The last few weeks have seen a handful of massive social services announced measurements for video views that reach into the billions.…
Damned either way
Snapchat has attempted to ease the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that spread like wildfire after it updated its terms of service and…
Pulling a Medium
Tech companies love to dip their toes into the fetid waters of media production. Sometimes that works out, as Netflix and Amazon…
Let them take selfies
Snapchat has found a new way to monetize its service — and this time it’s not undermining the reason it’s become such…
Snapchat has released an update today that allows its users to pay for the ability to replay the photos and videos their friends…
Read the fine print
Last month, I reported on an interesting new mobile service from Italy’s Zeromobile called WhatSim that promised unlimited WhatsApp messaging anywhere in…
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Snapchat is a brand new and red-hot mobile app aimed at millennials, but it has a surprisingly old-fashioned media model — and that could help it take over as television becomes less appealing to advertisers
Add music to videos
Snapchat now lets you add music tracks to your snap videos on iPhones. You can simultaneously run audio apps, like Pandora and iTunes,…
More to the story?
Sometimes, startups make mistakes. After talking to the founders, I don’t think Yik Yak is trying to censor its competitors through shady tactics. I…
Fast messaging but insecure
Here’s an interesting Android app for the photo-sharing obsessed. It’s called ScreenPop and it lets you share or view photo messages with…
What part of "no"...?
Earlier this month, four U.K. lords tried to sneak the text of a rejected piece of legislation popularly known as the Snooper’s…
Watch out, Snapchat
With competitors like Snapchat and WhatsApp continuing to grow and expand the range of their features, Twitter is rolling out a new group direct-message offering as well as a hosted video feature it hopes will make it more competitive
Instagram #1, Snapchat #2
A description from 19-year-old Andrew Watts provides a fascinating glimpse into how some teenaged users approach different social-media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
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Snapchat’s new round of financing, which values the company at somewhere close to $10 billion, is more proof that it has tapped into a powerful need on the part of many users — namely, the desire to have their messages disappear rather than being permanent
While you were out partying
Snapchat rang in the new year with $485.6 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing published December 31. The funding…
According to Business Insider, Snapchat may have bought a glasses company called Vergence Labs for $15 million. Vergence Labs makes frames that can shoot…
Kik continues to ship new features for its chatting application. Following on the heels of Promoted Chats and its in-app browser comes the…
Up, up and away
Facebook’s photo sharing service is starting to show some impressive user stats. Just nine months after hitting 200 million monthly active users,…
Today Snapchat rolled out a pay-your-friends feature called Snapcash, powered by Square. A fledgling peer-to-peer payment system like this is Snapchat’s first big platform test.
Facebook’s Messenger app has grown in popularity — no doubt because the company forced people to install it — and now 500…
When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action
The original teen Vine stars are growing up and moving on. Will they take Vine’s user base with them?
A recent report says Snapchat wants to become a hub for other services. We can look to another messaging beast — WeChat — for an idea of what that might look like.
There are few things riskier than recommending a security or privacy measure that turns out not to work — a fact that applies to app vendors and security-focused journalists alike.
Facebook has been building a stand-alone anonymity app for the last year, according to a recent report.
Despite Slingshot’s lack of success, [company] Facebook [/company] isn’t done playing with ephemerality. Its latest effort is a test feature in the…
Snapchat has settled out of court with Frank Reginald (“Reggie”) Brown, the Stanford alum who claimed the founders stole his idea, for…
Fame in the social media age is a fickle thing. For Vine stars Jack and Jack, it means they’re selling out huge audiences on their cross country tour, but only screaming teenage girls know their names.
Facebook’s Slingshot app appears to be taking its last dying breath, which begs the question: Has Facebook lost its innovative touch?
Snapchat’s curious “Our Story” experiment is now viewable to the masses, under the “Live” tab at the bottom of Recent Updates. Our…
The Snapchat funding story continues to evolve, with Kleiner Perkins now reportedly taking part in the round that values the messaging app at $10 billion.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has reportedly been meeting with big companies to pitch the ephemeral messaging app as a content channel and…
Less than two months after launching and Facebook’s buzzed-about Slingshot messaging app has already dropped off the downloads chart. Its trajectory mirrors that of another high profile, failed Facebook effort to combat Snapchat: Poke.
Magnusson was a big get for Snapchat when he moved over from Google, although his brief tenure was marked by some controversy.
When it comes to Facebook, there’s privacy and there’s privacy. And the way things are playing out, improvements on one kind of privacy could in effect act to the detriment of the other.
Facebook is apparently not exiting the ephemeral messaging game — a new app rolled out in select countries, called Slingshot, looks designed to compete with Snapchat.
In a rare bit of good news on the privacy front, the EFF’s annual “who has your back?” report shows many well-known companies are doing more to protect users.
With its latest update, Snapchat is embracing messaging and live video.
Connecting devices to the internet, or to each other carriers significant security risks. While it may not be a core feature of a consumer product, how we tackle security is going to affect how the internet of things develops.
In court cases, the “gotcha” evidence used to turn up in filing cabinets or computers. Today, it’s more likely to be found on mobile devices, which preserve copies of texts and emails that many users believe to be deleted.
On this week’s Structure Show, Taylor Rhodes talks where Rackspace plays in a very crowded cloud market.
When a cloud customer even casually mentions the possibility of moving some loads on-site, all hell can break loose, as we saw on Tuesday.
