After experimenting with one-off promotions, Pinterest has announced that it will roll out a paid test of Promoted Pins with brands. Read more »
While social media companies seem eager to break their mobile experiences into smaller pieces, there are some risks that could turn off users. Read more »
YCombinator announced that Quora, which recently nabbed $80 million in funding, will be in its summer class. Read more »
In case you didn’t know before, Facebook’s user data insights for brands are very extensive. Read more »
Tumblr has finally updated its app with a theme editor baked in, making the full platform experience available on the smartphone. Read more »
Microblogging network Tumblr was arguably the highest-profile acquisition made by Yahoo under CEO Marissa Mayer. So how are things going one year in? Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp told the New York Times that he doesn’t regret the decision — Yahoo has kept to its word and let the company operate independently. However, Karp also admitted that the support from its new parent company hasn’t helped Tumblr solve its problems generating revenue. While Tumblr is exploring Yahoo’s ad technology in earnest, the money has yet to roll in — even as the company continues to grow its already-doubled staff.
Linkedin’s Q1 earnings report exceeds targets for revenue, but income fell and monthly users still fails to grow. Read more »
Four months after releasing its first desktop experience, video sharing platform Vine announced via blog post on Thursday that it released a refined update to its website, Vine.co. In addition to a sleeker look, the new desktop platform also packs a new search engine, allowing users to find Vines via person, tag or location. Users can also access trending tags and popular videos more easily through the “Explore” page. Still, Vine.co remains a place for users to view and share videos only — video creation remains exclusive to its mobile apps.
Foursquare is splitting itself into two — spinning out its popular check-in feature to create a new app called Swarm. Read more »
With its latest update, Snapchat is embracing messaging and live video. Read more »
Sharp eyes at Valleywag noted Wednesday that Andrew Noyes, the head of communications at Uber, has left the company — confirmed by a bounce-back email from Uber that states, “Please note, Andrew Noyes has moved on from Uber.” Before his 11-month stint at the ride-sharing company, Noyes was best known for his work in public relations at Facebook, where he managed the communications and public policy for a host of issues, including the company’s long-running legal battle with the Winkelvosses.
Mark Zuckerberg and his team announced plenty of developer tools at F8, including Anonymous Log In, lower prices with Parse and a mobile ad network. Read more »
Our liveblog from Facebook’s F8 developers conference, Wednesday in San Francisco. Read more »
Twitter’s Q1 earnings show a growing ad business, but modest user increases underperformed analysts’ expectations. Read more »
Facebook’s “content discovery” referrals on mobile make it a bigger third-party browser than Chrome for iOS. Read more »
With Facebook’s developer conference, F8, just around the corner, here are some things that you should expect. Read more »
Github CEO Chris Wanstrath has shed more light on the month-long investigation that took place after the company faced allegations of sexism and harassment. Read more »
The animation generator behind Facebook’s Paper will now be available as open source for mobile developers. Read more »
Airbnb is exploring a way to match its hosts with users based on more sophisticated metrics, which the company calls “matchmaking.” Here’s how this concept can improve the sharing economy as a whole. Read more »
As Google+ head Vic Gundotra leaves the company, does the social platform have enough utility to be sustainable? Read more »
Pinterest announced changes to its discovery tools, including a guided search system built for mobile. Read more »
VC Ben Horowitz spoke on GitHub’s troubles and ideal company culture tactics at Airbnb’s first developer conference. Read more »
Facebook has acquired fitness and activity-tracker Moves, gaining some serious location technology in the process. Read more »
Ride-sharing service Lyft is springing up in 24 new markets in 24 hours. Read more »
Struggling games company Zynga announced more executive shifts Wednesday during its Q1 2014 earnings report, as co-founder and former CEO Mark Pincus will step down from his role as CPO. Pincus moved to the role in 2013 after hiring former Xbox guru Don Mattrick to take the reigns at the company. According to the press release, Pincus will continue his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement comes as the company exceeded Wall Street’s dismal expectations for performance for Q1, reporting $168 million in revenue — 38 percent decrease since 2013.
Facebook posted strong earnings for Q1 in 2014, nearly doubling revenue. Meanwhile, CFO David Ebersman has announced his intention to step down in September, to be replaced by David Wehner. Read more »
On-demand ride-sharing service Uber announced on its blog Wednesday that, since the launch of a limo service now in Beijing, users can hail an Uber from 100 cities worldwide. It’s a big number that shows Uber’s dominance in its expansion — nearest competitor Lyft serves just 30 cities. But Uber’s widespread advantage doesn’t mean it has a lock over the competition, as the company continues to spend time and money to fight regulations in cities like Seattle. It’s putting lots of work into expanding to cities that have never had something like Uber before — but once its there, competition will have no problem strolling in.
Last week, Facebook unveiled a new mobile feature, Nearby Friends, as a way for users to bring their Facebook friendships offline. But other companies have tried the concept before, with lackluster results. Can Facebook break the cycle, or will history repeat itself? Read more »
After a month-long investigation into allegations of sexism and intimidation, Github has announced that the co-founder at the center of the controversy has resigned. Read more »
In its third quarter, Adobe’s Social Media Intelligence Report has shown Facebook’s growth in video as well as a year-over-year boost in referral value. Read more »
Ecommerce startup Birchbox, which specializes in subscriptions to monthly beauty kits, announced Monday that it raised a $60 million Series B round, led by Viking Global Investors and including existing investors such as First Round Capital and Accel Partners. The company said that it would use the funds “to continue to tell its story through marketing initiatives, refine its mobile application, fortify Birchbox Man and develop its team worldwide.” According to Fortune, the new round gives the company a $485 million valuation, which prompted a “no comment” from Birchbox.
On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its “mobile moment,” meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. Both feed directly into each other — apparently mobile accounts for more than 50 percent of LinkedIn’s international traffic already. But the company conveniently side-steps any stats related to Monthly Active Users, perhaps a sign that the company is still trying to make its platform a daily destination.
Twitter follower analytics company SocialRank is shaping its product up to cater to brands and individuals curious about their followers. Read more »
App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange Twitter acquired in the fall of last year, and will work for both iOS and Android phones. The apps are installed via Twitter’s Card system, and Twitter mentioned participation from Spotify, Kabam, HotelTonight and Deezer. It’s arguably Twitter’s highest-value ad yet, and could stand to bring in good revenue for the company as it establishes its ad network.
Google released its Q1 earnings report for 2014, and while the company continues to make lots of money the results were shy of analysts’ expectations. Read more »