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Instagram co-founders’ news aggregation startup Artifact to shut down

Artifact, the news aggregator-turned social network from Instagram’s founders, is shutting down. On Friday, the startup announced via a blog post it had made the decision to “wind down ope

Lapse, the photo app that forced users to invite friends, is running out of steam

Lapse, a photo-sharing app that growth hacked its way to the top of the App Store earlier this year, is starting to lose steam. The app, which had forced users to invite their friends in order to get

Swsh’s new app helps you maintain your friendships through polls and games

Ever since BeReal became popular among Gen Zers, giving them a platform to be their true selves rather than scrolling through heavily edited content, there’s been a rise in social apps that cater to

Recs is a social ‘wallet’ for stashing and sharing your favorite places

The most popular apps suck us into the technological equivalent of couch lock, but it’s easy to imagine how things might have gone differently. Rather than idly scrolling and mindlessly issuing like

Twitter/X rival T2 rebrands as ‘Pebble,’ saying the old name was never meant to be permanent

An X challenger didn’t hide its ambitions to take on the social network formerly known as Twitter when it dubbed itself T2 at launch, but now that name — one which indicates a desire to bu

Personalized news app Artifact becomes a discovery engine for the web with new Links feature

Artifact, the personalized news aggregator built by Instagram’s co-founders, is launching a new feature today that takes the app in a different direction beyond tracking, summarizing and comment

New app Moments helps you maintain your personal and professional relationships

You may have heard of a CRM, but have you heard of a PRM — a personal relationship manager? That’s the concept behind a newly launched iOS app called Moments that aims to help people keep

Twitter alternative T2 gets its own For You feed, but won’t force it as the default

The would-be Twitter rival T2 has already launched a number of features hoping to capture the attention of Twitter’s fleeing users, including built-in direct messages and a verification program

Once-hot photo-sharing app Poparazzi is shutting down

Poparazzi, the once-hot photo-sharing app that hit the top of the App Store in 2021, is shutting down. The company announced the news via a Medium blog late last week, informing users that the app wou

Houseparty’s founder launches Towns, an open source group chat web app and protocol

After launching a pair of well-loved but ultimately star-crossed social apps, Ben Rubin is going all-in on decentralization. Rubin previously founded Meerkat and Houseparty — apps that pioneered mob

Twitter alternative Hive hits 1 million users after surge of sign-ups

In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, users have been fleeing to other social apps like open source microblogging platform Mastodon and niche communities like CounterSocial. Now, anoth

Numerous social apps see gains in wake of Twitter chaos, new data shows

The drama at Twitter following Elon Musk’s acquisition has seen some users looking for an exit. In recent days, alternative social apps and microblogging platforms have seen strong gains, includ

TikTok’s new #BookTok feature lets you tag Penguin Random House titles in videos

One of the most popular communities on TikTok is #BookTok, which is a made up of users who discuss books and share their recommendations with others. TikTok is aware that the community is a big part o

Facebook adds new Pages features to help creators connect with fans and get discovered

Facebook is introducing new Pages features that are designed to help creators get discovered and connect with their followers, the company announced on Tuesday. Most notably, the social network is rol

Twitter’s new opt-in feature will remind you to add alt text to photo uploads

Twitter is expanding access to an opt-in feature that is designed to make its platform more accessible for people who use screen readers. The social network is rolling out an image description reminde

Snapchat for Web is now available to all users worldwide

Snapchat is making the desktop version of its app, Snapchat for Web, available to its entire global community, the company announced on Thursday. The social network initially launched Snapchat for Web

Twitter begins rolling out podcasts to Blue subscribers

Twitter is rolling out its redesigned Spaces tab, which includes podcasts, to Twitter Blue subscribers on iOS. The social network says Blue subscribers on Android will get access to the redesigned Spa

Instagram will begin testing a new repost feature with select users soon

Instagram is gearing up to give users the ability to repost other users’ posts and reels, the social network confirmed to TechCrunch. Although the Meta-owned company hasn’t released the re

Nextdoor and Vote.org partner to increase voter turnout for US midterms

Nextdoor is partnering with Vote.org to encourage people to participate in the U.S. midterm elections this November, the company announced on Wednesday. The neighborhood social network says the partne

Daily Crunch: Embedded finance fintech Pezesha raises $11M pre-Series A equity-debt round

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