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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A look at Facebook's voice ambitions: from developing a speech recognition feature for Facebook and Messenger apps called Aloha to patents for a speaker device   —  Code reveals unlaunched speech recognition feature  —  Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution.
Aug 21, 2018, 4:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
RDMD, which sells anonymized and analyzed medical data of its app users to pharma companies to help develop medicines for rare diseases, raises $3M seed funding   —  You wouldn't expect a medical app to get its start as a Snapchat competitor.  Neither did video chat startup TapTalk's founder Onno Faber.
Aug 20, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's begun removing content violating its drug policies and has blocked hundreds of search terms and search suggestions associated with drug sales   —  Facebook's role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday's release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control.
Aug 16, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Quiz game HQ Trivia debuts an Apple TV app as it hopes to return to growth; its mobile apps' store rankings and concurrent viewers have slid in recent months   —  HQ Trivia's app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it's hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth.
Aug 14, 2018, 3:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook acquires the seven-person team and tech from startup Vidpresso to make its video more interactive   —  Zombie-like passive comsumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it.  That's set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive …
Aug 13, 2018, 5:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it's acquiring white-labeled subscription service Memberful for an undisclosed sum, to be run as a separate business by its seven-person team   —  Patreon is forming a patronage empire.  Today it acquired white-labeled subscription membership platform Memberful …
Aug 8, 2018, 12:17 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches two AR games for Messenger video chat that can be played with up to six people   —  Facebook is diving deeper into in-house game development with the launch of its own version of Snapchat's multiplayer augmented reality video chat games.  Today, Facebook Messenger globally launches …
Aug 8, 2018, 9:30 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat gets $250M investment from Saudi prince for 2.3%   —  Snap Inc got a fresh infusion of cash from the Saudi royal family to help it survive despite losing $353 million this quarter.  Prince Al-Waleed Talal tweeted a video of him and Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, noting that he's invested $250 million …
Aug 8, 2018, 12:10 AMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Slack is raising about $400M or more led by General Atlantic at a post-money valuation of at least $7B   —  Slack — the app that lets coworkers and others in professional circles chat with each other and call in data from hundreds of integrated apps in the name of getting more work done …
Aug 7, 2018, 11:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $262.3M, up 44% YoY, vs. $249.8M est., and 188M DAUs, up 8% YoY but down from 191M in Q1; stock down 6%+   —  The Stories War has officially killed Snapchat's growth.  In Q2 2018 earnings today, Snapchat's daily user count shrank 1.5 percent to 188 million this quarter …
Aug 7, 2018, 4:22 PMIn context

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