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Leveraging TikTok for growth

Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. Once you have a product, distributing it becomes the next challenge for any entrepreneur. At TRASH (one-tap video editing), we looked to TikTok ...
Tags: Amazon, Apps, Column, Asia, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, China, Tech, Beijing, Winnie, Qvc, Hannah Donovan, Tiktok, Charli D'Amelio, Geneviève Patterson


Instagram prototypes “Latest Posts” feature

Instagram users who miss the reverse chronological feed might get a new way to see the most recent pics and videos from who they follow. Instagram has been spotted internally prototyping a “Latest Posts” feature. It appears as a pop-up over the main feed and brings users to a special area showing the newest content from their network. Instagram Latest Posts For now, this doesn’t look like a full-fledged “Most Recent” reverse-chronological feed option like what Facebook has for the News Feed...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Wong, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Well-being, Instagram Time Well Spent, Instagram chronological feed


Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

Facebook is adding another app to its group of experimental projects from the NPE Team, an initiative it announced last year focused on rapidly trying out new ideas in social to see how users react. This week, the team released its fourth app experiment with the launch of Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting your personal projects and hobbies. Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, Tech, NPE Team, Tangi, Hobbi, Columbia Belgium Spain


FTC votes to review influencer marketing rules & penalties

Undisclosed influencer marketing posts on social media should trigger financial penalties, according to a statement released today by the Federal Trade Commission’s Rohit Chopra. The FTC has just voted 5-0 to approve a Federal Register notice calling for public comments on questions related to whether The Endorsement Guides for advertising need to be updated. “When companies launder advertising by paying an influencer to pretend that their endorsement or review is untainted by a financial relati...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Commission, Taylor, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Chopra, Rohit Chopra


UK names its pick for social media ‘harms’ watchdog

The UK government has taken the next step in its grand policymaking challenge to tame the worst excesses of social media by regulating a broad range of online harms — naming the existing communications watchdog, Ofcom, as its preferred pick for enforcing rules around ‘harmful speech’ on platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok in future. Last April the previous Conservative-led government laid out populist but controversial proposals to legislate to lay a duty of care on Internet platf...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Government, Social Media, Tech, Digital Media, Ofcom, United Kingdom, Home Office, User Generated Content, Damian Collins


Sony Now Lets Anyone Make Their Own Remotes for Its Cameras

Sony announced on Tuesday another feature for its digital cameras that the company hopes will expand their adoption among professional photographers: a software development kit that allows third-party developers to create their own custom tools to remotely control and operate the cameras.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Science, Tech, Software, Cameras, Sony, Sdk, Consumer Tech, Alphas


Daily Crunch: Netflix makes autoplay previews optional

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Netflix’s horrible autoplay previews can be turned off Netflix’s autoplay trailers are now optional. That’s it. That’s the news. And here’s how to turn them off now: Click “Manage Profiles,” choose your profile, then untick “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.” 2. Instagram confirmed to ...
Tags: Motorola, Media, Instagram, Softbank, Tech, Nasa, Chicago, Netflix, Boeing, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, Carta, Scott Painter, Instagram Partner Program, IGTV, Daily Crunch, Adam Hieber


Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IGTV, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the destination. The program could potentially work sim...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Instagram Ads, Twitter Facebook, Partner Program, Sarah Frier, Facebook Watch


Instagram gives unfollow suggestions in new ‘following categories’

Instagram will now show you who you interact with least frequently in case you want to unfollow them. In an effort to help you keep your feed clean and relevant, today Instagram is launching ‘following categories’ that divides the list of who you follow into batches including “most seen in feed” and “least interacted with”. That way if someone annoying or boring is overwhelming your feed, or there’s someone who’s content you’ve proven to not be interested in, you can easily remove them. “Instag...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Tech


Gen Z fav photo editing app VSCO further expands into video

VSCO, the photo-sharing app that became a Gen Z meme, is expanding further into video. The company already supported video editing via its app, but users couldn’t publish and share the results of their long-form video content directly to the VSCO feed. That now changes, starting first with VSCO members on iOS. Video publishing has been a longtime request among the app’s users, the company says, and arrives at a time when video editing has been booming on VSCO’s platform. Over the past year, VSCO...
Tags: Apps, Video, Instagram, Tech, Ios Apps, Photo, Android Apps, Vsco, Video Editing, Dsco, Rylo, Rylo First


Fujifilm’s X100V strengthens the case for owning a compact camera

The cameras on our phones are getting good enough that it’s becoming hard to justify having a dedicated picture-taking device. Fujifilm’s X100 series has always made one of the strongest cases for it, however, and the latest iteration makes it more convincing than ever. I reviewed the original X100 back in 2011, and the series has received a new model about every two years since its announcement; today’s X100V is the fifth. But its changes are more significant than those of any one of its predec...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Canon, Fuji, Ricoh, X100v


