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Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap


Snapchat permanently bans President Trump’s account

Quite a bit has happened since Snap announced last week that it was indefinitely locking President Trump’s Snapchat account. But after temporary bans from his Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts as well as a permanent ban from Twitter, Snap has decided that it will also be making its ban of the President’s Snapchat account permanent. Though Trump’s social media preferences as a user are clear, Snapchat gave the Trump campaign a particularly effective platform to target young users who are a...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Spokesperson, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, President, Computing, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Snap, Trump, Vertical Video, Facebook Instagram


All the actions big tech companies have taken against Trump's social media accounts following the US Capitol siege

The rioters during the Capitol siege. Win McNamee/Getty Images The US Capitol siege by pro-President Donald Trump rioters on Wednesday has set off a wave of actions from big tech companies. Platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have removed a video of Trump telling rioters "we love you, you're very special" but "go home in peace."   Twitter and Facebook have both locked Trump's respective social media accounts.  Here's a list of all the actions big tech companies have taken against...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Cbs News, US, America, Trends, Snapchat, PAC, Biden, Donald Trump, Twitch, Shopify


Snapchat locked Trump's account after a mob sieged the Capitol building in Washington

Evan Spiegel answers questions at the 2018 Code conference. Greg Sandoval/Business Insider Snapchat locked president Donald Trump's account on Wednesday, during the violent insurrection at the US Capitol. A pro-Trump mob broke into and occupied the Capitol building. Four people died as a result of the violence. Snapchat had stopped promoting Trump's account in the app's Discover section starting in June 2020 due to his comments during anti-police brutality protests. Facebook and Twitter su...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington, US, America, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Snap


Snapchat locks President Donald Trump’s account

Snapchat locked President Donald Trump’s account after pro-Trump rioters stormed the United States Capitol. A Snap spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the action was taken on Wednesday and added that the company will monitor the situation closely before re-evaluating its decision. This is not the first time Snap has taken action against Trump’s account over concerns about dangerous rhetoric from the president. In June, it announced content from Trump’s Snapchat would no longer be promot...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, America, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Donald Trump, Snap, Trump, Reuters, Capitol, United States Capitol


Conservative news upstarts are looking to cash in on Trump's viewers

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 24. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Conservative news upstarts look to cash in on Trump, Snap will pay creators, and consulting startups take on Deloitte and McKinsey. Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on Oct...
Tags: Media, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Snapchat, Netflix, New York Times, Fox News, Deloitte, Influencer Marketing, Snap, Trump, Mckinsey, John Cardillo, WGN


Snapchat launches a TikTok-like feed called Spotlight, kick-started by paying creators

After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within its app where users can watch short, entertaining videos in a vertically scrollable, TikTok-like feed. This new feature, called Spotlight, will showcase the community’s creative efforts, including the videos now backed by music, as well as other Snaps users may find interesting. Snapchat says its algorithms will work to surface the most engaging Snaps to display t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, France, Social Media, Tech, Spotlight, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Snap, Vertical Video, AARP, Wall St Journal


Who's winning advertising as it returns in 2020

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 16. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: 14 ad buyers pick the winning media companies and platforms, Endeavor snaps up Fred Santarpia, and behind DoorDash's marketing. Michael Becker / FOX 14 ad buyers that control billions in spending named the media compa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Media, Instagram, Ipo, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Fox, Nba, Burma, Fidelity, Conde Nast, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Snap


L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’

Selfie filters have improved immensely over the past several years, but companies on the forefront of the tech see plenty of room to grow. The cosmetics world has also seen some rapid change in the past several years as makeup has proven particularly ripe for up-and-coming direct-to-consumer and influencer-endorsed brands to take hold. Plenty of legacy brands have seen their revenues decimated, while others have proven resilient by leaning into new tech and sales channel trends. Back in 2018,...
Tags: Google, TC, Instagram, Selfie, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Computing, L'oreal, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Snap, Loreal, Oreal, Mobile Applications


Social karaoke company Smule integrates Snapchat Lenses into the AutoRap app

Social karaoke singing app Smule use Snap Camera Kit to add the Snapchat camera and filters to their rapping app AutoRap. Snap Camera Kit is the developer tool allowing integration of the Snapchat camera and its lenses within third-party apps. Smule become the first company to use Snap Camera Kit to add the camera to AutoRap, the rapping app with autotune and beat matching. AutoRap added the ability to film yourself right within the app in June. Now the Snap camera and all of it...
Tags: Apps, Music, Snapchat, Platform, Camera, Lenses, Smule, Filters, Artist / Label News, Snap, Snapchat Lenses, Ar Filters, Autorap, Snap Camera Kit, Social Karaoke, AutoRap Smule


Snapchat had a big August amid TikTok uncertainty

The continual uncertainty around TikTok’s future may have provided a big boost to Snapchat in August. Or maybe it was just the Disney eyes filter that went viral. In any event, preliminary estimates from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower indicate that Snapchat’s mobile app across both iOS and Android saw approximately 28.5 million new installs last month — its single largest month for first-time downloads since May 2019, when it had then seen 41.2 million new installs. May 2019, however, ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, App Stores, Merlin, Snap, Trump, App Store Apple, Tiktok, Likee Byte Dubsmash Triller


