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Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria

“I don’t feel good about that. That sucks” Chrys Bader-Wechseler reflects when asked about the bullying that went down on the anonymous app Secret he co-founded in 2013. After $35 million raised, 15 million users, and a spectacular flame out two years later, the startup was dead. “S ince I left secret I feel alive and aligned with my values and my purpose again.”  But there was one bright side to Secret letting you post without a name or consequences. People opened up, got vulnerable, and...
Tags: Health, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Funding, Tech, Secret, Ryan Hoover, Cto, Headspace, Santa Monica, McDonald, Sean

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

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

Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death

Summer camp for adults and beloved tech-free weekend getaway Camp Grounded ground to a halt in 2017. Its big-hearted founder Levi Felix who’d espoused the joys of trading screens for nature walks was tragically killed by brain cancer at just age 32. Left in his wake was mourning community who’d lost their digital detox rally just as everyone was realizing the importance of looking up from their phones. As an attendee, I’d been impressed by how the founder (known as Professor Fidget Wiggleswor...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Texas, Education, San Francisco, Events, M&a, Coachella, GreenTech, Levi, Summer Camp, Forest, Exit

Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

“If Silicon Valley is going to keep telling itself the story that the only uses of their technology will be the most optimistic, the most hopeful, the most salubrious, the most prosocial,” New Yorker staff writer Andrew Marantz told me in Part 1 of this recent conversation for Extra Crunch, “you can try to rebut that logically, or you can just disprove it by showing a very glaring counterexample. If somebody is going around and saying, ‘all swans are white,’ you can argue against that logical...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Politics, Media, Government, America, Barack Obama, Tech, Policy, United States, Ethics, Harvard University, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Sarah Silverman

‘Zucked’ shows how a mentor of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is now one of the social network’s biggest critics

As a tech venture capitalist and early mentor of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Roger McNamee might be the least likely prophet to wander out of Silicon Valley with warnings of the dangers posed by the social network to those who use it. But that’s exactly where McNamee finds himself today, three years after he first started to seriously worry that Facebook, in its galloping growth to more than 2 billion users – and a current value of more than $400 billion – had gone astray in ways that thre...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Books, Technology, Microsoft, Bono, Senate, Boston, US, Samsung, Sport, Cnn, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I tape over the camera do you? You see I’m a bit concerned about my privacy here at, like, home TC: We feel you, go ahead. As you can see, we already took the precaution of wearing this lar...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Tech, Washington Dc, Bob, Skype, Facetime, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Priscilla Chan, Max, Mark, Aren

Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia

Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’t. There’s no swiping and it’s not trying to look cool, but Facebook Dating is familiar and non-threatening enough to feel accessible to Facebook’s broad array of single users. Originally annou...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Colombia, Dating, Sharp, South America, Hinge, Nathan Sharp, Cambridge Analytica, Time Well Spent, Facebook Dating

Facebook and Instagram now show how many minutes you use them

It’s passive zombie feed scrolling, not active communication with friends that hurts our health, according to studies Facebook has been pointing to for the last seven months. Yet it’s treating all our social networking the same with today’s launch of its digital wellbeing screentime management dashboards for Facebook and Instagram in the US before rolling them out to everyone in the coming weeks. Giving users a raw count of the minutes you’ve spent in their apps each day in the last week plus yo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, US, Tech, North America, Kevin Systrom, Systrom, Ranadive, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram Usage Insights

Facebook loses $120 billion in market cap after awful Q2 earnings

Facebook’s share price fell over 20 percent in after-hours trading today after the company announced its slowest-ever user growth rate and a scary warning that its revenue growth would rapidly decelerate. Before today’s brutal Q2 earnings, Facebook’s share price closed today at $217.50, but fell to around $172 after the earnings call. That’s a market cap drop of roughly $123 billion. In two hours, Facebook lost more value than most startups and even public companies are ever worth. Here’s the...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Finance, US, Tech, Whatsapp, Facebook Ads, North America, Sheryl Sandberg, US Canada, Wehner