Byte tops a million downloads amid spam issues and content concerns

New short-form video app Byte, heralded as Vine’s successor, is off to a strong start despite its issues. The app, built by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, brings back the six-second videos made popular by Vine which was shut down in late 2016 after Twitter’s acquisition of the popular video-sharing platform. According to , Byte’s launch has been well-received with over 1.3 million downloads during its first week alone. The U.S. delivered the bulk of these new installs, followed by Great Britain t...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Twitter, Video, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, App, Mobile Apps, Canada, Vine, App Annie, Great Britain, Dom Hofmann, Byte


Despite Promises, Facebook's Instagram Is Still Spreading Anti-Vaccine Disinformation

"It's been almost a year since Instagram pledged to reduce the spread of vaccine-related misinformation on its platform. But today, it continues to do the exact opposite," reports the Huffington Post: When HuffPost created a new Instagram account and searched for the term "vaccines" on Saturday, almost all of the top results were anti-vax pages... At the very top was a profile with more than 74,000 followers and posts pushing blatant falsehoods about vaccines and the Wuhan coronavirus. As soon ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Huffington Post, Wuhan, HuffPost


Social Media Boosting Service Exposed Thousands of Instagram Passwords

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A social media boosting startup, which bills itself as a service to increase a user's Instagram followers, has exposed thousands of Instagram account passwords. The company, Social Captain, says it helps thousands of users to grow their Instagram follower counts by connecting their accounts to its platform. Users are asked to enter their Instagram username and password into the platform to get started. But TechCrunch learned this week Social C...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Social Captain, Social Media Boosting Service


Daily Crunch: IBM names new CEO

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Arvind Krishna will replace Ginni Rometty as IBM CEO in April Krishna, IBM’s senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software, will take over on April 6 after a couple months of transition. Rometty will remain with the company as chairman of the board. Krishna reportedly drove the massive $34 bil...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Enterprise, Instagram, US, Tech, Sony, Miami, Ibm, Nea, Krishna, Jim Whitehurst, Whitehurst, Ginni Rometty, Rometty, Moda Operandi


How Dubsmash revived itself as #2 to TikTok

Lip-syncing app Dubsmash was on the brink of death. After a brief moment of virality in 2015 alongside Vine (R.I.P), Dubsmash was bleeding users faster than it could recruit them. The app let you choose an audio track like a rap song or movie quote and shoot a video of you pretending to say the words. But there was nowhere in the app to post the videos. It was a creation tool like Hipstamatic, not a network like Instagram. There’s a reason we’re only using one of those today. So in 2017 Dubsm...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hollywood, Instagram, China, Berlin, US, America, Tech, Brooklyn, United States, Vine, Dubsmash


Moda Operandi, an online marketplace for high-end fashion, raises $100M led by NEA and Apax

Moda Operandi, an online marketplace that specialises in right-off-the-runway luxury fashion, accessories and home decor, is today announcing a high-priced event of its own: it’s raised $100 million, a mix of equity and debt that it will use to invest in its platform and technology as well as to continue growing business overall, which was founded in 2010 and today offers products from some 1,000 brands and designers and ships to 125 countries. “For the past eight years, Moda has disrupted the w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Fashion, Instagram, Tech, Vogue, Nea, Moda, Santo Domingo, Apax, Porter, Ganesh, Dan O Keefe, Apax Partners, Luxury Goods


This App Allows You to Use Two Cameras on a Single iPhone At the Same Time

A boon for the mobile content creator: The FiLMiC Pro app has a clever multi-cam feature that allows you to exploit the multiple cameras on the iPhone XS/XR and 11. Now you can choose more than one camera and record video from them simultaneously--including from opposite faces of the camera, meaning you can record two-person face-to-face interviews.If that's all the app did, you'd still have to overlay those two videos in post-produciton. But FiLMiC Pro goes the extra mile by allowing you to cho...
Tags: Photography, Design, Tech


Social media boosting service exposed thousands of Instagram passwords

A social media boosting startup, which bills itself as a service to increase a user’s Instagram followers, has exposed thousands of Instagram account passwords. The company, Social Captain, says it helps thousands of users to grow their Instagram follower counts by connecting their accounts to its platform. Users are asked to enter their Instagram username and password into the platform to get started. But TechCrunch learned this week Social Captain was storing the passwords of linked Instagr...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Rogers, Anthony Rogers, Social Captain


