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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook has removed its Onavo VPN app from Google Play Store, will stop pulling user data from it for market research, and will eventually shut it down   —  Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake …
Feb 21, 2019, 10:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Loom, which equips enterprises with instant video messaging tools, raises $11M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins, says it's signed up 1.1M users from 18,000 firms   —  If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many emails can you replace with a video?  As offices fragment into remote teams …
Feb 19, 2019, 11:30 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Code and imagery found in Instagram's Android app reveal Fundraiser stickers for Instagram Stories; Facebook says they are coming later this year   —  Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook's family of apps.
Feb 18, 2019, 6:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation: dozens of porn and gambling apps found using iOS Enterprise Certificates to get to users outside the App Store, violating Apple's terms   —  Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps.
Feb 12, 2019, 12:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker-backed startup Brigade, which tried to stimulate civic debate, splits up as it looks for buyer; Pinterest hires ~20 members of its team   —  Facebook co-founder Sean Parker bankrolled Brigade to get out the vote and stimulate civic debate, but after five years and little progress …
Feb 11, 2019, 12:40 PMIn context
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Feb 6, 2019, 7:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Reddit is raising $150M to $300M in a Series D led by Tencent at a $2.7B pre-money valuation   —  Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the Internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch.  The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led …
Feb 5, 2019, 12:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A breakdown of Facebook's internal memo detailing distribution and onboarding for its Research app, and defending its data collection methods and disclosures   —  Early this morning, we received agreement from Apple to issue a new enterprise certificate; this has allowed us to produce new builds …
Jan 31, 2019, 10:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended three notification spammer apps for repeatedly violating its API rules related to aggressive following and follow churn   —  Notification spam ruins social networks, diluting the real human interaction.  Desperate to gain an audience, users pay services …
Jan 31, 2019, 5:35 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins says it has raised a $600M fund, its first since the departure of Mary Meeker, focusing on seed, Series A, and Series B financings   —  “KP used to be a small team doing hands-on company building.  We're moving away from being this institution with multiple products …
Jan 31, 2019, 5:30 PMIn context

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