Instagram’s Do Not Disturb and “Caught Up” deter overgramming

Instagram is turning the Time Well Spent philosophy into features to help users avoid endless scrolling and distraction by notifications. Today, Instagram is rolling out its “You’re All Caught – You’ve seen all new posts from the past 2 days” warning in the feed which TechCrunch broke the news about in May. Past that notice will only be posts that iOS and Android users have already seen or that were posted more than 48 hours ago. This will help Instagram’s 1 billion monthly users stop fiendis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Facebook And Instagram, Today Instagram, Matt Navarra, Time Well Spent, Digital Well Being, Instagram Usage Insights

Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits”, Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased “Your Time On Facebook” feature. It shows the tally of how much time you spent on the Facebook app on your phone on each of the last seven days, and your average time spent per day. It lets you set a daily r...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, North America, Kevin Systrom, Zuckerberg, Screen Time, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Time On Facebook

First look at Instagram’s self-policing Time Well Spent tool

Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Last month after TechCrunch first reported Instagram was prototyping a Usage Insights feature, the Facebook sub-company’s CEO Kevin System confirmed its forthcoming launch. Tweeting our article, Systrom wrote “It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be p...
Tags: Health, Android, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Kevin Systrom, Systrom, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Wellbeing, Instagram Usage Insights, CEO Kevin System, Facebooking Instagram

Instagram says ‘you’re all caught up’ in first time-well-spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram’s newest feature, at least users know when they’ve seen everything and can stop scrolling without FOMO. Instagram is showing some users a mid-feed alert after a bunch of bro...
Tags: Apple, Health, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Canada, Kevin Systrom, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram Usage Insights, FOMO Instagram

Twitter Says It Will Start Hiding Tweets That ‘Negatively Impact’ the Service

Twitter in 2018 remains a cesspool of narcissists, scammers, and trolls—I’m not just talking about Kanye West’s mentions—and on Tuesday the service announced its latest attempt to solve that problem. In the coming weeks, Twitter will begin hiding tweets that are “detracting from the conversation.” Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Social Media, Kanye West, Jack Dorsey, Time Well Spent

Instagram has an unlaunched “time spent” Usage Insights dashboard

Instagram may be jumping into the time well spent movement, following the unveiling of Google’s new time management controls last week. Code buried in Instagram’s Android app reveals a “Usage Insights” feature that will show users their “time spent”. It’s not exactly clear whether that will be your total time spent in Instagram ever, which could be a pretty scary number to some users, or within some shorter time frame like a day, week, or month. By being upfront with users about how much of ...
Tags: Health, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Wong, Instagram for Android, Time Well Spent, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook Avatars, Instagram Usage Insights

How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

 At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms… Read More
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising Tech, Opinion, Tech, Facebook Ads, Facebook News Feed, Time Well Spent

Tech group wants device makers to join fight against technology addiction

A new cohort of ex-tech insiders have created the Center for Humane Technology, a new movement intended to resist the pressures of tech companies like Facebook and Google, which the Center’s members say are having a deleterious effect on society. Actually, that may be putting it mildly. One of the Center’s most prominent members, Tristan Harris, is the founder of nonprofit Time Well Spent and a former Google employee famous for his cutting descriptions of what social media has done to society. S...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Social Media, Tristan Harris, Time Well Spent

Facebook survives Q4 despite slowest daily user growth ever

 Despite worries about Russia and that passive News Feed scrolling hurts us, Facebook beat expectations again in its Q4 2017 earnings report. Facebook now has 1.4 billion daily users, up 2.18% compared to growing 3.8% to 1.37 billion users in Q3. That’s a sizeable slow down, and the lowest quarter-over-quarter percentage daily user growth ever reported by the company. That could be… Read More
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Russia, Tech, Facebook earnings, Time Well Spent

Facebook’s U.S. user count declines as it prioritizes well-being

 Facebook is putting its short-term money where its mouth is, reducing the presence of viral videos in an effort to boost well-being of users of its site. In Facebook’s Q4 2017 earnings report today CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that “Already last quarter, we made changes to show fewer viral videos to make sure people’s time is well spent. In total, we made changes that… Read More
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook News Feed, Time Well Spent

Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for “well-being”

 CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today, “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch “I expect that the amount of distribution for publishers will go down because a lot of publisher content is just… Read More
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Facebook News Feed, Adam Mosseri, Time Well Spent

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

 “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. Read More
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Opinion, Tech, Time Well Spent

An MIT psychologist explains why so many tech moguls send their kids to anti-tech schools

Many titans of the tech world have said they don't allow their kids to spend a lot of time around technology. MIT psychologist and professor Sherry Turkle says it's because those who spend the most time with tech fully grasp its dark side. Kids who spend more time on their phones and on social media tend to face higher risks for depression and suicide. Technology moguls like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other high-powered entrepreneurs tend to share similar qualities: persistence, ingenuity, ...
Tags: Steve Jobs, US, Trends, Mit, New York Times, Bill Gates, Silicon Valley, Chromebooks, Sherry Turkle, Waldorf, HARRIS, Cambridge Massachusetts, Turkle, Tristan Harris, Time Well Spent, Los Altos California Waldorf of the Peninsula

Your brain is your phone

In 370 BC , Socrates worried about what new technology was doing to young peoples’ brains. As younger scholars moved from oral arguments to written ones, Socrates argued against writing, which he felt would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories.” Millennia later, little has changed: in the 20th century, moral panic erupted over television, which detractors worried would turn us all into zombified couch potatoes, incapable of creative thought. Dec...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, London, Instagram, Phone, Smartphone, Bbc, Brain, Atlantic, Silicon Valley, Ucla, All, Bristol University

An early investor in Facebook and Google has slammed them for 'aggressive brain hacking' (GOOG, GOOGL, FB)

*Roger McNamee, a famous early investor in Google and Facebook, says he regrets helping to create today's internet giants because they are hacking our brains to sell more ads. *He's not the only one condemning brain hacking. *McNamee warns that "there are no watchdogs" and consumers must start organizing now to pressure the internet giants to knock it off. Iconic Silicon Valley venture investor Roger McNamee, an early backer of both Google and Facebook, has penned an explosive condemnation of t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bono, Youtube, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Usa Today, HARRIS, McNamee, Facebook Google, T Rowe Price, Silver Lake Partners, Elevation Partners

Be Aware, Be Very Aware

“Let’s reclaim our minds from being hijacked by technology”—Time Well Spent Sam Harris hosts the podcast Waking Up. He holds degrees in philosophy and neuroscience and has written on many topics including neuroscience, moral philosophy, politics, religion, rationality, free will, and ethics. In general he explores “how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.” In this episode called, “What is Technology Doing to Us?,” he talks with Tristan H...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Law, Social Media, Persuasion, HARRIS, Sam Harris, Technology: Internet, Tristan Harris, Time Well Spent, Attention Economy

Inaugural $100,000 Nine Dots Prize winner chosen from more than 700 worldwide entries

Up against competition from over 700 other entrants from around the world, Williams’ 3,000-word answer to the set question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ was deemed the most original and innovative by the ten-strong Board of leading academics, journalists and thinkers. His entry Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy argues that digital technologies are making all forms of politics worth having impossible as they privilege our impul...
Tags: Google, Texas, Washington Post, US, Williams, Oxford, Pimco, Bbc Trust, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, British Library, London School Of Economics, Open University, Board, Creative Commons Attribution, University of Washington

Technology Persuasian

These two videos were really impactful and made me do some serious thinking about my social media usage and even the software that I choose to use and engage with. It aligns perfectly well with what I’ve been doing recently, removing things like Twitter and Google+ and I even deleted Tumblr yesterday (didn’t make a big deal about that, but, I had over 2,000 posts there…). Thanks to my brother for sending me these links. You can learn more from Tristan Harris and Time Well Spent  as well...
Tags: Google, Tumblr, Council, Start, HARRIS, Time Well Spent