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Snapchat fully rolls out reengineered Android app, boosting usage

After a year of its user count shrinking or staying flat, Snapchat is finally growing again, and more growth is likely on the way. That’s because it’s finally completed the rollout of Project Mushroom aka a backend overhaul of its Android app that’s 25 percent smaller and 20 percent faster. Designed for India and other emerging markets where iPhones are too expensive, Snapchat saw an immediate 6 percent increase in the number of people on low-end devices sending Snaps within the first week of up...
Tags: Apps, Earnings, Mobile, Social, TC, Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc, Snapchat, Snapchat Android, Snapchat earnings


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: Advertising Tech, Apps, Earnings, Media, Social, TC, Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc, Snapchat, Snapchat Android, Snapchat earnings


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: Advertising Tech, Apps, Earnings, Media, Social, TC, Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc, Snapchat, Snapchat Android, Snapchat earnings


Facebook has quietly removed three bogus far right networks in Spain ahead of Sunday’s elections

Facebook has quietly removed three far right networks that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior intended to spread politically divisive content in Spain ahead of a general election in the country which takes place on Sunday. The networks had a total reach of almost 1.7M followers and had generated close to 7.4M interactions in the past three months alone, according to analysis by the independent group that identified the bogus activity on Facebook’s platform. The fake far right ...
Tags: Europe, Security, Social, TC, Election Interference, Election Security, Facebook, Fake News, Far Right, General Election, Political Disinformation, Social Media, Spain, Vox


$44M-funded Omni pivots from storage to rentals via retailers

Omni simply couldn’t scale storing stuff in giant warehouses while dropping it and off picking it up from people on demand. Storage was designed to bootstrap Omni into peer-to-peer rentals of the goods in its care. But now it’s found a better way by partnering with retailers which will host and rent out goods for Omni that users will pick up themselves. With that strategy, Omni is now formally pivoting from storage alongside its expansion from San Francisco and Portland into Los Angeles and N...
Tags: Apps, Collaborative Consumption, eCommerce, Logistics, Online lending, Payments, Real Estate, Social, Startups, TC, Amazon, Omni, Rentals, Storage


Instagram could soon hide Like counts, leaked design prototype shows

Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users. The design change […] The post Instagram could soon hide Like counts, leaked design prototype shows appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: News, Instagram, Instagram Followers, Likes, Social, Social Media, Social Network


Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let users record or upload short, looped vertical videos to what’s currently a reverse-chronological feed. the byte beta we’ve been running with friends and family *feels* exactly like t...
Tags: Apps, Mobile, Social, Startups, TC, Byte, Dom Hoffman, Short Video, Tiktok, V2, Vine


Talk media and TED2019 key takeaways with TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha

Anthony just returned from Vancouver, where he was covering the TED2019 conference — a much-parodied gathering where VCs, executives and other bigwigs gather to exchange ideas. This year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got the biggest headlines, but the questions raised in his onstage interview kept popping up throughout the week: How has social media warped our democracy? How can the big online platforms fight back against abuse and misinformation? And what is the Internet good for, anyway? Wednesday ...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Developer, Entertainment, Events, Media, Social, Startups, TC, Conference Call, Extra Crunch Conference Call, Jack Dorsey, Misinformation, Social Media, Ted, Twitter


3 fixes for Netflix’s “What to watch?” problem

Wasting time every night debating with yourself or your partner about what to watch on Netflix is a drag. It burns people’s time and good will, robs great creators of attention, and leaves Netflix vulnerable to competitors who can solve discovery. A ReelGood study estimated that the average user spends 18 minutes per day deciding. To date, Netflix’s solution has been its state-of-the-art artificial intelligence that offers personalized recommendations. But that algorithm is ignorant of how...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Video, TV, Beyonce, Entertainment, Opinion, Office, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Buffy, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Amazon, Luke Perry


How do you hire a great growth marketer?