Facebook hits 2.5B users in Q4 but shares sink from slow profits

Facebook beat Wall Street estimates in Q4 but slowing profit growth beat up the share price. Facebook reached 2.5 billion monthly users, up 2%, from 2.45 billion in Q3 2019 when it grew 1.65%, and it now has 1.66 billion daily active users, up 2.4% from 1.62 billion last quarter when it grew 2%. Facebook brought in $21.08 billion in revenue, up 25% year-over-year, with $2.56 in earnings per share. But net income was just $7.3 billion, up only 7% year-over-year compared to 61% growth over 2018...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Tech, Canada, Earnings, Capitol Hill, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Zack


Product Hunt launches beta of YourStack, a home for your favorite things

The team behind Product Hunt is launching a new social network called YourStack, a platform aiming to connect people that are passionate about products and help them discover what things their friends love. “It’s super simple, you just search through and create a stack of products you love.” Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover tells TechCrunch. “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t just software, but also games and books and beauty products, you name it.” YourStack’s catalog doesn’t have every produ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Hoover, Bernie Sanders, Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt, Angellist, YourStack


Get ready to see Spotify’s looping videos on Instagram

Following Spotify’s confirmation of a new Stories feature, initially being tested by social media influencers, the company this morning announced it will now allow artists to reach their Instagram fan bases in a new way, too. However, in this case, they aren’t creating Spotify Stories they can market elsewhere on their social media, but instead are able to share their unique video art from Spotify’s Canvas feature directly to their Instagram. Canvas launched into beta last fall, allowing artists...
Tags: Spotify, Instagram, Tech, Billie Eilish, Eilish, Instagram Canvas


Hackers Target NFL Teams On Twitter Ahead of Super Bowl

CaptainDork shares a report from CNET: The Twitter accounts of several NFL teams were hacked on Monday ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl game. Around 15 teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, were all targeted. The accounts had their profile images removed and some included messages from OurMine, the Saudi Arabia-based hacker group that appears to be responsible. "We are here to show people that everything is hackable," a message on a hand...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Saudi Arabia, NFL, San Francisco, Tech, Cnet, Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys


Sundance: In Miss Americana, Taylor Swift demotes the Internet

In nearly a decade of attending Sundance, I’ve never seen a scene like the premiere of the documentary Miss Americana, detailing the last year and a half or so of Taylor Swift’s life. The crowd before letting into the theater was huge, blistering with rumors about whether or not there was so many guests and press that there wouldn’t be room for ticketed attendees and whispers about which door Swift would use when arriving. A large crowd of hopeful waitlister fans, largely young women (not ext...
Tags: Android, TC, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Tech, Albums, X, Tennessee, United Nations, Musicians, Red, Lady Gaga, Taylor, Swift, Internet Culture, Blackburn


Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I already saw? It’s been over two years since Instagram Stories launched cross-posting to Stories. Countless hours of each feature’s 500 million daily users have been squandered viewing repeats. Facebook and Messenger already synchronized the watched/unwatched state of Stories. It’s long past ti...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Opinion, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Time Well Spent, Mental Well-being


Instagram Drops IGTV Button Because Nobody Was Using It

Instagram is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its homepage because hardly anyone was using it. "As we've continued to work on making it easier for people to create and discover IGTV content, we've learned that most people are finding IGTV content through previews in Feed, the IGTV channel in Explore, creators' profiles and the standalone app. Very few are clicking into the IGTV icon in the top right corner of the home screen in the Instagram app," a Facebook company spokesperson t...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Instagram Explore, IGTV, AdWeek Social Pro


Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized interactions — are defining new territory in entertainment. In my guide to the concept of “virtual beings,” I outlined two categories of these characters: virtua...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Oculus, Augmented Reality, Cybernetics, Mobile Devices, Alexa, Natural Language Processing, Ex Machina, Virtual Assistant


Testing the Powerful New Leica M10 Monochrom

Brilliant technology brings new life to black and white photography We had a chance to shoot with Leica’s latest addition to the M10 family of rangefinders—the M10 Monochrom, which was announced last Friday. Their second black-and-white-only digital camera is a massive update over the previous generation, bringing their latest imaging innovations to a product decidedly for an analog-loving purist. This new model retains the slimmer …
Tags: Photography, Design, Germany, Tech, Cameras, Hdr, Leica, Leica M, Leica M10, Leica M10 Monochrom, 40MP


Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized interactions — are defining new territory in entertainment. In my guide to the concept of “virtual beings,” I outlined two categories of these characters: virtua...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Entertainment, La, Marketing, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media, Machine Learning, Caa, Twitch, Clutter, Robinhood, Influencer Marketing


Compound’s Mike Dempsey on virtual influencers and AI characters

In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized interactions — are defining new territory in entertainment. In my guide to the concept of “virtual beings,” I outlined two categories of these characters: virtua...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Natural Language Processing, Ex Machina, Virtual Assistant, Mike Dempsey, Michael Dempsey, Chatbots



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