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  • Facebook to test showing ads mid-video with publisher revenue split

    Facebook to test showing ads mid-video with publisher revenue split

    Facebook is doing what many publishers had hoped it would one day do, according to Recode: opening up another key revenue stream for video producers. The so-called “mid-roll” ad unit, which inserts an advertiser’s clip in the middle of a video instead of up front or at the end, will enter testing soon according to the report, with revenue resulting from the ad sales split… Read More

  • No Signal: Egypt blocks the encrypted messaging app as it continues its cyber crackdown Crunch Network

    No Signal: Egypt blocks the encrypted messaging app as it continues its cyber crackdown

    Egypt has intensified its cyber crackdown under president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In recent years authorities have blocked Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program for not allowing it to spy on users, imprisoned citizens for satirical Facebook posts and reportedly used Deep Packet Inspection technology allowing for extensive surveillance of Egyptians’ online activities. Read More

  • Social media sites may need to apply age checks under UK anti-porn law

    Social media sites may need to apply age checks under UK anti-porn law

    Social media sites such as Twitter face being regulated in the UK under anti-porn proposals, as part of the government’s Digital Economy bill proposal. Read More

  • Instagram surges past 600M users, fueled by algorithmic feed

    Instagram surges past 600M users, fueled by algorithmic feed

    Instagram has gone through a whirlwind of changes the past few months. Between bookmarks, likable comments, live video, tags, zoom, drafts, Stories and of course the controversial algorithmic feed – no one can argue that the Facebook-owned photo sharing app hasn’t been innovating at a rapid pace. But the real question is what effect are these product enhancements having on… Read More

  • Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

    Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first noted by The Verge. The company is said to be retaining mostly engineers as it notified its team of about 50 employees earlier this morning. In a statement to TechCrunch, Tyler Droll, CEO of Yik… Read More

  • Waggle raises $2.3 million because the internet doesn’t have enough funny animal videos

    Waggle raises $2.3 million because the internet doesn’t have enough funny animal videos

    A startup called Waggle raised $2.3 million in seed funding to become the go-to destination for animal lovers and pet parents online, and for sharing all the cute pups and madcap kitteh adventures they have to offer. The New York City-based startup was incubated at Broadway Video Ventures, the venture arm of the production company behind premium comedy shows like 30 Rock, Portlandia… Read More

  • Tread connects car enthusiasts via plate numbers

    Tread connects car enthusiasts via plate numbers

    It is not uncommon in the automotive enthusiast community to admire another’s ride. The best most people could do was give a thumbs-up as they passed or leave a note on a parked car’s windshield. But no more; this is 2016. Today Tread launches, an app that connects enthusiasts using their license plate numbers. There are many questions a person might have about the wisdom of an… Read More

  • Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    French-based location sharing app Zenly hopes to be the next Snapchat and co-founder Antoine Martin came onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about how it plans to get there. The original idea came from Foursquare check-ins but Zenly allows users to check-in and share their location with friends and family. Martin spent two to three years with ex-Google and Apple engineers perfecting… Read More