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor How do you hire a great growth marketer? How do startups actually get their content marketing to work? Editors Note: This article is part of a series that explores the ...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Column, Y Combinator, Pinterest, Social Networks, Marketing, Tech, Hack, Talent, Sales And Marketing, Google Shopping, TechStars


Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact on users’ well-being. Hiding Like counts could reduce herd mentality, where people just Like what’s already got tons of Likes. It could reduce the sense of competition on Instagram, since users won’t compare their...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Likes, Tech, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Wong, Instagram Feed, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram redesign


Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF

He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable business? We’ll bring you the answers at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, where Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will join us. Come learn how Spiegel analyzes behavior to create new features, evolves from failure and keeps his brand cool. The talk comes at a pivotal time for Snap, just as it hopes to hit profitability. After 2.5 years of bein...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, Snap, SPIEGEL, TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019


Wonderloop’s networking app lets you swipe left on video profiles instead of pictures

There isn’t much left to be done in online networking apps. We are all familiar with professional (LinkedIn), social (Facebook), realtime (Twitter), and dating (Tinder, Bummble etc). But profile photos of the people you’re interacting with only get you so far. And we’ve all known that person who looked smart in the photo and turned out to be not so amazing in real life. Photos don’t communicate a person’s energy, body language or their voice. An app called Wonderloop hopes to solve this problem,...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Tech, Wonderloop, Hanna Aase, Jodel, Aase


Twitter acqui-hires highlight-sharing app Highly

Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is behind highlight-sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline. Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch that the deal was an acqui-hire, and a spokesperson provided this statement: “We are excited to welcome the Highly team to Twitter. Their expertise will accelerate our product...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Screenshots, Exit, Acquihire, Josh Constine


Twitter acquihires highlight sharing app Highly

Quotes from articles are much more eye-catching than links on Twitter, so the social giant is behind highlight sharing app Highly. This talent could help Twitter build its own version of Highly or develop other ways to excerpt the best content from websites and get it into the timeline. Twitter confirmed to TechCrunch that the deal was an acquihire, and a spokesperson provided this statement: “We are excited to welcome the Highly team to Twitter. Their expertise will accelerate our product and...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Tech, Exit, Josh Constine


How-to video maker Jumprope launches to leapfrog YouTube

Sick of pausing and rewinding YouTube tutorials to replay that tricky part? Jumprope is a new instructional social network offering a powerful how-to video slideshow creation tool. Jumprope helps people make step-by-step guides to cooking, beauty, crafts, parenting and more using voice-overed looping GIFs for each phase. And creators can export their whole lesson for sharing on Instagram, YouTube, or wherever. Jumprope officially launches its iOS app today with plenty of how-tos for making ch...
Tags: Google, Social, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Diy, Pinterest, Instagram, Education, Youtube, Funding


Meet the first judges for The Europas Awards (27 June) and enter your startup now!

I’m excited to announce that The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is really shaping up! The awards will be held on 27 June 2019, in London, UK on the front lawn of the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, London — creating a fantastic and fun, garden party atmosphere in the heart of London’s tech startup scene. TechCrunch is once more the exclusive media sponsor of the awards and conference, alongside new ‘tech, culture & society’ event creator The Pathfounder. Here’s how to enter and be considere...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Europe, London, Enterprise, Berlin, Tech, Techcrunch Disrupt, Healthtech, London UK, Geffrye Museum


Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the stage today at the TED conference. But instead of giving the standard talk, he answered questions from TED’s Chris Anderson and Whitney Pennington Rodgers. For most of the interview, Dorsey outlined steps that Twitter has taken to combat abuse and misinformation, but Anderson explained why the company’s critics sometimes find those steps so insufficient and unsatisfying. He compared Twitter to the Titanic, and Dorsey to the captain, listening to passenge...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Tech, Ted, Silicon Valley, Jack Dorsey, Anderson, Chris Anderson, Dorsey, Ku Klux Klan, Rodgers, Carole Cadwalladr, Nazi Party, Whitney Pennington Rodgers


TikTok downloads ordered to be blocked on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


TikTok downloads banned on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Facebook is discontinuing P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15

Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe. Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing the service — which let individuals send money to each other — in the two countries in the region where it had rolled it out, the UK and France on June 15 of this year. It appears that for now, the service will remain active in the US, where Facebook holds a number of money transmitter licenses. It’s not shutting down payments...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Messenger, Europe, UK, Instagram, France, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Remittance, Western Union, P2p Payments, Messenger in Europe Today


Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy

On the same day that she became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work bringing the Cambridge Analytica scandal to light, journalist Carole Cadwalladr took the stage at TED to “address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley.” Cadwalladr began her talk by recounting a trip she took after the Brexit referendum, back to her hometown in South Wales. She recalled feeling “a weird sense of unreality” walking around a town filled with new infrastructure funded by the European Union, while being told ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Eu, European Union, Turkey, Ted, Larry Page, Policy, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, South Wales, Jack Dorsey, Brexit, Carole Cadwalladr


Master Your Cross-Channel Paid Social Strategy

With so many paid social options to invest in, it can be hard to understand (and convince to your boss) how your strategy can work across many different channels. Read more at PPCHero.com
Tags: Social, Social Media, Seo, Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Cross Channel Paid Social Strategy


Facebook prototypes a swipeable hybrid carousel of feed posts & Stories

Feed and Stories unite! Facebook is so eager to preempt the shift to Stories that it might even let us use the same interface of horizontally swipeable cards to sift through News Feed posts. If users won’t scroll down any more, Facebook’s ad business could take a huge hit. But by allowing traditional feed posts and ads to appear amidst Stories in the same carousel you’re more prone to swipe through, it could squeeze more views and dollars out of that content. This would help Facebook graceful...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Facebook Ads, Facebook News Feed, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Stories Facebook, Jane Manchun Wong, Snapchat Stories Clone, Facebook Stories Ads


Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired three core supporters of the mutiny, leading to a downward spiral of morale that mirrors HQ’s plummeting App Store rank. TechCrunch spoke to multiple sources familiar with HQ Trivia’s inter...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Video, China, Funding, Tech, Vine, Jeremy, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch, Lightspeed


Facebook taps Peggy Alford for its board, Reed Hastings and Erskine Bowles to depart

Facebook’s board is undergoing its biggest shakeup in memory. On Friday, the company announced that Peggy Alford would be nominated to join the company’s board of directors. “Peggy is one of those rare people who’s an expert across many different areas — from business management to finance operations to product development,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the change. “I know she will have great ideas that help us address both the opportunities and challenges facing our company.” Alfo...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, Tech, Paypal, Netflix, Peter Thiel, The Social Network, Reed Hastings, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Trump, Mark, Hastings


Instagram bug showed Stories to the wrong people

Today in “Facebook apps are too big to manage”, a glitch caused some users’ Instagram Stories trays to show Stories from people they don’t follow. TechCrunch first received word of the problem from Twitter user InternetRyan who was confused about seeing strangers in his Stories Tray and tagged me in to investigate. The screenshots below show people in his Stories tray who he doesn’t follow, as proven by the active Follow buttons on their profiles. TechCrunch inquired about the issue, and t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Instagram bug, Instagram Privacy


Twitter updates twttr prototype app with engagement swipes, conversation tweaks, better Dark mode and more

Twitter’s new prototyping app twttr, which it created to test and get feedback on new features — and new approaches to old features — has been out in the wild for a month. Now, with Twitter taking in the first wave of responses from users, twttr is getting an update. The move highlights how Twitter continues to chip away at ongoing criticism that it is too confusing for most people to use, which has impacted overall growth for the social media platform. The latest version of twttr is a decent...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Apps, Twitter, Developer, Prototypes, Haider, Sara Haider, John Yarbrough, Twttr


Finally Some Robust Research Into Whether “Diversity Training” Actually Works – Unfortunately It’s Not Very Promising

By Jesse Singal. The study is laudable for showing exactly how diversity programmes should be evaluated.
Tags: Psychology, Social, Occupational, Jesse Singal


Instagram now demotes vaguely “inappropriate” content

Instagram is home to plenty of scantily-clad models and edgy memes that may start to get fewer views starting today. Now Instagram says “We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram’s Community Guidelines”. That means if a post is sexually suggestive, but doesn’t depict a sex act or nudity, it could still get demoted. Similarly, if a meme doesn’t constitute hate speech or harassment, but is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent, or hurtful...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Menlo Park, Ruben, Henry Silverman, Tessa Lyons, Facebook Policy, Instagram Policy, Patreon Today Facebook