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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook, with 5x Stories users across its apps than Snapchat, needs to make the unskippable Stories ad format work to keep revenues growing   —  Commercials for the TV of tomorrow  —  Prepare for the invasion of the unskippables.  If the Stories social media slideshow format is the future of mobile TV …
Jul 29, 2018, 7:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap launches Snapchat Storytellers, a pilot program to pair brands with 5 of the app's most popular content makers, including Mplatco, Cyrene Q and Shonduras   —  Snapchat is arriving very late to the game of courting influencers.  Now it hopes to boost ad spend by connecting businesses …
Jul 26, 2018, 2:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook closed at $217.50 on Wednesday, near the record high, and opened at $174.89 on Thursday, erasing more than $100B in a market cap value overnight   —  Facebook's share price fell over 20 percent in after-hours trading today after the company announced its slowest-ever user growth rate …
Jul 25, 2018, 6:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says 2.5B people used at least one of either Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger in June   —  Facebook today for the first time announced that 2.5 billion use at least one of its apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger.  That's a helpful number because it counts real people …
Jul 25, 2018, 5:27 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Q2 earnings saw MAUs climb just 1.54%, down from Q1's 3.14%, marking its slowest ever growth rate, and revenue of $13.23B missed estimates of $13.36B   —  Facebook has hit a wall.  The social network succumbed to the public backlash over its handling of fake news, privacy …
Jul 25, 2018, 4:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Overview of the questions Facebook dodged in a conference call with the press Tuesday on its efforts to fight election interference and false information   —  Facebook avoided some of the toughest inquiries from reporters yesterday during a conference call about its efforts to fight election interference and fake news.
Jul 25, 2018, 4:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat to discontinue Snapcash, its peer-to-peer payment feature, on August 30; the feature was created in partnership with Square in 2014   —  Snapcash ended up a way to pay adult performers for private content over Snapchat, not just a way to pay your friends.
Jul 22, 2018, 3:55 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will begin proactively locking accounts of those under 13 on Instagram and Facebook, after report showed relaxed attitude by moderators   —  Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators suspect are below the age of 13.
Jul 19, 2018, 11:33 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator will award grants of $10K to 100 graduates of the third year of its 10-week online Startup School program   —  Y Combinator wants to lure more companies into the funnel for its accelerator while democratizing free access to startup knowledge.  It's simultaneously moving …
Jul 18, 2018, 1:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it is building a non-SMS two-factor authentication system that works with security apps like Google Authenticator or Duo to thwart SIM hijackers   —  Hackers can steal your phone number by reassigning it to a different SIM card, use it to reset your passwords …
Jul 17, 2018, 6:15 PMIn context

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