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  • US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4 Crunch Network

    US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

    Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. We look at some of the key data points for the just-ended quarter and year, including early and late-stage funding, round counts, M&A and IPOs. Read More

  • Snapchat’s big redesign bashed in 83% of user reviews

    Snapchat’s big redesign bashed in 83% of user reviews

    Confusingly jamming Stories in between private messages has sparked backlash amongst the first users of Snapchat’s sweeping redesign. In the few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada where the redesign is widely available, 83 percent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the update are negative with one or two stars, according to data provided to TechCrunch by mobile analytics… Read More

  • Talent trickles out of Snapchat as Timehop founder leaves

    Talent trickles out of Snapchat as Timehop founder leaves

    Less than a year after joining Snapchat, social media nostalgia app Timehop’s founder Jonathan Wegener is departing the company. He tells TechCrunch he wants to build his own thing again, but the fact that the No. 1 teen social network isn’t exciting enough to stay at is telling. Read More

  • Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

    Snapchat launches augmented reality developer platform Lens Studio

    Snapchat is finally opening up so outside developers can help it offer infinite augmented reality experiences beyond those it designs in-house. Today, Snap launches the Lens Studio AR developer tool for desktops so anyone can create World Lenses that place interactive, imaginary 3D objects in your photos and videos. Read More

  • Snapchat seeks salvation in long-form and “hands-on” AR ads

    Snapchat seeks salvation in long-form and “hands-on” AR ads

    Snap Inc’s stock tanked after missing revenue expectations by $30 million last quarter, so Snapchat is looking to win over businesses with immersive new ads formats. This week it introduced two new forms of ads: Promoted Stories which string together multiple Snaps into a longer-form slideshows openable from a tile on the Stories page that’s shown to everyone in a given country… Read More

  • Tencent could play a role redesigning Snapchat following $2B investment

    Tencent could play a role redesigning Snapchat following $2B investment

    Tencent, the Chinese internet giant valued at $470 billion, may have a hand in rebooting the Snapchat app to make it more competitive with Instagram and Facebook. Off the back of some very poor financials announced this week, parent company Snap said it is retooling the messaging app “to make it easier to use.” Now Tencent, which upped its stake in Snap with the purchase of… Read More

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