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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook brings data-saving Messenger Lite beyond developing markets to the Google Play Store in US, Canada, UK, and Ireland, has no plans for iOS version   —  Facebook's data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks.
Oct 2, 2017, 4:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to hire 1000 more ad reviewers and make all the ads each organization buys visible to users, not just the targeted ones, to fight election interference   —  Facebook today handed over to congressional investigators 3,000 ads that were bought by a Russian company to influence U.S. politics.
Oct 2, 2017, 11:14 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon's Echo Show, codenamed “Manhattan”, to launch in late 2017 or early 2018   —  Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon's Echo Show.
Sep 28, 2017, 8:18 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook on thwarting interference in German election: deleting tens of thousands of fake accounts, Related Articles for different views, Election Hub, more   —  Facebook may have dropped the ball with the U.S. presidential election, but it was much better prepared for last weekend's federal election in Germany.
Sep 27, 2017, 1:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Behind the chart-topping iOS app tbh, which lets users send compliments to friends anonymously by answering positively-framed multiple-choice questions   —  “If we're improving the mental health of millions of teens, that's a success to us" says Nikita Bier, co-founder of tbh.
Sep 24, 2017, 8:20 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: freight logistics startup Flexport raises $110M Series C at $800M valuation to build out a warehouse infrastructure supplementing its software platform   —  Flexport handles the boring logistics of a trillion-dollar business: the tranport of shipping containers around the world.
Sep 22, 2017, 3:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Analysis of Zuckerberg's nine-point plan to combat election interference on Facebook   —  Election meddling is Facebook's next adversary, and it's got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news.  Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering …
Sep 22, 2017, 1:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Patreon confirms it's raised a $60M Series C led by Thrive Capital; sources say the valuation was $450M   —  Patreon upgrades content creation from a passion to a profession by paying artists 95% of subscription payments from fans instead of 55% of skimpy ad revenue like Facebook and YouTube.
Sep 19, 2017, 11:22 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app   —  Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation.  Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off.  —  This weekend TechCrunch spotted …
Sep 17, 2017, 5:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Patreon has closed Series C funding valuing the company at about $450M   —  In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career.  Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay …
Sep 14, 2017, 9:10 PMIn context

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