Snap plans to add watermarks to images created with its AI-powered tools

Social media service Snap said on Tuesday that it plans to add watermarks to AI-generated images on its platform. The watermark is a translucent version of the Snap logo with a sparkle emoji, and it w

Snapchat turns off controversial ‘Solar System’ feature by default after bad press

Less than a week after The Wall St. Journal reported on how a Snapchat feature dubbed “solar system” was adding to teens’ anxiety, the company has responded by adjusting how the feat

Facebook snooped on users’ Snapchat traffic in secret project, documents reveal

In 2016, Facebook launched a secret project designed to intercept and decrypt the network traffic between people using Snapchat’s app and its servers. The goal was to understand users’ behavior an

Instagram is working on a ‘Friend Map’ feature that would let you track friends’ locations

Instagram is developing a “Friend Map” feature, a Meta spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch on Monday. The opt-in feature, which is similar to Snapchat’s Snap Map, would allow users

Snap is looking to unify user experience across Spotlight and Stories

Snap’s stock plunged 30% on Tuesday after announcing Q4 2023 results that didn’t meet analyst expectations. On the earnings call, CEO Evan Spiegel said the company is taking a few steps th

Following this week’s layoffs, Snap’s stock tanks 30% after announcing Q4 earnings

Snap is not having a good quarter. Following this week’s news that the company was laying off 10% of its workforce, amounting to hundreds of employees, the company’s stock is now crashing

Snapchat’s parent lays off 10% of workforce in order to ‘reduce hierarchy,’ says company

Snapchat maker Snap is the latest tech company to conduct layoffs with its newly announced plans for a 10% workforce reduction, the company said on Monday. The layoffs would impact roughly 500-plus em

Snap recalls discontinued Pixy drone over fire risk

Snap and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are recalling the company’s discontinued Pixy drone and telling owners to stop using it or charging the batteries because of a fire hazard.

Snap CEO says 20 million US teens use Snapchat, but only 200,000 parents use its Family Center controls

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on kids’ online safety, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel shared that 20 million teenagers use Snapchat in the United States and that around 200,000 parents u

Microsoft, X throw their weight behind KOSA, the controversial kids online safety bill

On the eve of Wednesday’s Big Tech hearing (both Big Tech and a big hearing — five CEOs are testifying as we speak), Microsoft stepped up to back a controversial bill that aims to protect chil

Spotify’s new Snapchat Lens lets you capture yourself or your surroundings when sharing a song

Spotify is expanding its partnership with Snapchat to introduce a new way for users to share their favorite songs on the social app. A new “Share Track Lens” feature lets you capture the world aro

Snapchat now lets parents restrict their teens from using the app’s ‘My AI’ chatbot

Snapchat is introducing new parental controls that will allow parents to restrict their teens from interacting with the app’s AI chatbot. The changes will also allow parents to view their teens&

Lawsuit against Snap over fentanyl deaths can proceed, judge rules

A lawsuit blaming Snapchat for a series of drug overdoses among young people can proceed, a Los Angeles judge ruled this week. A group of family members related to children and teens who overdosed on

Snapchat+ subscribers can now create and send AI-generated images

Snapchat is releasing a few new AI powered features for Snapchat+ subscribers, the company announced on Tuesday. Most notably, subscribers can now create and send AI-generated images based on a text p

Snapchat’s end-of-year ‘Recap’ will roll out globally starting on December 13

Snapchat has announced that its annual Snapchat Recap will start rolling out globally tomorrow (December 13). Each recap will offer users a look back on the year by organizing their Snaps into categor

Amazon strikes deal with Snap to let users buy its products from ads on Snapchat

Amazon has entered into a partnership with Snap to allow users to buy its products directly from ads on the social app, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The news was first reported by The Informat

Snap confirms small-scale layoffs as part of product team re-org

Snap confirmed that a workforce reorganization has resulted in a small number of layoffs for the app maker, impacting people in product management roles. The layoffs were not directly tied to specific

Snap’s latest version of its AR development tool includes a ChatGPT API, boosted productivity and more

Snap is releasing a new version of its AR development tool, called the Lens Studio 5.0 Beta, to developers starting today. The new AR development tool is designed to support more advanced AR developme

People are turning to Snap Map for firsthand perspectives from Gaza

The world is watching the humanitarian crisis in Gaza unfold in real time through firsthand accounts documented on, of all places, Snapchat.  Israel has retaliated against Hamas’ October 7 attack w

PSA: Your chat and call apps may leak your IP address

Your favorite messaging and calling app could reveal your IP address to the person on the other end of a call. And that, essentially, is because most chat apps default to using peer-to-peer connection
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