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  • Why the YouTube of AR won’t be YouTube Crunch Network

    Why the YouTube of AR won’t be YouTube

    A couple of years ago when I was working at Samsung, around the time the GearVR was being launched, there were lots of ideas flying around regarding the services to offer alongside the device. Many (most) of these ideas were related to hosting 360 Video content, and our boss David Eun (ex-YouTube) often reminded everyone that YouTube will be the YouTube of VR. He meant that the content on… Read More

  • Snapchat’s newest filters can recognize what’s in your photos

    Snapchat’s newest filters can recognize what’s in your photos

    Snapchat is rolling out new filters that can recognize what’s in your photos in order to suggest graphics, like borders or stickers, to accompany your posts. These filters today are capable of recognizing images of objects like pets, sports, and food, as well as specific locations, like beaches or concerts. The quiet release of the new filters was first spotted by Mashable, which… Read More

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

    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 86,657,812 shares are reportedly worth $1.07 billion at this point. What I failed to note — and a source close to the company has brought to my attention —  is that those roughly… Read More

  • ESPN launches a short-form version of SportsCenter on Snapchat

    ESPN launches a short-form version of SportsCenter on Snapchat

    ESPN today announced it’s launching a short-form version of its SportsCenter show on Snapchat, which will kick off today at 5 PM ET. The show will then begin to release new episodes on a twice-daily basis, at 5 AM and 5 PM on weekdays and once, at 5 AM, on weekends. The launch will make SportsCenter the first-ever daily sports show on Snapchat’s platform. The move comes at a time… Read More

  • Equity podcast: Roku’s on a tear, and Snap had an awful week

    Equity podcast: Roku’s on a tear, and Snap had an awful week

    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm dug into the recent earnings run and talked through what’s coming next in the IPO pipeline. We were joined by Heidi Mayon from Gunderson Dettmer, the perfect company this week to help us… Read More

  • Snap is having a bad day

    Snap is having a bad day

    Ho boy — there are bad days and there are bad days in an earnings season, and this is definitely the latter for Snap. The company released its quarterly report for its financial performance in the third quarter this year, and as a result, the company’s stock is absolutely cratering. Read More

  • Snapchat isn’t working and users are freaking out

    Snapchat isn’t working and users are freaking out

    Snapchat is having some technical difficulties with its service and its 173 million daily users are not happy about it. Some people are having trouble sending and receiving messages or connecting to the server. The outage isn’t the best timing for Snap, as it gets prepared to post its quarterly earnings tomorrow. Read More

  • Snap, where are my anibitmoji?

    Snap, where are my anibitmoji?

    The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone X has made it into the hands of everyday customers. I’m a big weirdo, so I’ve been mostly looking forward to being able to use Face ID for the purposes of animoji. Animoji takes emoji to the extreme and it works using the iPhone X’s new facial recognition system. Read More

  • Sources: Snap has acquired Metamarkets for less than $100M to step up its ad tech play

    Sources: Snap has acquired Metamarkets for less than $100M to step up its ad tech play

    As Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, gears up to report its quarterly earnings next week, it looks like the company is making some moves to beef up its primary business line, advertising. TechCrunch has learned that the company has acquired Metamarkets, an ad tech startup that provides programmatic ad data-related services to marketers, such as a data dashboard to measure how campaigns… Read More

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