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Instagram launches shopping checkout, charging sellers a fee

Instagram is opening a whole new revenue stream. Now the 130 million people who tap Instagram’s product tags on shopping posts will be able to buy those items without leaving the app thanks to stored payment info. “Checkout with Instagram” launches today in the US with more than 20 top brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics, and Warby Parker who’ll no longer have to direct customers to their website to make a purchase.. An Instagram spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch “We will introduce a s...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Warby Parker, Instagram Shopping, Instagram Payments, Facebook Buy Button, Adidas Kylie Cosmetics


Facebook says the original New Zealand shooter video was viewed about 4,000 times before removal

Facebook released new figures about its attempts to stop the spread of videos after a shooter livestreamed his attacks on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques last Friday, killing 50 people. In a blog post, Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said that the video was viewed less than 200 times during the live broadcast, during which no users reported the video. Including views during the live broadcast, the video was viewed about 4,000 times before it was removed...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, New Zealand, Violence, Christchurch, Facebook Live, Facebook It, Christchurch New Zealand, Moderation, Chris Sonderby, Sonderby


Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco


YC-backed Basement is a social network for close friends only

The past few years have been a bit of a dark age for budding social media startups. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and messenger apps took up all the time of their users, leaving little room for yet another social media platform. But the tide is shifting. Privacy scandals have shaken some users’ faith giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and users have grown fatigued by the constant onslaught of #content. Basement, a YC-backed startup, is looking to give users a new, simpler socia...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Vsco, Path, Kakao, Yc, Berman, Shawn Fanning, Rojo, Dave Morin


Fifty years of the internet

Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution. After we typed the first two letters from our computer room...
Tags: TC, Column, Utah, Technology, Instagram, Email, Social Networking, Internet, California, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Authentication, Digital Media, Aol


Understanding Instagram’s founding story and more from SXSW

Each week, Extra Crunch members have access to conference calls moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, in addition to Zack Whittaker’s discussion about a complicated university grade-hacking case, Josh Constine reported from Austin where he attended SXSW. While at SXSW, he interviewed the founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. They discussed autonomy within Facebook after the acquisition, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up big tech and earl...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Austin, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Sxsw, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Josh Constine, Constine, Zack Whittaker, Clearbanc, Ever Loved, Extra Crunch Conference Calls


Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels

13-year Facebook veteran, Chief Product Officer, and the spirit animal of the social network Chris Cox is departing the company after two years of seeking to do something new. Cox’s exit is part of a big executive reshuffle as Facebook embarks on prioritizing privacy through messaging, groups, Stories, and integration of its chat features. CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the departure of his long-time friend, saying “For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something els...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Javier Olivan, Will, Sheryl Sandberg, Chris, Zuckerberg, Mark, Cox, Daniels, Chris Cox, Facebook Post, Cathcart


Update: Facebook, Instagram and Messenger were down for many users

Update: Instagram has confirmed that service is now restored via a tweet sent in the early hours of this morning (CET)… Anddddd… we're back. pic.twitter.com/5E8UdlcsPJ — Instagram (@instagram) March 14, 2019 Facebook has yet to tweet confirmation of its return to stable uptime but at the time of writing the service is at least accessible in Europe so it looks to be getting on top of whatever caused the downtime. We’ve reached out to the company for confirmation. Original report fol...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Software, Photo Sharing, Operating Systems, World Wide Web, Thomas, Facebook Instagram, Tulane University, Netscout, Naytev, Roland Dobbins


Instagram founders say losing autonomy at Facebook meant “winning”

Rather than be sore about losing independence within Facebook, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom told me it was an inevitable sign of his app’s triumph. Today at South By South West, Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger sat down for their first on-stage talk together since leaving Facebook in September. They discussed their super hero origin stories, authenticity on social media, looming regulation for big tech, and how they’re exploring what they’ll do next. Krieger grew up hitting...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Snapchat, Palo Alto, Policy, Regulation, Aol, Bravo


Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook

The influential Massachusetts Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been a longtime critic of the consolidation of economic power by Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Now she’s making their break-up a key component of her Presidential platform. Warren has just released her plan for breaking up big tech, in what seems like a watershed moment for a Democratic nominee. Since Al Gore famously (infamously?) “invented the internet”, Democratic candidates have turned away from seri...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Internet, Obama, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Google Search, Companies, Artificial Intelligence


Facebook will downrank anti-vax content on News Feed and hide it on Instagram

After indicating that it was exploring its options for fighting the potentially deadly rise of anti-vaccination content on its platform last month, Facebook is making a plan of attack. Facebook’s strategy in the effort is to both minimize the spread of vaccination misinformation and to point users away from inaccurate anti-vaccination propaganda and toward “authoritative information” i.e. info corroborated by the health and scientific establishment. To achieve a reduction in the spread of ant...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Instagram, California, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, United States, Vaccination, Misinformation, Adam Schiff, Instagram Facebook, Clark County Washington, Online Disinformation


Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey

The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year, as has consumer engagement with podcasts. The results are promising for Amazon and Spotify in particular. Earlier today, Edison Research and Triton Digital presented their Infinite Dial report with findings from a phone survey of 1,500 Americans (age 12+) during January and February. Since 1998, the report has tracked the ad...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Spotify, Hollywood, Media, Instagram, Podcasts, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, Triton


Zuckerberg wants messages to auto-expire to make Facebook a “living room”

On feed-based “broader social networks, where people can accumulate friends or followers until the services feel more public . . . it feels more like a town square than a more intimate space like a living room” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in a blog post today. With messaging, groups, and ephemeral stories as the fastest growing social features, Zuckerberg laid out why he’s rethinking Facebook as a private living room where people can be comfortable being themselves without fear ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Privacy, Russia, Tech, Whatsapp, Encryption, End-to-end Encryption, Policy, Facebook Messenger, Zuckerberg


After more than 10 years, Flickr frees its login system from Yahoo

Oh joy, oh rapture, unsubdued, Flickr’s login is no longer tied to Yahoo. The photo-sharing platform announced today that it will roll out a new system to members over the next few weeks that doesn’t require a Yahoo ID. This is welcome news to long-time Flickr users who are still bitter over the requirement, introduced in 2007, two years after Yahoo acquired Flickr, that forced everyone to use Yahoo credentials to sign in. Flickr was acquired by SmugMug in April 2018 and since then, a new ...
Tags: Social, TC, Photography, Yahoo, Tech, Flickr, Photo Sharing, Yahoo Mail, Smugmug


Glossier launches its first spin-off brand, a line of Instagram-friendly ‘dialed-up’ beauty extras

Glossier, known for its line of understated makeup products and a cult-following of millennial Instagrammers, is getting colorful with the launch of its first spin-off brand, Glossier Play. The company — led by founder and chief executive officer Emily Weiss, who built the nearly $400 million business from a makeup blog called Into The Gloss — has raised a total of $92 million in venture capital funding from top-tier consumer investors Forerunner Ventures, Index Ventures and IVP. Stitch Fi...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Entertainment, Social Media, Tech, Estee Lauder, IVP, Stitch Fix, Troye Sivan, Weiss, Emily Weiss, Kirsten Green, Glossier, Katrina Lake


JetBlue contest asks users to delete their Instagram pics to fly free for a year

In a move that’s both bold and bizarre, JetBlue is introducing a new contest that will give three winners a year of free flights on the carrier. But entrance to the contest comes at a steep price. Users must delete all of their Instagram photos, post a new photo using a JetBlue template, and hope to be one of the lucky three. Entrants must keep their Instagram clear, and set to Public, through March 8. On the one hand, the Instagram-decimating contest may tap into some of the anti-social sentim...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Jetblue


Come to TechCrunch’s SXSW panels and party

Meet TechCrunch’s writers at our annual Crunch By Crunch Fest party in Austin, Texas. RSVP here to join us on Sunday March 10th from 1pm to 4pm at the Swan Dive at 615 Red River St @ E.7th st, just 3 blocks from the convention center. Hang out with TechCrunchers and fellow readers, enjoy free drinks, and check out a live performance by electro-RnB musician Elderbrook. With over 200 million Spotify plays and a sound familiar to fans of Hot Chip and Passion Pit, Elderbrook will make this the we...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Events, Tech, Austin, Hot Chip, TechCrunch, Sxsw, Austin Texas, Josh Constine, Elderbrook, Knotel, Hawke Media, Kate Clark, Swan Dive


Facebook sues four Chinese companies over trademark infringement

Facebook is taking legal action against a cluster of Chinese websites that sell fake accounts, likes and followers both on Facebook itself and on Instagram. The company announced the legal action in a short blog post late Friday afternoon (a move unusual enough to pique our curiosity a little). Of course, the fact that Facebook isn’t allowed in China might be a complexifier, in Bezos-speak. The lawsuit, filed with the Northern District of California, alleges that starting in 2017 four Chinese co...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Lawsuit, Instagram, China, Bezos, Northern District of California, Google Twitter, AS Facebook


‘Momo’ videos on YouTube cannot be monetized…but that’s not a new policy

Be warned, YouTube creators: making videos about the latest viral hoax, the “Momo challenge,” will not make you money. Over the past couple of days, the Momo challenge has gone viral once again, leading to a sharp increase news coverage and the number of YouTube videos discussing the topic of the creepy character and the supposed “challenge” that encourages kids to commit acts of self-harm. The Momo challenge itself isn’t real , to be clear. As meticulously documented by Taylor Lorenz at ...
Tags: Videos, TC, Kim Kardashian, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Atlantic, Reddit, Hoax, Tokyo, Advertisers, Facebook Instagram, Lorenz, Momo, Taylor Lorenz


