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  • 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

  • The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    The Daily Show’s MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain is political commentary at its geekiest

    Whether you agree or disagree with his policies, one thing is certain: making someone’s Tweets look like they were written by a third-grader is really funny. The folks at the Daily Show proved this with their Chrome/Firefox plugin MakeTrumpTweetsEightAgain. The extension is pretty simple: any Trump Tweet is automatically turned from a measured, well-crafted response to a pressing… Read More

  • Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

    Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

    Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video stories” that were said to closely resemble Snapchat’s Stories. Deal terms were not revealed, but Tinder says that it will integrate video features into its app in the future. Wheel… Read More

  • Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    Mylestone lets you access your personal memories through Alexa

    What if our photographs and social media updates could be turned into memories we – or our children – could later access just by asking a virtual assistant, like Amazon’s Alexa? That’s the premise behind a new startup called Mylestone, which is experimenting with turning our digital footprints into narratives that help us recall highlights from our lives, as well… Read More

  • Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play

    Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play

    Another mobile carrier, Telenor, has partnered with Google to roll out a next-gen SMS tech — this time targeting Android users in Europe and Asia. Read More

  • Dorsey: Twitter still has “a long way to go”

    Dorsey: Twitter still has “a long way to go”

    Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey spoke on stage with COO and CFO Anthony Noto at the Goldman Technology Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The leaders of the social media giant reiterated Twitter’s mission as a real-time information platform and spoke of its latest accomplishments, but also talked about the challenges of growing what is already a widely-used site. “We… Read More