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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches personalized video feed and themed channels in Explore   —  Instagram wants to show you the best videos without completely destroying the sanctity of your main feed, so today it overhauled the Explore page with a slew of new video channels.
Apr 14, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook demos personalised avatars for Oculus users based on a 3D scan, VR selfies taken while “visiting” a 360 degree photo   —  Oculus demos a VR selfie stick  —  Oculus wants to let you go anywhere in the world instantly, look like yourself, and even take a photo while you're there, and today it demoed how at F8.
Apr 14, 2016, 12:25 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches feature that lets you pin emoji to moving objects in videos, rolling out on Android today, coming soon to iOS   —  Snapchat augments reality with 3D Stickers  —  Today Snapchat revealed its new 3D stickers that can be pinned to objects in a video and stick with them no matter how they or your camera move.
Apr 13, 2016, 12:12 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces Rights Manager to help video creators combat freebooting; content owners can apply for access beginning today   —  Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting  —  There's an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook.  Business Pages rip videos from YouTube …
Apr 13, 2016, 1:55 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's testing allowing businesses to send sponsored messages in Messenger   —  Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads  —  Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it?  By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages …
Apr 12, 2016, 4:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots   —  Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots.  By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem …
Apr 12, 2016, 1:21 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Lady Gaga's startup, Backplane, backed by several high-profile investors, sells assets after struggling to raise more money   —  Lady Gaga's startup Backplane burns out and sells assets  —  “Why do you need money from me when you have every great investor on earth?”
Apr 11, 2016, 5:00 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Facebook will announce chatbot and live chat APIs at F8   —  Chatbots could replace 1-800 numbers, and Facebook wants them on Messenger.  But most businesses don't have the resources or technical skills to build chatbots themselves.  That's why Facebook is currently providing developers …
Apr 7, 2016, 4:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline   —  Facebook is desperate to get you to watch original videos.  They're all over the feed, yesterday it launched a dedicated video browsing hub, and now it's announcing a video search engine.
Apr 7, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Yik Yak CTO Tom Chernetsky leaves amid falling download rates, traffic; source says app has had zero significant growth in past year, plans messaging feature   —  Yik Yak's CTO drops out as the hyped anonymous app stagnates  —  Is Yik Yak a thing anymore?  Not so much, according to download stats …
Apr 6, 2016, 9:15 PMIn context

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