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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
MeetMe announces it will acquire if(we), owner of social networking sites Tagged and Hi5, for $60M   —  Like bizzaro Facebooks, Tagged and Hi5 launched in 2004 to help you meet new people instead of connecting you with friends you already know.  Through social games and paid dating features …
Mar 6, 2017, 8:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook testing emoji reactions, including a thumbs-down button, on messages in Messenger   —  Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it's not where you'd expect.  —  How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread?  Facebook wants you to attach emojis …
Mar 5, 2017, 12:35 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Snap has explored selling 360 cameras as a future product, but it's not certain it will launch them   —  What comes after Spectacles for the “camera company”?  Snap has explored 360 cameras as a future product, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Mar 1, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram will open up carousel posts, with up to 10 photos and videos, to all users in the coming weeks   —  Instagram wants you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed, not just its Snapchat Stories clone.  Today, Instagram launches the ability to share …
Feb 22, 2017, 11:07 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone   —  WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat's international growth with today's launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
Feb 20, 2017, 12:13 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130 at Spectacles.com   —  Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt.  So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online …
Feb 20, 2017, 8:15 AMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Twitter plans to pare down three ad products, including legacy TellApart business, the firm's direct response business, and aspects of Promoted Tweets   —  Twitter continues to bleed cash and its advertising business has begun shrinking, so it's time for a change.
Feb 13, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says its Facebook Lite app has 200M users, up from 100M in March 2016, and is now expanding to UAE, Italy, South Korea, and Israel   —  Facebook's stripped-down but speedy Lite app is growing fast and adding countries so it can keep connecting people and building the company's business …
Feb 8, 2017, 4:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams: our goal is to launch Medium consumer subscription product this quarter   —  Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter.  This could help develop an additional revenue stream apart from advertisements.
Feb 3, 2017, 2:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat filing shows DAU growth slowed at end of Q3, right after Instagram Stories launched, cites competitors that may mimic its products under risk factors   —  Snapchat was flying high in early 2016, but the launch of direct competitor Instagram Stories coincided with a massive drop …
Feb 2, 2017, 9:00 PMIn context

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