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  • Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

    Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

    Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that it is valued at about $100 million spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows… Read More

  • Vice has raised $450M ahead of a potential IPO

    Vice has raised $450M ahead of a potential IPO

    Vice Media has raised $450M in new funding from private-equity firm TPG, with a deal valuing the media company around $5.7 billion post-money. Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Vice was just on CNBC answering questions about the funding and Vice’s plans to eventually become a public company. While remaining cryptic, Smith did note that this raise is “what we would do if we were… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Rumors: Amazon’s New Echo Device

    The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Uber’s use of Greyballing, we get the first look at the rumored Amazon Echo device and Facebook shuts down its VR filmmaking division. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories. Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image. The border ended up annoying users who didn’t want their snaps altered, sometimes to the point where they would decide not to share the old content at all. Read More

  • Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video

    Blin.gy puts you inside your favorite music video

    A green-screen effect, or chroma keying, is nothing new. But it’s not really consumer technology — mainly because of the need for an actual green screen, a static camera and studio-quality lighting. But being able to have a live video background behind you is cool. Meet Blin.gy, a new app that’s figured out how to achieve a “mobile green-screen effect.” Read More

  • Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Snapchat pushes original, unscripted Shows with new A+E Networks deal

    Now that Snapchat‘s parent Snap has signalled its intention to go public (in early March, is the date that we’ve heard through the grapevine), it’s stepping up a gear to show that its business is definitely worth $25 billion. Snapchat’s pitch: it is much more than just a place for 158 million, mostly American consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 to dip in and… Read More

  • Crunch Report | 100 Companies File Opposition to Trump’s Immigration Order

    100 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order, Zenefits gets a new CEO, Snap partners with BBC to get Planet Earth II on its platform and DARPA’s SideArm simplifies military drone landings. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    Medium lays off 50 employees, shuts down New York and D.C. offices

    It’s not the happiest new year at social publishing platform Medium, apparently. According to a blog post from its CEO Ev Williams, also co-founder of Twitter, the well-funded startup is laying off 50 employees in non-engineering roles and shuttering its offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Williams took the rosiest possible angle on changes happening at Medium, titling his… Read More

  • Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    Cuban: AT&T-Time Warner will create more competition

    While many people are arguing that the proposed $85 billion AT&T and Time Warner deal would be bad for consumer choice, billionaire Mark Cuban has a contrarian viewpoint. The merger would lead to “more competition” he tells TechCrunch. Cuban, who made his money through a different media acquisition, thinks the combination would help challenge the tech giants like Facebook… Read More

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