From Facebook to Tesla, here are the lesser-known cofounders of some of the biggest tech companies in the world

Apple cofounders Steve Wozniak, left, and Steve Jobs. Kimberly White / REUTERS Most of the world's most famous tech entrepreneurs had help building their companies.And while Mark Zuckerberg's and Steve Job's cofounders didn't all become household names, they're still credited with bringing Facebook and Apple to life.Tesla, for instance, had four cofounders, and none of them was Elon Musk. And Jack Dorsey is one of four people who helped create Twitter.Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Stanford, Singapore, US, San Francisco


The 27 youngest billionaires in tech, from Stripe's founders to the owner of TikTok

Snap cofounders Bobby Murphy, left, and Evan Spiegel. Lucas Jackson/Reuters Many of the world's youngest billionaires hail from the tech industry. Snap's Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are 30 and 32, respectively, and Stripe's John and Patrick Collison are 30 and 31.Not every tech billionaire is young — the world's two richest people, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, are in their 50s or 60s. And Oracle's Larry Ellison was 49 when he reached billionaire status.Still, companies like Airbnb, TikTok-p...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Elon Musk, Enterprise, Pinterest, Instagram, Drew Houston, Russia, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Features, Snapchat, Bill Gates


Snapchat to take on TikTok with a new music-powered feature rolling out this fall

Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok. The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok’s app. The feature may allow Snapchat to capitalize on the fracturing of the TikTok audience, who have been exploring alternative apps as the Trump administration weighs a ban on Chinese tech companies over data privacy concerns. Already, apps like Byte, Triller, Dubsmash, Likee and others have climbed the app stores’ charts as Tik...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Merlin, Snap, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Messenger, Linkfire, Tiktok, Byte Triller Dubsmash Likee


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #500

Twitter suffers massive cyberattack  Last week, Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals – including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Warren Buffet, and Apple – were compromised in “one of the most widespread and confounding breaches the platform has ever seen”, after the platform was hit by a bitcoin scam that reportedly earned its creators nearly $120,000. The news saw Twitter’s stock fall as much as 4 per cent in after-hours trading and several law enforc...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, US, Seo, Snapchat, Reddit, Mashup, Chipotle, Snap, YouTube Facebook, Matt Navarra, Dior L Oréal Paris Target


From Facebook to Tesla, here are the lesser-known cofounders of some of the biggest tech companies in the world

Most of the world's most famous tech entrepreneurs had help building their companies. And while Mark Zuckerberg's and Steve Job's cofounders didn't all become household names, they're still credited with bringing Facebook and Apple to life. Tesla, for instance, had four cofounders, and none of them were Elon Musk.  And Jack Dorsey is one of four people who helped create Twitter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When a tech company reaches a certain level of success, the nam...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Stanford, Singapore, Biz, US, NFL


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. The company behind the Iowa-caucus app that caused the results delay released its first public statement about the fiasco. Results from the much-anticipated Iowa caucuses were delayed Monday night into Tuesday after the Iowa Democratic Party said there were "inconsistencies" in initial results, and the app's developer Shadow Inc said it "sincerely" regrets the delay. Snapchat's parent company Snap reported its fourth-quarter ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Disney, Trends, Nasa, Snapchat, Iowa, Kendall Jenner, Lg, Google Photos, MWC, Alexa, Securities And Exchange Commission, Jenner, Snap, US Department of Justice


Snap says it agreed to a $187.5 million settlement in a lawsuit where investors said that the company understated Snapchat's threat from Instagram (SNAP)

Snapchat's parent company Snap says that it agreed to a $187.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against the company by investors following its IPO in 2017. The agreement was signed in January, the company said in its quarterly earnings statement on Tuesday.  Investors had sued the company over allegations of failing to properly warn them ahead of its IPO about the competition that Snapchat faced from Facebook-owned Instagram. Snap faced an investigation from the US Departme...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Ipo, Trends, Snapchat, Louisiana, Securities And Exchange Commission, Snap, US Department of Justice, Instagram Snap, Notably Snap


Snap shares drop more than 10% after it misses revenue expectations (SNAP)

  Snapchat parent company Snap reported its fourth-quarter results Tuesday. The company fell short of Wall Street's expectations with $561 million in revenue, but posted earnings of $0.03 a share, well above the $0.01 projected by analysts. Snap grew its platform to 218 million daily active users in the fourth quarter, its fourth consecutive quarter adding new users. After a tough 2018, Snapchat staged a comeback last year, but continues to face tough competition from Facebook, Instagram, TikT...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Snapchat, SEC, Evan Spiegel, Louisiana, Snap, EBITDA, EPS, Snap Inc, Facebook Instagram TikTok


Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads

Snap today is announcing a new kind of advertising product, Dynamic Ads, that will help it to better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram. With Dynamic Ads, advertisers can now automatically create ads in real-time based on extensive product catalogs that may contain hundreds of thousands of products. These ads are then served to Snapchat users based on their interests using a variety of templates provided by...
Tags: Social, TC, Ecommerce, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Advertising, Brands, Tech, E-commerce, Snapchat, Retail, Ads, Adtech, Snap, Facebook Snapchat, Direct To Consumer


