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Discord walked away from Microsoft talks, may pursue an IPO

A month after reports that Microsoft sought to buy the hot voice chat app Discord surfaced, those talks are off, a source familiar with the deal confirmed to TechCrunch. Discord is considering plans to stay independent, possibly charting a path to its own IPO in the not-too-distant future. first reported news that the deal was off. The two companies were deep in acquisition talks that valued Discord at around $10 billion before Discord walked away. According to the WSJ, three companies were ex...
Tags: M&A, TC, Clubhouse, Discord, Facebook, Mergers and Acquisitions, Microsoft, Social Media, Software, Voice Chat


Facebook is expanding Spotify partnership with new ‘Boombox’ project

Facebook is deepening its relationship with music company Spotify and will allow users to listen to music hosted on Spotify while browsing through its apps as part of a new initiative called “Project Boombox,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday. Facebook is building an in-line audio player that will allow users to listen to songs or playlists being shared on the platforms without being externally linked to Spotify’s app or website. Zuckerberg highlighted the feature as another product desi...
Tags: TC, Ceo, Computing, Facebook, Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, Operating Systems, Reporter, Social Media, Social Software, Software, Spotify, The Social Network


How to Export Your Facebook Posts to Google Drive

If you want to export your Facebook posts for any reason (I’ll leave it to you to decide why), you can now dump these and your notes to a Google Doc, Blogger, or WordPress.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Software, Websites, Google Search, Qanon, Technology Internet, Articles, Human Interest, Social Information Processing, Social Media


Popl tops $2.7M in sales for its technology that replaces business cards

If you’re spent any time on TikTok lately, then you’ve probably seen a number of Popl’s ads. The startup has been successfully leveraging social media to get its modern-day business card alternative in front a wider audience. Packaged as either a phone sticker, keychain or wristband, Popl uses NFC technology to make sharing contact information as easy as using Apple Pay. To date, Popl has sold somewhere over 700,000 units and has generated $2.7 million in sales for its digital business card tech...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Apps, Y Combinator, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Software, Nfc, Salesforce, Social Network, HubSpot, Ucla


AdBlock Is Borking Google Docs

For the past day or so, countless Google Docs and Google Drive users have reported a slew of formatting hiccups that rendered writing tools unusable. Cursors would freeze, highlighting wouldn’t work, and any text typed looked like utter shit. And now we have a culprit. On Wednesday, Google Drive product manager Remy…Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Science, Advertising, Software, Google Docs, Ad Block, Adblock Plus, Adblock, Ad Blocking, Online Advertising, Remy, Google Chrome Extensions, Technology Internet, Microsoft Edge Extensions, Firefox Add Ons


Facebook to test new business discovery features in U.S. News Feed

Facebook announced this morning it will begin testing a new experience for discovering businesses in its News Feed in the U.S. When live, users to tap on topics they’re interested in underneath posts and ads in their News Feed in order to explore related content from businesses. The change comes at a time when Facebook has been arguing how Apple’s App Tracking Transparency update will impact its — a claim many have dismissed as misleading, but nevertheless led some about the impacts to their...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Software, United States, News Feed, Facebook Photos, Social Network, Targeted Advertising, Social Software, Facebook Page


Pearpop raises from The Chainsmokers, Alexis Ohanian, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Mark Cuban, Marshmello, and Snoop Dogg

Pearpop, the marketplace for social collaborations between the teeming hordes of musicians, craftspeople, chefs, clowns, diarists, dancers, artists, actors, acrobats, aspiring celebrities and actual celebrities, has raised $16 million in funding that includes what seems like half of Hollywood, along with Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six venture firm and Bessemer Venture Partners. The funding was actually split between a $6 million seed funding round co-led by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Soun...
Tags: Android, TC, Hollywood, Instagram, Amy Schumer, Social Media, Tech, Author, Software, Mark Cuban, Alexis Ohanian, Tony Hawk, Kevin Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Black Mirror, TechCrunch


Horseshoe Theory, Now on the Blockchain

Republicans whining about how social media moderators are violating their inalienable right to lucrative follower counts have found an ally in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, Pinterest, Supreme Court, Social Media, David Cameron, Snapchat, Software, Nick Clegg, Computing, Donald Trump, Twitch, Operating Systems


