20Nov

Facebook’s fake news problem and fantasy sports: Listen to TCBC 9 with Jordan Crook

Facebook’s issues with viral false news reports dominated headlines this week, so naturally it came up as a key topic of discussion when I spoke to TechCrunch’s special projects editor and internet culture reporter Jordan Crook on this week’s episode. The sheer scope of the issue is something that becomes […]

20Nov

Spectacle-selling Snapbot deployed at the Grand Canyon

Not even 24 hours after we got the last Snapchat Spectacle vending machine location, there’s a new one: near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, closest to the small town of Meadview. The new spot is striking distance from Las Vegas, and should provide a beautiful road trip for anyone adventurous […]

19Nov

Snapchat Spectacle vending bot lands at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena

Another day, another Spectacles vending machine location. This is the fifth place the Snapbot has appeared, to sell its first-person video capturing sunglasses to droves of willing Snapchat fans (or at least people hoping to turn a tidy profit by reselling them on eBay). Today’s spot is in Pasadena, at […]

19Nov

Here’s the 19th batch of 500 Startups companies

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17Nov

President Obama on fake news problem: “We won’t know what to fight for”

President Barack Obama spoke in Berlin Thursday during a visit to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and during his remarks he addressed concerns about fake news circulating via social platforms like Facebook. On the subject of fake news, Obama noted that the ease with which we can make false information seem […]

17Nov

Like by smiling? Facebook acquires emotion detection startup FacioMetrics

Facebook could one day build facial gesture controls for its app thanks to the acquisition of a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called FacioMetrics. The startup made an app called IntraFace that could detect seven different emotions in people’s faces, but it’s been removed from the app stores. The acquisition […]

17Nov

LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia

Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law instituted in Russia requiring all online sites to store personal […]

17Nov

Meet the new Nom, a food lover’s photo-sharing dream

People will never stop talking on the internet about what’s for dinner. The massive reach and engagement of new media properties like Tastemade, which offers short video cooking lessons, or BuzzFeed’s Tasty channel are proof the trend is still going strong in the U.S. So perhaps it’s no surprise to […]

17Nov

Snapchat’s Spectacles vending machine lands in Santa Monica

Another day, another seemingly random location drop for Snapbot, your friendly neighborhood Snapchat Spectacles vending machine. Today’s lucky destination is Santa Monica, bucking the recent trend of out-of-the-way spots for one just up the coast a bit from its original Venice Beach location in LA. Snap, Inc. began selling Spectacles without […]

17Nov

Sprinklr acquires Little Bird, a tool for finding experts on anything via Twitter

New York marketing tech firm Sprinklr has acquired Portland-based Little Bird, according to Sprinklr founder and CEO Ragy Thomas. Little Bird was founded in 2011 to help researchers quickly find the top experts and influencers on any given subject via Twitter. It raised from Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Oregon Angel […]

12Oct

Greylock closes $1 billion fund

Greylock Partners is getting another $1 billion to invest in startups. The long-time venture capital firm is announcing its 15th fund, bringing the total to $3.5 billion currently under management. With 50 years of investing in the books, Greylock has backed industry leaders in the enterprise IT and consumer internet […]

12Oct

The new Hinge, focused exclusively on real relationships, now costs $7/month

Hinge, the newly pivoted “relationship app”, has today unleashed an app that it believes is the solution to the “dating apocalypse.” The whole idea is to ensure that users are all on the app for the same general reason: to find an actual relationship. In order to do that, the […]

12Oct

NFL teams will now be fined for posting videos and GIFs during games

The NFL just announced a new social media policy that is about as anti-fan friendly as it gets. According to league memos obtained by ESPN, the league’s social media policy (which takes effect tomorrow) effectively bans all video-based social media during games. First, it restricts them from going live on apps […]

12Oct

Facebook, Twitter cut off data access for Geofeedia, a social media surveillance startup

According to a new study published today from the American Civil Liberties Union, major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have recently provided user data access to Geofeedia, the location-based, social media surveillance system used by government offices, private security firms, marketers and others. As TechCrunch previously reported, Geofeedia is […]

12Oct

Tribe augments video chat with speech recognition subtitles and suggested links

Tribe’s voice recognition video chat technology could make Snapchat and Facebook Messenger look outdated. That tech also attracted a $3 million seed round led by prestigious VC Sequoia, its first seed investment of the year. Today, Tribe’s one-touch video walkie-talkie app launches a huge Version 2 update on iOS and […]

09Oct

The case for Twitter’s independence (unless Google or management buys)

Keith Teare Crunch Network Contributor Keith Teare is the co-founder of TechCrunch and today runs Palo Alto incubator Archimedes Labs. How to join the network The problems associated with the widespread rumors of Twitters “for sale” status and that the management team is divided on whether or not to sell […]

09Oct

Facebook launches standalone “Events” discovery and calendar app

650 million people use Facebook Events — 100 million every day — but it’s a smaller sect of hardcore extroverts who discover these parties and meetups, then invite everyone else. Now Facebook is giving its most outgoing users a dedicated app for browsing and searching for stuff going on nearby. […]

09Oct

Bumble bans mirror selfies and other dumb photos from users’ profiles

There are certain kinds of photos users of dating apps tend to loathe, and the suggestive mirror selfie tends to be at the top of that list, somewhere near photos of guys holding a fish and gym selfies. That’s why today, the dating app Bumble has taken action to ban selfies of users […]

09Oct

Snapchat launches post-roll ads, Story Playlist that loads favorites in bulk

Snapchat is fighting back against Instagram Stories, which rocketed to 100 million daily users by spotlighting the cloned feature atop the feed. To make Snapchat more “friends first,” it’s moving friends’ Stories above Discover where they used to be to make sure you don’t miss people you care about. And to […]

06Oct

Facebook invents “virtual reality emoji” gestures

ASUS’s Zenvolution event features four upcoming devices and one awkward portmanteau Shake your fist and your VR avatar’s face will turn “angry.” Put your hands on your face Home Alone-style to express “shock.” Triumphantly thrust your hands in the air and your virtual self’s face will show “joy.” These are what […]

06Oct

Instagram Stories has 100 million daily active users after just 2 months

Instagram Stories is benefitting from the large active user base Instagram itself enjoys, and now has 100 million daily active viewers. That’s two-thirds of the daily active user population for Snapchat, which reported 150 million global active users across its entire platform in late September. Even with a built-in audience […]

06Oct

Prisma adds art filtered video, GIFs coming next

Art filter photo app Prisma is adding a big new feature to its iOS app in an update landing today: support for videos. The app, which lets people turn their selfies into cartoonies by using deep learning algorithms to process photos in various graphic styles, quickly surged to millions of downloads in a […]

06Oct

Animoto gives businesses an easy way to create social videos

Animoto is launching a new product for businesses that want to post their own marketing videos for Facebook and other social networks — but don’t necessarily have the team or the skills needed to create something slick. The company already offers products that automatically assemble your photos and videos into a […]

06Oct

Twitter study says that responding to tweets pays off for businesses

It’s a classic Twitter conversation: Someone complains about a bad experience with a company, then the business responds, promising to make things better. But is that actually an effective use of the company’s time? It is, according to a new study conducted by Twitter in collaboration with Applied Marketing Science. […]