more. Snapchat launched $0.99 replays on top of the one free one you got per day, but along with the shut down of the Lens store that launched in November and closed in January… Read More

  • Why go Live? Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo will tell Disrupt NY

    Why go Live? Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo will tell Disrupt NY

    How will Facebook video change the physics of news publishing, app downloads, commerce, and what we point our phones at? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt NY May 9th to 11th when Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo joins us on stage for a fireside chat. By now, Facebook’s likely hit 10 billion video views per day. In a few short years, it became an 800-lb gorilla big enough to stand… Read More

  • Facebook’s News Feed is changing again to prioritize sites you actually read

    Facebook’s News Feed is changing again to prioritize sites you actually read

    Facebook says it learned that the actions people take on Facebook — liking, clicking, commenting or sharing a post — don’t always tells the whole story of what is most meaningful to them, so just when you were starting to get used to the way Facebook shows your News Feed, it’s time for another shake-up. Read More

  • Sean Parker relaunches Airtime, a video chat room for watching – together

    Sean Parker relaunches Airtime, a video chat room for watching – together

    Social networks make us lonely, and messaging feels transactional. There’s still no vibrant, real-time place to hang out with friends online. That’s why four years after Sean Parker’s chat roulette website Airtime fell flat, he’s reviving it as a mobile chat room where friends can share photos, music, and videos that they all experience simultaneously. Launching on iOS… Read More

  • Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

    Mindie does with soundtracks what Instagram did with filters: It makes boring imagery interesting. And with the insane amount of video that teens are sharing, the music-video-making app seemed too useful to die when its creators shut down Mindie in December. So Mindie’s technology is getting dug out of its grave thanks to an acquisition by Shots, the selfie app turned comedy feed backed… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone

    Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone

    Jump on the party line or hear the voices of your whole family with Facebook Messenger’s latest feature. Rolling out globally over the next 24 hours on Android and iOS for free, users can start a group VoIP audio call from any group chat. Just tap the Phone icon, select which of the group chat members you want included and they’ll all receive a Messenger call simultaneously. If… Read More

  • Magic Instruments replaces traditional guitar strings with buttons

    Press a button, play a chord on Magic Instruments’ digital guitar

    90% of people who try to learn guitar quit in the first year. So when Brian Fan wanted to start strumming out lullabies for his baby daughter, he reinvented the instrument itself. Suddenly, a single finger on a button could replace four on different strings, and anyone could learn to play popular songs in a few minutes. Meet the Magic Instruments Rhythm guitar. It might look like a toy video… Read More

  • Instagram launches personalized video feed and themed channels in Explore

    Instagram launches personalized video feed and themed channels in Explore

    Instagram wants to show you the best videos without completely destroying the sanctity of your main feed, so today it overhauled the Explore page with a slew of new video channels. Most importantly, there’s a personalized “Videos You Might Like” feed that draws from across the network. There’s also themed, hand-curated channels, like one for Coachella, and feature… Read More

  • Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus demos a VR selfie stick

    Oculus wants to let you go anywhere in the world instantly, look like yourself, and even take a photo while you’re there, and today it demoed how at F8. Watch the demo of Facebook and Oculus’ 360 photo spheres, virtual reality selfie stick, and personalized avatars below: To show how social VR could work, Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer strapped into Oculus in San… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers

    Today Snapchat revealed its new 3D stickers that can be pinned to objects in a video and stick with them no matter how they or your camera move. Add an emoji face to your pet as it walks around, or give the moon sunglasses that grow with it as you zoom in. By bringing augmented reality to the masses, 3D stickers could unlock new creativity. They’re rolling out today on Android and… Read More

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