You Can Finally Flag Bad Takes Directly to Facebook's Oversight Board

If you have problems with any hate speech, harassment, or generally bad takes that appear on your Facebook feed, good news! On Tuesday, the (supposedly) independent Oversight Board announced that users can appeal directly to it directly regarding questionable content that’s been left up on Facebook and Instagram. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Oversight Board, Facebook s Oversight Board, Technology Internet


What You Need to Know About FLoC, the Ad-Targeting Tech Google Plans to Drop on Us All

About two weeks ago, millions of Google Chrome users were signed up for an experiment they never agreed to be a part of. Google had just launched a test run for Federated Learning of Cohorts—or FLoC–a new kind of ad-targeting tech meant to be than the average cookie. In a blog post announcing the trial,…Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Marketing, Web Analytics, Web Browsers, Software, Ikea, Tracking, Github, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Ken Paxton


Reddit's Reportedly Cooking Up Its Own Clubhouse-Like Voice Chat Feature

Rumor has it the front page of the internet may be the latest online platform cooking up a social audio feature a la the voice-only chat app Clubhouse.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Reddit, Gizmodo, Clubhouse, World Wide Web, Wikis, Mobile Applications, Google Allo, Bytedance, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


Cybercriminals Bought Facebook Ads for a Fake Clubhouse App That Was Riddled With Malware

Cybercriminals have been pushing Facebook users to download a Clubhouse app “for PC,” something that doesn’t exist. The app is actually a trojan designed to inject malware into your computer. The popular new invite-only chat app is only available on iPhone but worldwide interest in the platform has risen and users are…
Tags: Iphone, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Malware, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Software, Security Breaches, Computing, Operating Systems, ESET, Computer Programming, Lukas Stefanko, the Facebook


Don’t Blame the ACLU for Facebook's Ills

Earlier this week, folks in tech-savvy onlookers were utterly scandalized when a tweet thread from former Federal Trade Commission CTO Ashkan Soltani began being passed around. In it, Soltani calls out the American Civil Liberties Union for committing one of the cardinal sins of the tech privacy sphere: sharing data…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Software, Aclu, World Wide Web, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, American Civil Liberties Union, Ashkan Soltani, Soltani, Gotcha, Matt Bors, the Facebook


Uninstall This Android App, Which Gave You Malware Instead of Netflix

In what is becoming a recurring ritual, Google has removed a scammy Android malware app from the Google Play Store. This time, the offending culprit is FlixOnline, a malware app that roped people in by pretending to offer them free Netflix access. Its banishment from the Play Store is great, but the onus is on you to…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Social Media, Malware, Whatsapp, Software, Netflix, Computing, Lifehacks, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet


Twitter Launches Pro-Democracy Emoji for 'Milk Tea Alliance' in Asia

Twitter launched a new emoji early Thursday that will appear anytime a user tweets the hashtag #MilkTeaAlliance. The so-called Milk Tea Alliance refers to the pro-democracy movement in Asia that has been organized, at least in part, through actions online.Read more...
Tags: Drinks, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Politics, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Myanmar, Emoji, Internet Culture, Pro, Milk Tea, Milk Tea Alliance, War Conflict


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


The Business Benefits of Telecom APIs

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Darach Beirne, Vice President of Customer Success at Flowroute, now part of Intrado In today’s world, there are myriad challenges and hurdles that business leaders must overcome, especially as the economy recovers from the disruption during 2020. Over the previous 12 months, businesses have leaned heavily on ... [visit […]
Tags: Advertising, Software, Intrado, Industry Viewpoint, Flowroute, Darach Beirne, Business Benefits of Telecom


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


Facebook Sure Seems Desperate To Pass This Latest Data Breach Off As Old News For Some Reason

In the aftermath of bombshell reports of a massive data breach that may have compromised the personal information of as many as 533 million users, Facebook has committed absolutely to trying to spin the leak as old news, no big deal, definitely nothing to see here, no need to even think about this too much at all,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Data Breach, Software, Computing, Data Protection, Operating Systems, General Data Protection Regulation, Mike Clark, Internet Privacy, Andy Stone, Liz Bourgeois, Universal Windows Platform Apps


