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  • Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape

    Workplace by Facebook begins to take shape

    Workplace by Facebook has been in general release for just two months now, but it’s clear that Facebook has big plans for its enterprise social product. Just this week, at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, the company announced a new platform to integrate enterprise applications with Workplace, putting it in direct competition with Slack, the enterprise social darling of the moment. Read More

  • Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers makes its official mobile debut

    Yahoo Answers has officially launched on mobile. As TechCrunch reported last month, Yahoo’s experimental app code-named Yahoo Hive had been rebranded as Yahoo Answers Now — a move that indicated Yahoo’s plans to bring its desktop Q&A site to the App Store. However, at the time, the app still required an invite in order to test it out — that restriction… Read More

  • Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook corrects more metrics affecting ad reach, streaming reactions, plus Like & Share counts

    Facebook today announced it’s correcting a few more issues with its metrics in areas like audience estimation for ads, live video reaction counts and its Like and Share buttons. Though the fixes are referencing several of Facebook’s more high-profile products, the issues being addressed aren’t as significant as the ones Facebook identified earlier in 2016, when it discovered… Read More

  • Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first noted by The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning. In a statement to TechCrunch, Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik… Read More

  • BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed hires Gilad Lotan as VP of data science

    BuzzFeed has a new vice president leading its data science team. Gilad Lotan has a long résumé in the field, having most recently served as chief data scientist at New York-based startup studio Betaworks, and before that working in data-related roles at SocialFlow, Microsoft and Endemol. Publisher Dao Nguyen told me that this is a new role at BuzzFeed — the closest equivalent being… Read More

  • Sheryl Sandberg: “People don’t want to see hoaxes on Facebook”

    Sheryl Sandberg: “People don’t want to see hoaxes on Facebook”

    Today on “Today,” Sheryl Sandberg dismissed Facebook’s role in the 2016 presidential election. Still, she didn’t want you to forget that Facebook plays a relevant part in political and social movements, just not in a way that went on to influence the results of the most divisive election in modern American history. “People come to Facebook to share what matters… Read More

  • Facebook tests turning comment reels into message threads

    Facebook tests turning comment reels into message threads

    Comments on Facebook posts can get quite chatty, so Facebook is trying a new way to help you keep up. Some users now see comment reels appearing as persistently visible chat windows that pop up on their desktop versions of the site, just like traditional message threads.  TechCrunch reader Russell Smith sent us this screenshot. Facebook confirmed to us this is a new feature test on desktop for… Read More

  • Hope is an app for millennial women to keep their BFFs close — but not too close

    Hope is an app for millennial women to keep their BFFs close — but not too close

    There are plenty of apps out there that purport to keep you “safe.” Apps that immediately phone your main contacts when you are threatened or attacked. Apps that allow you to share your location with key contacts. But for modern women, especially in big urban cities like New York or London, who would really rather not share literally all that stuff and perhaps find it all a bit… Read More

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