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Facebook Is Officially Beta Testing Hotline, a Clubhouse-Inspired Audio Q&A Feature

Facebook on Wednesday ran its first public beta test of Hotline — a web-based Q&A platform that seems like it was dreamed up as the platform’s answer to the current voice chat app craze. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Software, Digital Media, Computing, Freeware, Livestreaming, Clubhouse, Hotline, Mobile Applications, Nick Huber, Social Information Processing, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Eric Hazzard

Twitter said to have held acquisition talks with Clubhouse on potential $4B deal

Twitter held talks with Clubhouse around a potential acquisition of the live drop-in audio networking platform, with a deal value somewhere around $4 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg. TechCrunch has also confirmed the discussions took place from a source familiar with the conversations. While the talks occurred over the past several months, they’re no longer taking place, though the reason they ended isn’t known according to the report. It’s also worth noting that just a few days ag...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Bloomberg, Software, Monetization, Computing, M&a, Freeware, Internet Culture, Social Network, Operating Systems, Clubhouse

Clubhouse Reportedly Thinks It's Worth $4 Billion Now

Clubhouse, which led a round of investment in January at a reported valuation of around $1 billion, now believes it is worth four times that, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Software, Computing, Andreessen Horowitz, Freeware, Bloomberg LP, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Business Finance, Bytedance, Universal Windows Platform Apps

Clubhouse Is Creating an Accelerator Program for Influencers

Clubhouse, the invite-only audio chat app that has enamored the tech industry elite, is on the lookout for influencers. Because what social media app can be without influencers? Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Freeware, Internet Culture, Clubhouse, Internet Celebrity, Mobile Applications, Video Software, Tiktok, Social Networking Services

What I Hear on Clubhouse: For Black People, Will Silicon Valley’s Hot New Thing Be More Terrordome Than Mecca?

What happens when everyone is an “expert?” How to navigate a world where everyone’s “insights,” no matter how dubious, are cloaked in corporate-speak, strenuously hyped by like-minded cohorts, then injected straight into your brain via a mechanism intentionally designed to push your emotional buttons? And how much do…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Social Issues, Computing, Freeware, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Playstation Home, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Social Networking Services, Black People Will Silicon Valley

Clubhouse Promises to Get Its Security Under Control (Again)

Clubhouse—the invitation-only audio app best known for courting everyone from Elon Musk to Mark Zuckerberg—has promised to implement new safeguards after suffering its second high-profile security snafu this month. Read more...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Science, Privacy, Articles, Social Media, Software, Computing, Freeware, Internet Culture, Clubhouse, Internet Privacy, Mobile Applications, Information Security, Social Networking Services, Technology Internet

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion

Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of $143 billion, led by markets that included China, the United States, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Consumers also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android dev...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, South Korea, Spotify, Japan, The Weather Channel, Pinterest, Instagram, Indonesia, Youtube, France, China

Discord says user abuse reports have doubled since last year

Discord has published its latest transparency report for the first six-months of this year. The big takeaway is that the number of overall reports has almost doubled, largely because of the massive spike in user growth during the pandemic to over 100 million monthly active users. The messaging and chat platform, popular with gamers and streamers, is now said to be worth around $3.5 billion. According to the report, Discord said it received 235,000 reports between January and June 2020, compar...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Marketing, Tech, Software, Freeware, Spamming, Discord

Google will turn on native ad-blocking in Chrome on February 15

 Google is going to start blocking certain ads in Chrome, the company announced earlier this year. But now we know exactly when: February 15, 2018 (via VentureBeat) is the go-live date provided by the company for introduction of its built-in enforcement of the standards established by the Coalition for Better Ads, of which it is a member. This won’t block all ads on all websites –… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, Software, Freeware, VentureBeat, Google-chrome, Ad Blocking, Online Advertising, Coalition for Better Ads

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