How to Check if Your Phone Number Is in the Huge Facebook Data Leak

Hacked data on over 553 million Facebook users was leaked online over the weekend, including names, birthdates, a Facebook user’s relationship status, the city where they live, their workplace, and sometimes even email addresses. But the most sensitive data included in the leak is arguably the phone numbers, which are…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Social Media, Data Breach, Software, Computing, Leak, Operating Systems, Zuck, Microsoft Kin, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet, Huge Facebook Data Leak


Clubhouse Is Partnering With Stripe To Offer Direct Payments, and Creators Will Get 100% of the Profits

The invite-only audio chat app Clubhouse is sweetening the deal for creators by offering a direct payment option that would allow them to reap 100% of the rewards.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Social Media, Software, Mobile Payments, Online Payments, Stripe, Up, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Business Finance, Service Industries, Social Networking Services, Payme


Hacker Publishes Phone Numbers and Other Data of 533 Million Facebook Users for Free

If you have a Facebook account, you should probably be keeping your guard up in the near future. A new report states that a hacker has posted the private information, including phone numbers, birthdays, and locations, of more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries online for free. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Telegram, Operating Systems, Data Breaches, Internet Privacy, Cambridge Analytica, Liz Bourgeois, Hudson Rock, Alon Gal, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


How DSPs can Improve Broadband Service Qualification Coverage by 41%

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Muthukumaravel S., Senior Director at Prodapt Solutions Digital Service Providers (DSPs) today are challenged with broadband service qualification as it is cumbersome and time-consuming. The ineffective service qualification process causes 30-40% of the new customers to experience unserviceability, and 20-30% of the existing subscribers face ... [visit site to read more]
Tags: Advertising, Software, Managed Services, Industry Viewpoint, Muthukumaravel, Prodapt Solutions Digital Service


Health Official in Papua New Guinea Explains How Facebook Spreads Misinformation

Papua New Guinea’s health minister, Jelta Wong, spoke with an Australian think tank over videochat on Thursday about challenges PNG faces in combatting the covid-19 pandemic. PNG is seeing a resurgence of the disease along with a growing wave of misinformation being spread online about vaccines, and the talk is an…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Software, Bill Gates, Computing, Papua New Guinea, Conspiracy Theory, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Deception, Wong, PNG, Lowy Institute, Jelta Wong, Social Information Processing


How to Get a Chronological News Feed in Facebook

All I ever want is to set my Facebook News Feed to chronological. I don’t care what Facebook thinks I should look at, or what it thinks are the most popular posts around my friend network. I just want to view everyone’s posts based on the time they post them. That’s it.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Media, Software, News Feed, Computing, Lifehacks, Social Software, Feed, Facebook News, Human Interest, Like Button, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet


Facebook Lets Users Restrict Commenting to a Small Circle of Friends

Facebook users will soon get more control over who can comment on their public posts, according to an announcement by the social media giant on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Networks, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Social Software, Internet Privacy, Like Button, Criticism Of Facebook, Technology Internet, Privacy Concerns Of Facebook


Apple invests $50M into music distributor UnitedMasters alongside A16z and Alphabet

Independent music distribution platform and tool factory UnitedMasters has raised a $50M series B round led by Apple. A16z and Alphabet are participating again in this raise. United Masters is also entering a strategic partnership with Apple alongside this investment.  If you’re unfamiliar with UnitedMasters, it’s a distribution company launched in 2017 by Steve Stoute, a former Interscope and Sony Music executive. The focus of UnitedMasters is to provide artists with a direct pipeline to...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, US, Social Media, Tech, Music Industry, Ceo, Companies, Software, United States, Nba, Espn, Manufacturing, National Basketball Association, Ben Horowitz


LinkedIn Also Has a Clubhouse Rival in the Works Now

The latest platform dipping its toes into the tepid waters of the “social audio experience” is LinkedIn, which confirmed on Tuesday that it’s developing an audio networking integration for its app that will rival the existing voice-only chat app Clubhouse.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Social Media, Linkedin, Software, Recruitment, Telegram, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Instant Messaging Clients, Alessandro Paluzzi, Social Networking Services


Dangerous Android App Pretends to Be a System Update to Steal Your Data

Beware a newly discovered malicious app that pretends to update your phone but, in reality, is just a giant spyware application that can steal pretty much all your data while also monitoring your movements and online search history. Read more...
Tags: Android, Google Play, Science, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Zimperium, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Your Phone, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Shridhar Mittal



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