Aquto’s use of AT&T’s controversial new subsidized internet program is definitely benign: it’s compensating mobile users for data consumed while viewing ads. But is its use case typical or the exception?
A spike in spam is not related to last month’s massive hack, says Snapchat. But here’s a quick tip to avoid it either way.
After a major hack, Snapchat has issued something of an apology and updated its app to allow users to opt out of linking their phone number with their username.
AT&T today introduced “sponsored data” and while it might seem like a good way for AT&T to make more money, in the end this will be like cutting off its nose to spite its face. And startups will bear the brunt of it.
4.6 million usernames and phone numbers have been scraped from Snapchat’s database and dumped online.
Be careful what you share: Snapchat’s latest update allows users to rewatch one snap a day.
Instagram has launched chat features, just as Twitter beefs up its messaging — and Facebook continues to dream about becoming the one ring to rule them all. But such a thing will probably never exist.
Instagram has announced its newest feature: private messaging, called Instagram Direct.
WhatsApp and a handful of other over-the-top communications apps — including BBM — are cementing their dominance in social messaging across the world. People still love Facebook Messenger, just not as much as they used to.
Time bombs, digital barriers and biometrics–noteworthy technologies that are looking to provide Mission Impossible-style control for secure enterprise information.
Instagram, a visual communication platform is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve. What is that? Read on to find out.
Wall Street Journal technology writer Farhad Manjoo says there’s no point in paying attention to what younger users do, because they are poor predictors of technology trends — but he couldn’t be more wrong.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/13/snapchat-spurned-3-billion-acquisition-offer-from-facebook/ Today’s lunch read from the Wall Street Journal dropped a big bombshell, stating that Snapchat turned down a Facebook proposal for an acquisition…
A new report from Pew Research shows that more people than ever are creating and sharing photos online.
Snapchat, the hottest consumer service in tech-town is getting even more money – a rumored $200 million — and some say is now being valued at over $3.5 billion. True or not, Snapchat remains one of the fastest growing social platform.
Amid confusion about privacy, Snapchat releases a blog post to clarify the accessibility of the app’s data.
SnapHack Pro lets you save the pictures and videos you receive on Snapchat and view them as many times as you want.
A new update to Snapchat adds the option to create Stories, which allow you to share content through a timeline over a 24-hour period.
After some awkward sexting banter and Spiegel remaining mum on future plans for the company, TechCrunch moderator Jordan Crook asked Spiegel about the Galaxy Gear app they launched this morning.
Pinger believes it can build a better and stickier over-the-top messaging service by borrowing features from some of the hippest new social networking apps. It’s starting with GIF messaging but it has a lot more planned.
If Snapchat’s dramatic growth is at least in part a result of our increasing desire for impermanence when it comes to social media, why don’t we have more services that offer us the same kind of self-destruct feature?
One of the key principles of Snapchat is that messages disappear and cannot be saved by screenshot. But that could change with a tweak to iOS 7.
Many of the big social networks have decided not to court kids, because it’s laborious to make their services legally compliant for that demographic. But Snapchat is rolling out a youngster-targeted platform, SnapKidz.
Snapchat is about to raise $100 million from unnamed investors, probably hedge funds. Maybe they are following Peter Lynch theory investing: invest in what you know.
Snapchat, a service allows you to send and receive photos or videos that sort-of-maybe disappear afterward is getting $100 million in new funds from undisclosed investors, a few months after it snagged $13.5 million from Benchmark Capital.
Rockstar designer Paul Adams has ditched Facebook for startup Intercom. Before Facebook, Adam’s design work was integral with Google+ and circles. He’s not the first designer to leave Facebook after a 2 year stint.
Most users are snapping photos with iOS devices, though Spiegel predicts Android growth will come. Eighty percent of users are in the U.S.
Snapchat has rolled out its video product on Android on Thursday, adding a popular feature to a booming app. The company that allows users to send short-lived photos and videos just raised a Series A funding round led by Benchmark.
Twitter has been expanding the idea of what a tweet consists of for some time now, and has just added the ability to include short video clips. But is the service at risk of losing the simplicity that once made it unique?
Text-only SMS is looking pretty old-school with the rise of photo and messaging apps that are replacing the more traditional services. Apps like Snapchat or Facebook Messenger have gained a good deal of attention, but Digisocial’s attempt to combine photos and audio is worth a look.
The internet is going to get a lot more real-time in 2013, and in years to come. And that means a constant stream of information and updates. Since the genie is out of the bottle, how about an off-switch for better realtime management?
The growth of apps like Snapchat, which allow users to set a time limit after which photos self-destruct, is seen by many as driven by “sexting.” But some users may simply be attracted by the idea of sharing content in a way that isn’t completely permanent.
Facebook’s Poke app, a copy of red-hot Snapchat rose almost to the top of the iTunes appstore on launch. A few days later it has tanked, making me wonder: can Facebook really invent any new Internet behavior or is it destined to be a copycat forever?
Facebook has launched Poke, its obvious competitor to the app Snapchat, that lets users send and receive content that disappears after a short period of time. It marks a new foray by Facebook into content-sharing territory that comes with different aspects than its traditional app.
Snapchat, the mobile photo app popular with teens for taking self-pics, is adding video on Friday, expanding the app to a new dimension. Snapchat allows a user to take photo, share with a friend, and have the photo automatically delete only seconds later.