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  • Don’t trust Facebook’s shifting line on controversy

    Don’t trust Facebook’s shifting line on controversy

    Would you tell Facebook you’re happy to see all the bared flesh it can show you? And that the more gratuitous violence it pumps into your News Feed the better? Read More

  • Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down eponymous social network

    Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down eponymous social network

    It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned. Subsequent to that, the small-time Asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this… Read More

  • Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

    Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC

    As the TV show Silicon Valley has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next “product” to be born into this satirical “vertical” is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. Read More

  • Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    Hanging out at Snap’s unremarkable IPO roadshow

    One of the remarkable things about the roadshow presentations for hotly-anticipated IPOs — where they’ll make a pitch to investors and answer questions — is that they are often unremarkable. That seemed about the same case for Snap, which was presenting to potential investors at the Mandarin Hotel in New York this afternoon. Over lunch, a packed ballroom 30 stories up at… Read More

  • Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

    Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

    Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long. Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However, he found fans who were “frustrated” by the difficulty of staying connected… Read More

  • Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More

  • Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava

    Instagram VP Kevin Weil joins board of social fitness app Strava

    If you’re trying to build the Instagram for exercise, it helps to have the guy building Instagram for Instagram. That’s why Strava has added Instagram head of product Kevin Weil to its board of directors. Formerly SVP of product for Twitter, Weil has proven his skills through a rapid set of launches at Instagram, including its surprisingly successful Snapchat Stories clone. Read More

  • WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

    WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

    WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat’s international growth with today’s launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It’s another Facebook-owned Snapchat Stories copycat, but the twist is that it’s end-to-end encrypted like WhatsApp messaging. Read More

  • Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

    Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the U.S. at Spectacles.com. Read More

  • Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan leaves, but not why you think

    Snap ad exec Sriram Krishnan leaves, but not why you think

    Flying from SF to LA every week sucks, and so Sriram Krishnan is leaving a big financial opportunity at Snap to ditch the commute. The former Facebook Audience Network executive spent the last year running Snap’s Ads API and platform, and now he’s leaving. Read More

  • Snap takes aim at Facebook in roadshow video

    Snap takes aim at Facebook in roadshow video

    Snap is about to embark on its investor roadshow as it prepares to go public at the beginning of March. And a new video gives a glimpse at how they will be trying to persuade Wall Street to buy shares. The video starts off with CEO Evan Spiegel emphasizing their mission as a “camera company.” He compares Snap’s video experience to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of… Read More

  • Student job finder WayUp acquires competitor Looksharp

    Student job finder WayUp acquires competitor Looksharp

    WayUp is making its first acquisition — it’s buying the similarly focused Looksharp. Both companies have created job listing sites for college students and recent graduates, but WayUp co-founder and CEO Liz Wessel told me they’re complementary in a rather specific way: search engine optimization — after all, that’s where job seekers usually start looking for… Read More

  • The bull case for Snapchat Crunch Network

    The bull case for Snapchat

    Before I make a product-driven case for Snap Inc. achieving a $100B market cap by 2020, I should note that I’ve been a Snapchat bear for much of the company’s existence. That guy at the water cooler scoffing at Evan Spiegel for turning down Facebook’s $3B acquisition offer and complaining that the Snapchat app violates every principle of user-centric design? Guilty. Read More

  • What Zuck’s letter didn’t say

    What Zuck’s letter didn’t say

    He might not want to run for office any time soon, but Mark Zuckerberg has perfected the time-honored political art of talking a lot without saying anything. In a sprawling letter consisting mostly of feel-good mumbo jumbo and a light sprinkling of feature ideas, the Facebook visionary laid out 5,700 words’ worth of nonspecific stuff that sounds nice. Like fellow Facebook feel-gooder… Read More

  • Facebook plans customizable filters for nudity and violence

    Facebook plans customizable filters for nudity and violence

    Facebook wants to give you the power to define what is and isn’t objectionable, and influence the local defaults of those who don’t choose voluntarily. You’ll eventually be able to select how much nudity, violence, graphic content and profanity you’re comfortable seeing. Read More

  • Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

    Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

    Twitter will no longer notify you about replies in conversations started by people you’ve either blocked or muted, Twitter said today. You will, however, still get notified if someone you follow directly mentions you in the thread. Twitter made this decision after hearing “consistent feedback from the safety community regarding notifications from conversations started by… Read More

  • Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Meetup, the site that helps people organize get-togethers like hiking trips and cooking classes, is taking a very solid political stance in the face of the new administration’s policies here in the U.S. — a move that has angered Trump supporters, who are deleting their accounts and calling for a boycott. While Meetup’s platform is open to anyone on both sides of the… Read More

  • Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    The short answer for why Snap lowballed its initial valuation for its initial public offering is that it probably won’t be that low for long. Normally these prices are set by expectations the underwriters and executives can divine from their conversations with Wall Street. It’s essentially a matching game — how does Snap and its underwriters figure out where to price the… Read More

  • Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter is putting online bullies in “time out.” As one of the company’s many new anti-abuse measures, users whose accounts have been identified engaging in abusive behavior will have the reach of their tweets temporarily restricted. During this time, the abuser’s tweets will only be shown to their followers, Twitter says. The change was spotted by BuzzFeed and… Read More

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