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  • Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

    Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

    Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald Trump. As Sarah Perez reported here yesterday, Twitter users were bewildered as to why they were forced to follow the Trump @POTUS account, and many accused Twitter of doing the new administration’s… Read More

  • A Twitter glitch autofollowed some users to Trump’s @POTUS by mistake

    A Twitter glitch autofollowed some users to Trump’s @POTUS by mistake

    A number of Twitter users tonight are claiming their accounts have somehow automatically followed the Twitter accounts, @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP – now in the hands of the Trump administration – even though they had never followed the White House accounts, had unfollowed these accounts before the transition, or had the accounts blocked. This appears to be a glitch related to… Read More

  • Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

    Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

    U.K. startup Lobster is gearing up to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace, as it closes a £1 million Series A. It’s expecting to have closed out the round next week, with 85 per cent of the funding committed at this point and only its decision on the last few investors outstanding. Read More

  • Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it also has taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by offering tools to export videos, both online and in its app. Today, in another move to… Read More

  • President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS

    President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS

    It’s official. As of about an hour ago Donald Trump is the 45th President of The United States of America. One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump. And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over. The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter’s latest feature tries to identify your BFF

    Twitter thinks it has identified your BFF. The company is currently testing a new feature that will highlight the tweets from a select, single account that Twitter thinks you’ll want to see. Yes: a single person’s tweets will get their own special spot on your timeline. The feature is similar to Twitter’s “In Case You Missed It…” which rounds up the tweets… Read More

  • Snapchat embraces offline purchase ad targeting its CEO called “creepy”

    Snapchat embraces offline purchase ad targeting its CEO called “creepy”

    Snap Inc.’s quest to earn enough money to IPO sees it flip-flopping after pledging not to use “creepy” ad targeting. Snap will now allow advertisers to use Oracle’s Data Cloud (formerly Datalogix) third-party data about what users buy offline to target ads on Snapchat, according to The Wall Street Journal. Snap tells TechCrunch that this rolled out over the last few… Read More

  • Tandem is a messaging app where language learners chat

    Tandem is a messaging app where language learners chat

    Shortly after downloading the Tandem app I’m trying to explain the finer points of using the English auxiliary verb ‘will’ in a messaging chat with Juan, 35, from the Dominican Republic… Read More

  • Vertigo lets friends listen to the same music in real time

    Vertigo lets friends listen to the same music in real time

    Developers have long tried (and mostly failed) to give users a social media platform that centers around music. Apps like DubSmash and Musical.ly have risen above the rest, but a brand new app called Vertigo is looking to mix it up. What’s interesting about Vertigo is that the app lets you share music with a plus one, your core group of friends, or to the public on a beat-for-beat level. Read More

  • Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

    Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

    Just under two years ago, Facebook introduced a web interface for its private chat application, Messenger. Now, Facebook is integrating that same web app into the desktop version of Facebook, where it replaces the older messaging experience. The change has been spotted by a number of users in multiple markets – including TechCrunch staff in the U.S. and Europe – which… Read More

  • Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

    Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

    Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5… Read More

  • Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the side

    Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the side

    Slack has spent most of its life as a dead-simple workplace communications tool, with small changes happening here or there. But to keep things dead simple means that you have to be very careful when you decide to make any big changes — even if it’s something users have wanted for a long time. Today, Slack is finally starting to roll out one of those major changes in threaded… Read More

  • DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift, which taps and structures data from social networks to provide more insights into it, has added a new partner to its own network. The company has linked up with LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with 467 million users that was acquired by Microsoft recently for $26.2 billion — to help develop a stronger marketing profile for LinkedIn by parsing its… Read More

  • Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations

    Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations

    There have been rumors for a while about Twitter preparing to retire its commerce operation. Now it looks like the company has finally started to wind down its partnerships in confirmation of that fact. Customers of e-commerce platform Shopify are receiving notices informing them that the Twitter sales channel is getting shut down “as a result of the Twitter team pivoting way from… Read More

  • Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine Camera

    Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine Camera

    Vine as we know it is dead. Today Twitter turned off sharing, liking, commenting and revining in Vine, and released its successor, Vine Camera, as an app update on iOS and Android. It has also discontinued the Vine Windows Phone app. For now you can still open the old Vine app if you don’t update, where you can view your old feed and profile, and download your videos. But Twitter confirms… Read More

  • Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a camera

    Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a camera

    Twitter itself will take Vine’s place as a social network for short videos. To prep for tomorrow’s Vine shutdown and rebirth as Vine Camera, Twitter now automatically loops all videos shorter than 6.5 seconds. That’s not just clips posted from Vine Camera, but any tiny video, including ones saved from other apps like Snapchat. [Update: Vine has now turned off sharing and… Read More

  • An NFL player went on Facebook Live from the locker room and nothing good happened

    An NFL player went on Facebook Live from the locker room and nothing good happened

    Yesterday after the Steelers upset the Chiefs in an AFC playoff game, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to go on Facebook Live from the locker room to celebrate with his fans. And the fans loved it – he went live for 17 minutes and had almost 900,000 views within just a few hours, before the video was deleted. A player using technology to celebrate directly with his fans… Read More

  • Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

    Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter… Read More

  • Understanding our new president’s priorities through Twitter Crunch Network

    Understanding our new president’s priorities through Twitter

    While President-elect Donald Trump built a campaign around making America great again, his public statements don’t seem to reflect a similar focus. Because Twitter seems to be the primary source of communication, it’s worth taking a look to see what Mr. Trump prioritizes for the public. Read More

  • Facebook takes its fake news fight to Germany

    Facebook takes its fake news fight to Germany

    Facebook is expanding its trial of measures to combat fake news beyond the U.S. for the first time — and will shortly be rolling out the updates in Germany. In a blog post yesterday the company said it will be introducing the updates to the market “in the coming weeks”. Read More

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