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TikTok’s big UnitedMasters deal is the way forward for creators looking to secure their bag

TikTok is right in the jaws of a thorny situation with the U.S. government regarding its ownership, but it’s sending a clear message today that it is not sitting on its heels with big deals. Yes

Twitter CEO’s weak argument why investors shouldn’t fire him

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey might not spend six months a year in Africa, claims the real product development is under the hood and gives an excuse for deleting Vine before it could become TikTok. Today he

How Dubsmash revived itself as #2 to TikTok

Lip-syncing app Dubsmash was on the brink of death. After a brief moment of virality in 2015 alongside Vine (R.I.P), Dubsmash was bleeding users faster than it could recruit them. The app let you choo

Vine reboot Byte officially launches

Two years after Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte makes its debut on iOS and Android. Byte lets you shoot or upload and

Facebook snags former Vine GM to run product for its new experimental app division, NPE Team

Is Facebook preparing to launch a serious competitor to TikTok? If so, the company just picked up some key talent to make that happen. Last week, Facebook announced plans for a new division, called th

Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then s

TikTok’s next ambitious goal is to discover future music stars

TikTok needs a lot of music. A lot. The short-form video service began life as a lip-synching app in China, where it’s called Douyin, and although other categories of content, like skits and lif

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll found dead of suspected overdose

Colin Kroll, the 34-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokesman for the NYPD told us that

Vine co-founder plans to launch successor Byte in Spring 2019

Vine — the much loved and mourned short video hosting platform — will return, kind of, sort of. Co-creator Dom Hofmann announced on Twitter today that its spiritual successor is set to arrive next

HQ Trivia names new CEO and teases upcoming Wheel of Fortune-style game

HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll, formerly the company’s CTO, will take over as CEO. He’s replacing Rus Yusupov, who will now serve as HQ’s chief creative officer. According to Digiday, who fir

Vine co-founder halts development of its replacement, V2

There will be no “Vine 2” — at least for now. Trying to take on the giant social networks without external funding proved too tall a task for six-second video app Vine’s co-fou

Here’s how Vine replacement v2 will work

First, don't call it "Vine Two". Details are starting to emerge about v2, the forthcoming video app built to replace Vine by its former co-founder Dom Hofmann. TechCrunch has learned that v2 has begun

HQ Trivia is coming soon to Android

HQ Trivia is letting Android users pre-register for the live-streamed trivia game built by the makers of Vine, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. Pre-registering means you'll get notified the moment HQ Triv

Crunch Report | HQ Trivia, New App from Vine Founders

The former founders of Vine release their new app, "HQ Trivia," Alphabet is looking to turn Toronto into a model smart city and Magic Leap raises $502 million. All this on Crunch Report.

Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app

"It's a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new." That's how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wa

Twitter says Vine users’ emails and phone numbers were exposed for a day, but weren’t misused

Twitter is alerting Vine users of a bug that exposed their email addresses and, in some cases, phone numbers to third parties. It’s also advising affected users to be cautious about an

Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine . The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days

Crunch Report | Chelsea Manning to Be Freed in May

Chelsea Manning is going to be freed this May, Zoom video conferencing raises $100 million, Vine is shutting down -- today is the last day to grab your videos, Google Drive has been experiencing inter

Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine Camera

Vine as we know it is dead. Today Twitter turned off sharing, liking, commenting and revining in Vine, and released its successor, Vine Camera, as an app update on iOS and Android. It has also discont

Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a camera

Twitter itself will take Vine’s place as a social network for short videos. To prep for tomorrow’s Vine shutdown and rebirth as Vine Camera, Twitter now automatically loops all videos shor
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