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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is working on “time well spent” features; Android app shows features like time spent in the app, reminders for self-imposed limits, and more   —  Are you ready for some scary numbers?  After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community …
Jun 22, 2018, 6:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms that 3% of apps using Facebook Analytics had their weekly summary reports sent to their app's testers, who may have been outsiders   —  Set the “days without a Facebook's privacy problem” counter to zero.  This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch …
Jun 22, 2018, 1:33 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Truepic, a San Diego-based image authentication startup used by Reddit to verify identities in AMAs, raises $8M Series A to tackle video deepfakes   —  How can you be sure an image wasn't Photoshopped?  Make sure it was shot with Truepic.  This startup makes a camera feature that shoots photos …
Jun 20, 2018, 6:45 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it now has 1B MAUs, up from 800M in September 2017   —  Instagram's meteoric rise continues, dwarfing the stagnant growth rates of Snapchat and Facebook.  Today Instagram announced that it has reached 1 billion monthly active users, after reaching 800 million in September 2017 with 500 million daily users.
Jun 20, 2018, 2:05 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts IGTV, a hub for high-profile creators, and says it will begin letting users upload videos up to an hour long, up from previous one-minute limit   —  Instagram is ready to compete head on with YouTube.  Today at a flashy event in San Francisco, the company announced …
Jun 20, 2018, 1:57 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook begins letting Group admins test a feature that charges members $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to exclusive sub-groups   —  Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts.
Jun 20, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Brand Collabs search engine to connect brands and creators for sponsoring and product placement deals; Facebook is not currently taking a cut   —  Facebook wants to help connect brands to creators so they can work out sponsored content and product placement deals, even if it won't be taking a cut.
Jun 19, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts game show platform that lets creators add quizzes, polls, and more to live and on-demand video; Facebook tests ability to award prize money   —  Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform.  Today the company announced a new set …
Jun 19, 2018, 2:20 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Snap Kit developer platform, letting other apps use Snap's login, Bitmoji avatars, public Stories, and Snap Map content   —  Developers join the Stories war  —  Today Snapchat finally gets a true developer platform, confirming TechCrunch's scoop from last month about Snap Kit.
Jun 14, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will require businesses using its Custom Audiences ad tool to declare whether contact information was gained with user consent starting July 2   —  Facebook is hoping to avoid another privacy scandal by adding new accountability and transparency requirements for businesses that use …
Jun 13, 2018, 11:25 AMIn context

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