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WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s desp

Tencent is launching its own version of Snap Spectacles

Some were surprised to see Snap release a second version of its “face-camera” Spectacles gadget, since the original version failed to convert hype into sales. But those lackluster sales &#

Should cash-strapped Snapchat sell out? To Netflix?

Snapchat needs a sugar daddy. Its cash reserves are dwindling from giant quarterly losses. Morale is poor from a battered share price and cost-cutting measures sap momentum. And intense competition fr

9 highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6,000-word leaked memo on survival

Adults, not teens. Messaging, not Stories. Developing markets, not the U.S. These are how Snapchat will make a comeback, according to CEO Evan Spiegel . In a 6,000-word internal memo from late Septemb

Years after Evan Spiegel tried to buy Secret, its co-founder David Byttow joins Snap as director of engineering

David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, the defunct anonymous social network that once gained notoriety for serving as the tech industry’s burn book, announced today that he will join Snap. The hire is

Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owner

Why Snapchat’s re-redesign will fail and how to fix it

Snap screwed it all up jumbling messages and Stories, banishing creators to Discover and wrecking auto-advance. Prideful of his gut instincts, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel refused to listen to the awful user

Snapchat hosts first Creators Summit after years of neglect

Social media stars have always been treated like nobodies instead of VIPs on Snapchat. Despite pioneering the Stories and creative tools they love, the lack of support saw many drift to YouTube’s ad

Snap is reportedly laying off around 100 employees

Snap is laying off around 100 employees that are part of its engineering staff, according to multiple reports from CNBC and Cheddar. The company expects to lay off as many as 100 people in the enginee

Snapchat is stuck in the uncanny valley of AR glasses

"Timing," Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said cryptically when asked what the greatest threat was for Snap Inc. "I think the big risks are always the really big product ideas that we're investing in that a

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel got a $637 million bonus last year

Snap’s stock investors haven’t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of

New book vividly reveals Snapchat’s sexty dorm-room origin

"He wouldn’t have to worry about sending a hookup a picture of his junk! And girls would be way more likely to send him racy photos if they disappeared." That's just a taste of juicy details found i

How Reggie Brown invented Snapchat

Why sexting and a Stanford class led a group of former fraternity brothers to create Snapchat.

Snapchat almost acqui-hired anonymous app Secret

Evan Spiegel secretly tried to hire away the team at Secret, but the price was too high. That's according to three sources familiar with the deal who spoke to TechCrunch. The information expands and c

Snapchat VP of Product Tom Conrad will disappear from tech

One of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s top lieutenants Tom Conrad will leave Snapchat, and the whole tech industry, in March. Coming roughly two years after he joined the company as VP of Product, a sou

What is Snapchat, now that Story sharing has stopped growing?

In a betrayal of loyalty signaling poor morale, a massive dump of Snapchat's usage stats has leaked. The most worrisome is that the number of users posting Stories has shown zero growth, an even worse

Snapchat starts algorithm-personalized redesign splitting social and media

By putting best friends first and dividing them from professional publishers, Snapchat hopes to conquer Instagram and revive its own growth with a big redesign that begins rolling out Friday. And it l

Correction: Snap’s Evan Spiegel is still very much a multibillionaire

Update: Apologies. I’d written today a breezy story titled: “Snap’s Evan Spiegel is clinging to billionaire status by his fingernails.” I cited reporting that this remaining 86

Snapchat’s epic strategy flip-flop

It takes courage to say you were wrong about almost everything. But that's what Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel did this week, and that's what it will take to save Snapchat. From algorithmic feeds to partn

Ex-TechCruncher Billy Gallagher announces book on Snapchat’s origin

"So much of it is stranger than fiction. It's a great story, I knew that if I didn't write the book, someone else would and I'd regret it," says Billy Gallagher, author of "How to Turn Down a Billion
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