Snap CEO isn’t expecting much from Facebook antitrust investigations

Facebook’s relentless blatant feature copy of Snapchat have been seen as one of the chief examples of the company’s competitive overreach, but Snap CEO Evan Spiegel isn’t sure whether antitrust activity from the government is going to change the company’s near-term prospects of competing with Instagram. “I mean the history of antitrust would basically say that these investigations last like seven to ten years or something like that and that basically nothing happens,” Spiegel said onstage ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Antitrust, Evan Spiegel, Wall Street Journal, Voldemort, Snap, SPIEGEL, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Disrupt SF 2019


Snap reportedly wants more music in Snapchat to compete against TikTok

Snap is in discussions with major record labels for broader licensing deals, according to the Wall Street Journal. The plan is to add more musical features to Snapchat, to better compete against the offerings of rival apps such as TikTok. The post Snap reportedly wants more music in Snapchat to compete against TikTok appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, Wall Street Journal, Snap, Tiktok


Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories

Facebook cloning Snap to death may be old news, but others are only just following suit. Line, the Japanese messaging app that’s popular in Asia, just became the latest to clone Snap’s ephemeral story concept. The company announced today that it is adding stories that disappear after 24-hours to its timeline feature, a social network like feed that sits in its app, and user profiles. The update is rolling out to users now and the concept is very much identical to Snap, Instagram and others...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Media, Instagram, Indonesia, Social Media, Tech, Taiwan, Whatsapp, Software, Thailand, United States, Computing


Snap's new leadership, Complex Media’s unusual media playbook, and Amazon’s advertising business

Hello! Welcome to the Advertising and Media Insider newsletter. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter taking over for Lucia this week. If you got this email forwarded, sign up for your own here. Send tips or feedback to me at [email protected] . It's been a tough two years since Snap became a public company, and the company has weathered increased competition from Instagram, slow user growth, and a number of executive departures. But thanks to a new leadership group, Snap...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Uber, Instagram, US, Trends, Netflix, Evan Spiegel, Waze, Hulu, Burger King, Vox Media, Snap, HuffPost


Snapchat revives growth in Q1 beat with 190M users as share price spikes

Snapchat appears to have turned the corner after a year of flat or negative user growth thanks to a strong Q1 2019 earnings report. It reached 190 million daily active users, up 2 percent from 186 million in Q4 2018 but still down from 191 million a year ago, in part thanks to its newly reengineered Android app. Snap saw $320 million in revenue and -$0.10 non-GAAP EPS, beating Zack’s consensus estimates of $306 million and -$0.12 EPS, with revenue up 39 percent year-over-year. One concern is Sna...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Apps, Europe, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, North America, Snap, Zack, SPIEGEL


Snapchat revives growth in Q1 beat with 190M users

Snapchat appears to have turned the corner after a year of flat or negative user growth thanks to a strong Q1 2019 earnings report. It reached 190 million daily active users, up 2 percent from 186 million in Q4 2018 when it plateaued but still down from 191 million a year ago, in part thanks to its newly reengineered Android app. Snap saw $320 million in revenue and -$0.10 non-GAAP EPS, beating Zack’s consensus estimates of $306 million and -$0.12 EPS, with revenue up 39 percent year-over-year. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Tech, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, North America, Zuckerberg, Snap


Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017. It managed to stop the rot with a flat Q4, but resting on its laurels isn’t going to bring the goo...
Tags: Social, Food, Startups, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Instagram, Australia, France, China, Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, Social Media


A host of new changes adds to Snapchat’s increasing functionality

Snap made a series of announcements related to partnerships with other companies that will see Snapchat products being used in third-party apps. Examples include Bitmoji being available on Fitbit watches and Stories available in Tinder. The post A host of new changes adds to Snapchat’s increasing functionality appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Business, Photography, News, Tinder, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, Snap, Snapchat Stories, Bitmoji


Instagram copied Snapchat's Stories format with posts that disappear in 24 hours. Now, Snapchat is upping the ante by taking Stories everywhere. (SNAP, FB)

Snapchat is extending Stories, the ephemeral posts that disappear within 24 hours, beyond its own app. Starting today, users will be able to create and share Stories directly on third-party partner apps including Tinder, Houseparty and Adventure Aide. Snapchat is also extending Bitmoji to other third-party apps, including Venmo and Fitbit.  This is a bid by the company to extend Stories beyond its own app, and thus make its camera more ubiquitous. LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Snapchat pioneered Stor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, Netflix, Fitbit, Venmo, Snap, Schwerin, Bitmoji, Snapchat Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Bitmoji Bitmoji, Ben Schwerin VP


Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declines to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services in its key international markets including the United States and Japan, which are the company’s second and third-largest...
Tags: Gadgets, Asia, Japan, Hardware, Instagram, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Camera, United States, Computing, Tencent, Virtual Reality, Gopro



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