Four rounds for women-led startups, and a huge Series A for Motif

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. February is now behind us, but we gathered the troops to send it off in style: Connie Loizos was here, Kate Clark was in, I was around, and NEA’s Jonathan Golden joined us, as well. It was good to have a full contingent on hand, as there was a lot to get through: ThirdLove raises $55 million: Direct-to-consumer undergarment company ThirdLove raised a huge round th...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Instagram, Nea, Motif, Jonathan, Connie Loizos, ThirdLove, Equity podcast, Dipsea, Kate Clark, Rockets of Awesome, Jonathan Golden


Facebook admits 18% of Research spyware users were teens, not

Facebook has changed its story after initially trying to downplay how it targeted teens with its Research program that a TechCrunch investigation revealed was paying them gift cards to monitor all their mobile app usage and browser traffic. “Less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch and many other news outlets in a damage control effort 7 hours after we published our report on January 29th. At...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Washington, Government, US, Tech, Research, Vpn, Warner


Facebook wants up to 30% of fan subscriptions vs Patreon’s 5%

Facebook will drive a hard bargain with influencers and artists judging by the terms of service for the social network’s Patreon-like Fan Subscriptions feature that lets people pay a monthly fee for access to a creator’s exclusive content. The policy document attained by TechCrunch shows Facebook plans to take up to a 30 percent cut of subscription revenue minus fees, compared to 5 percent by Patreon, 30 percent by YouTube which covers fees, and 50 percent by Twitch. Facebook also reserves...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Youtube, Tech, Creators, Portugal, Payments, Twitch, Patreon


Facebook will shut down its spyware VPN app Onavo

Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch’s investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately cease pulling in data from users for market research though it will continue operating as a Virtual Private Network in the short-term to allow users to find a repl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Instagram, India, Time, Research, Vpn, App Store, Facebook research, Onavo, Instagram Snapchat, Facebok, Onavo VPN


Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play

Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch’s investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately cease pulling in data from users for market research though it will continue operating as a Virtual Private Network in the short-term to allow users to find a repl...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Instagram, India, Tech, Research, Vpn, App Store, Facebook research, Onavo, Instagram Snapchat, Facebok, Onavo VPN, BetaBound


Medal.tv’s clipping service allows gamers to share the moments of their digital lives

As online gaming becomes the new social forum for living out virtual lives, a new startup called Medal.tv has raised $3.5 million for its in-game clipping service to capture and share the Kodak moments and digital memories that are increasingly happening in places like Fortnite or Apex Legends. Digital worlds like Fortnite are now far more than just a massively multiplayer gaming space. They’re places where communities form, where social conversations happen, and where, increasingly, people are ...
Tags: Travel, Google, TC, Gaming, Europe, Instagram, Digital, Kodak, Whatsapp, Software, Netherlands, Computing, Api, Satellite Imagery, Driver, Twitch


Instagram’s fundraiser stickers could lure credit card numbers

Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook’s family of apps. But before people can easily buy things from Instagram etc, Facebook needs their credit card info on file. That’s a potentially lucrative side effect of Instagram’s plan to launch a Fundraiser sticker in 2019. Facebook’s own Donate buttons have raised $1 billion, and bringing them to Instagram’s 1 billion users could do a lot of good while furthering Facebook’s commerce strategy. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Charity, Tech, Payments, Philanthropy, Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Non-profits, Instagrammers


Study says US Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

A new  estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 million (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest-growing platforms for American content creators. In terms of YOY growth in number of creators themselves, Twitch falls just behind Instagram and YouTube, and ranks second behind Instagram in YOY revenue growth for those creators. (Fun Fact: Instagram’s creator-b...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Instagram, Entertainment, Youtube, US, Tech, Twitch, Ninja, Recreate Coalition


Study says U.S. Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 million in 2017

A new study estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 million (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest growing platforms for American content creators. In terms of YOY growth in number of creators themselves, Twitch falls just behind Instagram and Youtube, and ranks second behind Instagram in YOY revenue growth for those creators. (Fun Fact: Instagram’s cre...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gaming, Instagram, Entertainment, Twitch, Ninja, Instagram and Youtube, Recreate Coalition


Study says U.S. Twitch streamers raked in roughly $87 billion in 2017

A new study estimates that revenue-earning American Twitch streamers grew to nearly 9,800 in 2017 (a 59 percent increase from 2016) and made an estimated $87.1 billion (representing a 30 percent YOY increase). Twitch is one of the fastest growing platforms for American content creators. In terms of YOY growth in number of creators themselves, Twitch falls just behind Instagram and Youtube, and ranks second behind Instagram in YOY revenue growth for those creators. (Fun Fact: Instagram’s cre...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Instagram, Entertainment, Tech, Twitch, Ninja, Instagram and Youtube, Recreate Coalition


2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

Around 37 percent of Americans were subjected to severe hate and harassment online in 2018, according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League, up from about 18 percent in 2017. And over half of all Americans experienced some form of harassment according to the ADL study. Facebook users bore the brunt of online harassment on social networking sites according to the ADL study, with around 56 percent of survey respondents indicating that at least some of their harassment occurred on the pla...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Harassment, Instagram, Bullying, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Cybercrime, Abuse, United States, Digital Media, Reddit, Cyberbullying, Behavior



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